It’s not Obama’s, Mark Driscoll’s, or Justin Bieber’s fault


“Our world is not working; it is coming apart at the seams. It’s human nature to find someone to blame. Republicans blame Democrats, Democrats blame Republicans; Christians blame atheists, atheists blame Christians; Israelis blame Palestinians, Palestinians blame Israelis, etc. My inbox is filled with emails from people expressing their anger toward institutional church and its leaders. We are continuously looking for a scapegoat—it’s Obama’s fault, it’s Mark Driscoll’s fault, it’s Justin Bieber’s fault, it’s fill-in-the-blank’s fault.

But consider the possibility that the current futility of the world is actually no one’s fault. The world is simply the way it is as scientists describe it. There are no people to blame or scapegoat for the suffering and misery of our existence. There is no person or people who are the enemy. Then what is? Isn’t the enemy the beliefs that rule and drive us from within, and many of those beliefs have existed for thousands of years?

Solving the crisis of our world is not a matter of removing certain individuals or groups from positions of power. It goes deeper than that. The enemy is not the people, but the attitudes, narratives, mindsets, and belief systems that have poisoned us all and rule in our minds. These are the principalities and powers that have cast a darkness over our world, and they must be challenged and struck down. If you want to get angry about something, get angry at the false myths and ideologies that are governing our existence. Here’s something else to get angry about—these ideas, myths, and ideologies are living inside your mind and ruling your life right now!”

– Jim Palmer, Inner Anarchy

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  1. Danny Randall says:

    I just started reading the book yesterday and I am loving it man! This next book I’m writing is so much more coming from that deep place inside me because of you encouraging me to speak from that deep place inside me instead of leaning on others thoughts and opinions. I’m no longer outsourcing my authority. It’s been liberating and refreshing to express myself without a filter and without trying to make my thoughts fit into some pre conceived belief system. It really is so simple. Just trust the voice inside you that resonates with your heart and makes you come alive. Thanks for that Jim! Thanks for sharing from your deep feelings!

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