Why Silos Should Die

In modern times, the battle of soul often features manufactured creations formed through adversity, change and reactions to them. For example, when life alters course, many build walls out of preset responses to uncertainty, while for others, construction occurs out of philanthropy...with foundation cemented in yielded faith. Yet, for those who coin barricades to preserve justice through the lens of self, walls can be converted into something far more dangerous, something with far greater destructive potential.

What I’m talking about are silos, fully functional walls that encompass the maker and turn him into captive - prisoners blind to blindness, dwelling in shadows, not realizing that in the fortress of autonomy, no hope exists apart from divine inspiration.

What exactly are silos, you say? Well, that is an appropriate question, in case you’re unsure. But before I dive in, let me just say though not all silos are alike, most silos have several common denominators.

For instance, silos often structure themselves in cliques that either a) partition passivity, b) shield one from relational responsibility and/or c) attest to a compartmentalized culture that counters unity in community. Essentially, silos hinder one’s ability to discern the difference between alienable and inalienable, due in part, to mass manipulation of life and liberty.

According to Stephen Lucas, in his book, “Justifying America: The Declaration of Independence as a Rhetorical Document”, the Preamble contains one of the best-known sentences in English language with the most potent and consequential words in American history:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Note the “and” between liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This conjunction tells us that these three privileges (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) serve equally within a three part summation that point to a larger pursuit. Yet, many have capped the pursuit to be happiness itself, instead of the search for something infinitely larger. By stripping God of his “Omni” nature in our hearts, we not only skew the Preamble, but hypothetically label “loads of lassitude” over “pursuit of happiness”. What a miserable substitution! Digging deeper, perhaps this reveals an increasingly taboo struggle with young generations: the hunger-robbing headlock that coerces both immediate solution and satisfaction known as entitlement.

Think medically for a moment. Imagine you’ve endured a flesh-wound and you’re contemplating the best course of action. Rather than pour the Proxicide on the wound first, you prematurely apply the Band-Aid instead and carry on as if everything is cool, even if you feel far from it. Now think about the sensibility of the decision. What does this mentality speak to? For a desire to be healthy is only human, but to care about the intimate deals concerning how healing happens? That’s another story. Why is it we are so willing to sacrifice purity for less suffering and righteousness for a smile? Are we so desperate to move on from heartache, we’d be so willing to cast aside long-term benefits? Seriously, does anyone else muse over why an absent-minded culture can’t be absent to its double-minded ways?

Again, the pursuit of happiness, if not prioritized properly, can be a deceptive disruption as the lead driver in the entitlement enterprise. Why? Because entitlement undercuts holy motivation and discourages one to live in the fullness of Christ. It prevents us from understanding how a) achievement in the spiritual realm cannot occur when the shortcut to success is the road traveled by, b) the shortcut to success is affixed to a pursuit of happiness when idolatry and/or soul ties has manifested c) entitlement bound to any other stronghold sets the stage for consequential bridges to be burned in place of inconsequential silos.

At the core of mankind is a loving God, who provides every human being the privilege of pursuing His heart; however, humanity’s decision to individualize freedom has enhanced an egocentric mentality that makes life a treasure map, with happiness, the ‘X’ that marks the spot. When will we wake up and understand, like our Founding Fathers, that emotional conditions are always secondary to absolute rights, with which all human beings are endowed by their Creator. Happiness is the not the sum of life and liberty; it is a key ingredient in the equation that leads to an encounter with divine power, and in turn, a happy life and godliness, having been called to the knowledge of God (2 Peter 1:3).

May we, as the body of Christ, not sleep on social division, as if turning rational issues into irrational hallucinations are 21st century fads. Instead, may we be a people who daily die to our assumptions and vain imaginations as we corporately chase after unbreakable unity, courageous vulnerability and instantaneous grace. Oh, valiant verisimilitude! How grateful we should be to know silos have no place, when Jesus is our fortress and strong tower.

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