Happy Holidays

Here we are, Thanksgiving 2017 is fast approaching. And then Christmas. The stores are overloaded with all the ingredients for a happy thanksgiving and Merry X-mas. The commercials are humming. TV’s a glittering with weather updates for anywhere. News shows the airports jammed, shows us the latest crime scenes, where the detours are, so beware folks, but have a happy thanksgiving and merry whatever anyway.

first-thanksgiving painting

Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

Huh? Happy Holidays. Gads. The pressure. Family gatherings. Trips. Be Happy. Be thankful, Macy’s having a parade. Keep the kiddies busy. Pies to bake. Get the stuff down from the attic. Cooking or going out, yeah, let’s go out. It’s too much. Where are those pills.

How can anyone be happy with all this bombarding us in front of our face and behind our back?

And yet, we do provide a happy face.

Do we take time to reflect, to think of the What, the Who, the Where and When all this holiday season started and Why.

Some parts of the world are not so joyful this time of year, so why are we? Yes, it’s our American heritage dedicated to individual freedoms over and above that of kings and queens, presidents and magistrates. “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” But are we about to lose all that as society appears to be elevating self-gratification over virtuousness.

George Washington wrote, “Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people.”

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

Patrick Henry said, “A vitiated [impious] state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom.”

Virtue as defined by Webster is:

  1. .moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
  2.  conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude.
  3. .chastity; virginity: to lose one’s virtue.
  4. .a particular moral excellence.
  5. . a good or admirable quality or property: the virtue of knowing one’s weaknesses.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

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The Commandments, Part four.

Again, as a layman I’m taking liberties by composing my imaginative thoughts, so give me some leeway. Read on . . . . as the owner, the creator of the company addresses the working partners.

“Partners in this endeavor, I’ve called you all together this Monday morning to inform you of 2 other rules you must follow. The first simply says: “Thou shalt not murder.” The second is related: “Thou shalt not steal.” If you murder someone you are stealing his life, and that’s not okay. To steal, to take for your own anything whatsoever of your neighbor or any other fellow human is not right. Got it? Don’t do it. It’s theft.

Understand this, the meaning of murder in your language says: “the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice and forthought.  You thought it, you planned to steal the life of another. Don’t do it. It’s murder.

There are strict laws against murder. It’s called a crime?  Your society added the notion that it’s a crime which your society punishes, sometimes with death. Sometimes with confinement for the rest of your physical life. Don’t waste that one life you’ve been given.

Partners, you easily forget that my foresight and my position as Lord of all, I see all and when I look upon this earth, I do not see political boundaries drawn in the sand, I do not see one tribe without seeing all the other tribes. One race of people moving from dust to dust. I have signaled the beginning and I will signal the ending. I see beyond your skin into the deepest part of your soul knowing your past, your inner being and your future. You do not have that ability as your earthly body is relegated to the laws of gravity. I see that future generations, stipulations of your circumstances will be added to my basic simple to understand rule: “do no murder, do not steal.”

“As you’re all seated in front of me, I can see it in some of your expressions as you wonder: well, what about wars? What about defending myself or my family from the attacks from others? Don’t I have the right to defend myself, my family, my community? What about abortions?”

“Abortions Huh? What about it? Here’s what; when the sperm of the male entered the egg of the woman from then on life was developing. You can’t see it, but I the Lord see a new life being created.

My word says: “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” and “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” Back to basics. Remember what was put before you earlier: what goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. So, put this in your spirit as it will come to pass later: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you’d all do that, there’d be no wars. If you’d all obey these rules there’d be no wars, no disputes, no arguments.”

And no bonfires. That’s another story of how, when and who.

“Cooperation by all benefits all.”

“The rest of my rules will come as the days pass. Now, get to work.”

Identity crisis.

Going back, way back in history people dressed in long garments draped around their bodies to hide their nakedness. Yet, from the images we’ve seen there was still minute differences between the way the sexes cloaked themselves. Men could identify a lady and ladies knew the men. It’s been that way ever since, with slowly evolving differences as people discovered new technologies such as sheering a sheep, skinning a buffalo, gathering cotton, stringing silk, knitting, sewing, fabric blending, patching and shaping with starch and hot irons. And here we are thousands of years later still changing our customs of dress between the two sexes.

Throughout these years there has been one and only difference that has been from the beginning: hiding the differences in the nakedness of the sexes: it’s in the DNA, in the genes, in the easily recognized physical characteristics recognized at birth.

But now segments of society wish to change it all starting with “cloaks of identity”.

“Teachers in the church’s 4,700 schools throughout the U.K. are advised not to enable children to “conform” to traditional male/female “stereotypes.” Young children “are in a ‘trying on’ stage of life … so no labels need to be fixed,” the church document states.

“Practically speaking, the ecclesial guidelines say boys “may choose the tutu, princess’ tiara and heels,” and girls may wear “the fireman’s helmet, toolbelt and superhero cloak.”

Church of England encourages children to explore

This trend is also expanding here in the US of A and elsewhere. Is that all there is to this cultural newbie? Where is it heading?  Imagine 50 years from now, 1000 years in the future; what will distinguish us one from the other?

Will girls be able to identify a guy that looks handsome and cute getting interested in knowing this dude. Will the dudes get that immediate attraction impulse seeing a lady across the room?  Will the dating game get scary, not knowing for sure that the dude across the table from you is a real physical man?

The second date could be at the swimming pool or the beach and see the near nakedness of modern day swimsuits, or would that change too?

 

Read. Leviticus 20.  1Corinthians 6:9

The Commandments, Part 3.

The owner, the creator of this domain gathers the partners together with the stone tablet in front of him as he points to number 5 reading it slowly: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12 kjv

“To all my partners, this rule should be an easy one for each of you to follow. Without your father and mother, you wouldn’t be here. There would be no Jim, no John, no Mary or a Louise. Your first appearance was a welcoming sight. You were nurtured, taken care of as at first all you could do was smile, cry, fumble around babbling away.

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You learned how to walk, run and talk; you responded to their teachings, learned so much, so quickly that they began to fear for your safety. You have some remembrances of those early years, but not much. They sacrificed so much for you. You’ve been provided with an inner desire to explore and at times that spirit, because it was not yet in tune scared your parents and they corrected you. They hoped you’d connect the consequences of actions as they guided you along on your journey to becoming a self- guided partner in this endeavor when that time came for you to repeat the process: Jim with Mary, Joe with Louise.

“Yes, they deserve your honor; you must esteem them worthy of your praise so that your days will receive that same honor and praise from those you bring into this world. It’s part of this circle of what goes around comes around; reaping what is sown.”

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“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gads, I’m just an old guy who likes to write, who has experienced the attempts to put thoughts into words and sentences when an idea, a thought that had never crossed my mind before solves a perplexity, somewhat like a math problem of A plus B equals C. I knew B and C, but could not figure out what A was. C was the change in culture. B was the complacency of the common citizen enjoying the benefits. But what was A?

So, what is happening in this upside-down world being created by, well, there’s a long list of the people who have made their mark as an agent of change. I’ll come back to the first in mind later.

There were the writings of Margaret Sanger. Alfred Kinsley. Rachel Carson. Sigmund Freud. Charles Darwin. Hugh Heffner published a magazine. Steve Jobs wrote with just 1 and 0’s. Then there was Martin Luther King, C.S. Lewis and Billy Graham. And the list goes on. No doubt you may have others in mind.
What effect did they have on the world? Sanger started the birth control revolution. Kinsey had a great effect on the sexual revolution. Carson initiated the environmental movement. Freud saw humans as deceivers to themselves. Darwin postulated that we evolved from lower animals. Hefner portrayed women as sex objects. Jobs pioneered the computer age. MLK stood for racial equality, Lewis explained mere Christianity, and Billy Graham preached repentance.

Go back in history way before these folks came along when another was born just like us, learned to walk and talk on this earth just like us, nourished his body just like us, never took a pen to papyrus, but the change he had on this world has lasted since then, having an eternal effect to every generation since. Whereas over time the above-mentioned names will be superseded by others.

His name was Jesus. And wow, what a mark that life made. He did not accumulate wealth. He did not gain political power. Never wrote a book. Was not an athlete nor an entertainer, a lawyer or media host. He was just a lone teacher gathering a following, providing bread to the masses, healing infirmities and exposing the errors of the power brokers, who couldn’t stand that hint of a revolution, had him arrested and hung like a criminal to be put away forever; so they thought.

He permanently changed the world.
A is to Acknowledge.
B is to Believe.
Equals: C: Communion of sins forgiven, a new joy with eternal sanctified life as a bonus.