Washing Only the Outside of the Cup??

Posted: August 24, 2016 in World On The Edge

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Sometimes we’re concerned only about appearances; the outside of things. We stuff closets with things we don’t want any visitor to see. We cover our faces with make-up, and our bodies with just the right clothes to make a favorable impression. We say all the things people want to hear whether we believe in them or not.  We all do this to some extent.

On the surface it may be harmless–unless we are covering-up–and yes, hiding– an ugliness going on inside us. When we are concerned only with what others think about us, we have no principles. When we say one thing in daylight when everyone is watching, but do another thing in the dark when no one sees us, then we are hypocritical, self-serving, and false human beings who should not be trusted.

Isn’t this what we despise about politicians? Their dishonesty. Their hypocrisy. Their self-grabbing. Politicians polish up the outside of themselves so that they appear to care for the downtrodden, when the downtrodden are only a means to votes.

We see this today, as far as I’m concerned, in the Democratic Party candidates for President and Vice President, when nothing is too sacred to use toward for their own gain. Where are those principled stops that ought to be there?

There are times when any of us may consider an action that is completely self-serving, BUT we don’t, because some life-principle we believe in, stops us. However, there seems to be no life-principle to stop the Democrat candidates self-aggrandizement. No lie they will not tell, no people they will not use, no person they would go out of their way to honestly suffer for.

In the last forty-seven years, a lengthy time in which Joe Biden was in a position to actually help, the people who depended on him are not better off, but worse off.

Inside each of us, is the potentiality to do right, or to do wrong. By our life principles  we choose the path for one or the other. And before doing so, we make must make judgments.

If there is no judgment, then evil is good and good is evil.–Fulton J. Sheen

I must judge these candidates. As an American Citizen, Catholic, and voter, I must ask: where are their principles?  Which path are they taking??

I suggest it is not the right path. I suggest that time and time again it has been the wrong path of plunder and self-indulgence.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”  –Matthew 23:26-27

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