COLUMN: Games people play | Opinion
“Oh the games people play now, every night and every day now, never meaning what they say now, never saying what they think.” American singer-songwriter Joe South wrote, composed and performed “Games People Play”, released in August 1968. The song won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year. What a song for 1968, let alone 2022. Granted, South wasn’t writing about politicians or personalities. He was, “Talking about you and me and the games people play.” Ouch! Take that on the chin!
I Kings 8:46 says, “(F) or there is no one who sins.” In his letter to believers in Rome, Paul doubles down on quoting many Old Testament saints, writing: “There is no righteous man, not even one; there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God…” Unless we deceive ourselves, we know that we are guilty and that none of us is better than ‘another. Nevertheless, human nature drives us to persecute those we perceive to be the worst. The fairest do not hesitate to throw the first stone.
“People approach you singing Hallelujah glory, and they try to tell you in the name of the Lord. They will teach you how to meditate, read your horoscope, cheat your fate and more to hell with Come and get on board. Today protesters are angrily spitting out streams of expletives as they wave posters denouncing ‘hate’.
Perhaps the most hated man in America today is former President Donald Trump. For more than six years, he and his followers have galvanized the hatred of critics who riot, burn and destroy, kill and maim and rebel against all authority. Those consumed with hatred for Trump deeply despise him personally, but not necessarily his policies, especially in comparison to the policies of his successor.
And if believers, not everyone but only those who profess
Would Jesus, as Lord and Savior, spend a day awake, from dawn to bedtime, thanking God for forgiving us of all our personal sins? No politics. No headaches or complaints. Nothing but good words of blessings for those we talk to and talk about. Just a full day, 24 hours. Wondering what percentage of American voices would only offer blessings, even while driving? The Bible says that our human nature is 100% totally corrupt. Humanists say we are all basically good-hearted with the caveat that some of us are naturally better than others, either by nature or by upbringing.
Fallen human nature has always compelled each of us to play virtuous games with each other. It has always been more about winning and losing than about right and wrong, and rarely about truth or lies. This week, the Supreme Court will announce the decisions of right and wrong, winners and losers. Those who have a stake in the judgments will celebrate or protest as if those decisions will make or break the United States of America.
1Joe South wrote: “Look around you, tell me what you see, what is happening to you and to me, God grant me the serenity to remember who I am… Because you have abandoned your reason for your pride and your vanity. , turn your back on humanity, oh and you don’t care…
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville. Contact him at [email protected]