This morning, while driving, I heard on the radio an advertisement from the Disney Company encouraging kids to audition for a movie role. I have heard this particularly annoying advertisement many, many times. But there was something different this time. Instead of telling innocent and naïve moms and dads that their kids could appear in a movie and become famous like Miley Cyrus, now, the Disney Company was encouraging kids to audition by telling them that they could be like Selina Gomez! It didn't take long for me to figure it out. Miley has become somewhat of a liability. She, like Britney and Lindsay, is no longer the poster child for stardom. The business needs a new name, a new face, and a new innocence to exploit.
The parable of the landowner who planted a vineyard makes reference to the fact that God is the creator of the world; like it or not, and He demands, through faith and reason and human nature and divine law, that we respect this fact. Our answer to his sovereignty is measured by how well we obey the Lord's laws, precepts and statutes. There are consequences for our actions. As we hold each other accountable, so too the Lord hold us accountable. The difference being God's justice is always very clear, honest and fair. Ours is not always so clear, honest or fair. We all have a tendency to blur the line between objective reality and subjective sensitivities; between facts and fantasies; between an image burned in our memory and that burned from our imagination; between details and the descriptions; between truth and excuse; between justice and justifications.
What is the solution? "Remember the marvels the Lord has done." Those who forgive know that God is with them. Those who can let go live their lives like the Lord. Those who respect the Lord's commandments are really saying, "In God we trust."