Sunday, November 25, 2012


Review for Thanksgiving Week 2012

Concern for provision in the economy and protection for human rights protects liberty within the law.
Physical and mental conditioning is necessary for competition and important for living a healthy life. Knowledge of the elements can be used for justice in the rule of law. Education promotes security based on defense and community; not aggression for personal gain.

Education and communication help us to survive natural disaster.  Recovery and re-building help us to review what had been learned and communicated.
Those who sowed loss with tears will harvest recovery with songs of joy.

Recovering from Sandy

Thanksgiving Reflection
President Obama said, "As Americans, we are a bold, generous, big-hearted people. When our brothers and sisters are in need, we roll up our sleeves and get to work - not for the recognition or the reward, but because it's the right thing to do. Because there but for the grace of God go I. And because here in America, we rise or fall together, as one nation and one people."


Elizabeth of Hungary had been married to Ludwig IV when she was 14 years old (1220).
"In the spring of 1226, when floods, famine, and the pest wrought havoc in Thuringia, Ludwig was in Italy attending the Diet at Cremona on behalf of the emperor and the empire. Under these circumstances Elizabeth assumed control of affairs, distributed alms in all parts of the territory of her husband, giving even state robes and ornaments to the poor. In order to care personally for the unfortunate she built below the Wartburg a hospital with twenty-eight beds and visited the inmates daily to attend to their wants; at the same time she aided nine hundred poor daily.”

Elizabeth’s fame was established as a gentle and charitable giver. Her honor will be remembered with joy.

There are those who use the death and destruction due to natural disaster as a justification for cruelty. It is better to suffer for having been good.

Those who live for evil haven't learned. They can't pay enough to restore life. They haven't started to pay in order to learn goodness.

Edmund (841-869), King of East Anglia, was killed when he was 28 years old. He had been king from 1855. He had been king for 14 years.

Condemn evil acts: homicide, genocide, tyranny, aggressive war and terrorism. Punish those who are guilty of enslavement, torture or violent crime.

Otherwise, do not condemn or you will be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Correct in a way that you would be corrected. Mercy is stronger than sacrifice. Love changes the world.

Clement of Rome (c.30-101 CE) wrote a letter to the Corinthians that encouraged mercy.
“Recall especially what the Lord Jesus said when he taught gentleness and forbearance. "Be merciful," he said, "so that you may have mercy shown to you. Forgive, so that you may be forgiven. As you treat others, so you will be treated. As you give, so you will receive… The measure of your giving will be the measure of your receiving."


There are those who believe that mercy has no place in national leadership. The bombing in Gaza last week provided another example of the excessive force associated with “targeted killing.”

Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. There will be deliverance from violence. The hatred will cease. Anger will be remembered. Survivors will be called to establish justice with reparations.

Gaza Ceasefire

Egypt Brokers Truce with US Support
“Morsi's aid in brokering the truce legitimized his presidency on the international stage, after he has struggled to consolidate control over a post-Arab Spring Egypt.”

National Madness
Lisa Goldman wrote: "That was the war (2008-9) that nearly wrecked my relationship with my oldest friend. She dropped by to visit just as I was ending a phone conversation with a colleague in Gaza – or, rather, the conversation was ended when a missile landed with a huge gut-churning crash right next to his home. When the static on the line cleared, the sound in the background was his 8-year-old daughter, screaming. He had just finished telling me that they had no electricity or running water and his daughter was confined to bed with a psychosomatic paralysis brought on by fear of the bombardment.

"Shakily, while setting out coffee and cookies, I recounted this conversation to my friend, whom I had known since I was 17. She responded, “Well, what can I say? He should not have voted for Hamas.” These people want to kill us, she continued, and what’s more they force us to kill them because they use their women and children as human shields.

"I hardly spoke to her for six months after that."

The state exists to serve people. It is not the vehicle for destruction and enslavement.


Fm. 2 Samuel 23:1-7

The statement of goodness, product of grace;
     the oracle of those whom have been blessed;
the elect for the God of creation;
    those favored with the strength of competition.

The spirit of the LORD speaks through
   that which is right about reason with science.
This word can be spoken with truth for justice.
   The Rock of competition has said:
One who rules justly for people,
    remembers the poor;
promotes provision for basic needs;
   rules with light from fire.
This leadership is like the radiance of day,
            like the sun rising on a cloudless morning
            with light gleaming from the rain on plants
            moving with the wind.
The goodness of creation is the house of God.
            We have an everlasting covenant;
            ordered with security by defense for community.
We have a plan for the rule of law
            that respects human rights.
Deterrent action is used to prevent harm.
Excessive force is not allowed.

Evil actions are high crimes:
murder, murders, tyranny, terrorism
and violent crimes that result in death
Slavery and criminal acts are outlawed.
Those accused with probable cause
will be investigated with due process
and tried in court. They will not be held indefinitely.
They will judged by reason with science
before a jury of their peers.


The state is not to dictate truth to the people. Truth guides the state in government. Law without liberty is dictatorship.

Morsi Claims Exemption from Judicial Review

Supreme Court of Egypt Declares 1/3 of Parliament Illegal (June 2012)

Decisions promoted by the President of the US are subject to review by the Supreme Court. Why should any leader have decisions placed beyond the judgment of law?

What is Healthcare to Cost in the US?

The Muslim Brotherhood is pushing for an Islamic state. Morsi is affectively declaring that Islamic presidential power cannot be judged by the Supreme Court of Egypt. His claim to power is a push for dictatorship. Fair statesmanship supports freedom of religion. It does not dictate religion to the people of the state.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2012 was World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

The story about the virgin birth is about children who are not registered with the state. Jesus did not have a birth certificate. He was not registered due to the fear that the tyrannical leadership would have had him put to death.

It has been argued that Europe without Greece is like a child without a birth certificate. Europe needs Greece, but poor families often live in fear that they are not being represented by leadership. Remember the poor by representing provision for basic needs.

The Synod for the Church of England Rejected Draft Legislation for the Ordination of Female Bishops

The House of Laity

A Clear Majority
"Speaking after the vote the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, said: "A clear majority of the General Synod today voted in favour of the legislation to consecrate women as Bishops. But the bar of approval is set very high in this Synod. Two-thirds of each house has to approve the legislation for it to pass. This ensures the majority is overwhelming. The majority in the house of laity was not quite enough. This leaves us with a problem. 42 out of 44 dioceses approved the legislation and more than three quarters of members of diocesan synods voted in favour. There will be many who wonder why the General Synod expressed its mind so differently. "

Freedom of religion is supported in practice in the UK, but the legislative record has declared the monarch to be the head of the Church.

Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch for the UK. How is it that the monarch can be a woman, but a bishop cannot be female? The UK needs to legislate freedom of religion. The Church of England needs to establish a constitutional theocracy for the church. If the vote to ordain a female bishop does not pass all three houses with a 2/3 majority, additional change is in order.

Queen Elizabeth II

Dr. Rowan Williams (retiring Archbishop of Canterbury)
“Whatever decision was made yesterday, today was always going to be a difficult day.“

Some people were going to be left feeling that their presence and participation was not appreciated.
Archdeacon Christine Hardman said, "Archbishop Rowan’s leadership had been distinguished by his “scholar-like” insistence that we “attend to what is the case, even if we wish it were otherwise”

We also have the right to work for the ordination of female bishops; a more representative apostolicity. Strictly male leadership in ordained roles is outdated.

Apostolicity for Paul and the mission to the Gentiles is grounded in remembrance of the poor. Promote provision through a healthy economy. Support the rights of others as well as your own. Being Christian; being religious; is a commitment to being human. Living only for “number one,” individual self, is an act of self isolation that prevents the development of community by the alienation of others.
Led Zepplin – Kashmir

I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been;
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen.
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed.

We have a plan for the rule of law
            that respects human rights.

Steve K.


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  2. It seems churchy people in the rich USA see themselves as special and above all this war and pain.
    As if to say , "well, i know who i voted for".
    There could not be a more smug, arragant, ignorant society on the earth as the American rich.
    Rich in mpls

    1. Specifically, Koch capitalism overrode the law leaving the pay, pray and obey types in their wake to take their consequence for them. Generally, the Kochs have been using plutocracy to override the government.

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