Land not Literature, you Fools

Land is essential for human endurance but if one can avoid the attachment to the planet the thinking might cross over into a revolution for the landless. If you think that real estate is the ultimate achievement or the common landmark of citizenship you are drinking the cool-ade of the industrial revolution. Our First Nations understand what it means to have not in their own land, and were it not for their brave and wise elders they would be like the rest of us, the subject of literature and landless.

Oral traditions are not the primary source of divine revelation. Many cultures have tried to fold their oral doctrines into a book or collection of books and then label the result as God’s revelation. The range of practices across these cultures or regional blocks makes human viability based oin these traditions highly improbable due to the tendency to assassinate or otherwise silence both dissenters and conscientious objectors. We can pretend, for example, that the content of Exodus, Numbers, and Leviticus are the summary of divine communication and community practice from the beginning. However, if we remember that up to the flood, humans had one language, were necessarily spreading out on the planet (and therefore) were forging different technologies, we have to conclude that there was no people of God who were the exclusive possessors of any documentation of God’s blueprint for the human race.

Treasures of God’s self-disclusure

This is where Abraham’s call and experience can inform us about how the oral traditions enter the collective interests of a community. It is noteworthy that no other people have a priesthood chosen from one family, a documented agreement with God, a land for perpetual possession, the right to dispossess native populations, a place to maintain and celebrate the relationship with God, and a prediction that the whole arrangement will be overruled by a superior witness. You are a fool and probably racist for not recognizing that only one group of humans could be the depository of the treasures of the disclosure of the divine mind. God calls the Hebrew people “My people” through the long history of prostitution and rebellion. God discloses something about his and our responsibility when he tolerates cycle after cycle of rejection and shallow obedience.

Literature that tops the charts

Once the foundation was set in the tables of stone at Sinai neither Hebrew nor heathen (a simple term for “nation”, specifically nations other than Israel) can make progress or make convincing arguments apart from the documents. To ensure that the primary function of the Bible did not float by unnoticed or its development along new lines did not go in one ear and out the next God had at least a couple of strategies.

  • He bypassed the priesthood
  • He authorized the proclamation in a diferent language

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

Mal. 4:4

The acknowledgment of both of these interventions have been the cause of much of the confusion, hostility, and exploitation of religious ideas. It is not merely a Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan phenomenon for people to cling to ancestral foundations. All across the globe people reject common standards. Women and children, government officials and ordinary citizens pay lipservice to diversity without fully embracing the unity of the human family. Knowing that even Solomon, with his brilliant gift of civic judgment and governance, crashed the ship with his curiosity and rejection of Mosaic tradition. Why would he not? I find it uncomfortably insightful that the wisest man ignored the first contextual pillar of Israelite instruction: the relationship with a single God. It was over five hundred years that had passsed since Moses warned about what having a king would mean for Israel. Over Samuel’s objections the people insisted in having a king like their neighbours. In spite of Yahweh’s superior view of the matter of monarchy and kingdom, the kings became the most rebellious and disturbing examples of leadership, and Yahweh used David’s family to prepare his last will and testament.

Change not possible if we are yes-men and yes-women

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Acts. 17:11

Literature scares a lot of people. They prefer to watch a video. They listen to books because they have only so much time. The people who get their education in discipleship from audio-video and books can be expected not to know what the Lord wants them to know. Everything that meets their present need or provides a miracle that changes things is labelled right and good. We can expect no change if we have noit acceoted the unchangeable. Long before there was an Abraham there is the Word of God, Lamb for a global sin sacrifice, and a Spirit to make people God’s dswelling place. All the dysfunction in the religious world is due to neglect of special literature. Muslims take Jewish concepts and turn them into extreme tyranny and other untenable practices. Hindus have sacred texts which do have a lot of sayings that look like the building blocks of a just and sustainable society. There is coming a day when the so-called national religions will engage the worshippers of God with a new template for spiritual life. I pray that we will know the difference between ancient and honourable and new, effective and eternal.

The evangelical playbook ripped

The phony revolution concocted by Newt Gingrich and Jerry Falwell led to the election of a corrupt and incompetent businessman to the highest office in the United States.  Allied with shady religious denominations and super churches the goals of the founding fathers got tamped down under the rise and glorification  of greed, nazism and racism.  The whole world sees now that the popular labels – conservatism and liberalism – amount to a little hill of lies. The book is wide open, its pages covered with the dust of the lowest endeavours of humanity.

We have seen in the trumpettes little of the nobility that the world needs. They need their own truth, country, and special God. These valuables have been mere idols that have resulted in the sickness that excites simple and itchy ear people.

Twenty days after the election, after the 45th president suffered over two dozen losses in court, the president-elect can finally get to the business of governing and 45 can go back to his tax-cheating hobbies. The Christians who support the GOP can say amen and let the leaders lead. They need a new playbook.

Blame the mainstream

I wonder how often the people who are railing against bad actors look at themselves in the mirror.  Over the last 30 years I have also been on the brink of being judge and jury over the agencies that have…. I have developed a healthy respect for agencies that do not share my devotion.  Canadian television and radio – all channels and stations – were responsible for smoothing my entry into Canadian life as a twenty year old.   That is why you will not detect an accent in my English.

There are few living revolutionary figures in 2020.

The thinking that labels some media as mainstream is obviously an attempt to elevate trash to treasure status.  That kind of thinking ranks with “Lets build a god of gold and carouse”. 

1 Corinthians 10:7, Paul’s take on contemporary idolatry

Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.”

Exodus 32:6, Moses’ take on contemporary idolatry

So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

The American revolution is over.   It is time to either trash its lofty sentiments or get to a new level of devotion.  It is time to either get on with killing one another or get out of the kitchen of free speech and the right to bear arms.  There have  been few globally-consequential heroes since the 4th century.  King James, George Washington,  and Neldon Mandela are shadows of greatness.

If the American mainstream media were to be shut down for a month or two, I believe truth would return to that society.  If the Christian backroom congregations were shut down for a a year all the prostitution of Babylon would proliferate and church as Yeshua intended it would be scarcer than ever.

The historical smoke without a fire

Most people cannot pass this test. The holy and the unholy are not genuine interests in 2020 any more than they were in post-exikic Judah.

Haggai 2:12-14

12. If a man carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and touches bread with this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?’” And the priests answered, “No.” 13. Then Haggai said, “If one who is unclean from a corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?” And the priests answered, “It will become unclean.” 14. Then Haggai said, “ ‘So is this people. And so is this nation before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.

The words of a history teacher or a preacher ought to be more than repeating the lines from a dead political party and a criminally tainted megalomaniac.

Go ahead! Blame the Greek New Testament for the poor translations in the New American Standard version

Nunavut feels the sting

Is Nunavut’s low covid19 infection count – 18 – a factor merely of distance from Canada’s large metropolitan communities and travel hubs? If it is, Toronto had better look at who really live in the city and try to fix its image of “the Good “. Of course Toronto is a good place to live, but compare it to any city in Nunavut and we are back to school for fundamental lessons about earth stewardship.

Do you know?

Home is where the idols are big

If your leaders are followers of big things they are far from the kingdom of God. Big impresses and traps the foolish.

Rooting out the fools

Luke 12:16-21

16) And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17) And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18) Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19) And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20) But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21) So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Luke’s gospel

Big follies not in the news

  • Law
  • Socialism
  • Religious politics
  • Evangelical fundamentalism
  • Racial purity
  • Christian government
  • Compassionate corporations

Stop being deceived by mega corporations,  mega  churches, mindblowing inventions, artificial intelligence, and megalomaniacs.

Que sera? Sound off anyway.

What is a nation of laws to do when its gatekeepers are unrepentant xenophobes,  sexual predators, egotistic megalomaniacs and hypocrites?  Fill up the ancestral cup but not without

The GOP and their evangelical enablers

Who is a murderous clanging cymbal more than those evangelical “Christians” and their bishops and lawyers poisoning the air waves with their rabid hostility to the very promise (premise!)?

Whoop and holler, victory and triumph

1) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2)  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-2

Future assured

Deceit says we have arrived

The following that the congress of the last two decades has amassed is trying to cover up America’s destiny through the work of ignorant and paranoid men – broadcasters, lawyers, and half-baked pastor-boys. We follow them at our own peril. If democracy dies we would be left with Mosaic tyranny and communist dictatorship, among a host of other “government” models.

Up, up, up, and disgrace

Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 14:34

You want to listen to Newt Gingrich, lawyers and Moral Majority talking heads? They will deafen you with the abuse of division because division of opinion has no legs in the endurance of a nation. What will be is exactly what God says: missing your own mark has consequences. There is no future in a ecosystem of alternate truths and non-serving leaders. Que sera? Reproach.

Trust me as far as the evidence

We have suspected that Premier Ford was a reluctant follower of science just as we have known that many bishops are specialists without a rod or staff. Today we get to hear why the Premier has been rejecting scientific advice while saying at every news conference and covid-19 update “we will follow the science”.

Enforce the law