In The Sound of Music, novitiate Maria (Julie Andrews) sang her heart out to Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) … “Nothing comes from nothing, Nothing ever could, So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good”.
“I must have done something good”, because she knew that only something above us could have blessed her. After all, she was merely human. Maria made our hearts sing. After all, we’re only human. We know our blessings come from something above us.
As Good Friday nears, we remember Jesus’ message of forgiveness from The Cross: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” We know His message is truth, but, we’re only human. How do we forgive them, as they wage an anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-religion, anti-God crusade?
On April 11, 2022, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the Responsible Fatherhood bill. The law provides $70 million in funding to support children under the care of Florida’s Department of Children and Families as well as Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice. The law focuses on family relationships, particularly father-son relationships. The bill has nothing to do with abortion, transgenderism, gay rights, gender identity, or LGBTQ+++++. The law has nothing to do with religion. Hall Of Fame football coach Tony Dungy (who happens to be Black) stood by the side of Governor DeSantis as he signed the law, to show his support.
On the day the law was signed, Twitter approved the following tweet: “Tony Dungy has always been a lunatic nutjob ‘Christian’ who hates gay people and thinks they’re a ‘distraction’.”
On the day the law was signed, Twitter approved the following tweet: “Tony Dungy probably means well and does plenty of good in the world. However, his racist apologist, respectability politics, and The Black friend showmanship is an unnecessary dance move he doesn’t need to ‘tap’ into to do that work”.
A year earlier, an atheist was appointed Head Chaplain at Harvard University. Twelve years earlier, a former President preached that “bitter” people “cling” to religion. Fifteen years earlier, a prominent pundit preached that “religion is a neurological disorder”. Fifty years earlier, a prominent pundit preached “Imagine there’s no heaven … Above us, only sky … And no religion, too”. Is it any wonder that the authors of those tweets think and speak the way they do?
2,500 years earlier, Greek philosopher Diogenes taught: “The foundation of every State is the education of its youth.” Our State’s loudest voices are educating our youth, in their own image, with nothing above them. Our youth know not what they do. Nothing comes from nothing.