By Andrew Lidden
We deceive ourselves. We talk a good game. But nothing changes. . . as it should.
Ask the New Orleans Saints. They can cry until doomsday over the horribly missed call that cost them a trip to Super Bowl 53. When Sunday afternoon comes in Atlanta, February 3rd, they’ll not be playing.
We’ve talked to death the inability of Congress to do its job. We’ve shouted and screamed, to the point of tears, about the sexual abuses of children by Catholic priests. We’ve grieved endlessly concerning the absence of impassioned Christian voices that command respect and action among followers of the faith everywhere.
No one has replaced the awesome Protestant voices that exposed the demagoguery of Hitlerism and Stalinism and called forth the Civil Rights Movement. Too, the brilliant ecumenicists of the 20th century have passed away and their inheritors have gone into hiding; whichever, with their vanishing so too has disappeared their wondrous vision of a united humanity.
In place of these strong moralists with a will and a way, what do we have?
The Loose-Mouthed Donald Trump, with one-third of the U.S. behind him, and two-thirds against.
Yet, even with a staggering majority opposed to the forever lies of Trump and his Administration, nothing has really changed except the volume and bitterness of the accusations that fly freely around the country, constantly bombarding us and the world with the ignoble news of America's moral ineptness.
Yes, it’s true. We’ve become a nation of vacuous chatter-bugs who are growing more adept by the hour at perpetuating The Art of the Seal.
The moral leadership that made America great is no longer. The talk by power leaders of the past that initiated goodness and mercy and justice has been either so muted as to go unheard or it's been entirely silenced. Everyone blabbers. Nothing of lasting value gets done. It gets attempted, of course. There’s the pretense of justice in the works, but when it comes, justice lasts for about as long as it takes a fly to escape with the illegal immigrants at Maro Lago.
Forget the liberal Democrats, the traditional Republicans, and every Amoral Pretender.
America, please give us: Give us leaders who know what is Right and how to get Right done!
Note: Last time we looked, Robert Mueller did not appear to be The Messiah. But He is a Sign of Hope — in the act, these several months now, of confirming our predicament and our desperate need for responsible moral guidance.
Andrew Lidden is a semi-retired ordained minister, serving a small church in Texas. He holds four degrees (three in theology), has been ordained through six decades and a sometime professor of religion and philosophy.