it needs to be said

“Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it” is as true now as it has ever been. The unbelievably strident rhetoric and unabashedly racist and sexist positions promoted by Donald Trump are frighteningly familiar to any student of history. Listen to the early speeches of Adolf Hitler and make the comparison yourself.

This is not the kind of leader I want for the United States. His clearly stated and well known values do not reflect my values, nor the values of the majority of citizens in this country. I am glad someone has the sense and the moral courage to tell it like it is.

it’s all about our priorities, isn’t it?

All one has to do to see what is important to a person is to look at their checkbook. We spend our money on what’s important to us, don’t we?

Our federal budget reflects the values of our nation. What is very clear is that the values reflected by our spending do no match up with the values of Christ. The way our government spends our money (and remember, the government does what we direct them to do), reflects the values of selfishness, greed and fear. And none of these are Christian values.

We can act as if we are disciples of Jesus Christ, but our checkbook says we talk better than we follow.

the low road

Listening to the current Republican presidential debates one can draw a frightening comparison to the early growth of Hilter’s Nazi Germany. The hatred, racism, bigotry and name-calling is ugly, divisive and wrong.

Such rhetoric appeals to the fear and baser instincts of the unintelligent and uneducated, but does not reflect the moral and spiritual foundation of our nation. No nation will be called great that demonstrates the values of greed, fear and zenophobia being so loudly proclaimed by the two remaining Republican candidates for the highest office in the land.

Turning a blind eye in the late 1930s led to the deaths of untold millions and a global war whose impact is still being felt. All of us need to open our eyes and see what is happening. We need to open our ears and truly listen to what is being said.

Then we need to do whatever is necessary to insure our nation doesn’t take the low road. It’s the road that leads straight to hell.

 

servant leadership

On Maundy Thursday Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen refugees as a part of Holy Week observances. Those whose feet he washed were not all Muslim, but also included a Coptic Christian and a Hindu.

This is another powerful demonstration of faithfulness to our Lord’s teachings as well as true servant leadership. Real leadership is not about bluster and self promotion. It’s about humility and serving others.

If those of us who call ourselves followers of Christ would ever understand this we would live in such a way that we might live as one family and have a honest chance for peace on earth.

being a good person

The night before He allowed Himself to be crucified Jesus gave His followers a commandment that we should love one another even as he has first loved us. If Christians would be obedient to this command there would be no question about our goodness.

truth is where you find it

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Charles Bukowski. or Buk to his loyal fans such as myself, is one of this country’s best-known contemporary poets. Born in Germany, he was brought to the US when he was three. He died in 1994 at the age of 73. During his lifetime he published over 45 books of poetry and prose, many translated into over a dozen languages.

I have always been attracted to his raw and unvarnished content as well as his clear and direct style. This quote is a straightforward declaration on responsible living in today’s world. Although I am sure Bukowski didn’t intend it this way, the statement is truth.

In a world of hunger, the secret to happiness and fulfillment is not in our futile efforts to always acquire more. The answer lies in Bukowski’s words. There is deep truth in understanding that less is more.