Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Queen of Queen Creek

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40)

Recently it seems as though political discourse in the United States has been following a downward trajectory.  This is something to mourn.  The good question "What is right?" is too quickly forfeited to the bad question "Who is right?"  As I listen carefully to those who lean toward the opposite side of the political spectrum I am sometimes surprised to discover that, when given a moment to express themselves, these fellow citizens center in on the same basic question, and it is a good question: "What is right?"

Mind you, they aren't just asking "What is legal?"  Like the question "Who is right?", the question "What is legal?" tends to obscure the more important question: "What is right?"  The word "right" could also be substituted with the word "just", as in, "What is just?"  This question, in turn, obviously begs the even more basic question, namely, "What is justice?"  Like these good compatriots, philosophers have been grappling with this question for millennia.  I won't attempt to answer it here.  

But I will share a news report from the world of sports that could serve as an shining beacon to the world of politics.  It is a story that provides an answer to the question "What is justice?" but more importantly it provides an answer to the question, "What is mercy?"  Consider how some boys from the Queen Creek High School football team treated one of their sophomore classmates, a wonderful girl named Chy.  (Special thanks to Professor Paul Seaton who shared this story with my dad, who in turn shared it with me).