We all have understandings of why we want to live a certain way, that is, if we live in free societies. People who do not live in free societies do not have choices about their lives.
Christians understand that their life is one that is valued and valueable because we are brought up with the Christian adopted "ideals" of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I think that Christians need to understand, especially for the more sectarian or fundamentalistically inclined, that life has meaning and meaning is ultimate value. We must decide for ourselves based on our personal value system and why those values matter. We must decide where we want to commit and why we want to commit where we do, as unto the Lord...
I find that those who hold power in these sectarian environments are not always balanced in their understandings of the complexity of issues, or ideals. They see their goal as an ultimate one, but do not limit their power in asserting their goals running over civil liberties in the process. It is never ethical to choose the purpose of another's life, no matter what the cause, or goal.
Third Sunday of Advent
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