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September 07, 2005



Dude! Whoa...I like him too. Man I am at lost for words. I can't wait to hear what others have to say. Especially MIT or RA, they always have something prophetic to say.


Good stuff, I have been at the hospital the past couple of days with a family whose mother suffered a stroke. In the waiting room I have listened to commentary after commentary about how, "if I was in N.O. I would have walked out when the warning came." Yeah, you would have loaded up your kids and walked out, where may I ask would you have walked? Would you have walked the 80 miles to Baton Rouge? I have two little girls, three and four, they get tired walking around walmart! I'm sure without water and food I could have told them to suck it up and get busy walking we have alittle over 48 hours before the hurricane gets here that is just 40 miles a day you can do it girls!

The crap being spewed by people around here is ridiculous, and this is by people who won't go to a storm shelter when tornado comes, but I'm sure they would heed a hurricane warning. Privilege breeds stupidity and a lack of compassion.


Tim's rant is similar to less articulate ones I've done in the past, but I've lost the motivation to do it these days. People will believe whatever they need to believe, and when the needs for security and belonging are strong enough, empathy for others is usually one of the first things to go. This is a universal problem with middle school students, and not everyone has the emotional resources or the motivation to grow out of this part of their lives.

A bigger problem is that when people posit (1) that God is categorically more important than anything else and that (2) only they and their reference group can authentically talk about God, they've put themselves in a place where they don't have to be touched by the needs or concerns of anyone but themselves if it doesn't suit their whims. (This is the dark side of having principles, of course, when they become less something used to govern oneself and more a way of estranging oneself from detested Others who don't share those principles.) I tend to think it's better just to write such people off as lost and oppose them when necessary.

Tim tries to engage them, though, and I tend to think his approach is the only one with any hope of spawning a conversation. It has to be done with the intent to shock and offend and break through the automated Amerevangelichristian witnessing scripts. Back when I was still a Christian I once tried a similar approach but without the venom that Tim uses, and sure as a car shifting gears, the predictable response was a faux-kind "Well, now that you've come clean and admitted that you don't know God, now you need to..." Everyone can fill in the blank without really trying, I'm sure. Apparently we don't really exist, we're just lines in a script.


Wow. Nicely done.


The teenagers were off school on Tuesday, and I scheduled a viewing of "Hotel Rwanda" up at the church house. A young college aged student who is helping out with our group and considering seminary asked, "Why are you showing this film? It's so depressing. I dn't think anyone will come. You could have shown something like a Will Ferrell movie or something."

"Isaiah said the Messiah would be someone well aquainted with grief," I told her.

"Yes, but that was Jesus, not us." she replied.

I shit you not.

The conversation went back and forth a few times, me remaining kind and patient. We had a discussion afterward about the story in the movie and posed the question about the human potential for evil and I asked under what circumstances this kind of hatred could occur in American culture and how that it could be prevented.

She said, "More people need to see movies like this to make them aware of what is happening in the world."

"You mean instead of watching Will Ferrell movies four or five times?"


I know these Christians. I live next to them, I work with them, and I try to avoid being run over by their SUV's (with W sticker) as I drive around Tulsa. I pray with them, I pray for them and I ask them to pray for me.

I simply can not connect with person who claims to follow a homeless Prophet, from the poorest class of society, who in their wealth has no concern with the rights of that very class within which their God chose to Incarnate Himself. Have we not lost perspective? Sin isn't just sex! I think Jeremiah says it best:

Jeremiah 5:28
they have grown fat and sleek. They know no limits in deeds of wickedness; they do not judge with justice the cause of the orphan, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy

Our Nation sin's do reach up to heaven. The poor beg for a crust of bread and a drink of water, yet we have no heart to see or hear. Constantly we hear how the Sodomites are destroying our way of life and how God will judge our country if we don't stop them, well perhaps those preachers & right wing talk show hosts are more right than they know.

Eze 16:49
This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.

Our who modern ethos is based on cheaper and cheaper labor, leave the Southern border open to bring in more and more migrant workers who have no rights or ability to defend themselves against oppressive work conditions. Somehow those verses get overlooked when some red-faced right wing righteous gets in my face thumping a Bible they know little about, saying something is SIN!

Eze 22:29
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery; they have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the alien without redress.

Now let me add a quote from the satirical "Betty Bowers" newsletter. "This is precisely why it was the secular Astrodome in Houston, not Joel Osteen's new 16,000-seat indoor stadium (former home of the Houston Rockets) that threw open its doors to the poor and needy. After all, a stadium full of poor people with diseases would simply ruin the bottom line by keeping out rich people with tithes. Besides, who wants a bunch of water-logged black people dripping all over the recent $75,000,000 renovation?"

Lu 4:18
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free

Really? I wonder if this really is good news for the poor?

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