One of our contributing editors pointed out to me tonight that we can’t slip into painting U.S. foreign policy pre-2017 as a golden age of human rights leadership and environmental responsibility. That’s fair. But now the gloves are off. Journalists and activists must now be on alert more than they ever have: The people who used to work to protect vulnerable communities are now under the direct supervision of people who’ve spent their careers subverting them.
First Isaiah is no exception. The Daughters of Zion [ahem … ALL of Israel] are used to describe the many ways that the people of God had backslid, making for a city that was “degenerate,” according to the subtitle in my study Bible. Interesting note, according to Merriam-Webster, a “degenerate society” is one in which people no longer have a sense of being citizens, only consumers. Bloody hell, does that hit close to home.
Do not confuse velvet words and simply holding a door open as honor. Instead, observe how he treats others, your waiter, the homeless, and the marginalized. For if you see how he treats those at their highs and lows, you’ll understand how he will treat you during your high and low points. Heed this wisdom and do not become disillusioned, for honorable men will still break your heart. A dishonorable man will break up with you via text, SnapChat (if that still exists), or simply ignore you. But an honorable man will break your heart face-to-face.