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Rage

www.cnn.com/2020/09/10/politics/trump-bob-woodward-rage/index.html

“That’s not an either/or! And even if it was an either/or, it still wouldn’t excuse what Trump did. He didn’t just downplay the virus. He openly mocked mask-wearing, one of the only proven tactics we have to mitigate the spread. He pushed hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus, even though the FDA revoked its emergency use authorization for the drug in mid-June. Heck, he even suggested that people might benefit from shining a bright light inside their bodies or ingesting disinfectant to combat the virus?”

The Problem of Silence

​In these times of confusion and chaos and disturbing facts and disturbing rumors, there’s actually a math equation that helps explain it all.

S = B + AB

S = Silence – business as usual, status quo, carry on, all is well.   Many years ago, I was on the school board of my kids school.  We had dismal turnout for association meetings and we always took that to be an implied agreement with the way things were going.

B = Beliefs – Values – things you see as important.

AB = Appearance of Belief 

So, if you are silent because you believe that things – whatever that might be – your kids school, your church, your sports team, the way the local bakery makes it ‘s donuts or whatever – you believe that those things are going well.   Then silence is okay.   Carry on, all is well.

But, if you are silent, not only are you seen as approving what you believe is going well, you are also giving the appearance of belief in other things that are going on.   You might not believe those things – but if you don’t speak up about them, then it appears that you believe in those.

You might not believe that Clinton’s private e-mail server was right, but if you didn’t speak up about it, you gave the appearance that it didn’t matter.

You might not believe that a certain person should play a role in the new administration, but if you keep silent, it gives the appearance of belief.

You might not believe that it’s okay to ridicule someone with disabilities but if you keep silent, it gives the appearance of belief.

You might not believe that the entire “platform” of the person you voted for is acceptable but if you keep silent, it gives the appearance of belief.

You might not believe it’s okay that one person loses his job over a video about the treatment of women and the other gets elected President, but if you keep silent, it gives the appearance of belief.

You might not like the way someone expresses their concern over an issue but at least you know what they believe.   If you’re silent, you are giving others the ability to “think” they know what you believe.  That can lead to people assuming that because you like __________ policy that the President Elect is proposing and are silent about the other policies that you don’t like, you are perceived to be in agreement with those policies.

I know (or at least I hope) that the percentage of people from “the church” who believe all of the policies and racial and immigration and registration proposals of the new administration is very small.   But if those who voted for the new administration because they believed in one thing, now see something they don’t believe is right, they can not, they must not stay silent.

Because silence is the appearance of belief.   If you are silent about the staffing choices that are being made, it appears that you believe they are okay.

If you are silent about conflict of interest issues that have come up already, then it appears you don’t think they are a problem.

If you are silent about the dramatic increase in hate crimes since November 8, then it appears that you believe it isn’t a problem.

Silence is not golden.   Not to those who fear that the coming changes in the US government are potentially devastating to them and their families.

S = B + AB

Speak up about the things you see that are wrong.  

Tom

A Lament for Tuesday

God,

How?

How did this happen?   I mean seriously, how in the world did this happen?

So.much.anger

So.much.hate

So.many.lies

How did it get to this point?  

We’ve fallen so far that we can’t agree to disagree.   If you don’t believe the same that I do, you’re evil, you aren’t worth the digital time it takes to “talk” to you and you’re going to hell.

Seriously?

We’ve polluted social media so much that it’s no longer social.   Now it’s more like sociopathic.

Whatever happened to “Do Justice, Love Mercy and walk humbly with our God?” 

We’ve turned it to “believe what I do or else……”

We’ve got these two as presidential candidates (and I use the word loosely) but  then a Christian author steps slightly out of the bounds that most Christians might see as the “boundary” and the attacks on her are vicious.

Why can’t we say, “I don’t agree with her on that, but I agree with a lot of what she says and I agree we should show more love to everyone.”

To quote famous author, Bob Goff,  “Love Does.”

There ain’t been much doing that lately.   Why God?

We’ve got people getting on life boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea to try to get to freedom (think about that a minute – they are willing to risk death to avoid the life (or death) they were facing at home).   And we have politicians refusing to welcome refugees?

How did we fall this far?

We have people literally starving to death and living on what is left of the streets in southern  Haiti – only a couple of hours from Miami – and the government says it won’t be able to get to some of them until the end of November.   Oh and the last estimates, over 800,000 people are “at risk” in Haiti.

The Hurricane was October 4.   God, where’s the justice in that?

Are you trying to teach us something?   Because if you are, we don’t seem to be listening.

Oh yeah and then there’s those two places, Aleppo and Mosul…..

God, what’s going on?

God, don’t forget the girls in Nigeria – many of the girls that Boko Haram kidnapped are still missing – two years later.

We know you’re the ultimate ruler but still, we wrestle.

We cry out.   Why, Oh Lord, Why?

Why do certain groups of people have justifiable reason to be afraid if a certain candidate gets elected?

What happened to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free?”

And what are we supposed to do?

What are we supposed to do on Tuesday?

What are we supposed to do on Wednesday?

To quote the father of the demon possessed boy in Mark 9,   “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.”

Help us believe that you have a plan.

Help calm our spirits in turbulent times.

Help calm the actions and reactions of volatile people.

Heal the wounds and help us to be a source of comfort for the homeless, the hurting and the refugee,

We don’t get it, God.

But we do get You.

Thank you for allowing us to have you, even in these times.

Amen

TJV