Friday, August 30, 2019

Do Only Certain People Count?

Donald Trump seems to be at odds with Puerto Rico (and has been for nearly two years, since the last hurricanes hit the island), even though he says he is “the best thing to ever happen to Puerto Rico.”  In the same “Tweet breath” he also says, “Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth.  Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt. Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten…”. The Tweet is not the truth, but then we seem no longer to care about whether something is true or false.

In his book, Jesus Rediscovered, Malcolm Muggeridge wrote, “God cannot see a sparrow fall to the ground without concern, and has counted the hairs on each head, so that all that lives deserves our respect and reverence, and no one person can conceivably be more important, of greater significance, or in any way more deserving of consideration than any other.  God is our father, we are his children and so one family, brothers and sisters together.”

So, if what Muggeridge wrote is the Christian perspective, where is the outrage when the Trump demeans fellow Americans—James Comey, Democrats, Elijah Cummings, Baltimore, and Puerto Rico?

There is no indication in scripture that God only sees certain sparrows (Florida and Texas are no more important than Puerto Rico) fall to the ground, or has counted the hairs on the heads of only certain people (Republicans are no more important than Democrats).  All men, women and children of whatever nationality, religion, party or race are brothers and sisters in one family.  If we are going to proclaim ourselves a nation, “under God,” or as a People of the Word, we better pay attention to what that Word says and act accordingly.

Morning gilds the skies in St. Petersburg, Russia

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