Please don’t think of this as a lecture; think of it as … a lecture

July 30, 2011

Odds&Ends, Spirituality

Many are revolted that no cool heads prevail as we veer toward the debt-ceiling precipice.  But let us pause.  Let us ask: Why has this come upon us?  Look no further than the election of 2010, when “voter anger” chased out the last statesmen and ushered in thugs who view compromise as a weakness.  We voters were angry, and we angry voters elected angry politicians who knew all about screaming and vilifying and nothing about human relationships.  The result: Self-perpetuating, self-fulfilling, and self-metastasizing rage.  We’ve got what we voted for.

We weren’t looking at the Good Book in 2010.  Perhaps we can sample a few verses now:

Ephesians 4:31: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Psalm 37:8: “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.”

Colossians 3:8: “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

James 1:9: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry …”

Proverbs 14:29: “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”

Sobering passages, given the debacle – and make no mistake, the enemy is the image in the mirror.  We, as a nation, voted for these people by pulling the lever in the booth or staying home.

I don’t mean to shake my finger (actually that’s precisely what I’m doing), but we will never solve our political problems until we come to terms with our own diminished character.

An update

Wall Street bankers are actually lecturing Congress as well.  See here.  And The New York Times article on the bankers here.

Another update:

Not to over-emphasize my point or anything, but the Associated Press says much the same thing:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security?

Look in the mirror …  For the rest, read this

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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2 Comments on “Please don’t think of this as a lecture; think of it as … a lecture”

  1. Carlene Byron Says:

    We’ve stopped playing politics and started playing Survivor. (That’s not original, BTW; it came from a particularly good op-ed I read over the weekend.) The problem is that civil communities aren’t supposed to be about throwing people off the island. Who else is ready to move to Canada?


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