You want me to single out a politician’s voice?!
Are you mad?!!
Where am I to find a politician who speaks truth?
One who says what they mean and means what they say?
Someone who works tirelessly each day to reduce the burdens of oppression?
I mean, I know a couple,
who work hard
who care for their constituents…
But they are the exception—right?
I see them, not their party;
their actions, not the rhetoric…
…and I forgive their errors, because,
I know they are good people,
trying to do what they can in a distorted system.
Then I see the national and international news
and I despair.
I see the results of power that corrupts
of fear that alienates
of money that fuels greed
of abuse that strengthens power
…and so the vicious cycle continues.
Human beings are not great, they really aren’t.
We cannot put our whole trust in any one of them:
we must look elsewhere for the promise of freedom.
Lord of all,
We put so much faith in humanity
And we have good reasons for doing so:
Emergency and armed service personnel risk their neck for others,
Care workers and teachers work long hours to improve life-chances;
Each human is as fallible as the next
None of us is perfect,
even if we might like to think we are;
Only you, eternal God,
Have the power, wisdom, compassion and mercy
to lift us up when we fall,
free us when we are chained,
fill us when we are empty;
Keep our hearts and souls in your palm
and continue to call us home, to you,
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;