It couldn’t possibly be MY fault…

March 22, 2010 — Leave a comment

So… as i went to sleep last night listening to everyone rant about the passing of the healthcare bill and then awoke to much of the same, i am reminded of a lyric from a Derek Webb song…

so don’t hold your breath or your vote until, you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill

Those lyrics have been resonating in my mind like a ringing bell (those of you familiar with the album might chuckle at this point) this morning.

If we’re looking to our politicians to change our country for the better, perhaps we’re looking in the wrong place. Maybe it has to start with us… aren’t we after all, a government for the people by the people? How can we expect our country to be in anything but upheaval and disrepair when, as a majority, we walk around treating each other the way we do?

Looking out for number one…

Our biggest concern being our finances and how we can earn more money just so we can buy more stuff…

Our eyes focused inward on ourselves and our needs wants and turning a blind eye to those in genuine need.

I am not suggesting that the list i threw out in the few lines above will define each individual who might read this… but i do believe it paints a broad brush stroke that may just accurately describe “America”.

That we’ve become so inwardly focused that we’ve forgotten how to care for those in need… the widow, the orphan, the broken, the lost. Maybe if we were a culture that was less inwardly focused we wouldn’t be watching “big politics” trying to fill in all the holes and care for everyone.

I am not pretending to have all (or any) of the answers… Just some thoughts… and i am definitely as guilty of being inward focused at times as anyone. But we have to start somewhere…

i have to start somewhere…

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
James 1:26-27 (The Message)