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Laying blame where it belongs

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Years ago as a pastor I had a sense of calling that included ministering outside the stain glass windows. This led me to the discovery of a community existing within the very shadow of The Church. As I pastored my various congregations I also volunteered in the Communities as the Police Chaplain. More often than I want to recall I was "THERE". I saw the look of indescribable pain in the eyes of the children after a Domestic Family Violence call. There was the raw aftermath as the spouse tried to come to grips with a suicide. The indescribable uncomfortableness of a white sheet draped respectfully across the body of a child at a vehicle accident. There are no "right words" when entering a home as a wife is informed of her husband's death. I listened to victims and I talked with perpetrators. There were countless hours in the cruiser with those who walked that thin Blue Line between anarchy and civilization. I saw these men and women put their lives on that line Thin Blue Line day after day, night after night.

One particular vehicle accident is etched more vividly than others. I remember the flares and cruisers blocking the scene as the tow truck arrived. Traffic had come to a stand still as we moved among the scene. I knew he would not only hook the vehicle but would also sweep up the scattered parts. On this particular scene it was going to be more than a few quick sweeps of the shop broom and shovel. I remember walking along the road using my foot as I nudged a few of the smaller parts into a pile. My mind began to envision the legal process of who was at fault as I had watched numerous Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) creating a schematic of the vehicles, direction of travel, point of impact and etc. I knew that there would be those who were already laying blame and demanding retribution. However, my mind took me some place completely different this time. As my mind was replaying the condition of those injured as they were being taken away to the Emergency Rooms, I remember thinking and praying, "Now is not the time to merely lay blame as to who was at fault. People need to heal."

So, I try to wrap my mind around this political scene of our beloved USA. I am just like you in that I believe I am witnessing a wreck with shattered lives strewn across the highway of OUR Republic from the collision of these political agendas. The pieces of the American Dream are scattered in every inner city, small town and community across this whole Country. People are hurting and dying as the political rhetoric is more vicious and ugly. Of course, as a thinking person like you, I have my own thoughts as to who is responsible. However, let's refrain from protecting our chosen brand of ideology and be as honest as we should be before the all knowing God. Based on the point of impact, the speed of travel, road conditions, verifiable distractions, etc., all the political parties are at fault. They were so distracted by all the special interest gadgets in their brand of ideology they failed to pay attention. They have no justifiable reason for the mess we have before us. Now we're are looking at a collision that has created a proverbial traffic jam and as we sit here, only God Almighty can hook and haul off these who have driven the American Dream into ruin... And we all pray can it be restored. Our responsibility is to help pick up the pieces.

We are voting. We are cheering our selected Candidates. Yet, I am afraid unless we allow The Miracle Worker to be involved we are not going to fully recover from what has happened. Me personally, I actually believe that unless we have a spiritual, moral revival God is going to let us live with the scars and limitations.

I am no longer that man in the pulpit every Sunday morning. I just happen to still have a pastor's sense of calling that includes ministering outside the stain glass windows. There is too much hurt to ignore and what has been told to us all is NOT helping. We need a miracle, Jesus take the wheel. hrg
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