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“Is religion an appropriate basis for political belief or does voting based on religious conviction ultimately impede the religious freedom of others?”
The church is a tiny voice in our society, and acts even tinier. The big voice, the thought leader, the decider is the Military Industrial Complex which includes Big Media. Media is the control room of public thought. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, even Scientologists and Mormons take their thought prompts from Big Media. And Big Media wants us to be afraid and anxious most of the time.
It is not surprising that when we think about the question before us, the mind immediately goes to the voting block known as The Evangelicals. This group of seeming like-minded Christians can be counted on to vote Republican regardless of who is running. And Big Government and Big Media court these Christians. That is, they gin up the fear in this group to ensure the right wing candidates will get their vote. Faith becomes fear. Would we really be so against taking care of our brothers and sisters in need if we had not been taught to fear our brothers and sisters getting “handouts” from Big Government with “our” money?
News reports this week suggest that, in Louisiana, these same Evangelicals who were all Trumped up two weeks ago have had a sudden change of mind about government handouts and are actually grateful that the Federal Government has been there to help relieve the pain and trauma of the current 500-year flood.
Our Faith matters very little in political issues, especially when it comes to taking care of our own people. The problem is that our faith is seldom used as a guide-post in political matters. We act as if our innate political insight is much better at solving problems than the guidance of our faith and the Golden Rule.
No church, alone or in concert with other churches, can solve some of our human problems when they involve millions of men, women and children forced to live in poverty, mal-nourishment and squalid conditions in America. The problems are too big, and require big support if we are even going to pretend to solve them. But then we are told by our Right Wing politicians that we want none of this fearful Big Government telling us what to do with our money.
The Military Industrial Complex with Big Media can tell Christians what to think and vote, and a large number do. The Church seems powerless to actually motivate people to choose between their fears and their faith.
We are actually much better than all of that. The current Pope seems to be the only big voice for Christian Values. He challenges even American Presidential candidates to act out their supposed faith.
But Stephen Colbert, the late night comedian, says it best:
“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”
If the question posed for this Roundtable was critical, we would have to say that people do not vote their faith, but their fears, and this seems to be in line with how all of us are being programmed to think.
This is the latest in our series of Notes From the Masters Class wherein we report of what we are learning from our life lessons with the Ascended Masters. We hope this adds something to your life experience, as it has to ours.
A friend sent me a chart by the Cato Institute that outlines what States pay unemployed workers. It was meant to belittle the “government giveaways” to people unwilling or unable to work. Here is my response:
“At the moment, there is no State in America where one can find a one-bedroom apartment a worker earning the minimum wage could afford. Even Walmart workers are forced to apply for food stamps and welfare for their children to compensate for the meager salaries paid them by this international retail giant. And this is built into the system. There are less real jobs and less willingness to pay for the work people do. So some of our States’ willingness to support people who cannot find work more profitable than the support offered by the various State governments is a step in the right direction.
We have reached the 500 year deadline for the end of the Protestant Work Ethic. I hate to see one of my theological heroes, John Calvin, retire, but we are replacing people and jobs at every turn with machines and systems. This will go on for the foreseeable future. Ask your ten-year old child to explain how AI will change work in the future.
There is an old hymn in every Presbyterian Hymnal that puts to music a poem by James R. Lowell, published in the Boston Courier, December 11, 1845. Titled, Once to Every Man and Nation, it contains the following lines:
New occasions teach new duties
Time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.
We are moving from the 5000 year old Age of the Warrior to the new Age of Cooperation. In this migration to a new understanding of who we are and why we are here, we will see the words “Welfare” and “Charity” become “Sharity” There is more than enough of everything to go around. Along the way, as we begin to really cooperate with each other across the globe, the need for security will change, and we will be able to dismiss the Military Industrial Complex and its greed for perpetual war and for all of our resources, money and even our meager spiritual lives, as Eisenhower warned us would happen. We are destined to experience the goal set for humankind by our Maker, through the divine process of our spiritual evolution, and we will see the ending of today’s dark ages. The lights are coming on all over the world and compared to where we will be 500 years from now, we will marvel at how difficult a time this has been.
The visionary Buckminster Fuller (1895-1993) saw and influenced the future. Imagine how this almost blind man could see, back in the 1980’s, so clearly what is happening today! The momentous change in which we find ourselves in is really only beginning and it gives a hint of things to come. Here is what Buckminster saw:
‘We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.’
Like it or not, we cannot go backwards and the future, although dramatically different, looks bright and positive. And God is in the center of it all. Come and see!”
“Politics is the Entertainment Division of the Military Industrial Complex.” Frank Zappa
Somebody put an item on Facebook that said: Is 2016 being directed by Quentin Tarantino? As you look around where you are, is it hard to believe that what is happening in America, right now, makes any sense? Doesn’t it feel like some kind of bad movie which we all know is just a show?
It’s time to walk out of the movie theatre and ground ourselves in a healing reality. Today’s insanity came from someplace a long, long time ago.
In 1453 Pope Alexander VI, a Borgia, published The Doctrine of Discovery. Remember, at that time, all agreed that the world was flat, atoms were solid and the sun majestically glided across the sky every day. Very little created in that world view will hold up under the rules of today’s Quantum Universe. Chief among those is this Doctrine which entitled Christians exploring the world to dominate any “discovered” territories and the people inhabiting them. At that time all the white European Christians knew who they were and this Papal Doctrine made it clear that all non-whites were to be under the rule of the White Christian explorers.
Thus it came to pass that White Europeans dominated North America. It happened like a movie we have seen too many times on the evening news. A group of indigenous people hold land that has something of value in it and the White Christian Explorers know it and decide to take control of the land. It was expedient to kill anyone who was in the way. And we need look no further than the Middle East to see how we adhere to the Doctrine of Discovery in our relations in the world right up to this very minute.
Actually, we need look no further than the ”Indian Reservations” we currently use to store the people who are left after the largest known mass genocide in human history. It was the stated policy of the United States and of several of the individual states to eliminate Indians. Estimates of Native Americans killed in this 200-year state-and-church sponsored genocide range as high as 30,000,000 people. And we killed most of them with guns.
And to add additional color to our national saga, we imported African slaves to help with our Southern agricultural system.
This is in our past from the sins of our fathers and in our own National DNA, not to mention our National Karma. Attempting to reconcile what our ancestors did with whom we wish to become today is possible, but almost unimaginably difficult. “Reconciliation would be easier if the only problem were misunderstandings between two equal groups. But in 2016 racial differences remain in unequal standing, embodying unjust relationships between white people and people of every other color in the U.S. One must understand the problem of race relations in the U.S. as the exploitation of people of color and unequal access to power and resources.” Elona Street-Stewart.
We can get past this, slowly, and it will mean changing our minds about who we are. The American Myth is comforting to White People armed with attack weapons, but it is not the truth. We still act like White is best. In his great War Speech, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I addressed the United Nations in 1963 with this thought: “…until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; that until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; that until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.”
The first step is to use our 21st Century Quantum understanding of our religions to see each one of the 8 billion of us here today as a divine soul worthy of our recognition and respect. If we could just make that one change in our thinking, we would never consider “bombing the hell out of everyone” as our current Republican Presidential candidate promises us he will do to the Middle East just as soon as he is Inaugurated.
If we fail to make that change in our thinking, we will wander off into the tragedy of a 24 hour lighting nuclear war. And those of us left will be faced with starting all over again at about the point we were at 200 years ago. And then we will have to Discover who we are.