We are posting a statement from our former Council of Churches board member, Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs, Jr. We found it insightful and want to share it with you.
An Open Message:
Don't let the worst of us lead the rest of us!
Nobody is a lesser or worse person than any other person, but, some of us are worse in our thinking. When it comes to the pandemic and all the opinions and protests expressed across the nation along with pronouncements emanating from the White House, we are being bombarded with poor thinking broadcast through a mega microphone captured on radio, television, and across the Internet. We need sound and sane leadership. No compromise! We can ill-afford to follow leadership that is laden with poor judgment and inexperience.
We need a commitment to pay close attention to the medical scientists who are NOT obligated to any political party or person. We need to heed the directives of medical scientists whose lives are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of every person. We don't need to follow the advice and misdirection of politicians or corporate business heads who place a higher value on money, the bottomline, and the economy than on the quality of our lives, Mother Nature, and the welfare of every person on Earth. We need leadership dedicated to the restoration and preservation of our ecology, including air, water, and soil.
We are witnessing a public display of lesser minds in powerful positions. On the one hand we need to pray for sound leadership rooted in compassion and good judgment. On the other hand, we need to discern the voices and seek the truth without compromise.
This is the time when the past is behind us, the future is ahead of us, and only now is what we have and when we are living with reality.
Spread knowledge, compassion, love, and kindness. Be gentle and stay safe!
Committed to Faithfulness,
Rev. Dr. Arthur Lawrence Cribbs, Jr.
Los Angeles Filipino American UCC
Ethics Instructor for Law Enforcement Executives
California Department of Justice
Executive Director Emeritus
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Former Broadcast News Director and Journalist