Where is the greatness?

We, living in the 21st century may say it is in the “bank”, in the generals and mighty men, even in the wise spokespersons of our times.  The great is not the entity calling the shots but the one who Carries pir the orders.   That’s right.   The servant.  The migrant and casual worker, the devoted parents holding down two or three jobs have more standing in the congregation of the righteous

The great and the greatest

For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

Luke 22:27

Logic, political and religious theories do not accept the notion in the questions of Luke 22:47 and the proposition in the affirmation of the Son of Man’s position in the disciples’ company.

It sure looks illogical to have the greater – the meizôn – doing servant work. The Greatest is incarnate not merely as master of all but also as true servant and enabler.

We were great when we were helping the poor and needy

We turned viciously the First Nations and locked ’em up. We closed our harbours to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. We neglected to give the emancipated slave his land and tractor. That is more animalistic than noble. We are now defending the fox’s rampage in the henhouse.

If Isaiah had a year to serve as prophet his service would have bookends as follows.

Isaiah’s observation – Day One

Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

Isaiah 1:23
Isaiah A to Z

The great and mighty have been falling with little sign that they can “get up”. “We have fallen” is a great place to start addressing the certainty of the fall from brisk business to empty cash registers.

Whether or not you think the United States is to be identified with the mega harlot the changes and the claim are similar.

Revelation of John 18:11 – business dries up

“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more–

Revelation of John 18:7 – the navelgazing queen

To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’

Black lives matter

When the King of the universe announced that Gentile lives mattered does any one remember what the fallout was?  Was there any reason for anyone to say “all lives matter”?  Our moral guide tells us that lying is abominable and the American legislation that makes lying to the FBI a crime is the glory of the bottom of the civilized barrel.

Watered down to vanity

The standards of justice have been a word game for most of my short life and the biblical record shows an early departure from philanthropy and hospitality.    The biblical narratives show that even when cautions abound about the treatment of servants and foreigners the oppression permeated society all the way to the exile of Judah.  Humans have been more interested in their finances than in the liberties provided in law (Jeremiah 34:8ff)

The fallout of getting the Gentile mission under way was the absurd attempt to turn the church into an imitation of Judaism.   Paul talks about it as a “thing sneaked in” while Peter talks about it as “a dog returning to his vomit for seconds”.  The lives of Gentiles are valuable without comparison to Jewish lives.   The lives of Africans are valuable without comparison to other lives.

“All lives matter” is the opening salvo from people who want to deny the fact of  their own virulent cowardice and are ready with talking points that do not address their own fingers dripping with the pie of superiority and discrimination.  Next on their agenda is “blame the victim”: Black people are responsible for their plight. Perhaps there is a story about the oppression of White people by people of African descent.

We can imagine that these “All Lives Matter” activists were never “Black and Proud” and were never convicted about the abuse of Black people. Listening to them talk about blackness is not a great use of our time. If they had the liberation of Black people on their front burner they would generate a set of proposals instead of finding fault with various expressions by leaders of Black Lives Matter. They are the hot air outfit; mercenaries for the misguided evangelical caliphate.

When we say “Girls deserve to be educated” and you tell us “Boys deserve to be educated” whose side are you on?

The pooper scoopers

The sycophants are more unhinged than the bigot himself. The trade adviser calls 45’s insensitive idiocy about slowing the pace of virus testing “tongue in cheek” but 45 says he was not joking. The attorney general tries to fire an attorney by publishing a “letter of the attorney’s resignation”, then comes up with a letter of termination from 45, a involvement disowned by 45 shortly afterward.

That is lot like defending a non-existent (and irrelevant) levitical priesthood.

Unprincipled people will sell their souls to pick up the poo even when there is no poo.

Potus45 will kill you

All the ignorance of the last 1000 years is guiding the United States in 2020 amid a pandemic. If American lives were not seriously in jeopardy we would be laughing. I wonder who is lining up for bleach treatment. Where are those fine patriots when you need them? Make sure you have health care and life insurance. Does any follower of Jesus of Nazareth not recognize the demonic siege? My God! Why has wisdom departed?

Nincompoopery hits the fan at the White House.

A “told you so” turning point

What do you say to the worried people?

This question posed to the American president at a White House briefing received an abominable response that made me remember thinking “potus45 has no heart at all”.

That’s a nasty question and you are a bad reporter.

We may have thought that an existential crisis can wake the dead but not even the mounting infection rates of covid-19 and the need for discipline are revealing the humanity in the executive branch of the US government. I told you so.

See the exchange on YouTube. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=T_G4hTJX1Xw

Not even a little compassion.

The gloating bigot in the White House sees pomp and profit only, and hears only those small soundbytes that stir up people who do repeat without thinking.

Potusbigotusgloatus45 cares little about people dying of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

He can say but it will be hot air

America’s biggest mistake is connected to its rape of North America and Africa. The religious movements that have risen over the two centuries show that the US is obsessed with Israel, not because of love for an oppressed people – today’s America couldn’t care less if an Islamic government was elected in Israel – but because of the convenience of adopting the Israeli standard. Australia, Canada, and the United States have not recognized that they cannot move in and take over a country because God needs a genocide to prepare the world for salvation or some other destiny.

Why would Abraham not see right round the world when told he is owner of all he could see and he being convinced that he was going to have descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky?

14. And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now yours eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15. For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever. 16. And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed also be numbered.

Genesis 13:14-16

Most nations will not admit to the rotten bones in their history, and doing so is now suicidal. When nations (or corporations) admit to their malfeasance they open the floodgates of lawsuits that can empty their coffers in a flash.

American defense of the state of Israel is not a moral choice or human rights exercise. American dependence on oil and its alliance with Arab powers are far more important. Guess who will stand with Israel when international army moves to attack the Jewish state? Nobody.

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses ransacked, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Zechariah 14:2

America is stuck in foreign scandals and undercover adventures and the Republican party has the patent for governing by warchest. It is what they know best: murder and mayhem. Locked into Arab oil and misbehavior and guaranteeing the survival of the state of Israel is destiny that ends with America joining everyone to attack Israel.

What fantasies of justice!

Amber waves of grain are hard to find in the land where Jews are thought to want to replace their rescuers and gracious host. That justice is dead in America we are quick to say because we saw the chief justice of the Supreme Court sit in the chair in the impeachment trial of the most corrupt president in history and said nothing as the Republican senators perjured themselves.

Vanity Fair headline

The good ole boys

The good old boys network has been in full swing since Mueller found a vast criminal enterprise engulfing the White House. More than enough crime has stained the fingers of potus45 and a growing number of his “generals”, all those good men and patriot pathetics who have either pleaded guilty or or were convicted of crimes. Were it not for the justice department rule that the president not be indicted for regular crimes the president would be serving several long sentences and paying fines for his tax evasion and violation of women’s rights.

Justice begins the day the gloating bigot leaves office.

Where on the planet might the chief offender choose to hide from American justice?