If you are one who stands to profit from a failed administration then this is not the post for you. Go back to whatever you were doing. Sorry for the interruption.
A tourist visiting in one of the Banana Republics asked a native, “what is the most popular sport in your country?” “Cock fighting,” replied the local, “having those game roosters give their all in the arena draws many thousands of people each week.” The tourist grimaced and said, “isn’t it revolting?” “No replied the man, “revolting, while always popular, remains number two. Cock fighting is number one.”
Watching the news these past few months one might begin to compare parts of America to that Banana Republic, lacking only the courage of the birds.
In keeping with a 240 year old tradition we held a presidential election and predictably one candidate won while the others lost. We can argue ad infinitum over the results of the election, the fairness of the process, alleged criminality on all sides, but the results were certified and the process of forming a new administration undertaken.
As a result of this particular election it has become increasingly difficult to avoid the two “third rail” topics of discourse, religion and politics. I would challenge anyone to identify my political stance through reading any of my posts yet I have lost friends and alienated relatives because of what they have read into my views. At heart I am a pragmatist and I firmly believe in the lessons of Occam’s Razor, that the solution to any problem which contains the fewest variables is most often the best solution.
The problem we are facing today is that we have a deeply divided nation. Without regard to which side of the political aisle you are on you have roughly one half of the country’s population for company. That is simple fact.
Unless you are one of those referenced in the first paragraph it would seem that a divided nation is not, and cannot be, in your best interest. Which brings us to the title subject.
Although America is a majority Christian nation, we are home to some number of people who follow every religion known to man as well as a share of agnostics and atheists.
We are all on the ship of state together and it is up to us to decide whether this boat is to be the Mayflower or the Titanic.
I happen to believe that prayer is effective, that it works. I can argue either side of whether it is due to divine intervention or because prayer is focused thought and that thoughts are tangible things, able to influence other tangible things.
Without regard, as Christians we are called to love our enemies. In Luke, Chapter 6 (KJV) it is written: “Ye have heard it said thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy but I say unto you, love your enemies, do good to those that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.” And: “For if you love them that love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Most major religions have expressed similar thought, that we should reach out to those with opposing viewpoints and seek common ground. In all religions this outreach is accomplished first through prayer and then, if so led, by positive action.
For my agnostic or atheist friends I would ask that you simply hold a good thought that the best solutions for the country’s current problems manifest themselves.
A deeply divided America with a failed administrative branch would result in a power vacuum that could easily endanger the entire globe. If this President’s internal enemies are successful then our external enemies will most certainly take advantage of the situation and unless you are in the group referenced in the first paragraph then you will be among the losers.
It is in our country’s interest as well as our individual interests that a loyal opposition emerge to help to beat back the well funded, borderline seditionist, movement, both inside and outside of the government, that has been organized to destroy our democracy.
A loyal opposition will seek to put the country’s interests first and attempt to guide the current administration rather than to emulate the Banana Republic by overthrowing a duly elected administration. And, if not successful it would then work to turn the current administration out of office at the next election cycle.
That is the American way.
In the meantime I urge to you to pray, in whatever form makes sense to you, not for the people but for the preservation of our time honored system of government.