July 16th, 2010

"Sermon" Meditation IX: Blind lead blind blindly

"Can the blind lead the blind?  Won't they both fall into a pit?
A student is not better than his teacher.  It is enough for a student to be like his teacher."

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It is the professional responsibility of any teacher to require certain actions from students.
These actions are intended to develop proficiency in the subject matter.
Jesus' subject matter was "how to build a good society inside the rotting shell of a not so good society."
This was not going to be easy!

When i think that Jesus may have been a little harsh, a little to authoritarian; that he might have had a little too much ego, i think about the subject matter: "the kingdom of God."
It is within me.  How do i become aware of that?  How do i act as though that were true?  Just what is the kingdom of God, anyway?
The kingdom of God is within you,  How do i help you see that?  How do i help you act on that knowledge?
The kingdom of God is among us.  How do we manifest it in our relationships?

Look at the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of  The Gospel According to St. Matthew again and again.  This is the textbook for KOG 101.Collapse )Collapse )Collapse )

May the thoughts of my mind,
the actions of my body,
the meditations of my heart.
and the words of my fingers
be helpful and acceptable to you and you and them and us.

Writer's Block: Capital offense

What is your opinion of the death penalty? How important is this issue in deciding which political candidates you support?

I oppose the death penalty.

I recognize that this makes me part of a shrinking minority (in the early 1960s about one-half of Americans wanted to abolish the death penalty, now it is about 20-25 percent.  For this reason i realize that the political will for abolishing capital punishment is not there, so it would be pointless for me to use it as my main criteria for choosing candidates.  I probably could never be a "single issue" voter anyway.  In fact, after 50+ years of faithfully going to the polls every two years, i just might stop voting all together.  (Maybe if i lived somewhere other than Idaho or somewhere other than the U.S., there might be some point to voting.  Some electorates in some countries do seem to have retained some semblance of reason; however, the number of places where this is true is rapidly dwindling.  I might vote if i lived in Canada, or a Scandinavian country (where they have already abolished the death penalty), or in a newly emerging democracy like South Africa (where i would certainly vote against capital punishment).