Plowshares
Plowshares

Off and running! President’s Day, a nice efficient way to lump two of our presidents together, all in one holiday. All things considered I think two holidays for two presidents is the way to go. Speaking of holidays and presidents, I looked at the first reading for today and it’s from the Book of Leviticus (you know, the oft quoted book when denouncing any thing…shhhh…gay…y’know? So I can sound like righteous or something) and it speaks about justice. The Lord speaks with authority in this book which is why it is oft quoted I suppose. Anyway the passage I took, out of context, (of course since that is what we do when we quote the Bible as a “proof text” for whatever position we want to argue) is from the 19th Chapter and the part I am focusing on is this:

“You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment.
Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty,
but judge your fellow men justly.
You shall not go about spreading slander among your kin;
nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.
I am the LORD.

(Lv 19)

This is just about good living that’s all. Nothing radical here. Justice, justice and more justice. To quote Thumper’s mother in Bambi “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” (Book of Bambi). That’s it in a nutshell. The mudslinging taking place all across this nation makes it difficult for anyone to stay clean. So what’s a person to do…well as Leviticus goes on to say:

You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart.
Though you may have to reprove him,
do not incur sin because of him.
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD.

(Lv 19)

What a concept! And more importantly, what a freakin’ challenge! Imagine if we actually bought into all this love stuff? Imagine if we put down our AR (Assault Rifles) and acting all G.I. Joe and chatted with one another? Maybe we could hear better. Oh and while we’re at it….turn off Fox News.  Just a thought…

and so it goes…