"Do We Want To Be Healed?"Courage From a Man of Faith

By Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 06, 2017

From Seth Jones:

After several weeks of unbelievable acts of horror in these United States of America, I am worn out. The numbers become abstract and, unless you know someone or someone who knows someone, the people who suffer death or injury in these shootings become statistical marks on some terrifying totem to a dark, thirsty god. I read the headline, then go back to my Netflix binge, listen to some rock and roll, and divert my attention. When I had chickenpox as a child, what I remember most was watching the Macy Day Parade and Rocky and Bullwinkle. The distraction is what I remember from the sickness, not the sickness.

There is a story in the New Testament where a paralyzed man has sat by a healing pool of water for decades. People would go into the pool whenever an angel stirred the waters and would be healed of whatever disease they were suffering. Jesus walks by and the man says, "Heal me". Jesus, who is aware of the man's situation, asks, "Do you want to get well?" The man doesn't answer the question and instead gives a few excuses about why he has never made it down to the pool to get well in the waters. He tries to distract Jesus from the question. Jesus heals him anyway, telling him, "Go, take up your mat and walk", because it is impossible to talk to a sick, entrenched process of thinking.

We as a country are the man by the pool. We answer the question, "Do we want to get well?" with a litany of excuses. We try to distract one another away from the question. Maybe a good argument about politics and another go around at a polarizing yelling match where no one wins because truth, agreement, and consensus no longer matter. It is a distraction.

Do we want to get well?

I don't think we do want to get well. I am not even sure we know we live by a healing pool or even know we are sick. It is a kind of insanity, a fever dream of delusion and violence, of which we all suffer, either by participating in the insanity or by witnessing it.

No other country in the world does what we do with guns. Switzerland, Finland, Canada have very high gun ownership numbers as well. They aren't shooting up concerts, schools, churches. I don't have a good solution, but I mistrust everyone else's solution, because I believe we are all suffering from a paralyzing disease of the soul, and the disease only speaks for what it needs to thrive.

We are citizens in a country which is meant to grant freedoms, rights and possibility to as many people as possible, in a way that is not possible anyplace else in the world. But we are sick and can’t get out of the decades of sick thinking that has kept up in this unmoving, paralyzed place.

Insane people with guns do not care about our cultural insanity about guns.
The fear and hate mass shooters seek to spread does not care whether we ourselves are fearful or hateful, loving and caring, or scared and lonely.
The chaos a bad person with a gun wants to create does not care if our need for order is undermined by their actions, or which law we will enact, impose, or enforce.
The sickness goes deep and finds a new host whenever 49 (Pulse nightclub), 58 (Las Vegas), 27 (Texas) lose their lives to the disease.

We have to want to get well and I don't think we do. We think everyone else is sick, not each of us. There is plenty of blame to go around, plenty of reasons to not get to the healing pool, or just answer the damn question. But we are all suffering from the illness and insanity, just by our constant exposure to the fever of violence. We are all sick.

Jesus heals, but we have to want it.
The higher powers and the forces of evolution heal, but we have to align ourselves with them.
Community heals, but we have to want it.
The country works, but we have to want it to work. We have the laws, the history and the ideals to overcome.

Do we want to get well?

Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 14, 2017 16:27

A profound and moving read. True to the core, for words make us feel the need to action. Hopefully this will start the community action.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 08, 2017 06:05

Our nation wide election results yesterday sent a clear message that we are turning from horror to HOPE.
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