The books get read

The shows get watched

And heroes rock and roll

And evil in a thousand ways

Wreaks havoc with the soul

We fear the dark

And fear the strange

And dare not let tears show

When all the while

The “tougher” path

Would see the mercy grow

Would see the helps

And see the hugs

And hear the prayers upraised.

Then why oh why

With all we have

The twisted get our praise?

They scowl and flex

Leave homes in wrecks

And have no time for care.

But God is KIng

O’er everything

And births grace anywhere.

6 thoughts on “Tougher

  1. I’ll tell you why the twisted get our praise. Well, not OUR praise. It’s right in the beginning of Ephesians 2:

    “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

    The ruler of the kingdom of the air[waves] is not a good guy.

    “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. BUT because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”

    God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms. We Christians have dual citizenship. We are citizens and ambassadors of heaven. Would citizens of heaven watch/read/listen to the twisted stuff? No, we would not.

    Preach it brother.

  2. I get the point. I think it’s because the average person these days lacks the courage or opportunity to be a tough guy so we need to live vicariously through the Liam Neesons or Jason Stathams.

    If you want to get scientific about it for a second, we are designed to have a fight or flight instinct. It’s engrained in our DNA. But Anthony Accountant and Rosie Receptionist have no occasion to do either when they’re presented with stressful situations. So they walk around all day, stressed, with no relief. Thus, when they watch a movie or read a book like that, they vicariously get relief and simultaneously idolize a person who is able to DO something about their life ( like say…blow up a building or get in a car chase 😛 )

    Why do we yearn for action and violence? Because we exist in the mundane, and that is a situation that is only getting worse….

    Is it healthy? No. Is it Godly? Certainly not. But it is fun….

  3. I don’t yearn for violence. I can’t stand violence. I yearn for love and redemption – movies like Seabiscuit, Cinderella Man (I leave the room during the boxing scenes), Shawshank Redemption (I leave the room during the violent scene), A Beautiful Mind, To Sir With Love, Remember the Titans, Miracle, Tender Mercies…. In other words, I yearn for the “tougher” paths – the hugs, the prayers, the helps. I yearn for the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight. But then, I’m not a man.

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