I have tried my best to look at things in a positive light lately, but today I struggle with a sense of dissatisfaction as I see that many things have not changed for the better. Nevertheless, independently from what I may think or not, the world continues to be and we may continue to see injustice accumulating while we sing Christmas carols and wish each other well.
Some years ago a friend of mine from Goshen, In., stated that the US was turning into a third world country. I laughed at his comment. In these surroundings where people believed in justice, fair policing and ethical trading among other things, it was difficult to imagine that scenes from third world countries could happen here.
Lately though I have had to revise that commentary.
I remember years ago when people in this country were shocked at President Nixon’s behavior and how they reacted to it. I also remember the Iran-Contra scandals when it was found out that the military had been involved in a money/arms exchange in Central America. More recently the general public has talked a lot about conspiracies in the cases of the Oklahoma bombing, September 11, and whether the invasion to Iraq was a well-staged farce to control the oil.
Until then things had been mainly ‘abroad’, but now we have seen the banks collapse, the big industries go bankrupt, car dealers almost go out of the picture, and millions of people out of work and with little hope of getting one soon.
We have heard more and more about hunger, homelessness in this country and people without health care. We have also seen how the voice of that hurting majority is not being heard and the politicians continue to vote and do according to their own personal interests.
Yes my dear friend, I remember your comment about turning into a third world country. Those who come from such countries can remember about injustice for those without power. They can also remember about scarcity in the midst of over abundance for those who already had more than plenty. They remember about wars and rumors of wars that were always attracting the attention while the daily assassination of hopes and lives from poverty that was more active than the bullets elsewhere.
Not a week goes by but that even in small cities and towns we hear about corrupt police officials and politicians. There have been money scandals in big non-profits and medical offices. The unions and pharmaceutical powerhouses threaten the changes that may benefit the people.
Yes, there have been a lot of changes in the country. The good changes though have been the ones taking place in the minds aand hearts of those who decided not be one more merchant or client and are trying to live day by day in a new reality check that enhances their daily life.
Maybe like in third world countries in this Christian nation there will be a rush to calm conscience by raising funds for Christmas baskets, and seasonal presents. As I see this I recall the verses that say: “Is this not the fast which I choose: to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6, also, “And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. Isaiah 58:10.
Are we ready for a change?
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