Thursday, July 16, 2009

An Introduction to Conviction

Whether its campaign politics, policy legislation, personal philosophy or pure religion undefiled - the 'middle of the road' is no place to be. Unless, of course you could guarantee and maintain perfect control of both the 'left' and the 'right', simultaneously mitigating the tandem pull of their polarities to the same, exact degree. Otherwise, without changing anything on your part, your position would be uprooted, in a perpetual state of flux, vacillating from right to left and from left to right by virtue of the constant geographic, political, philosophic and spiritual variance around you.

Compromise begins with conscious consideration, continues with calculation of the costs and concludes with a willingness to concede. It is imperative that all non-negotiable positions are secured.

However, this is not the root cause for loss of position (whatever that position may be). If evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing, then more positions are squandered today due to lack of conviction than by anything else.

Conviction is not a cute noun to be inserted in a casual conversation, Sunday sermon or sales pitch. Conviction is a place, a destination, a graveyard you only dare go after having passed the scrutiny of the cognitive and liability of the affective. Conviction is not moved by majorities. Conviction is not deterred by temptation. Conviction does not cave in to pressure. Conviction is not concerned with opinion. Conviction is the hill you die on before forfeiting your position.

Jesus said, 'Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it'(Matthew 7:13-14).

Conviction might be a bean patch, a moral, a principal, a truth, a cross, a loss of popularity, a visa exclusive to the road less traveled - but, for the sake of the world, our nation, our families and the Church, find that position at any cost!

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