Today was one of the longer days I’ve had in a while. Both of the boys were up for hours last night, finally falling asleep around 5-6 in the morning. I had to start work at 6 and, originally, was going to end at 2:30 in the afternoon. We happened to be short-staffed and, when I arrived, they asked me to do a full day.
So here I am, after ten hours of work and a hundred patients handled on my own, ready for some quality writing.
Two headlines captured my attention today. The first was the recent passing of Back to the Future day, the date that Michael J. Fox actually visits during his trip to the future. In the same spirit, I read about a unique image found in a music video from 1999.
In the video for “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against the Machine, a man is seen at the 1:04 mark holding up a sign stating “Donald Trump for President, 2000.”
Michael Moore directed the video that featured members of the band performing on Wall Street directly in front of the NY Stock Exchange. The clip also features various news images and a faux game show knock-off of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The questions to the contestants are easy and powerful. One asks how many Americans did not have healthcare at the time. The other asks how many people in the world live on less than 1.00$ a day. A third asks what percentage of wealth does the top ten percent of the USA own.
It is a visual and sonic judgement against a government driven by money, power and control.
Fifteen years later, now with Mr. Trump actually running for president, how far have we come?
Have we lost our cause?
People who claim to follow Jesus have recently been pushed to the margins by various groups standing up against discrimination. The faith started by the man who changed the world so long ago is no longer seen as an answer.
Many churches sit on the brink, unable or unwilling to respond to pressure.
I don’t think our cause has changed. Jesus told us to go forth and make disciples of all the nations. He said to love our neighbors. He told us to stand up for the least of these and that every time we did, it would be known.
We must pick the right battle and the right weapons.
For our fight is love, not money. Grace, not hatred. Open arms, not closed fists. Forgiveness. Self worth. A focus on charity and helping those in need.
The message of the song is evident. If we keep going, the end result of the status quot is getting burned. In a time when so many go with the flow and trap themselves in the race for possessions and status, we must be different. Because you can’t take it with you. Because a love of stuff prevents anything else from getting in, including family and friends.
Because it is time for the American Way to be reconsidered and rewritten.
Now who will pick up the pen?
I’ll give you a clue, it won’t be Donald Trump. It will be the author of all things and the Giver of Life, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Let’s get started.