The logistics and details of political commitment can be overwhelming. There’s so much to keep track of, so many strategies, so much to subscribe to, sign petitions for, and demonstrations to participate in, because political activism on the grandest possible scale is our only hope.
And yet, and yet . . .
What about prayer? What about God? What about that sacred flame of spirituality which is the essence of your life? It should be self evident that even a so called atheist can be grounded in love, responsibility, and yes even divine like glimpses; just as neurotic religious cults can be sewers of hatred and fear of life, e.g., the Baptist Big Bang Armageddon.
Spirituality is all. Forget the institutional religions. As it was in the beginning, is now, and always shall be, spirituality is all. For some of us, religion and spirituality are one in the same. For some of us, religion is what you outgrow to get to spirituality. For some of us, God is the essence of spirituality. For some of us, the "God" word is a distraction from spirituality.
But in the face of the horrific evil which is savagely killing our country (and ultimately the planet), shouldn't we realize that political activism is not enough. Indeed it can be argued that it has NEVER been enough.
If there's ever been a time in our lives when we needed to touch ALL the bases, God and spirituality included, that time is now!
My dear American brothers and sisters, our beloved country is being murdered as we speak by Bush/Republican fascists. Its precious blood is being greedily drained by America's vampire elites (probably less than one percent of our population). It is also being by default murdered by "establishment politics" (i.e., our ONE party dem/pug political system). The "Democrats" have utterly betrayed us. Said religiously, Nancy Pelosi and Judas Joe Lieberman have betrayed God. One wonders where Nancy Peolsi has spent her 30 pieces of silver. Judas Joe Lieberman seems to be doing his best to get another kiss from the loathsome Bush Antichrist.
But should we really be using words like this? Should we be referring to George W. Bush and the Antichrist? God in heaven, if a man is responsible for killing OVER A MILLION AND A HALF PEOPLE just to improve the bottom line of Texas energy corporations (and his own personal fortune!); surely such a man deserves to be called an Antichrist!
Compare this filth to Jesus. Compare this filth to Mohammed. Compare this filth to the Hebrew Prophets. Compare this filth to Buddha. Compare this filth to GOODNESS, COMPASSION, & LOVE.
George W. Bush is Evil incarnate -- just as, for many of us, Jesus is God incarnate.
So what to do, what to do, what to do? Again (please forgive the repetition), political activism to the max. No question. We've got to get off our duffs and "make it happen".
But there's also a "war of "principalities" going on here. The perennial war between Good and Evil. And in America at least, Evil is winning by a country mile.
Alas, the churches in general have also betrayed us. Don't hear many peeps from the Catholic Church these days, do you? No, the Catholic Church (and basically all of the institutional religions of Christianity) have raised to a science the strategy of see no evil, hear no evil, and say no evil. So far as the Christian churches are concerned, George W. Bush is throwing a Texas picnic. Pope who? You mean that guy who has such a convoluted fascist past and talks about theological pap?
This betrayal is just as loathsome as the betrayal of the Democratic Party.
So, it's us or nothing, right? Politics is now and always has been part of the problem. Religion is all that luke warm crap Jesus said he would spit out of his mouth.
So, goodbye establishment politics and hello aggressive political/apolitical activism.
And goodbye establishment religion and hello . . .
Hello what? Well, that's between you and your soul. That's between you and your God, but it's a lead pipe certainty that now is the time for (let's call it) "spiritual activism".
Why don't we have demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of praying Americans? Do we need help? Do cows give milk? God YES we need help and saying YES to God may BE our help.
But it doesn't have to be all that "religious". The main thing is to turn to our souls and reach out to the core spirituality in our lives.
Maybe that's exactly what we haven't done yet. Political and/or apolitical activism is life and death necessary, but maybe spiritual activism is just as necessary. Forget the churches. They are now and nearly always have been meaningless. Like politics, most of the time the god they worship is money.
I'm groping here, my friends. I'm not preaching or giving solutions. I'm just listening to my own life spirituality and it’s telling me that in the face of the Bush antichrist and our betrayal by establishment politics and religion, it's time to think about things like prayer and God.
What would be so terrible if millions of us got down on our knees and prayed for our dying country? Are we too proud? Do we think that's superstitious and silly? Well, evil isn't "silly" and it's now in every breath we take in this county.
Indeed, we have become the country of evil which all the rest of the world increasingly fears. Evil is HERE and it's REAL and its incarnation is George W. Bush, so let's fight him with spirituality, with prayer, with mediation, and with candlelight vigils.
Very often in life people turn to their souls, the spirituality of life, or God (if that works for you), only because they've run out of other options. They open to the sublime because their life is going down for the 3rd time and they cry out to the infinite for help.
Well, our beloved America is going down for the 3rd time. The vampire rich, the fascist Republicans, and the evil army of the Bush Antichrist are raping, murdering, and destroying our birthright Constitutional Republic.
Praying to Christ, chanting to Buddha, whatever, whatever, but who knows what grace may be waiting to rain on our bleeding and mutilated country if only we reach out in faith and love.
We CANNOT allow our souls to be murdered by the Bush Antichrist and his army of evil! We must reach out and reach out to spiritual healing and mystery for help.
W. Christopher Epler (Bill)