This is not America

Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief operating officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, offered the following words in the wake of the shooting in Washington.

“There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate… There’s something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries. There is something wrong, and the only thing that I can say is we have to work together to get rid of it. I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots…. [This is] a challenge to all of us…. This is not America.”

Many of us harbor that same vague disquiet.   I read of violence and mass causalities … this is not America.  I read of record economic inequality and pastor to middle age workers with diminishing hope of gainful employment … this is not America.  I read that “twerping” was the most googled terms several weeks ago … this is hopefully not America!

How do we then weave a platform for the future?  Connection.   That is the place to stand, the place to exercise our disciplined talents in its pursuit.  One author, Seth Godin, phrased it this way.  Connection … “the thoughtful, patient, mature, and modern approach wins out.  Because connection is built on trust and generosity, not on snark and short terms wins.” If as Swedenborg believed “Heaven is the only basis for our continued existence”, there is no shorter path to heaven than connection.

Churches play a huge role in that arena of self-less connection.  We not only invite all to the table, all to connect, but likewise carry an awareness of who is missing.

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One Response to “This is not America”

  1. When do we consider ourselves sick? The origin, meaning and even existence of symptoms depends on the culture, location and time of your experience. What one group considers a symptom, another might consider normal. Furthermore, the root of symptoms depends on the system’s understanding of causality. It matters how you live, think and feel, but the behavior and beliefs of those around you matter just as much. Most people who have been diagnosed with food intolerance would agree that food insensitivity is largely out of the scope of Western medicine, which rarely draws the connection between a person’s diet and the seemingly unrelated symptoms that they experience. Many of us have found that recounting the discovery of our food sensitivity is met with skepticism—the same skepticism and ignorance that limits America at large from understanding the serious role that food choices play in health.

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