The idiocy of our nation is astounding to say the least. We can not expect our neighbors to give, when we as individuals do not give. We can not expect our neighbors to be concerned when we are not concerned. All across this great land, citizens are raising their flags and pounding their chest over the death of Osama Bin Laden. Yet, still the big picture escapes them. The enemy was not Osama Bin Laden; we simply destroyed an image. The enemy is the “thought,” the idea of what he represents and my friends no bullet will ever destroy that. We have our images. They are but distant shadows reminding us of “who” they are. But when we consider “what they are,” their character, we haven’t a clue. But we continue to vote for them, to re-elect them in a moments passion of patriotism and political grand standing. What have they done for our communities, what have they given back? How devoted are they to the good of all? But it is the image we crave, the image we raise and support. Yet, we continue to ask why things are the way they are. The raiding of public coffers for the political expediency and personal favors by our elected officials; The accusatory tone and blame placed on the unfortunates due to their miscarriage of the public trust. These people, our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers of a once great and proud nation will not disappear because we turn a blind eye. They shall forever be seared within our conscience, forever a reminder of where we are, where we were, and acutely disillusioned as to where we are headed.
Indeed, it takes a mighty heart to go against the grain, to stand upon shifting sands and cry out for the other direction, the one that leads to what is right by God. To stand on higher ground supported by divine principle and the Love of Christ. None can claim the Glory of Christ. None can claim His affection and distribute it in a four year campaign. He is greater than that, mightier than a two edge sword. But as a nation, we clamor and shout in adoration and agreement to what is truly empty words from a disparate image carved out of our unconcerned likeness. As someone greater than I have said, his words roused a nation and contribute to the demise of a self seeking and inglorious empire. He basically stated, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) Although this has been attributed to him, it is not correct. What he did say is more profound born of tremendous character and conscience.
“It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man’s life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence.”
When we can betray the Truth and the good conscience which God Almighty has given us, we betray each and every one of us.
” Gilead is a city of evildoers, stained with footprints of blood.” Hosea 6:8