Thursday, June 26, 2008

Setting the Table for the Axis of Evil

When I was a kid, one of the first stories I learned in church was about that guy Jesus and this short guy named Zacchaeus. I heard about Zacchaeus many, many times, and I assume most folks raised in a church do as well. Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and--as I've learned growing-up--people who collect taxes are not well liked by anybody.

Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus while he was visiting Zacchaeus' hometown. He was short, so he climbed up into a tree to get a better view. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus, he ordered him to get out of the tree and arrange to have Jesus over as a guest. People got pissed off; why would Jesus want to eat at a tax collector's house, as opposed to all the good lads in the town?

Is it not the goal of a Christian to act like Christ? Did Christ not just invite himself to dine with his enemy: a sinner and person disliked by most everybody?

Shouldn't the president of a "Christian" nation strive to act like Christ, like all the Christians in that nation ought to be doing? That president should take the bold move, dine with his enemies, not threaten them or actually execute them. Perhaps if that doesn't work... well, he's not Christ, but that's what he has armies for, but isn't it worth the shot?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


At the moment you can stand up, look fear in the face--at that moment you have separated from it, and at that moment, you are free from it.

Once it can be seen for what it's worth and what it is, all body and might, its effects and strengths are clear. While it is something else, what is left is rational, at least within its own context.