Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 20, A.D. 2002
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Then render to Caesar what is Caesar's, but give to God what is God's."
The Jews were trapped by an oppressive foreign government and they were
powerless to change the situation. We too, are finding ourselves in an
increasingly oppressive government of bureaucracy over which we have
relatively little control. Normally, our only hope is at the elections.
Could there be more?
Have we considered organizing or encouraging Christian principles in
politics? Mindful that all public law should be derived from basic
God-given principles, shouldn't we be watchful that government stays
close to those principles? Have we considered public office, beginning
at local levels and then working upwards? If principled people fail to
do this, who do you suppose will make the decisions that we'll be
'legally obliged' to follow?
It's easy enough to vote for those who openly espouse a virtuous
political path, but it is disaster when there is no such candidate. It
isn't too late to think of ways to change our country from within. Let
us begin by becoming habitually prayerful people drawing ever-closer to
God. Let us seek opportunity to speak and act as people of virtue. With
God's help and persistence, doors will open for good people to become
- Joachim, ocds
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