VIEWPOINT – Faith in the dark

Emily Pfaff

Emily Pfaff
Contributor

Often times we find ourselves “busy,” “tired,” or just too self absorbed to care; it is in these times that faith can be our saving grace.

Faith can save lives, and in America today we’ve become seriously un-safe.

Americans are responsible for the deaths of millions each year in and out of this country.

According to the website of the Democratic Policy Committee, the majority policy party for Democratic Senators, an estimated 44 – 98, 000 people die annually due to preventable medical errors and another 18,000 premature deaths for the uninsured.

In 2007 alone, iraqbodycount.org concludes that upwards of 25,000 Iraqi civilians – NOT terrorists – were killed. If that’s this year’s average, I’ll let the reader imagine the magnitude the Iraq and Persian Gulf Wars have had on the average Iraqi psyche.

If you’d like the total of deaths of American soldiers, just turn on your nightly news. The only number they’re wary to discuss is the number of American soldiers returning from Iraq, much like their predecessors from Vietnam, maimed, traumatized and otherwise forsaken by the same government they signed over their lives to.

Much like Satan recruits the weak, the American government spends millions of tax dollars on ads endorsing the military, navy and marines to a public whose schools have become severely underfunded, a public whose idea of “rewinding” entails sitting for hours at a time in front of a brightly colored light bulb, a public whose self-image is abused, mistreated and misguided, and a public who has lost all sense of unity.

“So many problems, so little time.”

And unjustly so.

We do have the time, we are capable and we simply choose to behave, to subsist so small; we choose to be nothing. We choose to be nothing because we are bred in a system that institutes nothing within each of us.

Faith gives personal strength, guidance and encourages followers to practice self-discipline and respect for all things, at utmost the self!

Faith in God, Allah, is a faith and belief in love. Love for God, love for one another, love for our world, and a remembrance of our spiritual and physical sense of being.

Faith in the dark is the light of our times.

** Emily Pfaff is a City Times contributor