Caring Canada Cringes

Premiers, police chiefs, and God knows who else thinks they are leaders are quick to say that Canada does not have racist structures. Not the prime minister: he of black face funignorance. One is either blind or corrupt not to recognize that in Canada’s history atrocities related to racism have shaped the country. The videos and stories of brutality and inhumanity will surface and the evidence will challenge the caring citizens of this country to cringe and do what civilized people do: renounce and withdraw from corrupt associations.

Not in my backyard

They swear that they have black or native friends or that their religion is against racial discrimination, but we have been surprised to find that institutions are riddled by ignorant and cowardly noisemakers. The RCMP and our local service agencies are getting a long overdue makeover.

  • Your church, mosque, temple, and synagogue
  • Your employer
  • Your car dealer
  • Your grocery checkout staff
  • Your health care practitioner

These are all condemnable. We can ignore the garments and medals these parties wear. Do not tell me “all doctors and lawyers are great guys and great public servants”. We are aware that the welcoming public signs and reminders of civility in these places may be pure sham. The time has long gone for a redemptive change.

Caribbean justice

It is still a matter of pride that Haitians rose from the bondage of the European slave trade to become the first independent state of dispersed Africans. The other path taken by our island nations has perpetuated the very tools of injustice that the colonial powers used. Aren’t they just another cog in the colonial gear box?

Holding our noses

The suicidal crew are so accustomed to presidential comedy that nothing in the excreta range registers any more. The ideal scenario for 45, the GOP and the DOJ would be for the population to stop listening while the things American governance stands for get pushed into oblivion. It is a phenomenon worth seeing: serpent tongues flicking to and fro, so much prey, strike ’em all. The land of the free looks more like one giant prison.

A great secular entity becomes a prison

And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.

Revelation of John 18:2

Everywhere we look there are signs of decay. If we look we will see it. Every time we look southward we cringe because many think that Canada needs what the United States has. If our education and nurture is full of double speak and elitism we will neither care about the history we share nor cringe at the resurgence of corruption and deceit.

Time to address the knee

Remembering George Floyd is more than an emotional experience.  The knee that killed our brother is part of a beast that sees itself as sovereign, which nations can be if God authorizes that status.  When they see the end of their misdeeds they blaspheme and become a lesson to the world of thick darkness and mental obesity.  Understanding the trading of Africans as slaves and their humiliation is the circumcision the world is afraid of.   Sometimes we hear people saying we should forgive the European powers and the United States and move on.  The sentiment comes from the core of the knee.  The knee tries desperately to rewrite history but time just ran out at this juncture in ways we could not foresee, which leads me to the conviction that the time to address the injustices of the so-called Judeo-C⁶hristian world has fully arrived.

Stalled for 230 years!

My head shakes involuntarily when I hear the silly MAGA slogan used by the bigot in the White House to dupe people into looking back for direction.  These are the people who do not understand the nature of their constitution: how it grows and yet keeps the nation on course is not a mystery.  Americans do not need to look to Europe or any other place for guidance in governance.  Christians need to look no further than Jesus and Paul to understand the sources of community conflict.  American history speaks for itself about the willingness to crush dissent and oppress because of jealousy.

They did set the bar – still a low-value metal – for humanity and intricate accountability and justice.  Every observer of modern history knows that America is not Israel – there is only one Israel – and that Americans quickly decided not to vault by hanging on to the marginalization of Black people.  It is like Israel at Sinai: “we will do whatever Yahweh says”, but pay homage to a golden calf as saviour.  America and its institutions, including many denominations, chose to act out in jealousy and pure rage: jealous of the melanin and outraged that Blacks had many more blessings beside the melanin.

Great legal systems have stalled on getting wealth for some parts of their domain, and if there were ships secretly ferrying Africans to poverty today they would proceed with God’s blessing.

The crushing chaos of church commerce

Let’s say we go to church to shop for miracles (knowing full well that they are always free of charge) and not to participate in mutual edification in the excellencies of God our Saviour, it is deceptive not to have a new name for our assembly.  That kind of assembly, for its lack of intelligent and honest participation and for the commerce we think it is, is no longer church in the same way that the Sadducees turned the temple into a place of merchandizing.  It has become a knee on our neck.

Instead of prayers to which we can say amen we are being asked to give the nod to hollow decrees and irrelevant slogans which build neither faith, hope or love.  We can always expect the merchants of magical moments, banquets and devotional books to keep saying they are having a church experience.  We know they are not.  We have to find new words to describe what has become of the great American enterprise.  The church is known for its grace and the secular powers for their law and order regimes.  Isn’t that the thing that sets the levitical kingdom apart from the church?

Knee on our neck

How the knee shows up

  • Lies we identify at first sight
  • Freedom that entails loss of dignity
  • Power practiced as domination
  • Love is realized in perfect compliance
  • New means more of the same

The knee stands for staking a claim where millennial communities were flourishing.   It stands for turning Jesus into a disciple of Moses.  It stands for stifling the dreams of the next generation.   It stands for loyalty displays without a grain of confidence in the symbols that represent the ideals.

Get the knee a new pair of ears

We can close our ears to the truth but it will catch up with us.   The things we say we will defend to the death should involve our own death to the crooked generation that brought us the separation of church and state, righteous nazism, and the televangelist.

America and Europe have not been listening to its geniuses.  They have become roadblocks to their stated destinies. They forget their meagre and late beginnings and act as if they were always prosperous and influential.   Most disturbing is the fact that successive generations of young people have been duped into a sense of maturity based on computer and web savvy, deceived by eastern mysticism, convinced to follow shallow political ideologies, and a paradoxical spirituality, and left exposed to gun violence directed at schools.  The knee is not listening.

This time the people must force the knee to listen

There will not be a Judeo-Christian beacon on any  hill.  That is an utterly schizophrenic concoction designed to nauseate God.  He has been known to vomit.  Since it was not possible for Judeo and Christian strains to combine in the land where both have their roots we should not expect a composite of the two to thrive anywhere.   Looking back to ones roots can be an orienting experience but it can also lead to a pride in the beginning with no view towards growth in the direction of a mature society.  When  Christians look back our eyes get glued to the cross. We are not looking back to a mere event or festival.  We look back to the intervention of God in our world  planned from before the world was made.

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. 3:11

What they said about Israel-Judah appears in the church

THE KNEE OF ANTIQUITY- sacred and secular

26) Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27) Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain. 28) Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken. 29) The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice. 30) I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.

Ezekiel 22:26-30

Lands of atrocities

Since the second world war the western world has dialed in to the evaluation of human progress as an outcome of democracy and philanthropy.  The opposites of these are tyranny and misanthropy.   No one steps up for the crown of atrocity king but the failed Nazi regime of the early 20th century has many disciples in the history of the nations that want to be crowned most blessed.  The ideology and state – God and country idolatry- apparatus of both nazism and fascism are thriving today in the many lands of atrocities.

Loving every bit even when we have not even a bite

The European ventures of the last two centuries have undoubtedly shaped the capacity for improving the lot of all humans worldwide but not without grave pollutions of the enduring and universal standards.  The powerbrokers in politics and religion have put on a good show, parading economic statistics as signs of progress, but they have no intention of undoing the oppression of their ancestors.   They do not really want to pay the price. The wealth is definitely not being shared.

Micah 3:9-12

9) Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And twist everything that is straight, 10) Who build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice. 11) Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord saying, “Is not the Lord in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.” 12) Therefore, on account of you Zion will be plowed as a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.

Micah 3

When church and parachurch are developing what-about explanations for the nepotism and crime in government is it because they are complicit? When they try to pass themselves as spokespersons for God it is obvious that it is the god they have made. Their biases they show what they are. Pharisees standing under woes for their disguised atrocities. Woe to every Judas and Pharisee. We can forgive them but the Lord’s woe stands.

What weapons are prospering?

Even in the world of wolves Christ’s lambs are secure.  The gates of Hades do not prevail so it bears explaining that we are concerned about weapons formed against us.  Many books we read twist and warp the glorious gospel and we do not notice that we have drifted.  Someone in your/my circle will betray you/me.  Is that Isaiah 54:17 saying a genuine boast by the church in the face of obvious debility and death or is it the quiet and humble confidence of the individual?

Heritage and Righteousness

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 54:17

From barren to fertile

Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 54:1

What the future looks like

And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

Isaiah 54:12

A promise of invincibility or invulnerability is inconsistent with individual Christian faith. Every day has evil or adverse conditions that affect us.

Persecution and Opposition

That there is both persecution  and opposition aimed at believers and sometimes at specific groups is not debatable. The promise of 54:17 is that the weapons formed do not prosper. Between the extremes of birth and burial death and a host of setbacks haunt us. Is prosperity freedom from illness, a life of wealth, or is it that in spite of life’s common difficulties that God does not allow them to overcome us?

If there were documentation and not just casual witnesses to miracles like raising the dead, healing of fatal diseases, or of financial rescue we would find that doctrinal purity was not causal. Miracles in the Bible occur whether or not people have the correct views of the kingdom of God. The failure of weapons formed to hurt us depends on God’s grace.

We ignore a host of realities that are essential to the understanding of 54:17.

Reality is bigger than the pipe dream

Isaiah 54:11

O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

Isaiah 54:11

The entity addressed is neither invulnerable nor invincible. The experience of this lady included being called the following.

  • The barren (vs. 1)
  • The forsaken (vs. 6 )
  • The spiritually grieved (vs. 6)
  • The comfortless (vs. 11)
  • The afflicted (vs. 11)
  • The tempest-tossed (vs. 11)

Did the founding fathers of the United States cross the ocean in cowardice and were there believers left in their homelands?

When the books mislead and the familiar betrays we must affirm God’s love and stand boldly as “more than conqueror”.  Tracking weapons will be tiring.  Their effect cannot be denied.  In fact if God opens our eyes to the conflict around us we will be shocked to see how many weapons there are and amazed when we realize how often we refuse the protection of his wings.

Chief law officer lies graphically

America’s Attorney General is a lawyer of the worst kind. He thought he needed to summarize the Mueller Report for the American people. We have Mueller’s own summary of a) no collusion and b) a host of criminal activities which Mueller was prevented from attaching to a sitting president. Isn’t he the one keeping protesters busy with his silence on police brutality and is he one of those patriots who does not believe that all men are created equal?

Wonder no more, Christian sibling

The vocal American is likely to be a public pretender – a writer, preacher, prosecutor and peace officer. The silent have shown what ugliness lurks in their churches and institutions. If we understand New Testament politics and modern governments calling themselves Judeo-Christian or Christian we know that a only a graphic lie has given them the appearance of legitimacy and human decency. AG Barr should lose his lawyer license stat for betrayal of the public trust.

Rhetoric and Propaganda ahead of Exegesis

What the apostles and New Testament writers intended us to know is in Black and white but do not ask the multitude.   They are likely to give you the talking points of their denominational ancestors without regard to what the Bible actually says.

Isaiah 29:11

The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

The wall of literacy is too much for many leaders and they refuse to climb it.   They make excuses for people who are satisfied to repeat the slogans they have I inherited.   The generations of New Testament times also were not into much reading.  They preferred to take their quest for knowledge to the scribes who our Lord recognized as authorized scoundrels.  This makes me shudder because the one thing that the church needs is competent scholars, and among the hordes of denominations and pastors one (1) is hard to find.

From the frying pan to the fire

Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.”

Isaiah 29:12

Where this leads is clear as day. The literate makes an indecipherable mystery and idol of the sacred text and the illiterate admits that he cannot even read it. In many church services they might as well exalt the Reader’s Digest. The speakers pretend to know. The tables in Judah were piled high with non-edible vomit and excreta. That was Isaiah’s observation.

Recitation is not learning

Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

Isaiah 29:13

“Say after me” is shallow and shameful but that is all that many religions have. Tell your brother what he needs to be a Christian leader. Giving him a handgun to kill house flies is rank unprofessionalism.

America gets no caliphate

Poor Falwell and crew! The thinly disguised moral majority was all the time silent on the violence directed against minorities, women and aliens. While many churches and the prominent leaders kept up the propaganda about public morality, they were ignoring lying, respect for parents and Sabbath-keeping. Not a good look for biblical morality. Falwell was no exegete and “biblical” for many evangelicals still means anything found in the Bible they hope to connect to life in America. For crying out loud: the state of Israel is the only entity with the Old Testament as its constitution or main law. The vision that gave rise a Christian America is a nightmare from which recovery is unlikely. The more people keep saying “God bless America” and “One nation under God” the less likely it seems that America will have a caliphate.

Fascism follows law

People have seen what God would do when people are oppressed.  We do not need to imagine.  Genocide, wild west vigilantism, gun fights, crooked marshals and drunken preachers, do not make a great precursor for a government underpinned by any distillation of biblical teaching. Discrimination and violence are not tools for civilization or spirituality.  After 200 years there is no evidence of responsible civic society.  American and western governments have deceived the world with words like democracy and rule of law.  Law gets into people’s bones and they kill themselves.  They have elections and keep up apartheid structures and misogynist beliefs.  People excited about law will do what the crowd and the gatekeepers did to Jesus.  Guaranteed!  We do not have to imagine what they will do to us. 

No Christ in the room

Holiness, goodness and equity do not come from law even though the law is those things.  This grand triad comes to human lives only through the cross.  If you think that the pastor will say the right thing because of his office (as Caiaphas did regarding the death of Christ) you know your lifeline is straw.  We have a hard time finding God, much less Christ, in the world’s governments.  America has been a captive of defunct ideas – chosen people and the rule of law- and is not a puppet of Russia.  Americans and many Christians are essentially fascists, mostly devoted to imperial colonialism, genocidal solutions to social problems, and the superiority of European and Jewish peoples. Just ask their neighbours. Christian government is a $23 coin.  No matter how many judges the religious people put on the supreme court and no matter how many Christians are elected to government there will never a Christian caliphate.