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God Help the Outcasts

Of all places who would have thought that a disney song would perfectly point out the flaws in the mind of some politicians and their supporters?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not the most famous Disney movie, but it’s still a classic. I mean, really, what girl wasn’t just a little jealous of Esmeralda? >insert dancing emoji<

As I was skimming though Netflix for a distraction while I “read” for class, I found this old favorite of mine.

Enter music scene, God Help the Outcasts. Esmeralda is strolling through the cathedral as she claims sanctuary from the evil Frollo. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the song, and if not I put the lyrics at the end from Wikia, movie version. {You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head}

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As the song played, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our current political chaos, also known as election season.

There are certain candidates that speak of being Christian all the time: in every speech, at rallies, on their social media pages. However, a lot of other things they say are inherently not Christian. There are also many things they do that are not Christian.

I am Christian. I am not your stereotype Christian. So you can’t say I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m Catholic, and I believe in helping those less fortunate. But I actually believe it. I don’t just say I’m Christian. I am not Christian for show. I am Christian. That’s one problem today; any person can say they are spiritual and regurgitate verses and sermons back to you. But how people act and their political views tend to be very different than what comes out of their mouths.

[Note: I AM NOT STEREOTYPING PEOPLE. I am saying things I have noticed in my life, things I have seen with my own eyes, things I have witnessed from friends and those around me. Now, this may be a small population sample I’m using to draw my conclusions, but just please keep in mind that this is all my post is about….what I have noticed in my twenty-odd years on this lovely planet}

Anyway, let us break down these lyrics so you know what I am talking about.

The beginning: the fictional character states how she herself is a gypsy (aka an outcast of society) but then she questions how God (or Jesus in this case) was an outcast, too, when He was here on Earth. Isn’t that a pillar of the Christian faith? Jesus was a nobody to the people around Him. He was a Jew. He was poor. He was born into a family of unwed parents. He was crowned with thrones and forced to carry a cross for miles…in the HEAT OF THE DAY. I’d say that’s pretty outcast-like for the time period.

I think some people forget how the roots of Christianity and God himself are in favor of outcasts, those less fortunate, those selfless genuine kind beings. I know it’s hard to not feel better than people around you when you’re filled with faith and spirituality, but that’s completely opposite of how we are told to be as Christians. You are supposed to lower yourself. Why do we support politicians and people who act like they are better than everyone else, then?

Why do so many of the politicians today want to ignore those less fortunate? Weren’t we always told Jesus could be that homeless man you walked by, or that single mom you judged, or that refugee who is literally running for his or her life that you shunned?

It is very easy to donate some clothes to the Salvation Army or give some canned goods to a local soup kitchen (and it’s really good to do that, I’m not diminishing this work). But it is also easy to create laws and regulations to hinder those same people who need help.

I know security is important to consider such as in the case of refugees, but more importantly, my point is that some candidates throw their faith into your face while also vehemently urging for a giant wall to keep everyone out from freedom. What if Jesus was on the other side of that wall? I know it’s not a simple answer, I understand that. But, I also want to really point out how the deep values of a political party are not always in line with the deep foundations of faith.

[[Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’]]

How people behave is more of an indicator of faith, not what they say.
Continuing with the song, the parishioners in the scene are mocking the image of Christians. They depict churchgoers as asking for their own blessings, their own desires, not true needs. It makes you think. Then comes Esmeralda back saying she’s asking for nothing but only asking for Him to help others who are less fortunate than her (a little background, gypsies were not rich by any means and usually had to rely on manual labor to get some spare change). I think this part really opens up our minds of society today how we always ask, ask, ask for more for ourselves. How often do we solely pray for someone else or pray for those strangers out there who are less fortunate than us? Can you honestly say you have done that recently?

Lastly, the song finishes with the plead to help the poor and downtrodden. According to the dictionary: Downtrodden = (adj) oppressed or treated badly by people in power

Power can include knowledge, monetary, gender, or character powers. Men generally have more power than women. Those who are rich generally have more power than poorer people. Aggressive, competitive, demanding people generally have more power than quieter, peaceful, agreeable people (no matter the education level). Certain degrees and careers have power over others. This is downtrodden in today’s age: the middle to lower class, the less educated, non-science or political majors, the less financially set, women, and minorities.

Aren’t we all children of God? Aren’t men, women, heterosexuals, homosexuals, paler skinned, tanner skinned, tall, short, fat, skinny, graduate level educated, high school level educated, and everyone in between all children of God?

Aren’t the children who suffer from poor education laws downtrodden? Aren’t minorities who are treated unequally downtrodden? Aren’t the ecosystems and people affected by climate change downtrodden? Aren’t those who are denied equal rights and genuine aid downtrodden?

It’s a tough thing to think about, and I thank everyone who kept reading this blog until the end. It’s hard to write about it and put my thoughts out for everyone to read. But it’s also harder to sit back and not say anything. I hope I helped at least one person think about this deeper.

Thank you for reading, friend.
xOX
[[1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?]]
[[ Other interesting articles:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28298-why-i-am-a-christian-democrat

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28192-why-i-am-a-christian-republican ]]

God Help The Outcasts
–   Disney Version

Esmeralda:

I don’t know if You can hear me,

Or if You’re even there.

I don’t know if You would listen

To a gypsy’s prayer.

Yes, I know I’m just an outcast,

I shouldn’t speak to You.

Still, I see Your face and wonder…

Were You once an outcast, too?

God help the outcasts,

Hungry from birth,

Show them the mercy

They don’t find on earth,

God help my people,

We look to You, still.

God help the outcasts,

Or nobody will.

Parishioners:

I ask for wealth

I ask for fame

I ask for glory to shine on my name

I ask for love I can possess

I ask for God and His angels to bless me!

Esmeralda:

I ask for nothing

I can get by.

But I know so many

Less lucky than I.

Please help my people,

The poor and downtrodden.

I thought we all were

The children of God.

God help the outcasts,

Children of God!

 

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GOP Debate Round 3

Have you stopped choking on your food yet?

This debate makes eating really hard. It also makes for a night involving a lot of “do you need some ice for that burn” moments and that little fire emoji. #ohsnap

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

Adversarial doesn’t even begin to characterize this debate. Buckle up! It’s a loud ride tonight.

1. First of all, how about that answer Ted Cruz gave about the debt ceiling? How insightful and knowledgeable! I learned so much about his hate for the media, so of course I have to vote for him to handle our country’s financials!

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2. Then, we learned how Jeb and Marco really don’t have a bromance going on. Bush thinks Rubio needs to step up or step down (also the next Step Up movie subtitle) #haters

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3. I just can’t look at Trump without seeing an emoji. At least he’s a great spokesman for why to not do Botox; I’ve never seen eyebrows shot so far up someone’s forehead before.

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Donald Trump arrives to his Comedy Central Roast in New York, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Donald Trump arrives to his Comedy Central Roast in New York, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

4. The Republican candidates LOVE the media. I mean, wow. The love is real and real deep. Cruz spent so much time talking about his hate for the media that even the media started hating themselves….. for letting him talk at all….

5. Trump doesn’t lie. All the articles that have ever been written about him are wrong. “I don’t know who’s doing the fact-checking here” said Trump….no one can figure out what side of an argument you’re going to take next, sir.

6. Wait, Mike Huckabee is still in this race? Hmm…okay.

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7. The fight for time to speak by candidates is like when children fight for the swings at recess. “It’s MY TURN!”

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8. The candidates are keeping such close tabs on each others’ time to speak that when it’s their turn to talk they forget what they stand for. They actually forget to talk about anything except how they didn’t get enough time. The last guy who complained about that didn’t have the best ending….Mr. Webb #LostTribute

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9. WAIT, CHRIS CHRISTIE IS STILL HERE? He just started talking….and it’s been an hour into the debate. I just choked (again) when his slight lisp piped up. Welcome to the debate!

10. You know who Huckabee is voting for! (Hint: It’s the orange candidate with a permanent wind-blown face)

11. Christie doesn’t like Fantasy Football talk….he just lost the votes of all males from the age 25 – 45 #sorrynotsorry

Cheers to our future!

xOx

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