We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
... rabbis, this year, please don’t pander to your congregants, spoon-feeding them bromides straight from cable news. Use your words to raise us up, together, and enlighten us with wisdom that transcends the contemporary scene.
Back when R Milhouse was in the White House and I, not yet graduated from high school, was sitting with my parents in the better seats on the first day of Rosh Hashonah when our rabbi used his sermon to disparage the Pres.
Saying "Excuse me" to those seated in the row (it was filled and we were seated closer to the right aisle), I made my way to the center aisle, walked down to the exit doors, and left.
My father, at first apoplectic, was somewhat relieved after about a quarter of the congregation followed me in like manner.
Good on you ! I think most Protestants have done the same thing. Only, the just don't show up in the seats at all anymore. I feel basically the same reason--too much political correct politics--not enough reflection, atonement and renewal of the ideal coming from the pulpit!
I'm with you and have regretted not walking out when a now retired minister began to preach politics. We decided if he ever did it again that would be it for us. Right before the first election of Obama he basically told us who to vote for. From that time on I knew what side he was on.
In the Episcopal Church, the bullying, the corruption, the distortion of truth, the stealing of church buildings and properties all so a few politically correct cowards (leaders) could claim that homosexuality was a normal birth defect that God does not disapprove of--the simple lesson of love your neighbor would have been enough. But there was too much money involved in empty church properties to allow the real estate to go to local charities. The main administration had to take control of all that real estate in order to pay for . . .
A lesson from the Old Testament, still not learnt today...
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
CS Lewis wrote about the spiritual dishonesty of repenting of other people's sins in "The Dangers of National Repentence." There is a good summary of the longer essay here. https://the-american-catholic.com/tag/national-repentance/
(Typo of 'congenital" for "congenial.")
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