Who’s the Sometimes Enemy?

Democrats and Republicans are never seen walking on the same sidewalk in Washington or Madison. Enemies is a popular theme in the Bible with their divisions, invasions, and killings.

Election Day, November 8, is a truer night to watch a football game than an actual football game. Complete with all the evil we perceive in others and all the good we believe in ourselves. Why don’t Michaels and Evers go to Chuck ’N Cheese together and talk out the serious issues over a pizza and end up in an old-fashioned arm wrestle? Then, Johnson and Barnes meet at George Webb’s; same deal, only with burgers and then the arm wrestle.

We’ve devolved; please note the “de,” we devolved from harmony, negotiation, compromise, middle ground, understanding, halfway, balance, and settlement. We don’t need to hear any other words, with prayers that always need to be collective.

St. Paul says to us, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead…proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage, [Paul adds on his ending] done through all patience and teaching.”

Yet, presently we love to hate, divide, chop up, slice up, quarter, and sunder our government, our Church, and each other. We just love to hate. It’s easy and safe because of what I said before, “all the pure evil that we perceive in others and all the unmeasurable good that we believe in ourselves.”

In both our attitudes and behaviors – personally or politically – it’s not about the other guy; it’s about us. During times like this is okay to be a bit selfish – it’s called personal reflection and introspection.

I will not be as explicit as St. Paul but will add the word “sometimes” to the beginning of his quote, [Sometimes,] “I find…that evil is present in [us], the [ones] who [want] to do good.”

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on Amazon.com.
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