America Has Chosen…
We can ask ourselves in hindsight, “Why are we not surprised when kindergarteners vote for lollipops, instead of voting for healthy meals?” Ask Michelle Obama about that. Not sure she has an easy time with Barack’s nutritional choices.
One thing we keep forgetting is that the prerequisite, for the success of democracy, is an ethical population.
In the absence of an ethical population, self-indulgence rules, and those least committed to justice and equality rapidly find ways of helping themselves to the national treasury, on every level, political and individual. When the number of such individuals grows too large, the nation begins to sink.
We can allow ourselves a moment of self-pity and regret.
Then we roll up our sleeves and start to patch the boat.
We can remind ourselves that humanity has done this for millennia- made mistakes, rolled up sleeves, and salvaged the wreckage with the help of God. From the Old Testament tribulations of the Jews to the trials suffered by our parents and grandparents in World War II. Apparently our assignment or “war” is the cultural war, which seeks to replace the Judeo-Christian foundations of the Constitution of the United States, with self-indulgent secular values, which discard the Ten Commandments. We have lost a battle, but the war goes on.
As throughout the rest of history, God remains on our side.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.
– Matthew 11:28
The good news is that half of America still understands the importance of Judeo-Christian values.
The other half, like most young people, need to make some mistakes and suffer a few bruises before they figure out where they are going wrong.
If we’re at all honest, we say “Been there, done that.”
And our job is to tolerate them, to love them, to pray for them, and to help them.
Don’t get me wrong, not to facilitate. But to watch for opportunities to provide constructive help.
The dream of achieving paradise on earth is always a tempting one, but in reality, no nation has ever achieved it, so we should not be surprised that we struggle to do so.
God will see us through.
And now, for my moment of personal self-pity before I roll up my sleeves once again: