Archive for the ‘Peace Corp’ Category

Topics, today, include corporate identity, Native Americans, racism, and slander.  I expand upon a comment I shared in response to a television news report where a Federal agency having oversight on trademarks announced a ruling on the legitimacy of a name used among professional athletes.  The following statement was posted on my Facebook page (06/18/2014):

 

REDSKINS family, What’s In a Name? Given the issue is racism, it is vain (a waste of time; pointless idolatry; bollix, BS, and talking smack) to quarrel about the name of an athletic team, and offer no solutions that include dialog; learning, living, sharing, and working together; or correctly identifying goals, consequences, and opportunities for change. Invite team members to live among the peoples during off season; have team members open their homes and teepees. Offer space for training camps, sponsor education programs, however, do not keep promoting sanctimonious drivel. Lead by example and hard work in projects for genuine change. Offer a vision of the future, instead of continuing to rue the past. Just like Federal copyright registration is only ONE way to establish and protect ones ownership of patents and other intellectual property, trademark registration is not the only way to validate ones lawful ownership of logos and similar material. At best, those insisting they have a “cause” have missed the mark by choosing the wrong target. Be encouraged!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.  (Matthew 5:  9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Understanding Peace? (11/20/2013); Adversary or Servant? (11/21/2013); Unseen Sin? (06/18/2013); Bible Authors and Truth? (06/19/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Will GOD Bless My Team? (12/31/2012); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

 

For many years now, my life has been hidden in Christ; and I have been working to be known as a full-time Christian writer.  Sanctified, and set apart by the work I do, I can not now say that I personally know a single entertainer, government official, head of state, politician, college or professional athlete, corporate executive, or television evangelist anywhere in the world.  I do not have Jewish friends with whom I study Siddur, Torah, or observe the Sabbath.  Nor may I say, I personally have friends who are Native Americans.  Even so, it has been my duty to humbly offer intercession and prayer on all their behalf, on behalf of Jerusalem, on behalf of all Israel, on behalf of Washington, DC, and on behalf of all America.  With this in view, and saying what’s been said another way, I share the following counsel as one who is impartial and unengaged:

The Great Spirit, who is maker and keeper of the buffalo, who wears a rainbow about his shoulders, who hides his laughter in the rivulets and streams, the One who is Father of all pure waters, is not pleased to see new war being made upon the basis of old wounds.  Some youth who have not truly known the battles whereby they have been brought forth accuse him of their hunger and thirsts that are not yet quenched.  They grumble and moan as though the earth now shrinks and wastes away because He no longer marks a trail for justice and for truth.  The One who marked a path for the rain, the thunder, the lightning, and the hail, also is He who marks the path for peace.

Do not be deceived.  Corporations do not operate as sovereign states, or nations; and are not living entities or peoples.  Renegades and outlaws often infest them, who seek little more than 30 pieces of silver (in Bible days, the price of a dog, and the price of a whore).  Just as the NBA showed itself absurd in response to recent events (racism will not be ended by the sale of a team, and the change of its ownership), the NFL will show itself inept.  Arguments made on the basis of emotion and feeling are not the same as those rooted in law, principle and vision.  Response by the American games establishment has become as predictable as the attitude of Congress against the President of the United States whenever the Chief Executive responds to any domestic or international crisis.

Historically, racism is a disease that plagues both those operating as though superior as well as those who see themselves as victims.  The symptoms of racism always appear as denial of accountability, denial of ones involvement, and denial of gain and any continuing benefit from negative conditions.  There is no genuine grasp or understanding of the work that must be done for correction, for the victims recovery, or for the continued survival of all.  There is always refusal to respect the integrity and value for the culture, lives, and traditions of others.  Therefore, racism spreads as a poison of discontent, hate crimes, ignorance, indifference, false claims of innocence, and, finally, violence.

Genuine nobility and peace will never come through short-sighted protests.  They must come by all who live drawing closer, not by their moving far apart.  Because it is not yet truly in their spirit, neither “Hail to the Redskins,” nor “Hail to the Oneida” will be the same as “Hail to the Peacemakers.”  The echo and the whisper are cousin to the shout; what was taken as a slogan was not to be forgotten:  Blessed are the peacemakers.  The wisdom of the eagle is not to fight the currents of the air, or to seek to lift himself by his own power and strength.  The air will do the lifting where the eagle will yield and turn according to its prompting.  What he wants is not forbidden, or withheld from him.  He must know, he will never soar to see the fruits within the valley, or serve as spirit guide to those who wear the feather, by beating against the power of the winds.

So far, arguments against the continued use of “REDSKINS” seem all on the level of “common sense.”  As a result, what we have heard up to this point seems no different than the complaint that “Mother F…er,” “SOB” and similar invective are libel and slander against all women, and must be expunged from our language.  Where arguments against the team name go to the level of law enforcement, judicial action, and public tribunal, the community correctly expects a clear and detailed presentation of evidence for accountability and involvement in direct damage, for criminal intent as well as for malice and motive.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the cry of the eagle is followed by silence.  Many are still listening to hear invitations to cooperative action.  Could there be peace and a broken arrow through proposals and requests for support to the national Native American museum in Washington, DC; for grant programs to develop curriculum and research in anthropology, Native American studies, history, etc.; or for funding action programs like those of the Peace Corp to ensure resources and services for Native American communities?  Clearly, few are now upon the proper path that leads to peace, and until we walk again in brighter light, all America will keep drinking shame like water.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.  Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.  (Matthew 13:  51-52, KJV)

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Focus, today, is upon poverty, and recognizing Jesus through the service of others. Also, there is more on the need for fear of the Lord. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Joshua the Tree” (Level 2 with 393 points, a member since November 28, 2012) posted the following:

Why don’t we ever see Jesus in the Peace Corp feeding the starving children?

We never see Jesus doing anything useful. Why?

THE BATTLE AXE: A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012)—For a lasting bond to exist between two independent persons there must be peculiar acknowledges through the tone and texture of their shared contact. Because “fear” as respect, reverence and willing acknowledgment of divinity derive from the person and substance of GOD, fear buttresses and supports right relationship with GOD. By the provision of GOD incarnate, appearing as Jesus Christ, mankind is made able to experience a full acceptance of GOD in spite of the great gulf between finite creatures and their eternal Creator. The imparted, indwelling Spirit prepares ones inner nature for its transformation into that that is immortal and incorruptible. Confidence, courage, holy boldness and trust both emerge from and nourish the divine spirit, and are increasingly built up and made visible through sacred fellowship, practice, prayer, study and worship. Only those indispensable, nonnegotiable elements such as closure, finality, permanence and resolution foster and continue belief that GOD is cold, indifferent, inflexible, and unloving.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty. There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. (Proverbs 30: 8-14, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Yet, If I Judge (09/05/2012)

      “That part is yours to do.” You deserve a better answer than that; so I ask you to consider the following as advice from a mature Christian believer:

      “Seeing Jesus” or the ability to recognize spirit persons and spirit things requires what is called “discernment.” Discernment is a special consciousness established by the endowment of divinity that was deposited within all created beings and living creatures at the Creation. Through the operation of sin, the divine nature within the living has become corrupted and diminished. Sin weakens what we call “will power,” “self-will,” “volition,” and “free choice.” More than this, sin confuses divine processes that establish being, relationship and value for the created.

      The viral photograph that has been displayed showing “a random act of kindness” (a NYC police officer aiding a homeless man after purchasing shoes and sox for him), in fact, depicts many of the important aspects of service to GOD, and what it means to manifest Christ. However, unless the imparted Spirit from GOD (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy) opens ones heart and mind establishing comprehension, many important spiritual truths are missed. For example, the photograph is a rebuke to all those believers who insist that destruction, warfare and violence are the highest good out of the Qur’an. The photo is a perfect illustration of what Muhammad taught regarding jihad-al-akbar, the Greater Jihad.

      Jesus taught that “the poor are always with us.” As a divine tool to shape the hearts and minds of men, mendicancy and poverty generate humility before GOD. Poverty also permits a further revelation of divine person (e.g., compassion, goodness, love, pity). Given that poverty is also the result of addiction, dishonesty, ignorance, lack of industry, pride, self-destructiveness, and sin, the poor are also an admonition and warning to mankind. Believers are to seek the triumph of divine spirit above physical circumstances, emotions, finances, and politics. Consider again the weathering of storm Sandy.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, in the Bible we learn that “evil” is sudden and widespread change or upheaval, not sin and wickedness. GOD proclaims the divine prerogative to create evil (i.e., calamity, catastrophe, disaster). However, GOD has not created sin, and does not generate sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC