Bless me, Father, it has been an extremely long time since my last confession. In fact, the Catholic Church was still calling the sacrament Confession. Now, I hear, it is called the Rite of Reconciliation.
It seems that America needs a Right Of Reconciliation if American Exceptionalism is to be restored.
For a country that has served as a beacon of hope and opportunity for so many years and countless numbers of refugees drawn to our shores, there’s just too much hate and division keeping us from being the country so many have given their lives to preserve.
Clearly, 2020 has been a year when so many of us are at odds with one another. The Viet Nam War divided us but never like what we have witnessed these last ten years or so. Race relations have always challenged our ability to be a united country but never have we faced such challenges as we do today.
Then there’s COVID.
Who would have thought Pole, Cancer, Typhoid, or Small Pox would have caused such a nation’s polarization as has COVID?
It’s a disease! Not a belief system.
Still, that is what I profess to believe.
We know that at least seventy million voters think otherwise.
The question is, why do so many people differ on matters of science?
Well, let’s look at the other side for a moment.
Back in the early 1970s, Archie Bunker was the symbol of the Old Order.
He was deemed a bigot. He was a World War II veteran who didn’t understand how young people could protest against their country and President.
His world was changing in so many ways, and he had no way of adapting to the new world order as his world was being replaced.
There is so much about the people who support Trump that I don’t understand. There is so much about me that Trump supporters don’t know about me. It’s time to try to understand each other even if we will never agree with each other.
The trouble is so much of what we believe is rife with inconsistencies.
Many Americans support a woman’s right to choose but refuse to consider…just consider, what other people believe.
Then you have the Pro-Life people who look the other way when babies are ripped out of their mothers’ arms.
Can we just think about the other point of view for a second?
I am so sick of the Constitution.
It’s ambiguous at best. It was written at a time when women didn’t vote, and blacks weren’t even considered citizens and had no rights. Nevertheless, let’s continue to look at the Original Intent of the Constitution for guidance!
We profess to be a people of faith, but that only seems to apply on the Sabbath.
We talk about the separation of Church and State, which may be a fine concept to apply to government, but it is an inconsistent policy to apply to one’s life. We should not separate our religious beliefs from our daily actions.
Jesus, for one, wouldn’t like that.
The sad thing is that this election has shown us all that nothing will change unless we change. We don’t need a President to change for us. We are reasonable people who know what needs to be done.
So before you cast that first stone at the other side, consider if you are without fault.