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Topic: First (as in original) (01/10/05)



Arm in Arm
by Karen L. Fasig

Have you ever noticed how uniform the world is trying to become? The sexiest women are blond-haired, blue-eyed, size 1 (or smaller). The best looking men are portrayed with dark hair, perfect teeth, with a swath of hair escaping down their forehead with a body full of six pack muscles.

Travel from one city to another and youíll see the same skyscrapers and a McDonaldís tucked on the corners. The movies picture the future of Earth as this dark, dank, place where no one would want to live or as a place filled with human robots all garbed in the same color body gloves.

Leaders call for universal health careóreligions call for unity of worshipóGovernments strive to make others identical to them, whether it is Communism or Democracy. Man seems to have this insatiable need for sameness, oneness, and uniformity.

The need to quench the spirit of individuality is growing day by day and it springs from manís sinful soul. It is a desire to control everything around us. In order for that to be successful you need uniformity so no one can oppose whatever the crowd says is the acceptable thing to wear or think or do. This push for the human race to walk in unison is diametrically opposed to Godís plan

God is a God of firsts. He is the originator of free will, original thought and diversity. Each of his creation is unique unto itself. From the snowflake to man, individuality reigns in Godís realm. He made this world to operate in a fashion that needs diversity. Each creation has a role to play in Godís original design and each has its own individuality.

Every blade of grass is uniquely shaped. The clouds in the sky arenít all white and puffy some are dark and ominous. Every snowflake is of its own size and shape. The mountains, lakes, oceans, and all manners of fish are each one of a kind. The human race isnít all the same color, shape, size or intelligence.

Where would the world be if everybody did the exact same things? Godís vision is for each creature to grow to their full potential in the gifts each are given from birth. The world needs builders, doctors, lawyers, scientists, bakers, ditch diggers, truck drivers, garbage men and yes, even writers. God designed people to be different colors, speak different languages, and have different talents.

Man is the culprit who takes Godís perfection and tries to reign it in for personal gain whether it is money, power, control, or any other evil that can be thought up. When God is in the driverís seat there is no need for power over others. When God is in the driverís seat diversity can be celebrated, because that is the design of God.

God celebrates independent thinking, learning, and achievement. Read the book of Proverbs if you doubt that God wants us to learn and think and gain wisdom and knowledge. There is only one place that God wants us to walk in lock step, arm in arm, without independent thought and that is in obedience to him.

God gave his first born to make sure that you understand the enormity of his love of diversity, originality, and ingenuity. Who else do you know who could have devised a plan to bring his wayward sheep back into the fold by sacrificing the thing he loved the most-- His Son.

Our God is a God of firsts and no one is more original than he.

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Joanne Malley01/17/05
Well-written and thought-provoking.
Debbie OConnor01/17/05
Excellent article. You write very clearly. My favorite line is "From the snowflake to man, individuality reigns in God's realm." Great job.
Lori Othouse 01/18/05
I agree - very thought-provoking. My pastor says, "You were born an original, don't die a copy." I think your article captures that perfectly.
Kathy Cartee01/19/05
Very well written. You captured the meaning of original.
Deborah Anderson01/22/05
Very well said, Karen. God bless you.
L.M. Lee01/23/05
loved your concluding line