We are all subject to our pre-existing desires solidified by past experiences, each biased by pleasure or pain, and these fundamental (often self-centered) heart-level desires drive what we believe about reality. These are our wants. The actual events, both those observed and those reported to be true, are assigned their meaning and relevance based on their perceived significance to the underlying desires.

There is also momentum added by the mass of the individual’s need to feel superior by being “right” in his opinion. The selfish delight is fleeting but intense. The community delight is slow-building, requiring self-sacrifice, but long-lasting.

Then there is God. He shapes desire. The cool thing about circumstantial communication from God is that we are totally objects of His grace and we have less chance to corrupt the message through our twisted flesh. So the challenge is more about paying attention and following threads, even if they lead to difficult places. Obeying and thanksgiving.

Here are some diagnostics:

1. How long has it been since you changed your mind about a political or religious question?

2. Does new information that comes out about politics, religion, or philosophy ever make you reassess your position? Name some specifics.

According to this hard fact, it is a general rule that the things that you change your mind about must be the things that don’t really matter to you politically, religiously, or philosophically, unless you have been forcibly transformed in the heart.

James stretched to reach the lamp after he awoke in the diffused dim light of a peeking sun. Remembering the events of the previous day, he lay back down staring at the speckled ceiling. He found himself on the other side of a line he thought he would have never crossed.