I've been hearing Christian radio talk show hosts, conservative politicians and pundits crow about how the election of President Bush is marking an era of renewed morality for the country. They boast about how when the voters had to choose between economic and spiritual issues they chose spirituality. I'm hearing that Bush has a mandate to rule, uh, I mean govern with a conservative moral authority. For awhile, I thought "are these people crazy?!" But maybe I'm the crazy one.
Maybe lying and deception aren't really bad sins. After all, David committed them. God must understand that when you're a king or president (or a president who fancies himself king) you can say just about anything, ignore the needs of the middle and lower classes and stuff the wallets of your wealthy friends. In the movie Love Story, the famous line was, "love means never having to say you're sorry." Being president apparently means never having to say you've made a mistake.
Maybe the Lord is pleased that we invaded Iraq without provocation and that nearly 1,200 of our soldiers are dead and 9,000 or so were wounded in Iraq while Osama Bin Laden is still alive and well and taunts us with video tapes. Maybe it's a good thing that more than 10,000 innocent Iraqis (including many children and women) were killed. Perhaps a preemptive strike based on faulty intelligence and a lack of hard evidence and a careless disregard for human life is the way to go. Doesn't might make right? Watching Marines hoist American flags in weak countries is kinda cool. Hey let's invade Grenada again and then North Korea, Iran, the Sudan, Cuba and Nigeria (Nigeria has oil right?).
Who cares if Halliburton is raking in record profits on no bid government contracts? If the soldiers who drive trucks along the same routes as Halliburton truck drivers for only a fraction of what the Halliburton drivers make, don't like it, let the soldiers quit and work for Halliburton. Oh, that's right, now-a-days when you sign up for today's Army, you're basically in for life. Too bad! They shouldn't have enlisted if they didn't want to risk body and limb for reason known only to those in the administration who have never been to war but are quick to send other people's kids.
Maybe it's not so bad that most of the free world hates us. What can they do to us? We're the lone super power now and after 9/11 we can justify just about anything we do. God has blessed us with power and what good is power if it's not abused from time to time? Heck, I can hardly wait for retirement to pay triple the price for meds and to see if the privatized version of Social Security will exist after China stops lending us money to keep it afloat. I can tell my grand kids that in the good old days Social Security and Medicare existed and the federal government's deficit was a mere 5 trillion.
And I don't mind that the wealthiest 1% of the people get the biggest tax cuts. They need the money to finance elections and relocate their multi-national corporations in nations other than this one.
Maybe after Bush's second term, we can coax Dick Chaney out of his undisclosed location (which could be a federal penitentiary after Halliburton has been thoroughly investigated) and we can have maybe 8 more years of good, clean American fun! It feels good to be sane!
If your ministry "involves reconciliation and diversity", you could have fooled me with this article. If if bothers you so much "that people hate people and especially when those in the body of Christ hate those who may not look like them or live near them" then how can you criticize a man I imagine you do not know personally? The best way to change things we donīt like is to kneel, not rant.
What a responsibility you have! You have been gifted with an exceptional eleqoence of communication. Nothing is left to doubt, in your reader, as to where you stand. Would that we all had such a gift. Paul reminds us that our words are to be seasoned with salt, and salt can burn, especially open wounds. Our Heavenly Father, the author of reconciliation, allows us to see through His reconciliation of Himself to us, that it only comes through forgiveness. That His forgiveness takes our sins, the imperfections seeded throughout our humanity, and buries them beneath the blood of His son. May we each remember His lesson. "Love" which covers a multitude of sin; and may we faithfully cover one another in prayer...continuing to seek His guidance and His favor.
Thank you for your honesty. God still has a mighty work He needs to do, doesn't He. I'm so grateful He promises to continue that work in Him until we truly are perfected. God bless, and may He heal the woundedness that has spread across this land as He draws each of our hearts to Him.