Had a good chat with my friend Linda H. this morning. Linda’s active in politics in one of the states south of me, here, and we talked about the corruption and exclusivity that has come to mark the political parties controlling county and state process.
She made what I think was an astute observation, which is the point of this post. We both agree that we MUST have a solid and assertive set of candidates to choose from in the primary, next year. President Obama has already begun campaigning for his second term – and God knows, we cannot survive another four years of this incompetence.
She said, and I agree, that the nation could be heading toward another civil war if things aren’t turned around. BUT – she stressed the spiritual nature of the combat at hand.
And she’s right. The coming battles are those of character and principle and not of personality cults or even agendas. The current political arena is an exclusive old-boys’ club where too often the people with the concerns and the intelligence to DO something about them are locked out. Nepotism abounds – and that’s bad for the nation and for our communities.
We must prepare. We must begin with prayer, with regular, disciplined prayer that transforms us and leads us where we need to go – not the sort of prayer that attempts to dictate to God what we will and won’t have from Him, thank you very much.
And we must understand. Our public schools have been depriving us of understanding for more than forty years, now; we must educate OURSELVES to understand what the principles are, what they mean, how they affect us.
We have a tremendous responsibility. Privileges carry with them responsibility; I believe our rights carry even greater responsibilities. We are, we will be accountable for how we have lived as citizens and sojourners in this world.
After all – it is our mandate as Christians to bring true Gospel values into the world. True ones, not the politically correct ones that ignorant people have been persuaded they have to embrace – ones that even a rudimentary understanding of the Scriptures would show are soul-damaging. To take the Gospel into the world, to infuse the world with gospel values…
We have to begin with prayer.
(to be continued)
Speaking of speaking out and speaking up I don’t know if the story made it to your part of the continent but we’ve had some big news in Canada. Archbishop Terrance Prendergast canceled the Develpment&Peace speaker who was to have spoken a few days ago in his Archdiocese, Ottawa. The cancelled speaker is Fr. Arriaga from Mexico, whose organization receives money from Canadian Catholics via D&P. Fr. Arriaga’s group supports pro-abortion groups – whether directly or indirectly I don’t know. Archbishop Prendergast said: “the Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico is incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death.”
That’s bold for Canada. That’s bold for a bishop when his brother bishops are holding their tongue. God bless Archbishop Prendergast.
Sometimes I think I’ve prayed about this so much, God must be tired of listening to me. ( No disrespect to God intended.)