Tuesday, February 01, 2005

“The Springs that Feed the Well of Social Justice”

I was recently invited to a dinner to honor the accomplishments of Franklin Roosevelt. The invocation for this event was an inspiring reminder of the fundamental principles that still flows through the hearts and minds of many of us. I am reprinting with permission from Brother Thomas Dahl.

Good Evening.
It’s always a pleasure to meet with fellow Democrats.
It’s always a privilege to offer a prayer of invocation at such a gathering.
During his earthly ministry, Jesus taught such life principles as patience, peace, mercy and humility. These are in the Beatitudes.
Tonight, we’ve come together to honor the lives of a great Democratic couple who led our country through a great economic depression and a great world war, while embracing similar principles through such visionary pro-life programs as Social Security, the Tennessee Valley Authority, unemployment insurance and public works programs, labor laws and workers rights, and the United Nations.
Today, our world faces several serious issues, some crisis issues, such as terrorism, war, natural disasters, economic instability, the lack of access to affordable quality healthcare and education, and world hunger among them.
Let us pray…My Lord, as we meet this evening, I ask You to bless our gathering and its discourse. I ask You to bless the members of our party in our community and across our country. I ask You to bless the effects that our Democratic leaders can have upon improving the quality of life for our citizens, and for all people around the world. I especially ask You to bless our service men and women at home and abroad, the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan in their war-torn countries, and all the victims, and their families, of the recent Asian tsunami.
I ask this in Your name my Lord Jesus, Amen


Blogger Hope said...

Um, Justice ER, that strikes me as a highly politically partisan prayer. What if God is a Republican?


10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering that it was a meeting of Democrats, I can see how AND why it would be partisan.


Great site, I like the changes. This invocation is proof, once-again, that those of us who consider ourselves Democrats do, indeed, have morals and principles by which we live our lives. Republicans repeatedly attacked us on that front in the last election. Our time has come to re-assert to the American people that Republicans and Red-Staters don't have "a monopoly on morals". If only our current President could be a little more like FDR, we might end up a little better off at the end of his last 4 years.


3:56 AM  
Blogger Hope said...

Good point LS on the purpose of the gathering.


5:28 AM  
Blogger JusticeE.R. said...

We can’t understand where we are going unless we know where we came from. The laws and policies that Franklin Roosevelt enacted were a significant milestone in the evolution of the rights of working people. This evolution of rights can be traced back to the Magna Carta.

1:05 AM  
Blogger Hope said...

Actually, the Magna Carta was forced on King John because he was abusing his control of a highly centralized state to foist extortionate taxes on an unwilling populace. Moreover barons, not working people, led the opposition to King John.


1:03 PM  
Blogger JusticeE.R. said...

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Magna Carta was its recognition of the "Law of the Land" as supreme, above even the king. Many of the 63 clauses dealt with matters of the legal system of England. The last few clauses provided for enforcement of the charter. Twenty-five barons were authorized by the Charter to insure that the King lived up to his signature on the document, even if it meant going to war with the Crown.

Through the succeeding centuries many clauses of the Charter became obsolete, others were amended or deleted. But the Charter became the basis for English Common Law and a guideline for how the King regarded his subjects. When Englishmen came to the "New World" to establish colonies they brought with them charters guaranteeing that they and their heirs would "have and enjoy all liberties and immunities of free and natural subjects." (NARA) The impact of the Charter on the founding documents is quickly evident. The violations of English Common Law in the American Colonies by King George, provided Thomas Jefferson with ample argument in writing his declaration of independence from the monarchy.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

Although FDR Democrats venerate Jefferson, it is important to remember that Jefferson was a man of property who loved the finer things in life and stiffed his creditors. It was the federalists such as Washington who saved money so that they could free their slaves and federalists like John Adams and Hamilton who opposed slavery period.

But thank you for the interesting disquisition on the Magna Charta.


8:43 AM  

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