I AM Sent You.

So Iraq has an extreme makeover reality show fixing war damaged homes, John Kerry is as boring as paint drying but there are six reporters for every delegate at the Democratic convention hanging on his every word, Hillary Duff can’t sing but sells 3 million copies of her first CD, when it comes to life Catholics are torn about what to do, whereas Planned Parenthood says just buy the “I had an Abortion” T-Shirt and Meryl Streep cynically asks a truly reasonable question, “During Shock and Awe I wondered which of the megaton bombs Jesus, our president’s personal savior, would have personally dropped on the sleeping families of Baghdad. I wondered, ‘Does Jesus understand collateral damage?’

After Moses saw God in the burning bush he was sent back to announce God’s planned intervention with Pharaoh on behalf of the Children of Israel. When Moses, who was living in a polytheistic culture, wondered how he should describe THIS God as differentiated from the others, the answer was almost Dr. Seuss-like in its simplicity. “I AM Who I Am.”

When Pharaoh resisted Moses’ appeals for liberation Moses complained to God about the impossibility of his assignment and the lack of credibility in the Israelites who by now were reduced to murmuring and complaining, God repeated multiple times¢â‚¬¦I Am The Lord.

Look—all of humanity groans under the weight of our own stupidity and there is only one, sure-fire planet-wide solution by which ALL problems would melt away like ice on a hot sidewalk. If we universally and in one accord got down on our knees and confessed, “You are God and I am not,” and lived in the light of that confession, the planet would experience an extreme makeover, politics would be seen to be as peripheral as a Hillary Duff concert, nobody would be in a quandary about “what to do about life” in abortion or war (because we would literally live the commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”).

All our hyperactivity in politics and religion, some well meaning and too often self-serving, is like pouring spoonfuls of water on a raging forest fire. These are things we do to cope with a fallen world, but we will only see miracles through communal submission to God and consecration to doing God’s will.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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