Posted by: Thomas Richard | September 9, 2009

Tea Parties and the Call to Reform

Who would remodel the house, if its foundation were flawed and unstable? Who would rearrange walls and invest in costly renovations, while the foundation was beginning to crumble? If the foundation is not repaired first, the house will fall! The foundation must be strong and true.

An organization is as morally good as its members. Can corrupt and greedy people in Washington run health care with any more justice than corrupt and greedy people in private insurance companies? Are self-servers and self-promoters in the private sector somehow any more or less dangerous than those in the public?

There is a heart-crisis in America deeper than politics can reach. No party, no bureaucracy, no politician can touch the problem at the foundation; the change first comes within. Some decades ago we took a grave turn for the worse, into a very dark and dangerous alley, and we are tasting the bitter consequences.

Yes, there is a deep-down problem that changing parties alone cannot solve. What do we want this election – Democrat problems or Republican problems? Do we prefer liberal or conservative corruption this cycle? We’ve been burned by both sides – where is the center, the core of things? Where are servant-leaders grounded in truth? Wisdom and justice come from places higher and deeper – and we will not see them until we ourselves learn to look higher and deeper.

The Church is sent to evangelize, but so many in the Church are asleep. Lord, awaken us.


  1. Dear Thomas,

    Thanks for your words on the need to build on a sure foundation. The man who built on sand as the Gospel tells us (Mt 7) saw his house fall into ruin, but the one who built on rock was able to withstand the storms.

    Our country, any country, is as strong as its people. The people are as strong as their convictions are true. How sadly we see the demise of natural law among us, and the rise of secular relativism (like sand) that claims everyone’s opinion is true! There is only One Absolute Truth, there is One Rock on Whom to build.

    When a person begins to realize there cannot be more than One Truth, perhaps he/she can begin to see the absurdity of thinking that everyone can be right. There is a right and a wrong and God has revealed His Truth in the very core of our being. We are made in His Image and Likeness. When persons seek Truth, they begin to filter through confusion and human errors.

    The problem deep-down, of which you speak, has its solution deep-down within us as well. The Lord has told us:

    2Ch 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

    Let us learn from Him Who called us to have humble hearts like His. May His Wisdom be ours to share and His Truth our surety. Kindle in us, O Lord, the Fire of Your Love! Sanctify us in Your Truth and send us in your Name.

  2. I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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