Squaring the Culture




"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

06/26/2009 (12:37 pm)

It's Still Here

I found this on The Anchoress this afternoon, and had to post it myself.

The kids on this video began singing to their mother, who was in a coma from a head-on collision. Eight months later, here they are on America’s Got Talent. Listen:

Ironically, what we’re seeing here is both the best and the worst of America. The virtue at the heart of the story is the children singing to their mother, and to others in the hospital. The vice is the pit into which talented children like this might fall if they take the media-amplified adulation to heart. The recent death of the immensely talented, immensely troubled Michael Jackson highlights this ugly downside to American consumerism; he bought the entire glittery package, and attained the peak of stardom. What did it profit him, in the end? He died young, twisted, in trouble, and alone, an object of pity.

Ultimately, America is about people hitching what little they have to the grace of God, in order to bless the people they love, like these kids did. The fame, wealth and adulation are just icing, and you can die from eating too much icing.

The inmates may be running (and ruining) the asylum for now, but the heart of America is not dead. It gives me hope that what we’re facing is not death, but chastisement. The true America will rise again. God bless America.

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3 Comments »

June 26, 2009 @ 7:00 pm #

Phil:

“The inmates may be running (and ruining) the asylum for now, but the heart of America is not dead. It gives me hope that what we’re facing is not death, but chastisement. The true America will rise again. God bless America.”

Am I getting it right here?

America = Conservativism

All the rest are asylum inmates : )

I kind of like it with the checks and balances thing myself. We’ve swung to one end of the spectrum – and are out of balance. It will right itself – but hopefully not with a fool-headed swing to the other end.

June 26, 2009 @ 7:50 pm #

Am I getting it right here?

No.

Why don’t you re-read what I actually wrote?

June 28, 2009 @ 8:21 am #

Fair enough, Phil. I’m still trying to figure out who the inmates are that are running the asylum…the fame-peddlers?

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