On October 5th, people protested in over a hundred cities nationwide. The message was “World Can’t Wait – drive out the Bush regime.”
It was an angry protest, and people used the opportunity to vent their frustrations with this administration.
I would like to suggest that this type of angry demonstration needs some balance. We need to look within ourselves. Progressive religious leaders should organize a day of prayer and fasting.
Bill O’Reilly and the religious right try to prefix the word Progressive with the adjective “secular”. This is an unfair characterization of the Progressive movement, because a majority of them have faith in God, and refuse to let the right frame them as “Godless.”
In his book, "Tempting Faith", David Kuo describes how Karl Rove cynically used the religious right for political purposes, and now, the faithful are waking up to this fact. Now they know that Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rove, and their sycophants in Congress do not have a monopoly on moral values, especially when they vote for pre-emptive war, tax breaks for the rich, and at the same time, cut programs that help the poor. They can make a show of religion, but action speaks louder than words.
In four days, the Eisenhower Strike Group of Navy will position itself off the coast of Iran, and could start firing it’s cruise missiles into that nation within weeks, which would cause a worldwide catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions. What is the reason for this illegal pre-emptive strike? They simply want to remain in power.
The neo-cons want to start another war, just like they did in 2004, so that they can keep us in total fear, and claim to be the ones to keep us safe from terror. They will tell us not to “change horses in mid-stream.” But if your horse is an ass… then you must change horses.
All spiritualists, whether Democrat or Republican, must look within him or herself, and carefully ask the question, “Who would Jesus bomb? Who would Jesus torture?” If we take a day out to pray and fast, I think many people will come to the realization that the current path we are on is not the one Jesus would lead us down.
Anyone can go out in the street and vent their anger, but it takes real introspection to examine policy and judge it on the basis of scripture and the examples of the lives of the saints, who lived their lives by that scripture, which is a literal incarnation of the will of God. George W. Bush said that Jesus told him to invade Iraq. Although he might believe it, from my own scriptural studies and my limited perception of what I see as God’s will, I don’t think so. Jesus said, “Blessed be the Peacemakers, for they will inherit the earth.” George W. Bush said, “War is peace” so his interpretation of Jesus’ words on the sermon of the mount is “Blessed are the warmongers, for they will inherit the oil.”
In this upcoming election, we must choose the men who will lead this country's legislative branch. We must put our anger aside, and look within our souls to find the answer. Spiritual answers do not come from our external sense perception. Conclusive Truth always comes from within.
No one explains the difference of the value of introspective soul-searching as opposed to external sense perception more eloquently than the great American Scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“The great distinction between teachers sacred or literary, — between poets like Herbert, and poets like Pope, — between philosophers like Spinoza, Kant, and Coleridge, and philosophers like Locke, Paley, Mackintosh, and Stewart, — between men of the world, who are reckoned accomplished talkers, and here and there a fervent mystic, prophesying, half insane under the infinitude of his thought, — is, that one class speak from within, or from experience, as parties and possessors of the fact; and the other class, from without, as spectators merely, or perhaps as acquainted with the fact on the evidence of third persons. It is of no use to preach to me from without. I can do that too easily myself. Jesus speaks always from within, and in a degree that transcends all others.” - R.W. Emerson, from “The Over-Soul” Essays: First Series (1841)