The decision by FBI Director James Comey not to prosecute Hillary Clinton was a devastating blow to most of us. Blatant criminality knows no political bounds and people with integrity, be they Democrat or Republican, were infuriated by the obvious disregard for the rule of law. The initial anger quickly turned to depression for some and hopelessness for others. It seems we have reached a new low in our national life.Rahm Emanuel, former Obama White House Chief-of-Staff and current Mayor of Chicago, in reflecting the views of the father of community organizing, Saul Alinksy, once said “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. Emanuel was known for his ruthless and intimidating tactics and had made the statement within the context of taking advantage of a bad situation to force through what could otherwise not be accomplished by straightforward and transparent means.
But there’s an upside to everything, including the ill intentions of the likes of Rahm Emanuel and all the other Progressives, Democrat and Republican alike, intent upon radically transforming the United States of American into something unrecognizable.
In the words of Roy McAvoy, the golf-pro played by Kevin Costner in the movie Tin Cup, “When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment…or the moment defines you.”
Comey has given us the defining moment.
It is time to stop being distracted by the upcoming Presidential election. On that front, all is lost. There are as many Democrats who dislike and fear the effects of a Clinton Presidency as there are Republicans who feel the same about Donald Trump. These are two terrible choices.
So how did we get here and what is the way out?
As much as we are taught that politics and faith don’t mix, the reality is that faith is the foundation of any lasting culture. It is surely the saving grace (no pun intended) for those moments in each of our lives when the odds and the circumstances seem to outweigh our ability to go on. Faith is what bridges the gap between where we are and where we want to be. It provides the fuel for how to travel the distance between the two.
We, the people, are momentarily adrift. I say “momentarily” because we are simply experiencing a brief moment within the 4.6 billion years of earth’s total life span to date…a moment within the 6000 years of recorded human history. But brevity does not correspond to inconsequential. A moment, like a light in the darkness, can forever change the outcome.
We are not only adrift, we are plagued by darkness. It is the darkness that envelops a people that has forsaken its principles, values, ethics, morals and its Creator in homage to all things material. In this moment, each of us is being called to perform a specific function. That function is to be the light.
Each of us has been born for this moment. For in the void that we created in banishing ethics and faith from our midst remains a space that each of us can now fill with the spark of light that is found within. The spark of light that is the essence of who we are, not what we’ve allowed ourselves to become through fear and manipulation.
Powerlessness may be real in relation to a corrupt political system. It is false in relationship to Source. When we choose to stand for what is right in the face of what is wrong, we are imbued with the power of God and the effects are exponential and beyond our own capacity. However, we are not asked to take on what is not ours to do. When a Christian Polish woman, who hid Jews in her home just a mile from the Auschwitz concentration camp the Nazi’s had constructed, was asked, “So how did you become righteous?” she replied, “The righteous didn’t just suddenly become righteous. We simply refused to go off the cliff with the others.”
So, back to Director Comey’s decision and the 2016 election. It’s a waste of your time.
What is yours to handle is what is occurring within your own life…your family, your business, your community and your congregation. It is now our responsibility that each of us stands for time tested principles in relationship to what we encounter personally each day within the boundaries of our own lives.
The same way we got these two, terrible choices for President is the same way we maintain hopelessness within our own lives. We take our attention, and our light, off of the darkness and preoccupy ourselves with inconsequential and material matters. Yes, having enough money to feed, clothe and house ourselves and our loved ones is important…but meaningless if doing so is more important than living and exemplifying honesty, integrity, compassion and diligence.
When we, one person at a time, begin to re-prioritize the use of our intellect, our time, and our energy to first and foremost live ethical lives, the environment in which corruption, deceit and manipulation have grown will no longer be fertile ground for such dis-ease.
Nature is an excellent teacher. It is true that we reap what we sow. We are reaping the diseased crop of the seeds we allowed to be planted under our watch. But one acre at time, we can till the soil and prepare it to receive a new crop of seeds, ones that will grow healthy and strong…imbued with life-affirming nourishment rather than disease.
Victimhood and despair are choices as are empowerment and hope. We are free willed beings who get to choose not only our state of mind but also our actions and our reactions. Director Comey, taking on what was in front of him and his to decide chose cowardice, darkness and the status quo. So be it. It is his journey.
You are on your own journey. Take a look around at what stands before you. Then choose. You cannot effect the 2016 election but you can affect each and every person and situation you encounter each and every moment. Its one moment at time.
But what occurs in a moment can change the world.