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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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8 Things You Know You’ve Done

You know you’ve done each and every one of these things. Don’t lie to yourself. Or me.

  1. Slowing down as you are passing a cop with radar hoping the radar only catches your speed when you literally right in front of the police car
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  2. Drinking cold water after burning your tongue or throat hoping it would un-burn you
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  3. Trying to delete a text while it’s still sending in hopes that stops it from going through
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  4. Eating an entire pizza by yourself and immediately start walking around to attempt to freeze the calories in time
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  5. Punching someone in the neck while going in for a hug because you couldn’t figure out whose arms were going on top
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  6. Paying your credit card frantically hoping that every minute you save you don’t get the full interest.
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  7. Tearing the grocery bag, giving yourself a hernia, and popping a blood vessel in your face while you struggle to make only one trip up the stairs after shopping
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  8. Watering your plant after it has already turned yellow-brown…it can come back from this, right?
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7 Thoughts Starting a New Job

Now that you have graduated, starting a new job is a lot harder than you think. Some of us have to work jobs made for high schoolers, in fact some of your supervisors could be younger than you. Some of us have to work meaningless jobs at the lowest level possible. Some of us will get jobs that put us way in over our head. Others will have jobs that make us question our entire life so far. However, there are 7 thoughts that will go through your head when you start this new job after undergrad. Whatever the level of the work, intern or career, you will have these thoughts and probably some of these facial expressions, too.

First, it may not be the prettiest job in the world, but it will pay the bills…kind of.

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Second, you will forget what it is like to have major responsibilities

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Third, you will be so over the cliques already in place at your workplace. 

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Fourth, you will realize you don’t care to make new friends.

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Fifth, you will realize no amount of money is enough for you at this point.

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Sixth, the drive to work will be really dreadful and no music can help. 

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Seventh, you will be so jealous of the young, hopeful interns and realize how uncool you are now.

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