There was a cat, back in the Bible days, who asked our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, "who is my neighbor?" This is found in the book of Luke, chapter 10. Many of you are already familiar with this story, but here is a little context. Sometimes we get into scripture and treat it like organs to be transplanted into our own spiritual Frankensteins. Anyway, prior to this one verse, Jesus was questioned as to how one can "inherit eternal life" (v25). Jesus replied, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" The man answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." Jesus, then, advised the man that he had answered correctly. Following the young man's questioning to determine who his neighbor was, Jesus tells the story of "The Good Samaritan." If you are not familiar with it, take time to read it at Luke 10:29-36.
A similar question came to mind on yesterday, as I spoke with my father on the phone. We were talking politicians, not necessarily politics. Dad mentioned hearing a politician, running for some seat in some government of some state. This guy was boasting of all the things he does not agree with and all the things he wouldn't tolerate. Hearing the things said by this dark soul, you'd think if he had his way, minorities would be either enslaved or deported. Then, all homosexuals would be ushered to the gates of hell. My Dad made a statement in response to this man and men/women like him, "All I wanna know is do you Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, body, and soul, and Love thy neighbor as thyself?" This stuck with me and ultimately prompted this post. Many politicians claim to be all about the greater good. So this is my question, "Who are the greater good?"
In America, who are the greater good? Is it the major corporations that have more sway over our government than the very people that occupy the land? Is it the pharmaceutical companies that are allowed to financially rape the medically needy and hold hostage the very things that many of us need to sustain our lives? The ransom goes up every year! Is it the highest bidder? Is it the telecom titans that rule the FCC? Truly, who are the greater good in America? We know who it should be, but are we?
Let's say that the very first question to all candidates in all political debates and interviews was that of my father, "Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul, and do you love your neighbor as yourself?" What do you imagine would happen? How would you imagine our current political candidates answering? I honestly don't see many of them answering with a solid yes or no. "Yes", makes them accountable to the people more so than their political agendas and interests. "No", guarantees a loss. That's politics for ya. I would like to see most answer yes, but the reality of politics is that God is hardly ever at the head of the White House-hold. Another thing about answering yes, is that actions speak louder than words. Hypocrites we make ourselves when we say we serve and love God and our neighbors, then turn around and choose not to provide true justice for our citizens.
Is there a certain tax bracket that I must reach before becoming part of the American greater good? Are there only certain races that are covered in the American greater good? Should I be employed by one of these influential government contractors to be included in the American greater good? Does my health have to be flawless in order to be favored as a member of the American greater good? Do I have to be famous in some way or another to reap benefits of the American greater good? Does my neighborhood have anything to do with it?
I will stop there, and allow you, the people, my neighbors, the citizens of this great country to imagine how these questions would be answered by our current candidates. We see what they do and have done. We hear what they say and claim. Do you see or hear anything GOD in them?
There is a first step to it all, not just for our politicians, but also for us:
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
God first! This is not about politics, but about politicians. As for them and the White House, whom do they serve? People, neighbors, brothers, sisters, citizens of this great nation, we have to pray for our government. We also must pray for discernment to know who it is we need to vote for, regardless of race, party affiliation, or any other factor that tends to decide for us. At times, God will allow us what we choose, along with every subsequent consequence, benefit or effect. And if we are not choosing, as the greater good, then the greater good will never have what it needs.
HAPPY HUMP DAY FOLKS!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams