Can you say why America is the best country in the world?
Let me begin with the shameful fact that I am not politically involved. I have never expressed my political opinions. I have not participated in an election since the opportunity was available to me: at “the age of accountability”, nor have I ever really given it much more thought than when my dad groveled at me for not registering to vote before this past election.
You wont find me picketing, bumper stickered, or tweeting about my political allegiances.
The best I can do at the moment is say the pledge.
Rarely do I watch television, read the paper, or stalk the internet for news, but I stumbled across a video that made perfect sense to me, and I began to care about politics, because finally the media gave me something to care about – the fact that someone behind the scenes in Hollywood is willing to say, “we’re not the “best” anymore… what are you going to do about it?” Start watching, below, at 3:08. I picked the clean version, and though there are a few things in Daniel’s dialogue that I cannot accept, or claim as my own conviction, I do recommend the watch.
You see, since I’ve started to use my brain on these things, for some reason or another – my heart stops me dead in my tracks and says “do not do this”. I remember the election before I turned 18, many of the other kids facebook’ed over their “right” to vote, their enlistment in the political war, their allegiance to… probably Obama, because McCain was too old, and white, and Palin shoots polar bears for fun… *erhm*, what I meant to say is, because Obama promised change.
I dare say that over half the kids at the time had no clue about what was happening in the world, in our country, or down the street. We had no idea who Obama, McCain, and Palin were aside from their campaign slogans and their ethnicity (I am included in this “over half”). However, “change” sounds good.
For some, it meant lady Liberty would lift her sparkly wand and bestow on her country even MORE magical freedoms.
.. including some pretty interesting freedoms: freedom to abort babies… or whatever those little peanuts are at conception, since they aren’t really babies.. you know, freedom for polygamists to get their own reality show, freedom for the “gainfully” unemployed to stay unemployed and receive benefits anyway for 72 months, freedom to show more sex on television, freedom to use more profanity in the media, freedom to publicize the “new kind of family”, which involves a myriad of broken worlds.
It is interesting that our country, today, is giving us the freedom to be broken, screwed up, and ignited by opinionated flames that never go out, are never alleviated, and never get resolved.
Who has been hailed for their political victories for more than a lengthy “15 minutes of fame”… No one knows Norma McCorvey, but everyone knows Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Jesus, JFK, Ronald Reagan, TR, Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, the list goes on. Why have the people on this list gained notoriety? It is not their political ideas, no – it is for their people ideas. The ideas that made connections with others, that sympathized, empathized, ideas that lead to and gained peace in many ways. Some can shout their objections, but the masses will agree that none of us remember these individuals for where they stood on gay rights.
For all of us, I think if we face ourselves, if we treasured our lives as if they were what they are – that is, fleeting, then we’d realize that our hearts are inclined to think of the best when remembering others, and politics rarely comes into play then.
No funeral orator begins his speech with “… she was the greatest state representative we’ve ever had”. Maybe this would be stated on a letter of recommendation, but not in a list of memories documenting a life well-lived.
So I must face it.
The use of the equality sign on Instagram is never going to solve the issue at hand. For those on the “up” side, winning their right to marry .. don’t look down. It’ll be right back to square one in a few hundred years, if we’re here on earth forever, … and so on and so forth. Look back, and then you’ll be able to prophesy how far down the drop will be over time.
Kony isn’t going to be stopped with a bracelet and a poster. How many of us bought into that and now forget, even to pray, about the people of Uganda?
Trees are still getting chopped down (and growing) everywhere. Plastic is still killing dolphins. Guns are still going to be used to kill (and to defend). And pressure cookers aren’t going to be the first devices detonated to hurt people at the Boston Marathon in years to come.
Awareness won’t be gained with my blog post.
I must face that our world has not changed. My country has not changed. I have not changed.
Sin still runs through the veins of this world, saturating our souls, and making us think that we have any right to call THIS freedom.
The oceans could not fill the tears of a God in great pain, but the world could not contain the love and great mercy of a God on our side. No matter who you are, and what you stand for, you must agree that our lives are greatly challenged and altered by the possibility of an emotional God.
Still, with all of this said, you can have your opinions. You can call me out for mine.
But I must say, freedom doesn’t look good on many people.