One of my favorite scenes from the original 1984 Ghostbusters is when the boys are called into the office of New York mayor Lenny Clotch (David Margulies) to explain the appearance of specters throughout the city. In the following dialogue, the Ghostbusters reveal the extent of these catastrophic supernatural events
Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr. Raymond Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!
It does not take much of an imagination to recognize a similar level of delirium has engulfed the nation during this past year. Therefore, if this current crisis be of biblical proportions, should we not look to the Old Testament for a response. Perhaps, the story in Genesis of Sodom and Gomorrah, with some poetic license? Consider the following.
16 When the founding fathers got up to leave, they looked down toward the Nation’s capital, and the voters walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the founders said, “Shall we hide from these citizens what we are about to do?18 In 2018, the voters can surely become a great and powerful force in the nation, and all citizens will be blessed through them. 19 For the voters can choose new leaders, so that they will direct their children and their households to keep the way of the founding fathers by doing what is right and just, so that the voters will bring about for those who understand the true values and promise of the nation we envisioned.”
20 Then the founders said, “The outcry against attempts by Donald Trump and his minions to violate constitutional principles is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that we will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached us. If not, we will know.”
22 The voters turned away and went home, but one remained standing before the founders. 23 Then that one, brave voter approached the founders and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous Republicans in the Senate and House who will join the Democrats to end this national nightmare? Will you really sweep them away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the voters across the country do right?”
26 The founders said, “If we find fifty righteous people in the city of Washington, we will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then the brave voter who remained behind spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the founders, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole nation for lack of five people?”
“If we find forty-five there,” the founders said, “We will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to them, “What if only forty are found there?”
The founders said, “For the sake of forty, we will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the founders not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
The founders answered, “We will not do it if we find thirty there.”
31 Then that brave voter said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the founders, what if only twenty can be found there?”
The founders said, “For the sake of twenty, we will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the the founders not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
The founder answered, “For the sake of ten, we will not destroy it.”
33 When the founders had finished speaking with the lone voter who pleaded on behalf of the Nation, they left, and the man returned home.
What the voters in this parable did not realize, it is not the founders who are responsible for finding the 50 righteous persons. And if such righteous representatives do not exist, it is not up to the long deceased founders to rid us of them. The voters, themselves. have that power. All they need to do is exercise that power.
For what it’s worth.