but I know… one thing… that I love you.
putting Michael Franti on pause for a moment…
OK- So, politically I tend to bounce around between crazy conservative and outspoken hippie. I think it confuses people. I get emails at work about how Obama is the anti-Christ and I get emails at home about the ridiculous California is for their huge denial of civil rights. No, I don’t think Obama is the anti-Christ. I, being a red-blooded patriotic American, support our president and think he is doing a better job than half the bozos speaking out against him. I don’t agree with every single thing he says, but I don’t agree with everything my mother says, and she’s my best friend and has the closest views to me compared to anyone on Earth. I do, however, have the balls to say I don’t DISAGREE with everything that he says just because he’s Democrat, liberal, Black, a man… whatever.
Sometimes I just want to tell everyone to ‘calm the eff down’.
Maybe I’m just an idealist, but I don’t understand. If you are pro-life, you shouldn’t have an abortion. If you are against gay marriage, you probably shouldn’t marry someone the same sex as you. If you want to put Christ in school, put your kid in a Christian school. If you want schools to do a better job teaching your kid, read to them and teach them at home as well. I went to the same ‘cruddy’ school as everyone else, but I walked in to Kindergarten able to read, write and do simple arithmetic… because my mom wanted me to succeed and never saw the school system as her babysitter.
Speaking of things I don’t understand, when did politics become so intertwined with the church, anyway? I thought the whole reason churches became 501c3 organizations was to keep them OUT of the political realm, while relieving a tax burden for them as well.
All this fighting over taxes, health care reform, energy bills, civil rights, etc, etc, etc… reminds me of this book I read occasionally. (Maybe you’ve heard of it?) Here’s an excerpt:
36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Check it out. Matthew 22. I didn’t make it up.
Read that last line again. “All the Law and Prophets HANG on these two commandments.”
Holy cow. What a thought! It doesn’t matter how we feel about Leviticus 18, speaking in tongues, taxation, global warming or anything else. We are called to LOVE. Everything else HANGS on that. LOVE God. LOVE each other. It doesn’t matter whether we’re in the “No” party or the “Neo-Socialist” party.
It matters whether everything we do is covered in LOVE.
That’s all I got for today. Peace. 🙂
And to think, this all started with a hip-hop song. You gotta love ADHD. 🙂
Micheal Franti is officially UN-paused.