Saturday, December 4, 2010

WHO is Us ... ?

Bryan McFarland wrote lyrics called, “Enough for Everyone.” He asks the question,

How long will it take ‘til “us” means, “all of us”?
Planetary, universal, all of us?
And how long before we see what we throw away?
And then thousands of children die, each and every day.
Even though there’s enough, enough, enough for everyone,
more than enough, enough for us, enough for everyone
(bold added).

McFarland believes we can produce enough for everybody, yet he says we have a food problem in our world.

It seems to me that more than anything else, we have a moral problem. Our problem is not just a redistribution problem of wealth, or a forced version of socialism; it is a social problem of huge moral and ethical proportions.

His lyrics are not advocating socialism, or some form of equal distribution. Nor is he seeking a free market economy or some other utopian ideology. He is advocating that we practice in our politics the moral precepts of the one true prophet of the Bible, the one who said, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me" (Matthew 25:45, NASV, italic added).

This exercise of faith crosses the political lines of Democrats, Republicans, Tea-partiers, Green party, dictatorships, democracies, socialist states, and any other kinds of egregious national, ethnic, or religious demographic by which one categorizes people.

This lyric goes to the fundamental core of true religious faith that confesses "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear ... If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also" (I John 4:18-21, NASV, italic added).

It goes almost without saying that the US Congress today makes a mockery of this truth, with its blasphemous play-acting, positioning, and politicking while playing its game of “its our vote” this December Saturday. Most congressional partisanshipl today is simply protecting their individual abilities to retain electability, while they pad their own pockets at the public trough.

What has happened to the Soul of America? We no longer have any right to offend God by calling America Christian, and absolutely no reason to deny help to Hamid Karzai because of Afghan corruption; we have too much corruption of our own in halls built for justice and integrity, but where putrid partisanship and myopic self-interests reign supreme.

From Warner’s World,
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