Ferguson Links

Lighter stuff for those who get emotional/agitated reading on race and violence (whichever side you are on)

How Twitter and Facebook are different for sharing/following the Ferguson situation

How younger and older blacks feel differently about Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience

Coverage of the Coverage from a faith perspective

The following articles are by Christians talking about race, poverty, violence etc. in America (proceed at your own risk, send all complaints to original authors)

Silence by white Christian America

WARNING! Black American Christians may have a different POV than you are used to. Kristena Cleveland: “The Cross and the Molotav Cocktail” (ALSO: graphic images of lynching/hanging)

Don’t Ignore It by Eugene Cho

and lastly, if you only read one argument that may make you angry, this one is calm and rational and provides good suggestions for action: “Speaking of Michael Brown

 

 

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Paul’s Lost Letter to the Roman Citizens

Peace and Grace in the name of Jesus Christ and in honor of Caesar.

I, Paul, Apostle, citizen of Heaven and Rome, praise God for you each day and the blessings we enjoy as citizens of the Great Empire.

I urge you, brethren, to spread the good news of Jesus as you go about spreading the good news of the Greek culture. You have such a great advantage of many over our brothers and sisters who are only citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom.  We must serve the Lord with everything we have, using every blessing to please Him.

Jesus Christ, our Savior, has blessed us so that we will not have to suffer the crucifixion as He did and as some of our brethren do.  But this is only the greatest of rights we have as citizens of the greatest military, economic, and cultural empire that God has seen fit to establish.

As you know, we must get the Flavians out of Rome.  They have continued their policy of pagan idolatry, lasciviousness, debauchery, and greed.  Those who don’t have the privilege and rights of citizenship in the empire have their hands tied so it is up to us to make a change.  While they are praying and taking care of the poor, we will be working to get our dear brother Erastus into the Senate as soon as possible.  Only then can we effect the change in this Empire that the Father wants.

Thanks be to God for the family of Zealots I converted in Jericho.  The love the Lord and are keeping their knives sharp.

The Lord has also blessed us with a wonderful offering that can be used to bribe various officials into looking the other way as we practice our faith.  The drachmas were collected for the poor, starving brethren in Jerusalem, but we know that this is truly God’s Will and supersedes mere physical needs.  Please be in prayer for those in Jerusalem.

Greet Mittius Romneus and the brethren.  I hope to see you all soon so that we may have a special assembly to sing hymns to Caesar and Fly the Eagle Banner together.

Why So Negative?

Why drudge up the past? Why point out the sins of our forefathers?  No one is perfect.

Well, first of all, as seen by the recent pulling of David Barton’s book, there is some confusion about American history.

It’s easy for God-Haters and America-Idolizers to have an agenda and say things that aren’t the whole Truth.

I don’t want my kids to have blind allegiance to America any more than I want them to have blind faith in Christ.

There should be some good reasons.  Knowledge is Power.  Knowing is half the battle.  Even discovering things that don’t sit well with what I believe.

Did the colonists do any good? Sure. Were they Satanic and pure evil.  NO!

What should they have done? What would you or I have done in their situation?

This is what they could have done:

“As Christians the English settlers should have gone beyond merely dealing fairly with the Indians.  From the very beginning, they could have come to America with the thought of being a blessing to the Indians.”

“…the blessings I am talking about are practical blessings that would have made the Indians want to be friends with the white man.  To illustrate, William Bradford mentions in “Plymouth Plantation” that the local Indians could grow much more corn once the English supplied them with metal hoes in exchange for furs.”

“Imagine the goodwill the English would have created if they had come to America with stockpiles of metal hoes, copper kettles, and tinderboxes to give to the Indians–rather than stockpiles of weapons.” (p. 26-27)

(the main “blessing” they offered the Indians was military alliances.  The tribes who aligned with the settles didn’t fare better than the others in the long run)

“Instead of forming alliances with specific tribes to help them defeat their enemies, the Christian settlers should have taught the Indian tribes to love and bless their enemies.  They should have taught them to exchange their instruments of war for instruments of peace.  But, of course, it’s hard to teach someone else to obey commandments of Jesus when you aren’t practicing them yourself.” (p. 29)

More quotes from Bercot before I get to the the ugliness of slavery.  It made me sick reading about it so maybe I will spare you.

And, now Bercot reveals himself to be a naive peacenik.  Obviously, not a very good American.  Maybe we shouldn’t trust what he writes.

Pilgrim Mythology, Chapter 5

More from David Bercot’s “In God We Don’t Trust”:

  • Who we call Pilgrims were technically “Separatists” and did not know or use the term “Pilgrim”
  • The were headed towards Virginia because of the success of Jamestown and accidentally ended up in Mass
  • The Pilgrims/Separatists had already obtained freedom of religion/worship by escaping from England to the Netherlands, but came to the New World for better economic conditions.
  • They didn’t come to America because they believed in freedom of religion as a universal ideal, they wanted to establish a settlement where they could worship freely.  They passed a law prohibiting Quakers from living in their community and would fine/punish any of their own who attended a Quaker assembly.
  • Church and state were united from day one at Plymouth Plantation
  • They also had a double standard concerning the Natives and killed, tricked, ambushed many.  John Robinson, still back in the Netherlands upon hearing of some violence said, “How happy a thing would it have been if you had converted some before you had killed any!”
  • Myles Standish was a mercenary who once cut off a Chief’s head and posted it on a pole after first inviting him and others to a feast to “work out their differences.”
  • During the slavery controversy of mid 1800s, Daniel Webster emphasized the Plymouth colony instead of the Jamestown (southern state) as the primary founders of America.
  • Methodist Minister William Apess, who was half Indian, responded to Webster’s mythological patriotism concerning the Pilgrims:
    • “If this were done today (to white men), it would be called an insult.  And every white man would go out and act the part of a patriot to defend his country’s rights.”
    • “but when a few red children attempt to defend their rights, they are condemned as savages by those who, if possible, have indulged in wrongs more cruel than the Indians.”
    • In contrasting the spiritual weapons of Christians with what the Pilgrims relied on: “But let us again review their weapons to civilize the nations of this soil.  What were they:  rum and powder and ball, together with all the diseases such as smallpox.”
    • “although the gospel is said to be glad tidings to all people, yet we poor Indians never have found those who brought it as messengers of mercy.”