The Fundamental Right to be Wrong


“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can’t. If a thing is free to be good it’s also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight”

― C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity

Having an opinion is a fundamental right of American citizenship and for that matter Christian grace.  WeimagesCACK0K7O don’t all have to agree, but we can be in agreement. One may ask how, does that work. The ultimate goal of any aligning or opposing groups of people is to establish change i.e. to get things done. Washington is now officially dysfunctional because nothing is getting done. Everyone has the right to be right, wrong or contrary to opposing agendas, however this is worse when no other agenda can be found aside from ever-increasing gridlock.  We must never mistake activity for accomplished.

wpid-facebook_634070146.jpgBuilding the Bridge Together” over the ethnic/cultural divide is only an empty slogan if the only plan of opposing agendas is to shut down the other side. Our government is simply playing out a deeper systemic problem in our society. It is important to note that the present state of government shutdown has even forced the KKK to lose their very American  right to rally at Gettysburg. Albeit, they also have the right to be wrong.

When we try to sequester voices of the opposition everyone loses. Why would anyone want to make it harder to vote in this country, especially in a way that excludes certain ethnic and demographic groups that have historically been shut out of the process?

Where would football be if there was no R.G. Three, or Russell Wilson i.e. (Black Quarterbacks) or what if there were no Jeremy Lin in the NBA, Tiger of Golf, and the Williams sisters of Tennis.

In opposition to the shutdown mentality of our political leaders, our conversations work best when centeredShutdown around finding common ground for bridging all sides, ethic/cultural or any divide. Synergy is built out of everyone’s God given right to be heard. “When we are Talking, Division has no Voice”.  Within the overlapping Voices of the discussion there exists the answer to any impasse.

The attitude of fear encourages people to want to shut the opposing side down; bitter political rivals. Gerrymandering political boundaries, church factions, business takeovers, racial division or the silent treatment delivered by friend, foe, family member or spouse. “Building the Bridge Together” takes effort and grace; its results bring Synergy.

“Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.” Hebrews 12:15, The Message (MSG)

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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