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That's What I Want

The greatest nation in the world has finally caught up to The Beatles.

If you've been paying attention to the current political season (how could you not?) you probably have noticed the same thing I have: there's only one issue on the table.

The issue is money - whose it is and how it ought to be spent. The Tea Partiers and those who want their votes insist that our money is our money and government needs to stop taking so much of it for its nefarious purposes.

The majority party, on the other hand, are of the opinion that only so much of our money is ours; the rest belongs to the common weal, the public purse, or the discretion of members of Congress.

The debate over values has pretty much gone away. No one seems to want to take a stand on any substantive moral issues, one way or the other. It's money. Money can't get everything, it's true. But apparently what it can get, we can't use. So gimme money. That's what I want.

Yes, at last the greatest experiement in free government, speech, and markets in all of human history has finally caught up to The Beatles. Only one value matters, only one issue dominates the political landscape: money and how to get it and use it.

Is this, at the end of the day, the measure of America's greatness? And if so, what does that say about those of us who, strangers and sojourners in this foreign culture, are supposed to be leavening all of society with values of a more enduring and more far-reaching nature?

America's capitulation to greed is a testimony to the feeble voice and feckless example of the American Church. Surely, surely this will lead us to repent and seek the Lord for revival?

T. M. Moore
T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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