Wednesday, November 7, 2012

tribal politics

I will not link to the page... but some conservatives are calling for hunkering down, employing survival tactics, taking care of one's own tribe first.... make lots of money, help others you know to do so too --survival, survival, survival....

Yes --the descriptor "tribe" really was used....

And then the cry --but it is in God's hands, the path to destruction is God's plan to prove that we should not put our trust in the state or in man --but only in God....

Oh my.

I guess the conservative body took a real blow last night --and the reaction speaks not so much to the loss, but to the fact that they did exactly what they said they didn't do --put their hopes and trust in government to shape the world they live in.

And the open use of "tribe" --still shuddering from the thought of tribal politics --tribal warfare.... And they call themselves Christians.... I guess some truly don't understand that we are One.

As for me --the malignancy of capitalism will still grow unchecked. Corporations and their billionaires will rule buy our government. Lobbyists will still "educate" to sway public opinion. We will continue on our blind path to pollute and destroy our environment. The poor will remain poor and get poorer and the rich will get richer and connive to keep it that way. Health care and education will remain unequal.

I think perhaps it has always been so. But some governments actively ignore the lives of those it consumes for its own well-being, while some do not. I believe we have elected the government that will not actively ignore the lives of the least --so, in this I am relieved.

--but I also fear that the anger and division will become even more entrenched --and even violent. The 'tribal' warfare will become more-so.

And true change will have to be made heart by heart, soul by soul. And few will be those who give their lives, their all, to the unworthy, the unrepentant, the undeserving....

At prayer this morning (portions of Psalm 72)

Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King’s son;
That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice;
That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.

He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

...

For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
and the oppressed who has no helper.
He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

Long may he live!
and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
may prayer be made for him always,
and may they bless him all the day long.
May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
growing thick even on the hilltops; *
may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
and its grain like grass upon the earth.
May his Name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures; *
may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.

Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!
And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.

Off I go --praying to God that I will throttle in myself any attempt to be the defender of my own cause....

Through a kind and generous gift, I am going to go buy a portable heater today!
Thank you M, thank you.

Wopila tanka!!!
Big/great happy thanks!

5 comments:

Prairie Soul said...

A sobering post which is all too true. And a most inspiring Psalm.

By the way, is the g-mail address for you at your diocesan website a good one for me to send you a note?

kishnevi said...

Reading these two last posts in succession....

The conservatives you write about think of government as planning to do to them what it did to the Lakota--send their children to re-education camps, render them homeless and weaponless and unable to find work or food--because they are who they are.

But they can not, or will not, understand that what was done to the Lakota was a bad thing, because they think that being a Lakota--more precisely, being someone different from themselves--is not a good thing.

So they're afraid the sins of the fathers will be visited rather literally on the children, but they can't admit that the sins of the fathers were in fact sins. They don't like Big Government, but only if it doesn't work for them.

JCF said...

"some conservatives are calling for hunkering down, employing survival tactics, taking care of one's own tribe first"

I'm completely unsurprised. I expect last night's results will lead to greater calls for white nationalism, for secession. Expect militia groups to increase. And, sadly, hate crimes also.

God bless and protect these UNITED States of America (esp from threats within---as I type this, a commercial for Spielberg's "Lincoln" is on my telly)

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Godwin's law has already kicked in to gear on some conservative blogs. So, the Muslim, the Socialist, and now America has become Hitler's Germany.

Tribe? No surprise, really.

it's margaret said...

Prairie Soul --yes, that is a good address --cheyenneriverepiscopal at g mail dot com

I know, y'all... no surprise... but still.... {{shudder}}