Sunday, July 28, 2013


Acts 2:41-42
Then those souls who gladly received his word were baptized; about three thousand were added to them that day. They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.


Baptism is the rite by which someone is reborn in the Spirit. It is a reminder that there is a responsibility to maintain an open invitation to welcome others into the Church. The creed is the symbol for faith. It is a guide to Trinitarian theology.

The Eucharist breaks bread for communion with the Son. The words for institution establish the commemoration of Jesus as Christ. The study of scripture develops historical perspective for the community of faith. Administration for the community of people in different nations has adapted for the respective communions. Priests are pastors who are called to guide people into faith.

Maturity in faith develops morality with good works without cruelty towards others.

William Reed Huntington (1838-1909 CE)

William Reed Huntington was an American priest. He was the rector for All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1862-1883. He moved to New York to serve as the pastor for Grace Church from 1883 until his death in 1909.

He is known for his role in the formulation of the Chicago-Lambeth quadrilateral. The quadrilateral is an articulation of the four points for unity in Christianity. The four points were formulated in the essay “The Church Idea, An Essay Toward Unity” in 1870. 

They served as a postulation for Anglican identity and a basis for dialog with the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant communions.

The points were presented as a resolution to a conference of bishops in Chicago in 1886. The resolution was passed and presented to the Lambeth conference in 1888. It was modified and passed in the current form.

The first three points were modified.
The definition for scripture was changed from the “revealed Word of God” to the rule and standard for the faith containing all things necessary for salvation.

The Apostles Creed was added to the Nicene Creed in the second point.

The sacraments for Baptism and the “Supper of the Lord” were identified as ordained by “Christ Himself.” The words for institution were retained as a defining element for the Eucharist.

Adaptation is a key element in the fourth point. The local adaptation for the varying needs of the nations and peoples in the administration of the call to God in the unity of the Church is the basis for dialog between church administrations.

The call for unity does not demand the eradication of the different churches, but it is aimed at reconciliation from schism.

Church and state relations are such that too much unity in Church communication with political organization can result in dictates that contradict the human rights granted by God.

While dictatorship is not in accord with human rights and division in administration deters the claim over the highest level of government, the variants in organization are facilitating discrimination in the respective churches.

Catholics overstate celibacy. Protestants overstate marriage. Orthodox Christians overstate male leadership in church administration. Racism is evident as a byproduct of majority authority in lay leadership.

The call for unity cannot be answered with another form of discrimination as a support for the tyranny of dictatorship. The oppression of rights is not an acceptable by-product for membership in the body of Christ.

The reconciliation of schism is still advisable as an element in the redemption of the world, but the promotion of tyranny conflicts with civil tranquility (peace) as taken with respect for rights as an expression of the will of God.

The Church of Ireland

Lambeth Conference

William Reed Huntington

Salvation is survival with faith. Faith holds the belief that we can make the world a better place to live. We play a role in participatory government.  We have a historical perspective that recognizes the importance of rights.

fm Ps 138

Thanks will be given with my heart.
Praises will be raised like rays
from the rising sun.

Eyes will be cast down
from the brilliant light
that shines from the sky
to illuminate your temple,
the earth.

The constancy of your light
proclaims the warmth of your love
and faithfulness. The growth of
plant and animal life provides
satisfaction for basic needs.

Your law glorifies justice.
Your justice uses judgment.
Your judgment uses reason.
Your reason aligns with design.

Experience with education
from instruction, observation,
tests and experiment
guides us in understanding
nature’s plan.

When I call upon you,
you answer me.
You increase strength
within me.

Leaders of the earth will honor you.
The representation of rights
within the rule of law
will prepare the way
for respect.

Leadership will sing for the LORD.
Great is the glory of your Name.
As the sun shines down from high in the sky
to the ground, so will representation
in government reach out to help the poor.

Tyranny is not justified by the elements.
Cruelty is not the means to obtain correction.
Organization for construction, production
and the management of resources with labor
are based on the elements for design.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
faith keeps me safe. Hope is my rope.
Love is my stronghold.

 Causality will show purpose.
Life will justify survival.
Survival sings thanks for existence.
Love endures.


The rule of law provides security. Security provides protection for survival. No one is above the law. No one has the right to play judge, jury and executioner.

The acquittal of George Zimmerman showed that there is a need to “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) against poor government representation. The SYG legislation was enacted by a supermajority in a state where the majority group is not that large in relation to the size of other groups.

The supermajority was not duly elected. Their seats were purchased. Vote manipulation was attained with the use of electronic voting machines. Seats were retained with the use of gerrymandering. There were two Republicans for every Democrat in a state where most are registered as Democrats. 

The supermajority has been reduced to a majority, but they still suffer from the same error in definition. They limit their representation to industry profit. This limitation sets the stage for another error; the belief that the majority is given the economic and social advantage in relation to industry profit. This was the environment into which the first major test for the SYG law found a dismal result.

The SYG law is flawed because it assumes that anyone who buys a gun will use reasonable judgment with it. Feeling that someone else without a deadly weapon is a threat is not reasonable. The claim that someone 27 pounds lighter was pounding the heavier person’s head into the concrete lacks credibility.

The audio tapes revealed that Trayvon had asked for help when he was being attacked, then screamed with fear when he saw the gun drawn. The testimony from Good and Zimmerman was discounted by the evidence, yet Zimmerman was acquitted.

Why? The flawed law was interpreted without respect for reasonable judgment. The jury rejected the body of evidence and accepted the theoretical proposition that killing was not murder for self-defense. The acquittal displayed poor judgment. The judgment lacked reasonable recognition of a life threatening situation.

This lack of validity in inductive reasoning reflected the influence of people who were brainwashed into believing that an elitist government empowers members of the majority group to define authority in the rule of law as limited to persons in the largest group. 

This false reasoning is based on the misunderstanding of what democracy is. When the definition of democracy is limited to “majority rule” in terms of the largest group, an environment for abuse is established. 

Democracy has constitutional representation for rights so we do not reduce ourselves to the representation of the largest group. Rights protect majority rule in relation to the largest majority: the entire group.  

Support government that represents all people, including the poor.

Don't limit representation to industry profit.

When unfair standards in interpretation are applied to flawed laws, it's time to elect a new government. How do we insure fairness in voting practices? We need to outlaw vote manipulation in general and electronic voting machines in particular.

A representative government has to be in place to accomplish this legislatively. We can hope for an election win with the sheer weight of numbers in opposition to the poverty in representation, but we need the help of law enforcement to accomplish improvement.  
 The use of early voting ballots is advisable. These ballots are scanned. They are the paper trail should a recount be requested.

The military in Egypt came to the aid of the people there when they protested. Egypt is just one country in the Middle East that gives us a reason to reflect on democracy and the importance of representing rights. Islam is the majority religion in Egypt.

Even though the Muslim brotherhood and the affiliated Islamists put a provision for freedom of religion in the constitution, it was not representative of equal rights.

The provision favored Islam; leaving the Muslim brotherhood with special favor. It was political documentation that laid claim to freedom for the trivialization of rights. Rights for minority groups have to be protected from the abuse of majority authority by law or the largest group will attempt to hold an indefinite amount of power over others.

Rep. Mike Rogers Proposes Continued Support for Egyptian Military
Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday that the Egyptian military is a stabilizing force and should continue to receive U.S. aid, despite its role in deposing a democratically elected government.”

What else does this say to Americans in Florida? Protest. Protest can accomplish change. Treat partisan claims with skepticism. Complain about flawed laws and poverty in representation.

We don't want dictatorship for corporate profit. It is not in the interest of the people. Cash flow is restricted in a way that harms too many.  We want government that represents rights for people!

The continuation of the “trickle down” economy makes things go slow for those of us with a low cash flow. The cash flow for the upper class on the other hand is like a freight train running out of control.  The speed is so fast, the train is bound to run off the tracks.

Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train won't stop going --
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling --
Catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.”

The relativity of love calls for a reduction in CEO salary and corporate profit by taxation. Payment is not being made for security by those who are profiting so richly from the financing of service in weapons and technology production.

Steve K.

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