Chuck Terrill: Mud slinging
I suppose that every political election comes with a little mudslinging.
We might even consider a little mudslinging as normal.
But, what we are experiencing this election cycle reminds me of my trips through the monkey house at Wichitaís Riverside Park when I was a boy. The agitated monkeys were slinging more than mud through the bars.
That kind of slinging stinks, and it is beneath the dignity of both the slinger and the receiver.
In their desperate attempt to win a political victory, some politicians are soiling themselves and the country we love. The sight of the American flag still brings a tear to my eye and puts a lump in my throat. The white stripes are being stained by the flinging done by those whose need to be elected appears to outweigh the need for a pure nation.
Some have forgotten that the red stripes represent the blood of American martyrs who gave their lives for our freedom. Our brave men and women did not die for the freedom to lie, cheat, steal or buy an election.
The loyal stripes have been besotted because of the overemphasis on party loyalty, rather than national loyalty.
We are not just preparing for another election. We are cementing the future course of the United States of America, for better or for worse. America needs better. Americans deserve better.
We have a noble national heritage. Our legacy was left to us by great men and women who always put America first. But now, self-pride has preempted national pride, and national pride appears to be at an all-time low.
Patriotism is waning. The antics of a few higher primates in the zoo called Washington are causing us to be ashamed of the Nation we love.
When our nation and our churches humble themselves and pray, turn from our wicked ways, and seek Godís face, then God will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
When our prayers are answered the mudslinging will end. Our Nation will be back on track. We will be unashamed.
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.