CNN vs. the Amish
Must we be swayed by the clamor of media pundits and the general sensationalism of the day? Will we trust the ramblings from a television... or our own eyes and ears? What is the rendering of free people? Beyond what "the news" presents as vital, what is the real story? What is strangely missing throughout American culture today? Have we forgotten who we were... or simply never known?
Consider the countless small acts of kindness and consideration that make up a typical day... from sea to shining sea. During the last few weeks, Eliana and Gilia have celebrated birthdays with children from so many backgrounds, nationalities, heritages... children without lenses for seeing color, castes, and the many myriads of distortion. To those from countries where people are massacred for being some shade of different, these United States have long been a beacon of hope... a living actualization of the Eternal blessings of Liberty.
The history of the world is grisly indeed... but there have been select moments of flourishing. But never have these moments been so gathered together under a shared understanding than when a nation was founded upon an abiding principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
But even here... there has been an inherent reluctance to embrace the “self-evident.” Let us remember the change of heart and mind that was yearned for in Martin Luther King's impassioned letter from a Birmingham jail... an appeal based firmly on America’s Founding Principles. There is a journey for each of us... extending from a perfect Garden in Eden... to the crossing of the Red Sea... to the dusty paths of Galilee... to bold reforms from mere remnants in Europe... to the gathering of patriots who left the old to discover the new... all who long to live in the Light... and to even build that shining city on a hill!
Remembering requires celebrating the Good that has been given to us... so that we might continue to shine the healing Light of Truth... until all that is crooked is made straight... all that is broken is made whole. Here, there is no time for worrying about the shortcomings of others. While there is Light... walk... even run! While there is fruit in the field, we must gather!
Behold... a most bountiful harvest is at hand! Let us join in the Good work... in the fields that have been prepared by believers... by dreamers... by patriots. With renewed clarity of vision and with thankful hearts... we shall Rise! “And a little Child shall lead them”... as one by one... they return to... and stand upon... our Founding Charter... a beacon of Light in a dark world!
"The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false." - Paul Johnson