The HARD Words of Jesus

Sooner or later those who claim to follow Jesus have to wrestle at very least with what the four Gospel writers reportedly said HE said. It ain’t even close to all pretty.

One of a number of things I’ve been invited to do and have been is sharing a teaching from time to time in this Covid lockdown as we chaplains are not able to go into the jails and prisons at present. Our Cook Co. Jail team gather in conference calls to pray, look at The Bible and chat together each week.

So this past week I brought a 30 min. teaching on Psalm One. Then we did a 30 min. whatever you want to say, ask or disagree with go for it time. I always encourage this when I share in such a format because it encourages true, honest fellowship.

Toward the end of the time a bro., made a statement as a compliment to me and the gist of it was to thank me for not holding back on the hard words of Scripture when I speak. He added that when he’s been with me in CCJ I consistently do the same with the detainees.

My reply was pretty simple: “Part of my personal philosophy of life is to get the tough job done first, after that things get a bit easier. When I read God’s hard, sometimes even harsh sounding stuff in both Testaments (and there’s plenty) I have to often say I don’t like it, wouldn’t have done it that way, don’t understand or am upset by it – but I’m not God and don’t get to judge Him as He is the only Perfect Judge and will indeed judge us all rightly in the end.”

The point is that at times I disagree with Him and so do you if you’re truly honest and searching the Word regularly -at least in the terms I’ve just written. If and when we do that I’d suggest repenting quickly because if we only cherry-pick the biblical “ice cream” and ignore, toss, deny the reality of the rest of Scripture what we’re doing is not exegesis but eisegesis, we are not being honest in biblical interpretation nor perhaps our true thoughts, maybe even our own motives.

It can be like the guy who asked the other person “What do you believe?” and the reply was “I dunno -what do you want to believe?” and it’s all about me, my mind, my comprehension and ultimately I’m god, judge, the assessor of what’s true, right and good for God to do, be like, command (yes, that’s the term Jesus often uses) me or anyone else about. It’s all about me. But it ain’t and won’t be in the end.

If one strips all in the Bible but “the stuff in red” which the Gospel writers attribute to Jesus I can easily point out reams of really, truly hard, even by human judgment harsh stuff. Then again what you think about God isn’t the final say of Who God is -nor can you create Him and end up with the God in Christ as He represents Himself in the Gospels.

I’m like most people, I want to eliminate the personal cross bearing issues in Jesus’ words, commands. Don’t we all look for exits when it gets too hot?

So… yep, I honestly don’t look for those Bible texts as I read, do devotional time with the Lord, prepare messages and so forth, those things just happen to literally leap out of the Word at me in the process. I don’t LIKE all of that in-your-face-negative stuff, but it’s there and won’t go away because we don’t like it nor because it makes Christ followers or those are not at present, repelled by such texts. It simply says what Jesus Christ Himself (in terms of the four Gospels) said.

You don’t get it both ways- believe in Jesus but erase His hard words because they often mean we must change, must accept God and indeed His judgment like it or not… or we (as I say constantly) become our own false deity. False. Deity.

Wrestle with Scripture. Be formed by it. Or pretend He didn’t say or mean what He said and meant. There are plenty of exits but only one Door of the sheep -His name is Jesus Christ.

The last thing we need is to cherry pick His words to us. As for us and –our-words which we are tempted to hold as so very important, sometimes versus HIS? This:

“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12.36

I blow it with my words all the time, repent a great deal for it! He doesn’t have to even when we want to dismiss, eliminate, throw them out due to the wrestling pain factor of His Words -which will be remembered forever unlike mine and yours.

Things to consider perhaps…

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Doing God’s Service?? (Part 2)

Years ago a church attender brought a stark and truthful comment to a church-fight dispute over issues of church government, doctrine and methodology. He simply said “Well we’ve progressed. Back in the day they killed one another over this sort of stuff.” He was correct.

From Cain and Abel right through the Old Testament, the split between Israel and Judah where 10 tribes went one direction and 2 the other, among the Jews as Jesus walked on earth various religious, political, economic divides produced bitter disagreement between parties (for example Pharisees, Sadducees, etc.).

One can find ample evidence of European Protestant vs. Catholic wars where actual armies faced one another in lethal combat, fueled inquisitions, incited France, England, Scotland, Ireland and other “tribes” in to-the-death battles. I say again, religious doctrine, methodology, economics, power over people, wealth and geography and actual political control by which economic gains were either kept or acquired regularly formed major elements of this same old recipe.

In the early colonization of Canada the battles continued for decades and though now while the nation is generally peaceful, the discord has not fully abated re. Francophone and English heritage -and each of those tribes with regard to First Nations people and their legitimate concerns.

In some of the earlier colonies of what is now the United States we literally see small armies from Massachusetts coming very close to fully invading Rhode Island over such matters. The Puritans tired of exploitation themselves came to the new continent exploiting property, flora and fauna eventually seeking to defend their people and assets in wars with Native peoples- and took up arms against those colonists with whom they disagreed over theology and practice as well as who allied with which Native American tribes.

The American Revolution was a revolution against England, it’s King -and a fair number of English “patriots” fled to Canada or quietly supported the Crown while American “patriots” sought -you guessed it, see the above “ingredients”.

I won’t bore the reader with discussion of countless other armed and often deadly “skirmishes”, wars and so-called “police actions” but in the end the American Civil War stands out as a prime example splitting families, states and churches, even entire denominations. Some in our time would love to see another such event or at least something similar. Not me. I’m not convinced faith in Jesus and killing another human who also professes faith in Jesus has anything whatsoever to do with biblical faith, hope, love, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and certainly not about obeying His commands to “love your neighbor as yourself’ much less “love your enemies”.

Regardless of your stance on other matters involved, how does one square blatant discard of these two commands of Christ?

I’ll tell you how straight-up:

—Justify imprisonment and even death to others in the name of your personal “liberty and justice for me” -but not truly “for all.”

—Decide “he/she/they” aren’t “real and true” Christians, they’re lost, unsaved, likely predestined to damnation. This is in part how the history of Christian martyrs came to be. Not only did professing Christians verbally deride others who did not hold such faith positions as they, but in particular tortured and killed other professing followers of Jesus!

—Either remember or truly study and learn that it was professing believers in Jesus who tortured and burned other professing believers at the stake.

—“Our righteous cause: at ALL COSTS. NO quarter. Grace for us, hell for them. Justify the kingdom of self – ours, never theirs.”

—Downplay your responsibility and use every possible set of words to blame-shift: “It’s THEIR responsibility, not ours! That’s why we must apply such drastic measures!”

Conclusion? Whether “they” are pure in doctrine (according to our own imperfect and often impure, self-righteous standards) now allows us freedom to persecute our so-called (“fake”) Christian enemies.

These are some of the how’s… when and where it’s happened in human and church history.

Now as to un-Christianizing others? Last time I checked none of us has a copy of the Lamb’s Book of Life.

If there is any reaping what we sow we’d best remember what Jesus commanded: “All will know you are my disciples by your love one for another.” Note He did not say “fully and in complete agreement with one another”, did He?

Too few professing Christians (I don’t know whether they are true Christ-followers or not) have neglected these for sake of maintaining or accumulating ever more personal gain.

Several Bible texts come to mind re. these matters-

Luke 9.51 Now when the time was approaching for Him to be taken up [to heaven], He was determined to go to Jerusalem [to fulfill His purpose]. 52 He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went into a Samaritan village to make arrangements for Him; 53 but the people would not welcome Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem. 54 When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them [and He said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are; 56(a) for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”]

Matthew 26.52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place; for all those who habitually draw the sword will die by the sword.

And finally, again (in Amplified) John 13.35 “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

Faith, hope and love? Nada. Fear and rage often inspire people to unload. It’s high time we lay our carnal weapons down lest we bury our neighbor and our faith with them.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Culture, Community as Idol

Only, and I repeat only “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” -Hebrews 13.8 Also consider verse 14 “For here we have no permanent city, but we are looking for the one which is to come.”

You can fall into this state of making an idol of any culture or community at 16, 46 or 86 years of age -but after living awhile it’s either easier or more difficult to do. Why?

No culture, no group of people you may deeply appreciate and relate to died on the cross for you, rose again, calls you by name, even promises you a new name (Rev. 3.12, etc.) eternally. My guess is any chosen culture or community that is not literally in heaven before God Himself is transient, temporal, subject to change. We are often extremely uncomfortable with change, but nobody will enter the literal kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven unchanged. That change must begin now- and that’s why Jesus said none of us can serve two masters. One King. One. Nahhh… we so often choose an idol or two or three -rather than respond in faith, love and obedience to the Only One we cannot create a false idol out of.

So what prompted this particular blog was inspired by a very solid, meaningful article: “In Search of Lost Tribes” https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/music/in-search-of-lost-tribes

The author nailed it. And for me, Jesus nailed it literally- one cannot find in another human nor even another group of them neither in the culturally-loved and shared stuff anything of absolute agape and permanence that only God can give, that only Who God Himself IS.

I completely related to the writer’s experiences on another level, from both shared and other cultures in my lifetime. For me a shortlist includes:

-Childhood in quiet sparsely populated rural areas, outside of small towns in Wisconsin farm country

-Suburban Milwaukee living, mostly school or out w. friends running around the neighborhood or small semi-rural areas nearby

-Hanging out, then living in inner-city Milwaukee poor, Black neighborhood

-(A) Living and serving in Christian community/ministry 24×7 travelling through Midwest, South, then a Florida university town

-(B) Continuing travel world-wide as a performing musician and since early Spring 1973 Chicago’s inner city Uptown neighborhood is my home

-Doing countless shows in rock and/or blues and/or biker’s and church-related gigs, jails and prisons world-wide

As I’ve often mentioned, I’m truly as comfortable in inner cities as I am in thick woods or alongside streams, lakes and fields.

Too many folks with too little experience or at some points as harsh as it may sound, actual idolatry of their chosen culture is part of what rips marriages, families, sometimes even nations apart. Such worship of one’s creature preferences of custom in our day has so stained a genuine Christ-focused-and-following GOOD NEWS of relationship to Him that I wonder if others recognize it as such?

What I do know is what I began this post with: if we will not yield up our “golden calves”, though it feels like anything but grace, God will see to it they are sacrificed according to our need. In the end it’s what HE chooses, HIS kingdom and HIS plan that succeeds when all our cultural icons change and ultimately evaporate.

The old song offers wisdom plenty sadly disregard: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus / Look full in His wonderful face / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.”

I suggest not only we but also our neighbors would greatly benefit from us learning to hold our cultural and community preferences lightly because in the end, they too will end when God ends this world as we now know it.

Perhaps things worth considering?

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Balance in an Unbalanced World

In the event someone wonders about my sanity- and if you read my blog posts over the years at glennkaiser.com I’d not question your wondering… ha!- well you likely know how very serious I can be about a number of things.

You’d also likely notice, if you thought about it much, that I’ve many interests in both really serious issues that affect people’s lives as well as just plain ol’ fun/hobby/pleasure-giving stuff.

From Jesus to cigarbox guitar and making little gits from junk, to social justice matters, the prison system and over to flowers and nature in general, from discussions about life-and-death concerns, spirituality and playing with Linux operating systems what I hope people will notice is my own attempts toward balance.

A scriptural false balance is about dishonest weights and measures re. food and such in the marketplace during biblical times. That is, honesty, integrity vs. defrauding people, ripping them off. Yet there is also that concept of sheer, core balance, a true evening up via a fulcrum on the device used to weigh.

How easy it is to allow our individual internal, natural DNA to shift us more to one side than the other. In this time of political and infection upheaval, economic and other insecurities and even death and loss how difficult it is for some to even consider balance! It’s understandable that it’s not always easy even in the best of times…

My thought today is that those being beat up, put up against the wall via racism, injustice and memory jogs about hundreds of years of lynching and other brutality -need to take breaks lest we break! Somehow, some way we need hobbies, a walk in a safe place, somewhere to sit and chill and not overload ourselves mentally and emotionally to the extent we add greater weight upon ourselves until we cannot be productive in true and legitimate fights worth fighting.

These days I hear and read the term “exhausted” more than ever during my lifetime. Stress, anxiety, worry, fear and simply trying to make a living, dealing with rancor and even family, church and long-time friends parting ways or simply being locked down and more distant than ever all take a toll on us. How could they not?

Trained pro boxers are taught many ways to move, bob, jab, defend, use the ring and ropes, learn many punches worth throwing in terms of strategy to outlast the fight. One particular item is that of timing. Timing. “There is a time for every purpose under heaven”. Wise and obvious truth, that.

On the other hand we cannot merely do as some and go fly a kite, veg out at the beach or lake, garden or play video games while Rome and all too many of it’s people burn. Understand, I’m not talking about escapism but rather sane, wise engagement and at times proper disengagement in terms of self-care. Balance.

We need to do the work God placed us on earth to do as well as find, accept, create times of refreshing in His Spirit and be aware of God leading us to what Psalm 23 calls “still waters”. Balance: love in action along with Sabbath rest. Loving neighbor -as we love ourself”.

I suggest this is how to keep pace in a world which often seems to swallow people merely by our living in it.

God give us grace to seek and walk more in balance so that we are able to be effective in sharing active, loving, sacrificial service for those in need as well as taking time to sit at His feet, putting ours into cool water and enjoying moments of stress-free peace.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn

U.S. Class System?

Have you ever considered why the U.S., ECC and other states use sanctions to exact change in other nations? Because allowing or restricting trade, enriching via finances works and sways people. It’s about power. If it never had affect and never worked nations wouldn’t bother to use the “wealth leverage” tactic.

Further, have you ever thought about the classic, historical, standard- method dictators have used to get into, stay in and hold on to power, sometimes for decades? $$$$$$$$ and control of the military, police and “security services” y’all. Consider also that those already IN power have the greatest ability to rig elections and remain so (ala Belarus as I type in August, 2020). At the top of this pile are those using these exact methods, in various ways paying off and returning favors much as organized crime does -under the table and thereby continuing in control as leaders of the ruling class.

None of this is rocket science nor is it easily refuted in modern and not-so-modern history.

So what’s the classic def. of “ruling class”? “The ruling class is the social class of a given society that decides upon and sets that society’s political agenda.” The two words defined: “an official or authoritative decision, decree, statement, or interpretation (as by a judge on a point of law) and the adjective def.- exerting power or authority, the ruling party, CHIEF, PREDOMINATING, generally prevailing.”

In our nation, states, counties, cities, villages and rural areas the exact same definition applies.

Those with the most money, land ownership, corporate/business ownership have the most political influence, swing elections thereby affecting laws, law change or complete ending of a given law and aside from judges being voted in or out, appointments of judges at many levels of the courts. It is rare for things to go any other way and this, my friends is about class and influence.

Especially in our representative republic democracy: money and election laws, gerrymandering, redlining and corruption including propaganda pandering to the voter base “wins”.

Regardless of church government this is often (thank God not always!) the case in principle among churches as it is in the nation. The real/actual power is in the hands of those financing X, Y or Z.

Those with the most money and other power/influence are the defacto ruling class.

This is why making “rules” is so important for those who are not in that class.

It is also why voting is so important. There may come a day when your voice via a vote isn’t so easy to cast. Guess who would be most concerned about their lo$$ with regard to your ability to freely vote in -any- election process -unless of course you vote for them?

We don’t need conspiracy theories, news channels or our best friends to tell us what long history of our own nation and other nations’ historical record tells us again and again. What we do need is to use our brains, speak, act and stand for equity for ALL people regardless of finances and social standing… and if there is an accent on a people group, in regard to Jesus and the entirely of The Bible I’d say the poor and “the least of these” had better be that accent and slant as they certainly are in scripture.

In the end God rules -meanwhile on this planet we need to wake up and do diligence.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Options, Amendments, Commands

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

My thoughts about these two pieces of writ for many years and to this day are in very brief, as follows:

Rules, including the rule of law -as much as I and most agree are needed, helpful and useful to keep public order and peace among any population- fly in the face of grace, mercy, openness to another point of view and in fact put borders and boundaries around our freedom/s.

Ignorant persons, or liars, or self-righteous folks may say (and do say) true liberty can only happen when there is zero law. Regardless where you live on planet earth and/or spiritual beliefs and practices, you as I and all of us are flawed, imperfect, prone to break at least some of the very laws we appreciate and dearly want enforced upon others.

You may argue whether The Bible is literally perfect but I can argue that neither of the two pieces I quote here are either perfect nor eternal. Jesus tells us His words will “NEVER pass away.”

How the Constitution is interpreted, enforced and adjudicated like how the Bible is interpreted and applied (or not) is the issue, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Isn’t that the case my friends (and if you happen to be, enemies)?!

The Bible, the U.S. Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag each direct us to ideals, concepts, stated positions and indeed laws (or in the sense of the Allegiance) at core, call us to commitment.

As to the Constitution and Pledge, I cannot say I disagree with them -to a point, mind you… and yet the interpretation of any of them as per The Bible becomes fraught with the possibility to demand ever more law and enforcement by others -over- us, therefore becoming paramount even over biblical love, mercy and justice.

Honestly, how willing are we to consider and recognize our own lack of love, mercy and justice? A clean mirror of our attitudes, treatment of -all-, actual implementation of these virtues in our daily life will tell us a lot about where our true commitment truly is.

Again, we break laws every day, each and all of us, therefore my position is that we had best “err in mercy and grace” or what we claim to be justice becomes akin to dictatorship where any sense of true liberty is something and somewhere else.

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” ESV

“But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].” AMP

James 1.25 puts God’s Word and our loving response to Him and our neighbor far over any Constitution or Pledge as much as you may think them good.

The Greek word translated “perfect” means “complete, brought to it’s end, finished, mature.”

I and each of us have a long way to go for such maturity to happen in our life. I am convinced the Word of God is the roadmap to there and to eternity when the nations of the earth as we now know them will no will longer exist. That day is coming.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

READ?? Whuuut?!

I get it, and personally love digital, on or offline video clips, audio music, podcasts and studying via them. Have for years. Watch and listen to most of my music on YouTube and SoundCloud. But I read a ton daily. Here’s how and why.

First, I just installed Libby on my mobile phone and will do so on my Kindle soon. Free library books via a free app are sooooo good for study, fun, learning.

https://libbyapp.com/welcome

I find I’m very much a visual learner but the -why- I read a ton via a massively wide selection of websites is because I love people. I want to really do my best to hear their heart and sometimes a slow. even repeated (lines, paragraphs) read is for me a huge help to that end. Patience and focus is required of course.

Further, I may think they’re crazy, flat-out wrong or far above my own ability to comprehend their actual meaning in terms of their use of video, audio or writing, but reading what they write often gets me there because unless they’re mega-symbolic with terms and phrases, words on a page (literal or digital) tend to give me a better chance at accuracy and giving them the benefit of the doubt.

All of us are judged by our words and artists just as much by what folks deem the qualities or lack of them via our artistic offerings. As I just mentioned, regardless of mode including the art of writing, style and symbolism may confuse while in my opinion similes and metaphors in several phrases and paragraphs of a written piece often “ring the bell” for me whether I may agree with them or not.

In the art of communication it seems to me empathy toward others comes from my ability and effort at trying to best understand THEIR meaning, not what I may think they mean or meant.

There are many other aspects related to this of course! Writing is perhaps the most difficult thing I do and I don’t think I’m much good at it, but then I read amazing bits of writing on occasion that after several tries, leave me thinking “What an amazing gift of word play… and makes not a lick of sense to me. I wonder what she/he was trying to say?!” Sometimes of course it’s my lack of brain cells, education, perhaps even bias. Sometimes they’re just excellent writers adept at using words like paints, chalk or crayons… brilliant stuff… yet lousy communicators of content. But as usual, I digress…

We are living in a time when the patience of reading folk’s thoughts has at least in many ways, been given the heave-ho due to visual and audio modes of presentation. I’m thankful we have all of these methods because they can all be helpful toward better understanding one another.

So I’m LOVING Libby and right now, Buddy Guy’s (famous Chicago bluesman) book. Like life, rough, dealing with racism, faith and hopefully better understanding of how someone other than I think and journey through it all.

Perhaps these things are worth consideration? If you’ve read this far, perhaps we even agree on a few things, ha!!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Doing God’s Service?? (Part 1)

In William Barclay’s John 16.1-4 commentary are words for all times including ours! While (as usual) I do not completely agree with all
of Barclay’s (or Smith’s or Henry’s also quoted here) positions he surely knew his biblical Greek and was a deep scholar of world, church and Jewish history. Sobering, accurate words:

“One of the tragedies of religion has been that men have so often
thought that they were serving God by persecuting those whom they
believed to be heretics. No man ever more truly thought that he was
serving God than Paul did, when he was trying to eliminate the name of
Jesus and to wipe out the Church (Acts 26:9-11). The torturers and
judges of the Spanish Inquisition have left a name which is loathed;
yet they were quite sure that they were serving God by torturing
heretics into accepting what they considered to be the true faith. As
they saw it, they were saving men from hell. “O Liberty.” said Madame
Roland, “what crimes are committed in thy name!” And that is also true
of religion. It happens, as Jesus said, because they do not recognize
God. The tragedy of the Church is that men have so often laboured to
propagate their idea of religion; they have so often believed that
they have a monopoly of God’s truth and grace.” -William Barclay

“The true church of Jesus Christ has suffered persecution through the years, and most of the persecution has come from religious zealots. Paul said concerning the Jews that they had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. ” -Chuck Smith

“Those that know Christ know that he came not into the world to destroy men’s lives, but to save them; that he rules by the power of truth and love, not of fire and sword. Never was such a persecuting church as that which makes ignorance the mother of devotion.” -Matthew Henry

I’ll post a follow-up to this (Part 2, already written) in a day or two. Sigh…

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

Communists, Socialists, Oligarchy

So after reading plenty of thin and mega-freak-out arguments from folks (not addressed to nor about myself by the way) I thought it might be time to tell you what history told me some 40 years and more ago.

For all who want to discuss Marx, Engels, Soviet, Chinese, N. Korean, Cuban or other such styles of communism as well as socialism (not the same though not unrelated) consider:

A dictatorship under any “ism” is yet a dictatorship. The U.S. does not nor has ever had a King, Emperor or dictator. IF we care about the vote and voting processes being really true and fair, gerrymandering by ANY party and any form of blocking ANY vote by the people in federal, state or local elections will be fully outlawed and enforced as the crime it is. Dismantle the vote and welcome the fuhrer of your “choice”. So much for those forms of communism which as you must know only truly allowed one party and either you supported the honcho provided (one and only) you ended up in prison or worse.

Secondly the socialist movement did -to a degree- align with early communists in the U.S. while in the streets most “socialists” were merely poor workers. There were anarchists but as now, a very small number of them armed and dangerous.

As usual mega-corporation money kings controlled the system by bankrolling politicians and influencing labor practices, laws, health and safety (or NOT) of children, women and of course male adult workers including work hours and pay rates.

Socialist ideas, press and groups began to organize not to “overthrow America” but to ease suffering and unfair and often harsh business practices by the wealthy who owned them and dictated policy. They accomplished it via demonstrations, the media of that time and by essentially demanding and eventually gaining more fair labor practices, laws and law changes that most in the U.S enjoy and take for granted to this very day. Many were beaten, indeed shot and killed in the streets in the process.

Pin the tail on the correct donkey: pander to those with the most money therefore power and you have no unions. “”But corruption in the unions, the mob and so forth!”?? YES. So… dressed-up corporate and political corruption is clean and pristine? I don’t think so. You likely don’t think so either if you’re honest.

Unless you have the money and means, if you are dirt poor and cannot afford to move elsewhere you’re stuck living where you live. You may hate it and want out, but this is where both rural and urban poor are often entrapped in places they would never choose if not for lack of funds and means. ALL do -not- simply end up there due to their own sin, laziness or personal corruption.

Like DNA, some sickness is inherited and many of “the least of these” in our land have inherited diseases brought on by unjust laws and the corruption money and power of status-quo leaders have passed on to them much like the blankets infested with smallpox taken to Native Americans back in the day. Some love to chat the myth racism has nothing to do with it -and the vast majority of those singing that song are white.

If you really want to know what I think about all this, history -and I mean layers of it written spanning more than a century underscores what I have written here. So here I stand.

In my and a long list of others views, Marx’s positions though in some measure inspired based on his theological studies in the Book of Acts and other Bible texts, were flawed from the onset as all human systems of government are. Note, “are“, not “might be”.

The current state of “all or nothing” and “no quarter nor admission of anything negative about OUR way of governing” in the U.S. is a horrible climate for liberty, peace or prosperity -unless you’re already in the driver’s seat.

Lastly- for all who claim the horrors of Russian interference which to this day stinks of neo-communist oligarchy and worse (Crimea anyone?), all who decry “leftist liberals” as the commie-socialist boogie-men/women: I ask you who is it who continually publicly states he accepts what Putin says as truth when intelligence expert after intelligence agency says he’s flat-wrong about Putin?! And you’re worried about liberals selling our country out to communism?

A word worth learning in our time is “oligarchy”: “government by the few, a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes, such people may be distinguished by nobility, wealth, education, corporate, religious, political, or military control, especially by a small faction of persons or families, those making up such a government.”

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn