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Although I subscribe to a list that provides a”word for the day”, I find few words to use daily. But there is a word working its way from German to English that describes my world weariness. (Click to get meaning: weltschmerz.) It appears to have an onomatopoeic effect. It sounds world weary to me.
I also subscribe to a “daily inspiring quote for the thoughtful mind”. Today’s quote declares that “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.” I’m weltschmerz in part because of the debate among the Republican candidates for the presidency.With so many candidates, I wonder if I should run for the presidency. I have unique, but not obvious qualifications.
- I’m 89, Age matters?
- My bank account is small. Money matters?
- I’m simple, but not entirely unwise. Common sense matters?
- I’m dependant on many for much. That matters?
- I’ve had little academic training. Knowledge matters?
- I’ve been a Gospel preacher for many years Does it matter?
- I dream boldly. Dreams matter?
These are not obviously qualifications, but I am attempting to follow Jesus, even if it makes me look like a fool in the eyes of the unwise. I am a natural born citizen of the United States.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. In the debate among the Republican candidates he asserted that the purpose of the military was to “kill and break.” He was correct. That’s why I am s Conscientious Objector to war. To kill and break is not the way of Jesus and invites more killing, more breaking. Jesus was known as a healer, not a killer. He was a carpenter, the son of carpenter. A builder, not a breaker.
Huckabee and all others who call themselves christians should pay allegiance to the one who said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Some things ascribed to Jesus may be mythical, but his commandments only seem to be impractical. If I were the president of the United States I would take national defense seriously by making peace with the enemies made by past presidents. I would be loyal to this overriding pledge:
I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ,
And to God’s kingdom for which he died—
One Spirit-led people the world over, indivisible,
With love and justice for all.