Are We Limited to Correct Answers?

It was stunning to read a recent New York Times article on crime at an Indian reservation in Wyoming.  The numbers on the Winding River Reservation startle. As the article notes, “On average, residents can expect to live 49 years, 20 years fewer than in Iraq. Unemployment, estimated to be higher than 80 percent, is on a par with Zimbabwe’s, and is approaching the proportionate inverse of Wyoming’s 6 percent jobless rate.”

Many causes no doubt contribute to create the situation – historical, political, economic etc….  Solutions likewise will need tp be multifaceted.  However, one thing does remain true – a basic sense of order, or structure is a key starting point.

Of course saying that is deeply unpopular.  I feel a discomforting twinge of “Oh I hope no one actually reads THAT” as I type the sentence.  Because shouldn’t the problem be laid carefully and cleanly on the “system” that creates perpetrators who in turn create victims?  The challenge however in taking that tact is then no one person is held accountable.  Responsibility just shift to the nebulous “system.”

Yet we all in a sense bear responsibility.  We all in a sense owe something to the solution.  With a reservation as far away as Wyoming, direct help may well be challenging – beyond our reach – with the exception of a few individuals for whom it may be a call.  But what is not beyond anyone’s reach reading this is a simple call to exercise discipline in our own lives.

Such an unpopular term discipline.  Yet it is critical.  It is how we move beyond our tastes to deeper forms of God given discernment.  It creates the foundation for growth.   In the end, we are actually a bit limited to at least a few correct answers!

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