Thursday, June 14, 2007

Good morning, Christiandom. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this day as if it were Easter, a day that is sadly no longer remembered with much more than eggs and chocolate, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted, and demons with flaming arrows will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with christianity, isn't there? Legalism and Cowardice, Judgment and Apathy. And where once you had the passion to act, to think and speak as you felt led, you now have censors and systems of ministry coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. Gladiators have become consumers, and maryres are now mere materialists. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? personal failure, satanic attacks, religious freaks. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Satan. Oh you may not have known you turned to him in your compromising, but you did. He promised you happiness, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. 2 thousand years ago Jesus sought to end that silence of slavery and conformity. He destroyed the Old Temple system, to remind his people of what they had forgotten. More than 2000 years ago our great God wished to embed the Cross forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives and things which he paid for with his own blood. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this age remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow today to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me with Christ...even today, outside the gates of Hell and in the streets of Ashland, and together we shall give them a church that shall never, ever be forgot.


david sherwood said...

if your really struck by this in any way, take a look at these people. It is thier feast day in the Church calendar.

Thier stories always fuel me when my passions are diminished:

June 14

St. Anastasius XVII
St. Valerius & Rufinus
St. Cearan
St. Dogmael
St. Elgar
St. Joseph the Hymnographer
St. Lotharius
St. Marcian of Syracuse
St. Quintian
St. Mark of Lucera
St. Nennus
St. Methodius I


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