Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Let's face it

“Not everything that is faced can be changed.
But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
 James Baldwin

There are more than a few things in this world that need changing
There are more than a few things about our country that need changing
There are more than a few things about me, and you
That need changing

It is not that hard to understand the changes others need to make
Those hateful ones
Greedy ones
Lustful ones
Cruel ones

It is not hard that “they” need to change
Those whose culture
Or color
Or creed
Is different from my own

After all
My country, my religion
Are exceptional



We must face it!
the greatest impediment to positive change
the greatest roadblock to the emergence of what many call
“the kingdom of God” (whatever that looks like)
is our unwillingness to look at ourselves
and say

“I have met the enemy, and the enemy is us”
(Walt Kennedy, Pogo, 1970 – a commentary on the way humans trash the planet
  in a cartoon published on Earth Day)

Real change
The kind of change that bends history toward love and justice
Will not happen when we focus on the ills of others
It will only happen when we are willing to look in the mirror, and see what is wrong with us
When we face the things within ourselves, that need to be changed.

When we refuse to look in the mirror
When we refuse to see ourselves the way we really are?
We aid and abet evil

Take immigration
It is easy to point the finger at them
Those brown people
Those poor people
Those speakers of Spanish and indigent languages

It is easy to look at them a see them as
Criminals and drug runners
As people who seek only to take and not give
As burdens and threats

So we seek change
“A wall” some say, “that is the change we need”

But we will not find a solution to this problem
If we look at those immigrants
We will only find it if we look at ourselves

At our essential selfishness, that says America First, me first
That selfishness that defines others as less

We will only create the change needed
If we face that selfishness
And our racism, both subtle and overt
And our fear

and change that to generosity, and acceptance
compassion, and welcome

If we want to make America great
We must face up to the ways in which we are not great

If we want to make our churches part of The Church
We have to face up with the ways we have lost our way
And chased after the God’s of power, affluence, and expedience

If we want to become better people
We have to face up to our own flaws

There is much that needs changing
Not everything can be changed
But nothing can be changed until it is faced

Sorry Sarah Huckabee Sanders
You may say
 "Every life - that's what sets America apart from every other country; we value life.
That is what makes us unique."

But let’s face it
We don’t value life
We have those who oppose abortion, sure

But we don’t have economic equity
We don’t have justice for all
We don’t have universal health care
We are eroding services for the poor (so we don’t have to pay taxes)
We are destroying the plant on which we live

We are not exceptional
We are not better than “every other country”
We have our flaws

Lets face it
And we will never become great again
Until we do

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