Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

Over at his blog Preludium, Mark Harris has a very thougthful post, The Global Warming of Fear and Hate: Anti-Semitism, Homophobia and Xenophobia.

A central point of that post is that in difficult times folks often look for someone to blame and, in the history of the West, the someone is quite often the Jews. I find Mark's post echoing some thoughts that I have had the past few days about the economic mess in this country. From some quarters we are hearing warnings about "class warfare," as if anyone commenting about the widening income gap in the USA was inciting a riot. From others we hear strong words of condemnation for Wall Street villains, as if the rest of us had no responsibility for the maintaining of our over-consuming culture.

Criticism, including self-criticism, is called for, but not condemnation, including self-condemnation. One of the joys of living in grace is that we are free to look honestly at our own sins and the sins of others. We have been - are being - forgiven and transformed, and do not stand condemned.

6 comments:

Ellen said...

Well said. Thank you.

Fred Preuss said...

How about getting a real job? Lifting a piece of bread once a week can't possibly be worth tens of thousands of dollars in salary, benefits and pension.
You're 2.2 million out of 305 million. Median age 55. In 20 years most of you will be unable to do more than ask for your Attends to be changed.
Why should I listen to you?

Fred Preuss said...

What is this "Father" nonsense?
Another anglo-catholic affectation?

Fr. Daniel Weir said...

For anyone who might read these comments: I have chosen not to moderate comments and I leave it to you all to discern the value of comments. Mr. Preuss has made similar comments in the past. I have no idea why he is so angry, but when I'm not busy lifting a piece of bread - which I actually do at least three times a week - I will keep him in my prayers.

Fred Preuss said...

Passive-aggressive, thy name is "Mainline Protestantism".

Fr. Daniel Weir said...

Thanks, Fred Preuss, for the laugh. I am just a parish priest and I find it amusing that I can provoke such comments from you.