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....
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
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.
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.
Big/great happy thanks!