Laughing At The Days To Come

As one commenter here pointed out, Christians make up 78% of the American citizenry. So why are Christians, all of a sudden, running scared contemplating being carted off to prison or being martyred for the faith? Bishops have talked about it. But it’s far more likely a bishop will go to prison for his personal crimes than for any injustice perpetrated upon his conscience.

I think the canticle to the worthy wife at the end of the book of Proverbs is a healthier approach, even in times of political turmoil, and worldwide economic depression. Especially this line:

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and laughs at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25)

To be clear, while I’m tempted to laugh at doomsayers, I honestly try not to. People have real concerns. And powerful interests in our society have a vested interest in keeping people afraid. We should be laughing at celebrity pratfalls, not the fatcats at the top of the heap at Bank of America. We should be laughing when the corporate sponsors cue us on television sitcoms. We should be worried about who will survive, who will be our next idol, and for heaven’s sake, who will win the next round at the bread-n-circus productions at the local stadium or arena.

For people who criticize the culture at-large, many conservatives seem to relish rolling in the mud with all the rest. Don’t you think it’s time to laugh at the future?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Laughing At The Days To Come

  1. Liam says:

    Because many Americans, and especially those drawn to Christian blogging, seem to have a highly dramatic sense of self, one that is engaged in an agonistic wrestling with Those Folks Over There. (For example, this can manifest itself with use of images such as that of a lion’s visage dripping with blood….)

    To put it more bluntly, there’s a helluva lot of egoism at work.

  2. Oh Todd, this is so well done. Charitable, wise, good. Thank you.

  3. I agree with Liam. Blogging on current affairs often gets bloggers all riled up and they let their fear bleed out into the blogosphere. It reflects a failure to trust in God and a desire to be a prophet.

    Great post, Fran is right. :-)

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