This is a very powerful piece that begs, urges, asks, & DEMANDS us to stop abusing the name of God in the name of all that is violent, evil, corrupt, selfish, immoral, and unjust. Who are we -who am I- to presume to know the mind of God & then wage wars in His name? Commit atrocities in the name of righteousness? Treat my brothers and sisters as if they were lesser children of the same God?
Until we begin to work for justice & learn how to treat everyone with compassion and love, we will forever be the hypocrites that Jesus, Isaiah, & so many others since have railed against; and we will never know true peace.
“Then and only then shall your light break forth like the dawn.

Pax Christi USA

laffinby Art Laffin
the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House

Shout out, don’t hold back.
Lift up your voice like a trumpet.
The U.S. empire is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today!
The Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and corporate, political, and military powers worldwide conspire to control the earth,
crush the poor,
and persecute the peace and justice makers.

Yet, day after day, the rulers and countless people invoke my name,
as if they practiced righteousness & did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They delight to invoke my name to bless their violent deeds.
They even use my name to bless their wars and their weapons.
We practice good religion, they say.
We pray and serve our country well.
We keep good law and order.

Look, you serve your own interests, not mine says Yahweh.
You follow your religion of nationalism, nuclearism, and materialism.
You are slaves…

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