Let’s restore sanity and fairness to the tax cut conversation. We simply cannot afford to hand over the bank vault to our nation’s millionaires and billionaires while the middle class picks up spare change. Paul Tonko
Meditation: We can’t afford what is happening. Millionaires and Billionaires are increasing their financial power, and now that many of them sit in government positions, their political power is also being increased. What is happening seems absurd in light of it happening right before Christmas. Christmas is the message that God is entering our world in a poor couple’s child who soon will become a refugee on top of being poor. How is this image of God reconcilable with our current power hungry leaders who shield their money from being contributed to society while dismantling hundreds of programs for children, the elderly and the poor? Psalm 2 with its image that God has the final laugh and makes fun of those leaders who scheme together against the poor comforts me. God makes fun of those who think they are in control. He laughs about those who steal other people’s basic needs. And then God gets angry as the Psalm moves on. Just as we are angry about what just happened. But this is not the last word. God will have the last word. And God always watches out for the forgotten, the downtrodden and the disadvantaged.
Prayer: God, we feel angry and discouraged. We wish we could laugh with you and make fun of our corrupt leaders as you are. Help us keep faith. Help us keep a broader perspective. God, thank You for being angry with leaders who scheme against those who you anoint: the poor, the sick, the dying, the refugees, the children, the elderly and the forgotten. Remind us that You are having the last word and the last laugh in history. Amen
The earth’s rulers take their stand; the leaders scheme together against the Lord and against his anointed one. “Come!” they say. “We will tear off their ropes and throw off their chains!” The one who rules in heaven laughs; my Lord makes fun of them. Psalm 2: 2-4