Today G-Pop would like to talk to his children about the Precedence of the United States.
We’re not talking about the President.
No–we’re not referring to any occupant of the Oval Office, past, present or future.
It’s the precedence which has crept into the American consciousness, causing us to be so drunk on our own pride that we’re in danger of teetering the world into an international fiasco.
It is a three-part deception:
1. We are exceptional.
2. We are really never wrong.
3. And our mistakes are more virtuous than most countries’ insights.
It culminates in a little piece of nastiness: when you run across “mean,” just be meaner.
And this is not just in our politics. It is being manifested through ruthless business practices, religious intolerance, and the stirring up of social and cultural bigotry.
We’ve become picky, frustrated, cantankerous and dangerous because of the power we wield. Matter of fact, G-Pop’s children are often tempted to get on board the “eye-for-an-eye-bandwagon” and start poking with their sticks.
Somehow or another we’ve convinced ourselves that the peace treaties, negotiations, prayer, foreign aid and the collaborations we’ve had with other peoples have weakened us instead of defined us as a great nation.
Where could G-Pop’s children begin?
Since his offspring do not hold public office, his children must quietly begin within their own lives–setting the example that sounds the tone which composes the music for the revival.
A. “I am often wrong.”
B. “I will apologize for how this inconveniences you or others.”
C. “I will make obvious strides to do better.”
This is not merely a “christian” attitude, nor a loving and giving sappiness.
It is survival.
For after all, nations–or people–don’t have to be stronger than us to hurt us dearly. It only takes one maniac to devastate the lives of seven hundred people.
It is a good thing to have a heart for repentance which welcomes the possibility for transformation.
We have a precedence in the United States. It is an infatuation with meanness under the guise of “staying tough.” We want our slogans, our politics and the chip on our shoulder to be backed up with a gun in our hand.
G-Pop prays that his children will realize that the Wild West is no longer wild–all the bad guys killed all the good guys until finally someone said “enough.”
Enough of the precedence of the United States being meanness. We don’t have to become weak. We need to be aware.
Address foolishness when it is foolish and give assistance when we see need.
Published by Jonathan Cring