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Angry America

We are an angry nation Everywhere we turn we see and hear hostility, hatred, fear and anger expressed from the front page news, to local news, to politics, and even the sports pages.   We are angry about a lot of things:  taxes, health care , immigration, abortion, birth control, voter registration, national debt, corporate greed, shrinking of the middle class, cost of living.    I am of the opinion that we need to seriously consider a revision of or salute to our flag.  We should replace the current version of  “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  The final words should perhaps read“an angry nation, denying God’s love to those who don’t agree with us, severely divided, with liberty to do what we want regardless of the common good, and retribution toward those who threaten us; and with justice for those who can afford the high price!”

Our front page news and TV news every day  tells about murders ,or shows angry scenes at the border towns as people shout hateful words and shake angry fists at young illegal immigrant children from Central America,   In Wichita,  it seems every news program begins with a “breaking news” report of some violence in the city—a shooting after a quarrel, a robbery, a beating.  It includes drunken drivers killing innocent people and the family members of the loved one who died reacting in anger and demanding punishment  and revenge for the killing of their loved one.

Even the sports pages contain a violent view of life:  For example,  football, a violent sport that is often reported in warlike terms with  sports analysts speaking of the potential damage that those trying to get on a team are likely to do to their opponents—“hard hitter”  a “vicious tackler”, etc.

In our political arena, after the primary elections, the candidates now statethe battle has just begun!”   And the character assassination mud is already in the air for the November general election.   Fear and hatred are the hot-buttons that are being pushed, and as Yogi Berra once said:   “it’s deja vu all over again!”    Hostility towards opponents, hostility toward immigrants, hostility towards anyone and any issue that the candidate doesn’t agree with is the way the political opponents work these days, it seems, and if you don’t agree with the person about the issues then you will be slandered, vilified, and be subject to character assassination.   There is little discussion of the issues—it’s all personal and hostile and  an attempt to appeal  to the fear and hostility of the voters in this angry nation.

In all of the above, it seems it is always the “other person’s” fault. It seems it is “us”, the pure and above reproach against “them” who deserve our contempt, hatred and retribution because somebody must be blamed for the bad things that happen. It is always someone else’s fault. A recent example of this is an article about an interview with Kansas Governor Brownback, in which he explains the reason for his poor showing in the primary election (Brownback got 60% of the vote and his opponent, an unknown and poorly financed got 40%) is all to be blamed on President Obama! Really??!!

What goes out the window in an increasingly hostile and fearful and angry nation is any desire to strive for the “common good” of all the  people.   It is always “ME” and never “WE” that wins out in the midst of the hostile and fearful times I have described above.   There is a better way.   The hatred and fear mongers among our politicians and political party activists need to go back to “the founding fathers.

The Founding Fathers that conservatives like to appeal to had a lot of disagreements—-often very vigorous disagreements.  But when they came together to write a Constitution that would govern our country they made sure to include in the Preamble these words:  “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, promote domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

Those in our present Congress would do well to examine and try to explain how they are keeping the oath they took to uphold the Constitution!   With their hostile and partisan bickering the “common welfare”; i.e. “the common good” goes out the window.   Instead of seeking common ground on any of the issues above they continue to name-call, shake fists, assassinate character, etc.    It is “ME” instead of “WE”.   WHEN “ME” RULES INSTEAD OF “WE” THE COMMON GOOD IS NEVER ACHIEVED..

Those in our national and state legislatures and those who elect them might well take heed of the wisdom of the founding fathers and work for the common good of all the people of this country.

Only when “WE”  the People, and not ME the  individual, come together to solve our nation’s problems can we truthfully salute our flag, saying:   “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

 

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Why Are We Afraid?

 

It seems very contradictory to me that so many of those who call themselves Christians in the United States are being driven by “fear” in what they say and do.   For Christians to live in fear is a sign of their lack of trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness to be with them whatever happens.

Politicians regularly use “fear” as the basis for attacking their opponents and to appeal to the general public for their votes.    “If my opponent is elected then you we will go bankrupt as a nation!”  they cry as they appeal to your sense of fear.  We are going to be over-run by illegal aliens at our border, they howl!   What other reason can we use to explain the hateful expressions, clenched fists, and signs ‘We don’t want you here!” inflicted on innocent children on buses at the border of Mexico and other locations,  than expressions of irrational  fear?

In our cities people live  constantly in fear.  In Kansas we are now legally allowed to carry weapons (guns and knives) practically any place we go.   The weapons don’t even have to be concealed anymore!   Switch-blade knives are now legal!   We have even passed a law trying to keep  federal agents from enforcing federal gun laws in Kansas.   The sale of all kinds of guns have made the cash registers dance in gunshops all over the state the last few years  as the state legislature has gotten rid of practically all the laws, even in cities such as Wichita, that regulate the carrying of weapons.   And the so-called law-makers have based their actions on the fear that the public has of being attacked.  Every time there is a mass shooting somewhere in the nation, the gun sales in Kansas skyrocket!

The phrase “Do not Fear” appears  58 times in the Bible.   Let me give you just a few examples:

Mark 5:36:   Jesus counseled Jairus concerning the death of his daughter in these words:   “Do not fear, only believe!”

Matthew 14:27:  Jesus told his disciples who were frightened out of their wits  as they saw him walking on the water in the storm on the sea of Galilee:   “”Take heart!   It is I.   Do not fear”.

Luke 2:10:  On the night of Jesus’ birth, the angel told the shepherds:   “Do not be afraid—see I am bringing you news of great joy….”

Psalm 23:4:    The Psalmist says:   “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.”

Today’s Christians need to pay heed to these words:   “Do not fear!”   As Paul tells the Roman Church—-“If God is for us, who is against us?  ….Who will separate us from the love of Christ?   Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?….No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present\, nor things to come, nor power, nor height, jor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christians, do you believe this?   IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IT THEN WHY ARE YOU AFRAID?    Fear not—-God is with you always.   Trust God !   Fear Not!   Do not be afraid!