Mr. Robert Mueller, the special attorney of Russian Collusion fame, submitted his report to his good friend, Attorney General Barr, and went on about his daily life (apparently). Last week, he took his family to a worship service. Since it was Resurrection Sunday, I suppose this was expected to be a part of the routine.
Mueller and his family were attending the service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC on that particular Sunday. I’m not sure how often he worships there, but it’s been reported that Attorney Barr’s wife attends Bible study with Mueller’s spouse. It sounds like the Christian faith plays a part in their lives.
I mention all this because of what occurred this past Resurrection Sunday. In case you didn’t see the clip, one of our stellar news outlets got the bright idea to intercept Mueller as he left the church. He tried to avoid them as best he could by saying, “No comment,” to their first question. The reporter continued to hound him, but he kept mum.
Later, all the news outlets got hold of the video clip of the reporter’s actions with Mueller and gave it some airplay. I had a chance to watch it shortly after it had been reported and it was accompanied by an old comment I hadn’t heard in a while. The commentator, after airing the clip, asked, “Is nothing sacred anymore?” Good question…
It’s common knowledge that public figures can no longer expect any real privacy. They get accosted whenever they go out into the community. It’s a wonder that anyone seeks to serve in an overt way these days. Consequently, the answer to the commentator’s question seems to be a resounding, “No!”
Just to be sure, I checked out the definition of the word, sacred. It means, as you probably already know, “connected with God or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.” To take it a step further, veneration means “reverence, respect, or adoration.”
No More Oomph
With all that in mind, it seems that the reporter who accosted Mr. Mueller didn’t think the space or time the Mueller family occupied on their way from worship on Resurrection Sunday was anywhere near sacred. That’s a mouthful, but simply put, “sacred” seems to have lost its oomph.
A cursory reading of the book of Exodus will give you the opposite impression. Almost everything in that book seems to be sacred. Read the rest of the Old Testament, and you’ll be able to make a long list of sacred things—clothing, stones, territory, you name it. My favorite, however, is mentioned in the book of Hosea. The prophet is told that the Lord loves Israel even though the people have turned to other gods and “the sacred raisin cakes.”
So, we seem to have gone from everything being sacred to nothing being sacred. Maybe we need to bring back raisin cakes. It seems to me that something has to be sacred. Raisin cakes might be a good start.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]