Setting a low bar for spirituality, democracy

American society has gone off the grid. Church and state were once our strong points, but now are weaknesses.

Christianity has become a highly streamlined religion. Churches preach forgiveness and service, and provide a worship service with comfortable ordinances. But there is not much concern for government, science, education, health and economics in this skinny religious worldview. Is that how Jesus really was?

We have deadly factional politics where the rich (often Republicans) are pitted against the middle class and poor (often Democrats). This is a rerun of medieval feudalism where the nobles ground the faces of the small merchants and farmers. Our Constitution says "no" to a nobility in America. We can do better.

We love our country, at least until we are faced with the need for actual participation in democratic processes. Then we grumble, lash out at others, and retreat to guzzling cold drinks, chomping on pizza and immersing ourselves in daily entertainments.

All of this makes for a pretty low bar for spirituality and for democracy.

 -- Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross

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