August 26

 Reflection 

Our country seems to have lost its capacity for choosing statesmen and women for leadership. So many of our leaders fall far short of expectations. With a nation in such need nationally and internationally, we long for leaders who see beyond their own self-interest and use their power to work for the people. The most dismaying thing is to see the use of religious posturing to spread mistrust and hate. Situations which provide teachable moments and opportunities for honest cooperation to find workable solutions become battlegrounds for ideology and power. The words of Jesus ring in our ears. He had the courage to speak out. He took the risk and paid the price. How many of us care enough to do the same?

Prayer

Open my eyes and give me courage, O Lord.

Action

I will try to rise above my own concerns and have a broader view.
I have power by being informed, assessing situations and voting for change.
Will I care enough to take action?

Suggested Reading

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.
Matthew 23:27-32

Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.
John Adams

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.
Aristotle

The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.
Bill Clinton 

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
Adolf Hitler

What you do speaks so loud I cannot hear what you say.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

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