Along the course of a recent and ferocious discussion with one of my executive coaching clients, we went from talking about virtu and crossing boundaries “using our power for good”, to the untidy topic of how people and families of greatly apparent faith seem to be sorely tested (sickness, tragedy, etc.), really, manifested itself.

Verily I say. We’ve already circulated this amongst those Prudent Gentlemen. It’s a barn-burner, to be sure. And, there is already a lot of pushing and shoving going on.

Things like that happen around me, often.

This may well be one of those taboo-level topics. But, what the hell (or, heaven – who knows yet?).

Come on, we all know Believers, obnoxious or not, that make us scratch our heads because, despite their faith (or, is it because of it), they get their butts kicked by life (or, God) – and, often.

Providing God cares about history books, what if you look at it from an Old Testament perspective… It seems as though God is more interested in testing character, than faith.

This is going to take some pondering on my part.

The trouble is that we’re likely looking at a solution from different sides of the same problem. I expound this because, it has only just now, this very moment, struck me that, and this is deliciously ironic, by leveraging His gift of discernment, God let us create multiple religions. In the very trenches of life and warfare, God set the stage for our greatest challenge – accepting that men must, often, face opposing paths to reach the same goals and objectives.

And, maybe there need be no solution because God remains long after we won’t. God tests character and man tempts faith. Now I wonder if I should revisit that mote in Gods eye.

What if He does not care which religion you subscribe to? And, let’s be clear, I don’t buy it when people dip their toe into the fray with being “spiritual”. Judgment aside, my gut tells me that is wishy-washy bullshit. Under my current thinking, He might be more interested in what you do through your religion, as opposed to why you do it. By the way… Fear of the unknown (which might be were religion is actually spawned) might be part of the equation.

Meanwhile, many religions offer or require rules (commandments, tenants, etc.) that are similar. And, we have murdered one another for centuries in His name (but that seems more Darwinian, to me, than providence). Must we invoke religion, faith, conscience or discernment since it is always better to endure hardship and evil than to perpetrate them? Enduring hardship is certainly a Biblical standard.

It’s all already under my skin, and beneath my fingernails, and has me all itchy. So, look for further discussion investigation once I can come up with additional examples. But, by all means, please offer up a few of your own. Goad me along, please. Test me. God does is all the time. And, He created you possibly for that unique task.

I must admit that I am, and  truly, relishing this exercise. It’s seeking, as I recognize it, with a full heart and cup that would never be half empty.

The results can me memorable, although rarely tragic.

In closing, in the joyous event I still have you with me, consider Scorpion’s Wind of Change – this (get through the first minute) performed in Moscow:

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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