January 29

Reflection

As we observe what passes for political discourse in our nation at the present time, it might be interesting to consider this sentence from theologian Ilia Delio:

“Jesus wept over those who were hard of heart; he wept over those who were blind, self-righteous,
full of themselves, judgmental, critical and addicted to power.”

It was Jesus who said, “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:43). Empty promises of great things to be personally accomplished accompanied by slurs, insults, arrogance, and indifference to the needs of others are not qualities suitable for a public servant. To see public support and encouragement for such behavior is equally disheartening. It might be well to remember that “Blindness divides the whole into thousands of little pieces that God cannot repair without our consent and cooperation” (Delio).

Prayer

Those who have eyes to see, let them see. Matthew 13

Action

Search the gospels and find the times Jesus condemned hypocrisy and selfish leadership. Find where he warned against division. Find passages where he defended the poor. Read his condemnation of those who insult others.

Suggested Reading

Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 20:26

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11

In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully.
Vern Dosch

Maintaining difference of opinion is a thing commendable but not at the cost of respect you extend to whom you differ with.
Junaid e Mustafa

The American spirit wears no political label. In service to others and yes, in sacrifice for our country, there are no Republicans; there are no Democrats; there are only Americans.
John Kerry

If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
Samuel Adams

The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each other’s rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens.
C. Everett Koop

 They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
Benjamin Franklin

 America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

A lie will gallop halfway round the world before the truth has time to pull its breeches on.
Winston Churchill

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.
Cal Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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