Free Paris Hilton– What does she need to be freed from? If this was anyone within the general populous there would be no anger, uproar, or petition. What about the hundreds of folks sitting on death row or the millions of truly oppressed in the world, are they going to be freed? Get over it and serve your sentence. You are lame and your money has gone to your head. How out of touch are you? I am amazed at the level of admiration this woman has reached for being oppressive, condescending, and lame.
The war on Terror (Iraq)– So far the American tax payers have spent an estimated 425 billion dollars in Iraq to establish democracy, find WMD, free the oppressed, and beat back the terror horde that messes with American freedom. This figure rises about three thousand dollars a second.
This means that every man, woman, and child owes around $1500 to support the war effort. I am not sure about you but I have better things to do than to spend $1500 on killing people, destabilizing a country, region, and world, and there is the subsidizing of industrial profit by the dominate defense industry. I wonder if they follow the idea, “that the best defense is a good offense?” It would explain a lot. I wonder what the families of the approximately 100,000 Iraqis killed think about our salvific actions in their country.
We could have created over 7 million new jobs in public education. We could have distributed this money to strengthen the infrastructure of this nation by improving roads, power consumption, health care, and emergency management. This would have created jobs while strengthening this nation. This would have also been the responsible thing to do. I cannot wait until all the oil runs out.
Institutional Oppression– I am tired of Christianity selecting, who is “saved”, elect, or welcome to the table. I fear that the body of Christ is so concerned with purity, law, and rightness that it forgets that we ALL are fallen and broken. If you are perfect, righteous, or other than why do you need a relationship with Christ?
I am sick of “Christianspeak” that claims a missional posture and emerges with a new look oppression. I am tired of religious institutions across the nation, that are “open” and exclude some students from full participation in the community. What happened to love your neighbor as yourself? I guess we are afraid that God cannot work in the world so we must do it.
Is not God bigger than any form of worship we construct or follow (divinely inspired or not)? I want to stop seeking to name God. I want to encounter God. In speaking about God, I want to reach out towards the divine and become enveloped by the mystery. In naming God I seek to control and obtain power. I operate in a corrupt power structure in this profane world. It is only by the initiating power of the divine that I may encounter God at all. To proclaim any praxis, in my opinion, is a dangerous endeavor. Any earthly power corrupts; a divine power transforms the fragile finite mind with which we operate. Why is it, that encounter with God evokes a strong emotional response? Is anyone that encounters God left with a “blasé” feeling? I am not suggesting that we do not seek to encounter God and speak about our experience. I offer that in our quest to encounter the divine we must understand the dynamic of this relationship and proceed with caution towards assertion that this is the true, only, or right way God manifests in this world. God imbues us with revelation, awareness, and understanding on a corporate and individual level. We must proceed with humility, fear, and the imbued divine wisdom to mitigate further corruption. God is more than a fade, bumper sticker, idea, commodity, or battle cry.
The dependence on private motor vehicles– I wish there was a national precedent for neighborhood, metropolitan, regional, national mass transit. I wish there was an affordable means of public transportation to travel around this nation, regardless of urban and rural settings. It would be neat to not have to worry about vehicle maintenance and still be able to travel with relative freedom and ease. I may need to move to NYC.
Reality TV, The Greek System, MTV, celebrity dancers, American Idols, dramatized Biblical narratives, our focus on physical looks, the cost of food that is health verse the cost of subsidized processed foods…and last but not least sensational media coverage.