The Fierce Urgency of Now: Is There Not A Cause? Part1


If we are not vigilant; politics, ideologies and philosophies become our idols of worship.  This becomes the perfect place to slip into racism and do it under the cover of Just plain Politics. The saying that “all is fair in Love and Politics” becomes true to the detriment of race relations. Love can never be compared to political Ideology.”

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It is plain to see that politics, situational ethics and ideology trumps ethnic/racial reconciliation along with many other matters of the heart in our diverse nation. Synergy lies dormant and unfulfilled in the political ebbs and flows of society. Pick a subject, and no matter how seemingly simple the solution; Solomon’s wisdom would have to be invoked to get a solution. Politics says that “it is better to destroy the proverbial baby i.e. effort/plan, than to at any measure give in to the other side”.

The_Judgment_of_Solomon“People of quite different ideological persuasions have come to endorse empathy and altruism. Liberals of course have traditionally supported social programs to care for the disadvantaged and, as highlighted by President Bush’s ‘compassionate conservative’ self-labeling, many of those to the right also embrace altruism. Likewise, religious conservatives always have emphasized empathy and altruism as a part of Christian charity.” Tom Smith

Spirituality says “prefer your neighbor before your self”. That is where the great dilemma rest. The late Dr. Martin Luther King found a way to Bridge two concepts i.e. spirituality and social justice, using the political system to achieve success in both arenas. He recognized the “The Fierce Urgency of Now!” The now that we seek 50 years this side of the march is in the search for those voices on all sides of the ethnic divide who’s desire to multiply the synergistic pattern by a resurgent empathic realization. This says that “it’s more than just you and me, it’s we”

The influence of any logical reasoning of common sense stands in the shadow of our 21st of century Goliath ofDONT-T~1 politics and ideology, which boldly announces “who can withstand”. In the same way that David spoke to his Goliath; we must speak to ours and say “is there not a cause?”

This divisive Political/Ideological structure creeps into the conversations of reconciliation and vanquishes the connecting fibers of agreement. The pandering to ethnic minorities for votes at the voting booth and not out of a real concern for those individuals, many times leads to finding a racist behind every corner. When politics is involved, Health Care, Immigration or Voting Rights etc, becomes fodder politicization for those on all sides of the ethnic divide to advance there ethnic agendas.

Whether we’re considering an Australian baseball player’s killing while out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood by 3 teenagers, or when a 17 year old unarmed teen (Trayvon Martin) can be gunned down; political commentators speak from talking points representative of their political interest and sponsors rather than acknowledge the tragedies; it is clear that empathy has failed by the hands of Politics.

These same commentators lead the masses of their followers to politically divided corners; terms such as political correctness, sensitivity and diversity are caricatured like some sophomoric joke. Meanwhile this clandestine nature of the partisan political philosophies along with their various talking points find their way into many Sunday morning sermons, unbeknownst of parishioners and even sometimes the clergy themselves.

It’s paramount to recognize Love as the most relevant element in “Building the Bridge Together”

“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” 1 John 4:7-8 The Message (MSG)

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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