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Bobby Kennedy, a Raging Spirit

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” – Dante’s Inferno

The above quote can be found on Page 255 of a biography written by liberal commentator Chris Matthews. It is titled, “Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit”, and RFK was exactly that.

The third son of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, the family torch was passed to Bobby when his older brother Joe was killed during World War II and John, who was next in line, was assassinated in 1963. By then, he had begun his evolution from an anti-Communist zealot during the McCarthy era to a somewhat hesitant civil rights advocate to a full-blown voice for America’s poor and downtrodden.

Imagine that… the son of power and privilege genuinely caring about poverty-stricken black families in the Mississippi Delta and equally destitute white families in Appalachia.

In 1968, as RFK campaigned through the streets and ghettos of America’s largest cities, he was mobbed by crowds of ordinary people. Some wanted to touch him in a desperate attempt to connect with the spirit of his fallen brother. However, others saw something different in this lean man with the angular face and the tousled hair. In him rested their hopes, dreams and ambitions. Not only for themselves, but also for their families.

Who knows what would have happened if Sirhan Sirhan hadn’t ended Kennedy’s quest for the Democratic nomination in the kitchen of L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel? Would he have defeated Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey at the contentious party convention in Chicago? Would he have been victorious against Republican Richard Nixon in November?

Like all of us, RFK was a deeply flawed man. He was a sometimes brutal political strategist and, when it came to civil rights, he was often late-to-the-party. But there was one thing that Bobby Kennedy was not. He was not lukewarm. Driven by his Catholic faith and a deep sense of right and wrong, he tried his best to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans.

Truly, RFK was a raging spirit who was rarely neutral in times of moral crisis. What about you?

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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