Ripped from Today’s Headlines!

Reading Psalm 123:3,4 from my Message Bible, I laughed out loud.  The verse goes, “Mercy, God, mercy!  We’ve been kicked around long enough!  Kicked in the teeth by complacent rich men. kicked when we’re down by arrogant brutes.” 

I found this passage funny because it could have been ripped from today’s headlines.  Reading about faceless millionaires (ie. complacent rich men) kicking the individual voter in the teeth by pouring billions into political  “superpacs” has drained my customary patriotic enthusiasm.  At times I’ve been tempted to wish for the good old days when politics was fair.  And then I ask myself, “And just when was that?  At the turn of the 20th. Century when robber barons ran the government?  In the 1800’s when the government counted a black man as only 3/5 a person and women as totally irrelevant?  Or was it when…  You name it.  Money rules.  Money is power.  It took Henry Kissinger to pinpoint the problem.  “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”

Ironically I have very little respect for money.  But I do resent how it is used to control others.  Build all the bigger barns, impressive 401 K’s, bulging financial portfolios you want.  Drive the fanciest car off the assembly line; live in a $90,000,000 New York penthouse.  (Yes, that number’s right.)  Wear Gucci, Prada, or Vera Wang, I’m really not impressed.  Yet, as a naive citizen of this country, I do wish these guys would spend their billions to reveal the truth and, as a result play fair. Wouldn’t that make spectacular headlines?

Some may ask, “Why bother voting at all?  I can’t change the sin and deceit of politics, politicians or “super pacs.” but when I enter that voting booth, I hold in my hands a treasure far more powerful than the majority of people in history have enjoyed–one vote.  Be not afraid to use your god-given right as an American to voice your opinion on every issue from the repairing of the town’s sewer lines to the selection of the next President.  Remember “you use it or you lose it” could come true if the same “deep pockets” have their way.

As for the scurrilous lies, slimy tricks and money-grubbing aspirations, the last lines of the third verse of a hymn comes to mind, “…And though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”  Splash that headline across today’s tabloids; blast that announcement on FOX News and MSNBC.   That’s makes good news any day of the week.



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