An appropriate response to an inappropriate Tea Party

I don’t have the time or energy to organize this one, but some do-good with time on their hands should talk it on.

This April 15, instead of complaining about paying for the privilege of living in a free country where we can worship God and (hopefully) live together in peace, somebody needs to organize a rally or a demonstration, or a prayer meeting to give thanks to Almighty God for the ability to pay our share of keeping this country going.

This should be a sweet moment of faith and a soulful protest of the ugliness that is harming our society.

How silly it is to grips because some people think they pay more than they should , or some people supposedly don’t pay enough. It’s completely childish and materialistic. It is a sorry symptom of the selfishness that caused the economic problems that cause so much trouble.

Instead of fueling the hard feelings and greed that cause high ranking executives to forget their fellow men, country and moral responsibility, how about sincere gratitude for the abundance most of us enjoy.

We have become a nation of complainers and blamers. That, to a certain extent, goes right along with free speech and representative government. And yes, I am sometimes part of the complaining.

So, let’s not take anything away from the Tea Party people, although I disagree with them completely. There ought to be a time and place to offer up prayers for our common welfare, sing hymns and patriotic songs, and praise God for the goodness of our lives.

A bit of repentance would also be in order for our lack of concern for the poor, our oppression of working families, and exploitation of the creation. We are certainly suffering the punishments which follow that kind of behavior.

April 15 will come around and I will be thankful to be a taxpaying citizen of the United States.

This is from the Book of Common Prayer.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.