We are meditating on what the mid-term elections are about this year.
We are choosing whether to have a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people” or one that is of the Koch brothers, by Opus Dei and for the corporations and billionaires who flood elections with dark money.
Whether it is of the triumph of dark money from (often) crazy billionaires and corporations buttressed by a supreme court they have paid for and that was hand-chosen by a member of a fascist religious cult known as Opus Dei.
And how the church of Donald J. Trump, once known as the Republican Party, will have power once again to cozy up with Putin even though he has invaded a sovereign country in Europe for the first time since WWII and is committing countless crimes against humanity in carrying out an obviously illegal and immoral war. (To his credit, President Biden has masterfully enlisted the common support of European countries and buttressed the NATO defense to assist Ukraine in its struggle to survive as a fledging democracy.)
And to put billionaires before ordinary citizens (kudos go to Robert’s Supreme Court decisions for Citizens United).
And kudos go to Robert’s court for gutting the voting rights act of course, yes, the act that Dr. King worked and died for along with millions of others who filled jails, were beaten and worse. John Lewis among them.
And for gutting EPA defenses of clean air and soon to be, clean water.
And the church of Donald J. Trump is committed to denial of climate change, therefore to the continued blazing of the planet. (Ask your children and grandchildren about this. It might be a good thing to consider them and not just your gas prices at the pump when pulling levers when you vote.)
And to enshrine in laws all over the country the god-given right of men– especially creepy politician, clergy, judicial and lawyer men–to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
And damning the separation of church and state. And if some religions do NOT consider a young fetus to be a human being (which, by the way is the case with Saint Thomas Aquinas, a doctor of the Catholic church and the Jewish religion), they are not to be listened to.
Church and state should be united provided that church is the church of Donald J. Trump and his evangelical and Opus Dei allies, i.e. certain Christian churches. But Jews and Muslims and thinking Christians—for you church and state are separated.
In this way we guarantee that Patriarchy reigns. And fascism becomes the fashion. Once again.
That is what this mid-term election is about.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. xix-xlvi.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Are you feeling the creeping fascism of our times which includes an oligarchy held in place by a corrupt political system and Citizens United decision that whereby the top 1% are spending $1.6 billion on TV ads buying political favors? Is this inspiring your vote and your working to get others to vote?
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics