Saturday, January 23, 2010

best answer to gun scopes with Scripture verses

There is an editorial printed in The Seattle Times that expresses my thoughts very well. Since I've not had the opportunity to sit and write my thoughts down, I'll offer you Leonard Pitts, Jr.'s thoughts!

'Jesus rifles' lose sight of faith's true aim

Pitts wrote: "Truest faith is not seen in a secret code on a gun sight, a trinket from a store or words on a rock. Rather, faith is seen in the substance of a life lived in service to others, lived as if God were not in fact one's personal echo chamber in the sky."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shooting Others for Jesus??

This manufacturer's idea of what is appropriate on the gun sights they make is disturbing on so many levels, I can't think where to begin to discuss it, yet!

Article: US troops issued with gun sights carrying coded references to biblical passages

The biblical passages which seem completely misappropriated, from my POV, are to 2 Cor. 4:6, and John 8:12.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Lie of a Haitian "pact"

Can anyone find primary historical texts or sources that can refute this Haitian author's claim that the purported pact with the devil is gossip and slander spread via credulous people? I applaud his reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 - "Do not despise the words of the prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; refrain from every form of evil." That includes refraining from passing on unsubstantiated gossip, folks!

In the meantime, let us heed the words of the prophet Isaiah in 1:16-17:
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean
remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good,
seek justice,
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.

Article: God, Satan, and the Birth of Haiti

Check out Larry's post, too, which goes more into detail of what really IS demonic in this worldly order -- the oppression of the poor, and the ghastly disparities in wealth, power and privilege.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Breaking the Chains that Bind Women & Girls

How we need to love one another! How we need to be reconciled in Christ and being God's hands acting redemptively in love to the poor, the oppressed and the abused!

Break the Chains - a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church to get behind.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

International Peasants Movement and Violence Against Women

It was heartening to hear an agreeing voice, tonight. Raj Patel, the economist and author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing, referred to the International Peasants Movement during his interview on Democracy Now, today. Patel is particularly interested in "food sovereignty" and the inabilities of capital markets to price goods appropriately, accounting for a wide variety of factors - including environmental impact of production, ecological sustainability of production, cost in carbon emissions, societal costs, etc. He noted that the International Peasants Movement has principles of justice for all people underlying its advocacy. The IPM sees the equalizing of power relationships as one of the root causes behind the injustice that characterizes contemporary capitalism. One of the IPM's platforms, according to Patel, is that, "Food Sovereignty is about an end to all forms of violence against women."

Consider that statement against the backdrop of Genesis 3 and the "fall" from grace of humanity. Consider the implications of what it should mean to be restored to grace and relationship with God and each other because of Jesus Christ. Consider the deeper theological implications of heterosexual marriage "in Christ", and the marriage between Christ and his Bride, the Church.

As a Christian and an academic who studied and worked in Government & Economics, it is clear to me that "equalizing power" isn't the final remedy. Equalization of power in the world's terms is meeting force with opposing force. People get squashed and decimated in such contests of force, and the most squashed are the poorest and the most powerless (more women and children than men, too). God's power, as revealed in Christ, is all about emptying ourselves, dying to self, loving & serving others. How fascinating it seems that wise "peasants" are more clued into the dynamics of systemic injustice and gender violence than are the educated and wealthy! Wisdom certainly can't be purchased with tuition payments!

"Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters! Has God not chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs in the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (James 3:5-8)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

License Plate Frame on Lutherans

"Lutherans: More than Good Looks and Jello"

I was driving home after dropping our daughter off at her January internship with a local shelter for homeless women and children, and I read this on the license plate frame of the car in front of me. I laughed aloud, but my laugh was tinged with incredulity.

What in the world would the point of this license plate message be? It's too lame to be a really good joke. (in my opinion!) It's not an invitation to get to know anyone better. It's not direct enough to inspire anyone to seek out a Lutheran Church to visit...

Any ideas what the frame's creator was thinking?

What would your reaction be?