Is this an idol or a symbol? What false prophets have touted this man made object in the name of greed and deception?
The Star of David, or the Feminine Chalice and the Male Phallus intertwined?
What is and what is not patriotic? Freedom for all or an opportunity for some?
A bastard son of Abraham and half brother of Israel, or an oppressed people, with some of the richest oil reserves in the world?
A Nazi Swastica or a mangled Asian ancient symbol?
The American Red Cross or a modern Knights Templar crusader?
A woman oppressed or a pious, devout woman of faith?
Racist symbol or a saving grace?
Hope and change or radical opportunist?
Slave owners or a people facing an economic slaughter?
The Guidon, the location of a military unit that aids in identification of units across the battlefield. Commanders and generals have used the guidon for thousands of years, to maneuver their units onto the battlefield and command and control them in battle.
The symbols we align ourselves with and adorn upon ourselves, enable others to quickly size us up and assess our intentions from a distance. Just as commanders have done for thousands of years. The more we succumb to idols and symbols, the easier it becomes for us to blindly invite con artists into our lives and homes.
God bless is a mere formality for the sales person. Peace be upon you is a way to gain trust without exhibiting the fruits of an honest person.
A circumcised penis does not ensure salvation just as an uncircumcised penis does not promise eternal damnation.
Perhaps symbols and idols have led us further astray than we realize. Perhaps we idolize symbols more than honesty and relationships.
And then there are funny hats. Symbols of devotion or mere traditions that require costumes to show how devout and good we are?
Actions not words, deeds not pleasantries.