Character Vacuum

A vacuum is the most abhorred thing in the natural world. Everything seeks to eliminate the vacuum. This reality permits flight as the airfoil shape of a birds wing creates lift as it begins to create a vacuum. Artificially created vacuums always breakdown over time as the pressure of air seeks to fill the empty space of a light bulb, for example. It may be true in society when there is an absence of character, a vacuum of character exists. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t need to define character in his 1963, “I have a dream speech”, but I’m not sure that’s true today. In fact, his speech is ignored and refuted by those who promote identity politics, division, and racism. Even their words are designed to divide and pit people against people. I heard, Coretta Scott King correct a radio host on his usage of “race” with respect to ethnicity. She explained, all people are of one race, human, but we have different ethnic backgrounds. I heard a politician speaking of stopping “racial injustice”, but justice is blind, therefore what is unjust for one is unjust for all – no distinction is necessary, except to divide.

When enough pressure comes upon a society’s character vacuum it will break down and character will rush in filling the void. Where will this character come from? It is all around, designed by the Creator of the natural world. Just as MLK rose up seeking peaceful redress of illegal government behaviors with a fundamental Christ-like approach he was demonstrating character. His ideals were founded in faith and lived out in character. Honesty and truth are elements of character that are being isolated and eliminated from our society by wicked powerful arrogant people, but like a vacuum the forces of truth cannot be restrained for long. A society of lies, deceit, secrecy, and tyranny cannot stand against the truths that all men hold to be self-evident.

Pressure builds around the vacuous areas of society; people experience this pressure and it creates character within those of faith. The arrogant, cowardly, lazy, corrupt and wicked go from bad to worse, but the brave, humble, self-sacrificing people develop new levels of character especially necessary for such times. These champions of liberty, freedom and love carry the light of righteousness that dispels the darkness. This is not like a fake Hollywood movie where the beautiful people win and the ugly fade away. This is reality where war and suffering exists because sin is resident in the human heart. It is reality because God is Creator of heaven and earth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3:16-21)

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