Yesterday, I began this three-part series here (Part II here). It’s based on a quote from Baptist pastor, author and social activist Will D. Campbell, who said “The tragedy of the redneck is that he chose the wrong enemy.” I will say up front there is some hard language on race here. If you get offended, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Now, from the previous two posts, you might think I’m a big old communist; or at the very least, a socialist. Nothing could be further from the truth; I like money and I like people who have money. I’m not a communist or socialist as I believe that free enterprise is the best way to reward hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. What I don’t like is someone fostering division and discord to feather their own nest. I don’t like it when those who have more than enough do their damnedest to take from those with less. It has been pointed out recently that 1% of the population holds almost 40% of the wealth in this country. Based on Republican objections to raising taxes on anyone making over $250,000 a year, while supporting the expiration of the payroll tax holiday, their frequent cries for entitlement reform (actually entitlement repeal) and their vociferous defense of corporate tax relief, holding 40% isn’t enough; they want it all. I’ve said more than once, the wealthy in this country would love nothing more than a return to the feudal economy of the Middle Ages. I sometimes think the Koch Brothers dream of being actual lords of the manor, rather than the de facto situation they now enjoy.
So, what do we do about this? First, I think we need to understand where this comes from. What we’re seeing is a resistance to change. And, invariably, that comes from fear. Certain groups in this country have been on top for so long, they can’t comprehend any other way of existing. They see that existence being threatened by the growing power of minorities and other groups and it scares the crap out of them. So, they lash out. The fact is, though they’ve successfully resisted change this way in the past, it doesn’t work; not in the long run, anyway. Change, like the tide, comes whether we want it too or not, whether we’re ready for it or not. And, eventually, this tide will roll over them. What the rest of us can do to help them is to love them and show them the solution to the whole problem is to live as Jesus suggested in Matthew:
“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?”
If we do that, we will succeed in helping the United States live up to its potential and in bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to our little corner of the world.