To the Editor:
There is really only one sin in our world: “Me first!” Putting our own wants, needs, prejudices, etc. ahead of everything else is selfish human nature. The Ten Commandments and all other righteous prohibitions are there to remind us to avoid that behavior. We are asked to be better than that.
Unfortunately, many of those who profess to follow Christ have forgotten these basic principles. And such people are being enabled by political geniuses such as Carl Rove and others. When we close our borders to refugees, take away support systems from our needy fellows, reduce the rights of minorities, we are saying, “Me first!” in a big way.
Fueled by political spin doctors, the source is primarily fear. Fear that some of my “rights” will be taken away. Fear that someone else will be helped out of financial difficulty. That someone else will be “first” and not me. In one of his letters, the Apostle John writes: “Perfect love casts out fear.”
In his final hours, Jesus said: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” And he also said: “If you have two cloaks, give one to someone who has none.”
If we claim to be His followers, we should remember these thoughts.
Today, we are told that our country is divided. Conservatives versus Liberals. Individual Rights versus Socialism. Citizens versus Immigrants. Us versus Them. And we have begun to believe this story. It should not be true. We are in this problematic world together. In order to be successful, we need to work together. We all are on the same team. I don’t want to Make America Great Again – the U.S. has always been and continues to be great.
Our slogan should be: Make America One Again. I will vote for candidates who support that goal. I hope that our better natures will prevail, and we will tell the fear-mongering demagogues to sit down and be quiet. Fear apparently can elect candidates. But we should be “greater” than that.
My simple prayer: Dear Lord, Make America One Again. Amen.