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To Be or Not To Be?
“To be (political) or not to be (political), that is the question.” I raise this question to the Body of Christ. When author William Shakespeare placed the phrase in “Hamlet,” the character was far from speaking of politics. Instead the noble Hamlet is contemplating death by suicide and is stirred to reality by the entrance of fair Ophelia and the thought that he would be eternally plagued by dreams of “rightness” in death.
In the present political atmosphere, are we not looking at the same kind of thing? Hamlet is plagued by lying nightmares of private, personal terror in death, while our nation is going through outrageous dreams of “Making America Great Again.”
In what fateful dream of her past was there greatness in the mind of that dreamer? If indeed America must be returned to greatness, when was it ever so great for ALL of us that its president longs to return us to that day? Was it as candidate Roy Moore of Alabama said, ““America” was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery.”
President Trump gives us this key to his fantasies about a great America. “If you look back, it really was, there was a period of time when we were developing at the turn of the century which was a pretty wild time for this country and pretty wild in terms of building that machine, that machine was really based on entrepreneurship,” he told the Times. President Trump also pointed to the “late ’40s and ’50s,” a time when, he said, “we were not pushed around, we were respected by everybody, we had just won a war, we were pretty much doing what we had to do.” —The New York Times. He openly frowns on everything a democrat may have done, good or bad, and abhors all things done by President Barack Obama in particular. How do any of those things return us to a “great” America?
If you are black, brown, Asian, Latino or any other minority, none of those seasons were totally (thought partially) great for you. Racism is the root of the tree that screams against American greatest, and it is living its apparition within the church and government of the nation inherently through many credible leaders. The civil rights movement began post WWII, marking the most brutal season of terror against minorities, Black Americans topping the list, in the nation’s emancipated history! Jim Crow reigned and our brave black soldiers who survived the horrors of this war and others could not even return to Great America and enjoy sitting at a counter in Woolworth with whites or riding in the front of the bus. The economic upswings of which he spoke barely touched us until the decade of the 60’s and closer to present day. That was spurred more by contemporaries than forefathers. Even President “Honest Abe” Lincoln, the great emancipator, released slaves but fought against their equality to their white counterparts! Way to go, Honest! I believe the emancipation part of your bravery should outweigh your vain philosophy of inequality that still has a seat at the table of American politics. We have much to learn.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, to me and so many others who travel throughout the world, this is still the greatest nation on earth by far. There are more good things about her than bad. I guess the greater problem is the church and the nation think for some, and not for all. America has had greatness in her shining moments that I’m positive were fueled by The Almighty. In this, we can truly say America is a great nation now, but in our definition we must conclude that it is only great through the eyes of our Father when His principles are upheld in her. Stand for Christ or fall to judgment. Only then can you answer the question (What) “to be, or (what) not to be?” So, how do you answer the question?
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