Sjolander Road Fellowship

Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

people are not the issue



Despite what we generally hear from politicians, preachers, pundits, and writers on the editorial page, other people are not the political problem. The problem may be their unchallenged and unchallengeable beliefs and assumptions, but that issue will never be resolved by eliminating thinkers in an attempt to change thinking. Thinking otherwise is futile and amply demonstrated by history.


Behaviors can be a problem for sure, but those behaviors stem from how we view one another and act in response. A corrupted nature, inherited depravity, or willful ungodliness are all manmade explanations used to avoiding the difficult work of analyzing ourselves and our relationship with one another in a meaningful way. Dismissing one another as incorrigible serves as a pat answer for ever misdeed, so we can blithely ignore the need to really understand why we all misbehave and instead focus on destroying misbehavers.


When we hear someone pointing to someone else's as a political issue, we can be sure that we are directed to a symptom of a problem and not the real underlying issue at all. The real issue will be much more complex and nuanced than any call to violence, retribution, or patriotism would suggest. Those suggestions just serve to perpetuate what really causes the problems, an attachment to the notion that a bigger dose of what failed last time will be successful the next.