I used to believe that…GOD is on my side!!!! But then the question is “Does GOD really take sides?”.
Just the other day I saw a bumper sticker that read “GOD is Not a Republican” written in big red letters, beneath it in small blue letters it said “GOD is Not a Democrat either”. This might have been created for political reasons, but whoever came up with the thought was either ingenious or totally lost on moral grounds.
But I think the right question now is “Whose Side Am I On?”
And if there is a right and wrong answer, morally speaking, and if God is concerned about right and wrong, then on any given political/moral issue God would have a point of view, wouldn’t He? If God is always on the side of the right then He does have a side, He would take a side. And if it turns out that your take on the political/moral issue is the correct take, then you have taken the same position that God has taken. You share the same view. You are on God’s side, and He is on yours.
Do you believe in GOD and that he is always by your side? I think only Believers see GOD’s role in everything they do. It can be as simple as a sports game result or even the outcome of a world war, if you are on the victory’s side, you believe that GOD is on your side. But what about the flip side of it? Have you considered what is going on in the minds of those parents whose children are suffering from a terminal disease at an age when they had to be playing with friends? What about those families whose entire world’s belongings were washed away in a natural disaster including their near and dear ones? Or the young Iraqi boy who lost both his limbs and his family during the recent bomb raids?
Sometimes in basking in our own joy and pride, we are graceless and thoughtless of others. We forget there is a flip side while assuming that we had angels on our shoulders and God on our side. But does this change the way we pray for good things in life, coming to think of it, praying for good for you will be at the cost of something bad to someone else. Thereby you are forcing God to take your side at someone else’s expense. This reminds me of the movie “Bruce Almighty” where Jim Carrey gets the inevitable gift to be GOD for a day and grants everyone’s prayers as fulfilled, doesn’t realize that by doing so, he is also acting as a destroyer of peace and integrity of the universe leading to chaos and confusion.
But again, what if the opponent is also praying for his / her success too? Both will be mutually exclusive and God will be in a dilemma to grant one’s wish against the other. So one person at least – or both will be disappointed since God will not answer his or their prayers. It appears like God doesn’t take sides at all, at least in the way we want Him to.
Looking back, I feel we are being very short-sighted and self-minded when we pray for things in our life. Minute details like praying to find a parking space when running late, while there might be 10 other colleagues who might be delayed and praying the same. Or else, praying for your kid to top the class, forgetting that all parents do is to pray for their own kid’s success in life. We expect a great deal from God, and in return all we do is close our eyes and pray for a minute or two, is that fair??Dont you feel that we need to do something in order to deserve a positive response to our wishes?
This is a very thought-provoking submission. I love this line: “Sometimes in basking in our own joy and pride, we are graceless and thoughtless of others.” Our thoughts are so often turned inward that we humans can be pretty deplorable creatures sometimes.
Thanks so much for participating in Writers’ Week and giving us all something to think about, Praveen.
Thanks Emily, the entry button is blocked at our organisation, hope you see it fine.
Yep! Looks good from here. 🙂
This is quite interesting. A lot of people know and stand by what they think and others seem to get wavered. I believe in Angels… I really do believe they exist.
Wrtiers Week? I had no idea 🙂
Gabriella – Yes, you should take a look at http://blog.emilysuess.com/writers-week-index/ for more details on the Writers Contest before it closes on Friday. Good Luck.
Really enjoyed reading your submission!
Really enjoyed your submission!
Very interesting submission indeed! I like things that make me think and this is certainly that kind of piece.
This is so thoughtful and thought provoking. I love how open you are in your writing. Speaking your truth, yes?
Galit – glad you liked my writing, and yes, I am sharing my personal views and experiences in this post to a large extent.
This does make me think – yes I believe in God but I do question that when things occur in my life and I wonder why we face challenges like that and why other people have to face hurt and challenges too. I know there is the analogy of footsteps in the sand but sometimes I really have to go on blind belief and know that their must be a reason if their is a higher spiritual being. Now my philosophical side is out tonight, off to ponder!
Lisa – nice philosophical thoughts of yours. Thanks for the comment.
I used to wonder who God would listen to if two people who lived in the same town prayed for the exact opposite weather. The farmer wants rain, but maybe the fisherman who hasn’t had a day off of work in a long time and finally gets one wants it sunny. To be serious, obviously you are right. We are being very shortsighted when we pray for the things WE want.
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