Pearl's Paradise

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled teams yearning to breath free…"

January 23, 2011
by Steve Pearl

It All Starts With a Good Mirror

Romans 3:9-18 (New International Version, ©2010)

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”  “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

John 8:7 (New International Version, ©2010)

7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

I don't know how or why I acquired this character trait – some would call it a "flaw" – but I am a critic at heart.  Restaurants.  Movies.  Music.  Preaching.  Leadership.  Community planning.  Politics.  Finance.  Marketing.  You name it, I've probably criticized it.

Then again, who of us isn't a critic?  We live in a world where we are told that our opinion matters and that we are afforded the right to trumpet that opinion as loudly as possible.  We can say pretty much whatever we wish these days and get away with it.  We trumpet that notion of entitlement under the guise of "free speech" as if we never need to think twice about who or what we are criticizing, never concerned about the potential to lay unjustified waste to someone's character.

Those who know me best know that at times I can indeed share my opinion a little too quickly.  Not one of my most endearing qualities.

That's the bad news.

Now for the good news.

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