‘When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who bought us up out of Egypt, We don’t know what has happened to him. Aaron answered them, ‘Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.’ So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed to him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ Exodus 32: 1-4
Our nation is in the midst of confusion and strife and violence such as we have not seen since the Civil War. Our Capitol was stormed last week and the expressed purpose of some of the insurrectionist was to capture many of the Senators and members of Congress. Chants of ‘Hang Mike Pence’ were heard throughout the throng. A scaffold with a hangman’s noose was placed on the grounds of the Capitol. The president has not had a more loyal supporter than Vice President Pence. Please do not tell me that this is a fight against abortion…Vice President Pence is vehemently against abortion. I am sure we all realize that our Congress has as many Republicans and Democratic lawmakers contained in it.
I communicated with one of my oldest friends early this morning. Jeff is a Marine Veteran. He told me that, ‘his blood boiled’ when he watched the attempted coup of our Capitol and our government. Jeff is much like me…we are independents….but too many have fought and died to approve of the heinous act of physically attacking the seat of our government. Now I understand that there are millions of Americans that do not support a coup of our government by people who are not only proud of their actions but who also documented their nefarious deeds for all to see by taking multiple selfies and significant planning of their purported patriotism on Facebook and all type of social media. When neither political party has any value to a group of people and that same group now trumpet their unhappiness with the president because he did not join their sedition…how do you think that you will fare with the rioter who was wearing horns and sitting in the chair in the Senate that the Vice President occupied just prior to their causing him to flee in fear for his life? If you are a supporter of the President and the Vice President…does it seem logical to seek one’s death and to turn your back on the other…when you disagree with one of their actions. Chaos and mob rule has never been good for the citizenry that is subject to the jurisdiction of the mercurial rulers.
We all believe what we believe. None of us want to be told that we are wrong. But, many of us can engage in a dialogue of understanding and love that that can ameliorate many of the caustic emotions that are on display. We do not know each other…but we hate each other… There is more that unites us than divides us. We all are a bit like giant sponges…and we absorb what we hear and see. We live in silos or the popular term today is bubbles. We listen to our family and friends and faith leaders and media. I have experienced this phenomena and understand how a person can see the world through black conspiratorial glasses. When you are part of this closed society…it does something to your psyche. Elitist faith communities can cause a person to feel that they are in the light of God…while the rest of the world is cloaked in darkness.