Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Today's Scripture was from Acts, where Paul and Silas are unjustly jailed in Philippi. We heard how they prayed, praised God in adversity, and how the ground shook, the doors opened, and the men remained for the sake of their captor. They were in prison because they had set free a girl who was captive to a evil spirit, for her freedom they became captives. They stayed behind because their captor, had they fled, would then become the captive. They let go their freedom for the sake of others, and through God's grace their freedom was granted to them, their wounds were tended, and the church in Philippi began with a slave girl and a prison guard.
We heard from a Kenyan priest about how, when they have need and are weak, the people of her village pray and depend on God to provide. Americans relish our power, we don't trust God to provide.
And of all things... I came home today to discover the news that Dorje Gurung (see post below) has been released from prison.
Having remembered Dorje at the Prayers of the People, before the altar, why should anyone be surprised?Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted;[a] he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison[b] to those who are bound;
Friday, May 10, 2013
I hate petitions, but in this case, I'm making a huge exception. (From the Washington Post)
Qatar jails a Nepali teacher on charges of insulting Islam
Posted by Anup Kaphle on May 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm
A Nepali teacher who taught chemistry at Qatar Academy has been jailed in Doha on felony charges for insulting Islam.
Dorje Gurung, who has taught chemistry to middle and high school students in the United States, Britain and Australia, appeared in a Doha court on Thursday. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison, according to Doha News.
Gurung was fired from Qatar Academy after arguments with students on April 22 and 23. Although he was set to leave the country, he was summoned by the police and has been jailed since last Wednesday, according to The Himalayan Times.
Gurung has been accused of comparing all Muslims to terrorists. But two of his friends shared Gurung’s version with Doha News:
On Monday, April 22, Gurung said he had a sit-down chat with three 12-year-old boys who were making fun of him. Among other things, the seventh graders poked fun at his appearance, calling him “Jackie Chan,” a famous Chinese actor.
On Tuesday, April 23, the mocking again began in earnest while Gurung was in line for lunch. At first, he said the teasing was light-hearted, but then one student put his hand on Gurung’s shoulder and a finger in his nose. At this point, Gurung grew agitated and said remarks to the effect of, how would you like to be stereotyped i.e. called a terrorist?
Gurung has no legal representation, but the Nepali embassy is seeking permission from the Kathmandu government to meet with Gurung, Doha News reports. Without a lawyer, Gurung’s friends fear he would not get a fair trial. The court would rely on the complaints from Qatar Academy’s students, they said.
Dorje Gurung was one of those activist and idealist students. He lived across the hall from me (and down a few doors). He was a student advisor for our dorm. He was the first person I ever met who didn't actually know when his birthday was, who came from a place I'd barely heard of, and who looked very different from me, but who welcomed me into his living space, his life, and always treated me (and everyone else) with great warmth, gentlenes, and kindness.
I'm thankful that the Washington Post saw fit to publish this, even though Dorje is not an American citizen, not a Christian, and not someone that most of us in this country would take the time to stand up for.
So while I'm not a fan of petitions these days, I'm posting this one for you all. Please consider signing it.
Please pray for Dorje.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
But this one takes the cake.
The writer's general thesis is that poor unsuspecting "women of color" went to Kermit Gosnell to have their babies murdered because they just didn't have anywhere to go. Apparently, according to this writer, Planned Parenthood is just for white women.
Nevermind that Planned Parenthood is so responsible for the systematic murder of unborn babies "of color" that they were, not too long ago, accused of racially targeting that population for eugenic reduction.
Nevermind that Planned Parenthood was founded on the mission of reducing "unwanted" populations including people "of color."
No, these poor women had no other way to rid themselves of their babies, little burdens as the president once noted (the first president "of color." (Um, hello, white is a color... how stupid are our euphemisms these days)) They had no options (no way to prevent pregnancy, no way to abstain from sex, no way to keep their babies, no way to adopt them out... nope, no options) but to haul their poor selves into Gosnell's house of horrors, make themselves vulnerable to any variety of infections and medical mishaps, and still come out empty, their children murdered and stored in jars like some sort of macabre trophies.
I feel for these women, I really do. Our culture has lied to them so that they don't realize that abortion is not an option, that all abortion is dangerous, that all abortion is death, that all abortion puts their lives at risk, their hearts at risk, and their futures at risk.
But the answer is not more "clean" abortion, cheaper abortion, governmnent funded abortion, or easily obtained abortion. There is no such thing as a clean abortion. Murder is dirty business. Gosnell just made that plain for all the world to see.
So aside from the writer linked above being full of internal contraditions on the race issue, he is grossly deluded on the morality of abortion. Abortion preys on the vulnerable in society, not just the unborn but their vulnerable mothers. Gosnell was just obvious in his predatory approach... He didn't have billions in government funds to cover his tracks, propagandize, and make things look all pretty for the public.
To a rabbit, there's no difference between a chicken hawk and an eagle. One may look more majestic and beautiful as it swoops down on its prey, but either way, the rabbit is dinner. Vulnerable populations and preditors never mix. It doesn't matter how pretty and "circle of life" you paint it.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
And you all know the rest of the story.
She's okay, back home safely.
But it makes the whole thing a little more real to me. Degrees of separation and all.
Random acts of terror are just that, random. Safety is an illusion we create for ourselves. Random acts of terror are dramatic but they're part of the random acts of fallen human life. They're ugly and broken and evil, more of course than random auto accidents or natural disasters; but you have to honor the people who go on about life, perhaps a little wiser and more cautious, but intentionally not selling out their freedoms, passions, and loves, intentionally not letting terrorists win.
I guess there's really nothing constructive to be said, except that we're all in this cesspit of humanity together, we're all vulnerable, we all die, and before we fall prey to whatever finally takes us, it would be a good idea to love one another.
Its all vanity, says the 'preacher' and without Jesus it is all vanity. That's why Jesus gives us meaning that turns the world upside down. That's why, in the end, people who don't have the Gospel will fall prey to hopelessness, and some of them will even think it okay to make a political point, gain attention, or act out their own psychopathology by taking the lives others. And that's why, moments like these, allow mere mortals, whether they know Jesus or not, to reflect his glory as we defy the vanity with acts of sacrifice and agape.