See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil… Deuteronomy 30:15 (King James Version)
I’m getting to the belief that humanity is at a fork in the road; and God is giving us a chance to decide which road to take. The only problem is that we don’t have too much time to make a choice.
The first road-albeit a unknown one-is where we grow up. We learn we have to care for the Earth, not abuse it. We have to level the playing field for all, not just the “1%.” We have to come clean in our religions and learn to work together to heal humanity, no keep wounding it. We have to love all, not just our select ones. We have to try to repair as much damage as we could; knowing full well we have to accept the consequences for that which is beyond repair. We must shut off the war machine once and for all. It’s tough, however it may ensure the survival of our species.
The second-and familiar road-is that we continue on our present course. We keep having wars. We keep widening the gap between rich and poor. We keep abusing the Earth, continually transforming the environment into an unlivable one. We keep forcing our religions down each other’s throats with violent fundamentalism. We allow the corporate world to wreak its havoc in government. We keep going down this path, and only God knows where we’ll end up (and I think He/She won’t want to know).
In tonight’s text from Deuteronomy, this familiar verse was part of Moses’ final words he gave the Israelites before he died. The Israelites were soon to enter the Promised Land and Moses wouldn’t be there with them. Moses wanted to make clear to the Israelites what would transpire if they either obeyed or disobeyed God. The above verse could easily be speaking to modern humanity. I believe God is standing before us and saying these same words. However, unlike the ancients, we don’t have much time.
Every day, if we don’t make a choice for the first road, we go further down the second road. If we allow The Powers that Be to keep us from choosing, we decrease our chances for some livable future. We must turn this tide now! We The People (globally and locally) must shout out a collective “STOP!!!” and backup to where the first road begins. We must now accept the “life and good” the text speaks about-even if it means massive change on all levels and in every sector. We may not get to live the “life” we’ve been faking all these years, however we’ll still have humanity and a scaled-down sustainable civilization.
However, we keep delaying, we move further down the second road. We will ultimately and consequentially have to accept the “death and evil” Moses warned about. Then one day-maybe in the foreseeable future-we’ll have an unlivable world where we’ll find ourselves quite possibly on the way out as a species.
The title of tonight’s post is, “Which way do we go?” That’s a question only we can answer. I hope and pray we go the right way since our very survival depends on it.