Posted by: The Amoeba | May 21, 2010

Note To A Christian Nation

I’ll keep my guns, freedom, and money. You can keep the “change”.

      – Bumper sticker
         (apparently associated with the Palin 2012 presidential campaign)

“Among my people are wicked men
who lie in wait like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps to catch men.

Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
they have become rich and powerful

and have grown fat and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it,
they do not defend the rights of the poor.

Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?

“A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:

The prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?”

           – Jeremiah 5: 26-31 (New International Version)

Jeremiah (and also Ezekiel) preached that Judean society in the 6th century BCE was so burdened by faction, class warfare, and the alienation of individual citizens (“I’ll keep my guns …”), it had no chance of overcoming those burdens in time to mount an effective resistance against a foreign enemy.

Indeed, in a series of assaults conducted while Jeremiah and Ezekiel were still proclaiming their messages, the Neobabylonian armies of Nebuchadnezzar II overwhelmed Jerusalem. And Judah ceased to exist as a nation.

Lest we forget.

  – O Ceallaigh
Copyright © 2010 Felloffatruck Publications. All wrongs deplored.
All opinions are mine as a private citizen.

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Responses

  1. Good reminder. Usually Jeremiah’s only quoted to hold up the sinfulness of abortion.

    • Dawg, it’s sometimes helpful actually to read the book from which you’re quoting. Jeremiah, I reckon, would have had nothing to say about abortion, but would have been plenty in the face of the demagogues, on both sides, who were fanning the debate for their own personal benefit.

  2. Of course not. There is a portion in Jeremiah where J and God debate whether Jeremiah is up to being a prophet and God says “before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” to mean “who’s in charge here” except that on posters it means “abortion should be illegal.”

    Which was kind of the point of his Lamentations, now that I think about it.

    • I wonder if those who put up the posters know just how thin is the ice upon which they’re skating. Given the tight adherence of these people to the King James version of the Bible, and the meaning which that Bible assigns to the verb “to know”. In the ensuing argument over whether the Judeo-Christian God is the ultimate pedophile priest, the only thing aborted will be the ability of persons of sense to take seriously any claim that Jeremiah 1 is about abortion.

  3. We might be the confused one. Maybe the purpose of reading is quotation.

  4. Oh, and that was frickin’ gross, dude.


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