Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Once Again Mavs, You Will Be Missed....

Your absolute inability to score points in the paint, refusal to make adjustments and lack of heart however, will not.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Edgar Poe and King Have Me All-In On The Beijing Boycott

"The Poor People's Campaign has faded from historical memory. It remains the most overlooked part of King's legacy, Wilkins said. "It remains in the shadows because King rewrote the traditional civil rights script. As long as he fed Americans images of bigoted Southern sheriffs clubbing demonstrators, people could remain comfortable. But the Poor People's Campaign gave Americans a new cast of villains: themselves. Americans didn't want to look at the face of poverty, but King was going to force them."

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Amazing, that the more the man marched towards the gospel, the more his closest friends began to desert him and even question his sanity.

Or maybe, that's exactly what happens when we lay hands on what this gospel really means.

I've been told before that I hate America. I sure hope this isn't true. Hate is an infectious disease. Who wants that in their system? Not me. But King hits on two things here that are vital to understanding why the American Mindset and the Kingdom will always be at odds with one another:

1. The "Make-Your-Own-Way" American Spirit looks a hell of a lot like what Christ called fundamentally, sin.

2. America sees absolutely NO NEED for forgiveness of any kind for the things, as a nation we've done. (See: Christopher Columbus, Native Americans, African Americans, Manifest Destiny, Women, the Spanish-American War, and most recently, the Beijing Games. (Buy one!)

Here's my point: The majority of Americans who profess to be believers hang their hat on their personal need for forgiveness. They hear it in sermons. They read it in books. They print it on T-shirts. They put it in songs. They train teenagers to go tell Mexicans about it. They see it as essential. And (hoorah!) they are correct!! They know, full well, that the bury-it-under- the-floorboards technique is deadly, that you cannot hide from the coming judgement:

"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! - tear up the planks! here, here! - It
is the beating of his hideous heart!"

And yet, (AND YET!!!), these same folks, the very same who seem to grasp the fundamental importance of forgiveness, the very same who seem to see the futility of slapping shinola on shit, will defend, defend, and defend this nation's innocense as if it were a newborn child:

"I smiled, - for what had I to fear? I bade them search - search well. In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim."

What they claim to understand for personal salvation they deny as a nation and thus they doom it. That's just insanity.

And not the good kind:

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