Jan. 3, 2017
It wasn’t the words so much that alarmed me as it was the look of pure adoration and worship that were revealed as the speaker said that “now that a business man, a successful business man at that, was in charge that the ‘swamp in Washington would be drained’ and wasn’t that a good thing?”
It is tradition in the United States that ministers don’t give political comments. Instead, I try to give information such as my blog about charismatic leaders written Nov. 9, 2016 that might help people see what they haven’t before.
The words that are the cause of me going against this tradition were spoken to me at church a Sunday or two ago. I was nice. I didn’t say what I’m about to say to you. My words would have fallen on death ears. However, I can be silent no more.
Please recall that even Jesus lost his temper and called out the merchant who was using false weights.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a former employee of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I took the Oath of Office that says “I will defend and protect the Constitution of these United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Like 98.9 % of federal employees who take that oath, it is a guiding principle of my life. It is as strong an influence as the oath I took when I accepted the mantle of minister and the mantle of teacher.
When the speaker about the ‘swamp in Washington’ spoke, I wondered if this person realized that most of that swamp wouldn’t be needed if business people did the right thing.
A certain food processing plant here in Georgia didn’t do the right thing; didn’t keep its plant safe and clean; and, when a certain food was found to be unsafe, sold it anyway. Several persons died and many more became very ill.
If the owners of this plant had done the right thing, none of this would have happened. I do not know why federal and state inspectors didn’t put a stop to this before bad things happened, but, I can only imagine that if federal and state inspectors didn’t exist, how many more business owners would do the same thing and get away with it.
My mother’s mother had three husbands. All three were killed in the coal mines. They lived before there were strong labor unions, the kind that were recently destroyed by business and political leaders. They died because business mine owners didn’t do the right thing until they were forced to do so by labor unions who forced the government to give power to mine inspectors.
So, when this swamp is drained, how soon do you think it will be before this country has horrible mine accidents again? Oh, I forgot. Mining work is now mostly done by robots and computers, so, of course, mine accidents won’t matter.
There is a certain seller of chicken who carefully packs underneath the chicken extra fat and skin. The buyer doesn’t realize until the product is opened at home that the buyer didn’t get the full measure of chicken. This seller isn’t doing the right thing and is getting away with this type of dishonesty. How many other business people would do likewise if they knew that no one would stop them?
And the list goes on.
Please don’t email me about privatization, that inspectors hired by private contractors would do the work now done by federal and state inspectors. Oh really? Just how soon would these inspectors become the show pieces of business people who won’t do the right thing unless they are forced?
Ask the Angels
I ask the angels and the Power for Good to remove from my eyes, and anyone who so desires, anything that prevents me from seeing what is really going on.
I ask the angels and the Power for Good to make me, and anyone who so desires, aware when I admire that which doesn’t deserve admiration.
Make me aware when I admire hoarders, especially hoarders of money. At the moment, hoarders of money appear to be the cause of much harm so let me be aware of them and know them by their proper name.
And so it is.
On most Sundays, find Barbara S Lucas at The Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia