You know what I should have done this Lent, besides not write? I should have given up listening to the news. It is so damn depressing. Not only what’s happening in the Republican Primaries where candidates take on each other to have no chance of beating Obama in November, but the carnage that continues in Syria and the God-awful-insensitive-simplistic and downright un-American House budget bill being introduced. And add that to the news of the murders in Toulouse yesterday and I want to watch “Sponge Bob” and chuckle a bit. I am getting numb at all the bad news, including the tragic news from Florida where the black teen was killed by a “neighborhood watch’ guy. Everyone is dancing around the issue, yes I know, guns don’t kill people, people kill people…but people kill people with guns. We know that. Reasonable people know that. It’s all about the constitution, dude. Enough. Today’s snippet comes from the book of John and focuses on the cure of a man who couldn’t walk and the purists getting all pushed out of shape that he’s carrying the mat he was laying on, on the sabbath. This isn’t the first time Jesus gets in trouble with the law. There’s a greater good going down here
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,
‘Take up your mat and walk.'” (John 5)
Break out the pitch forks and torches…some good that was a little outside the box was done on the sabbath . Let’s think for a moment. We have laws. Sometimes laws have to be changed, amended or eliminated. On the one hand the second amendment to the constitution talks about bearing arms and stuff. This of course is interpreted as everyone get your guns, carry them everywhere, wear them proudly. (remember some of the folks in Beck’s march on Washington?) I’m not going to get into constitutional debate here, but let me posit this, maybe our founding fathers made a mistake. It’s happened before. I am even against shooting deer or “varmints” with a gun. I think to be fair, you can only use a knife to kill for your food. The hunter should be able to look ’em in the eye, to eye. Not look at them a football field away with a scope. Think of how much fun it would be and the challenges posed! The basics of hunter gatherer. That’s the old fashion way and isn’t that where some of these kooks want us to go anyway, go back to the “good ‘ole days”? (whatever they were). Ask a woman if she wants to go back to the good ‘ole days. Ask a deer if he likes getting shot at 100 yards. While were at it…ask if neighborhood watch guys really need to carry a loaded weapon.
and so it goes…