Thursday, January 20, 2005

Jesus Appears at Inaugural Ceremony

My close friend and partner against the terror tactics of the far-right, Marie sent me the link to 10000jesuses.org, saying that it provided her with a bit of levity on a day so fraught with frustration. The goal of the organization was simple: show up at today's innaguration clad in long hair and flowy robes bearing signs like "Who Would I torture?", "Who Would I Bomb?" and "I never owned an M-16" in order to show Washington's warped theocrats that despite his invocation of "traditional American morals" during campaign time, President Bush's policy, both foreign and domestic "is diametrically opposed to everything taught in the New Testament".

How's that for creative organizing?
Check out what these folks have to say: I'm sure you'll agree that Jesus would be proud!

from the website:

Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor," and "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's." He did not say, "Ensure the wealthiest elite in our nation get the easiest tax load; especially when this cuts funding to educational and health programs that help the poor."

Jesus said, "Turn the other cheek." He did not say, "Drop 500 lbs bombs on the civilization centers of ancient Mesopatamia." Nor did Jesus say, "torture prisoners in a sexually humiliating manner to advance the cause of nation building. Or, shoot wounded soldiers in the head while they lie before you, supine and desperate."

Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." He did not say, "Condemn those who disagree with you as being Godless heathens who will be thrust into the bowels of hell for not accepting Jesus as their personal saviour."

Jesus said, "I pass judgement on no man," He did not say, "Judge all those whose religion you do not understand or whose sexuality you fear."

Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment: love one and other." He did not say, "love only people who go to church." Nor did he say, "love only white, non-gay, Christian borne-again Americans with good grooming habits and no history of pre-marital sexual relations." He did not say, "Love only people who may know the verses of the Bible, but who have forgotten how to throw the merchants out of the temple and so support one of the most repressive and intolerant regimes in America's history."

Jesus never said that. Neither should the evangelicals.

61 Comments:

Blogger Hollambeeee said...

...and amen!

9:06 PM  
Blogger G. Cornelius Harris said...

Good post...I'll keep you posted

2:00 AM  
Blogger negronius said...

Jesus, you gotta love him or cross him.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus should strike you down.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

If Jesus was the vengeful, wrathful, violent patriarch you seem to imagine him to be, perhaps he would do just that. Luckily for all of us, he's not.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus is more closer and powerful then I thought. THIS MAN IS TIGHT!!

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have become more closer to jesus than I thought. HE IS MY PERSINAL SAVIOR!!

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bit he did say homosexuality, premaritial sex is a sin

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After he told the woman caught in adultury that she was forgiven, he also told her to "go, and sin no more." Jesus has abundant grace for all, but that doesn't mean he condones sin. God loves us all more deeply than we can imagine, but it doesn't mean that we can believe anything we want and still be correct, nor can we behave any way we want and still be physically, spiritually and emotionally healthy.

Remember that the same Jesus who said to "judge (condemn) not." also said that he is the only way to the Father (John 14:6).

Just some things to think about.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Anon.

Brad Harris

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Vladimir said...

Jesus is my personal savior, and if not for the son of god, we would be toast!

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

after night,afeter day

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful for Jesus Christ who died for our sins by dying on the cross and I love him with all my heart. I think all you out there should say and think the same thing because Jesus Christ is our Savior and he will come on the last day to take us to heaven which is more beautiful than you can even imagine. There is no place on earth that can match heaven in a million years. Heaven is such a glorious place. When I die I will go there because I know Jesus is there for me. I love Jesus. I believe in Him. I trust in Him. I put Him first above all things.

Amen

Nathan Jung

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus tried his best to ween away people from Egoistic Establishmentarianism and crass Commercialism into a delectable gravy of Actionable Humanism and Austere Spiritualism, all 2000 odd years back. Many in his path are still trying......with some luck, barely reportable!

Good post and effort nevertheless. Keep it up!

5:05 PM  
Blogger brightmoorjournal said...

joe of brightmoor journal, a different user: i thank you for your good sense. it is hurtful to see religion twisted up so much so often in so many places. please continue your good work.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Erik Nethken said...

Jesus is Lord Of Lords and King of Kings - savior and ONLY TRUE GOD! Larry, to protest Bush and policy with statements like "I never owned an M16" is completely idiotic. Jesus was not a mere mortal man in a man's army, a police officer or working in any other such capacity. The Apostle Peter carried a sword as a disciple, the modern equivalent to carrying a gun everywhere you go. Everything these 10000 Jesus people are saying are not in line with the Bible either. If it wasn't for people like Bush or millions of others owning and using their M16's you would not have the freedom you have to "blog" all over the internet. And yes God loves you Larry. God also loves homosexuals – but hates homosexuality.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your an idiot

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have no idea what you're talking about

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Erik Nethken said...

Your so sure I'm an idiot and that I have no idea what I'm talking about - that's why your comments are "Anonymous" - of course!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Jon B said...

Right on brother E!

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Don Appleman said...

Larry, I hear what I think you're trying to say (I guess). However much you attempt to place your personal "spin" on the divine word of God only wastes time...time that could've been spent giving thanks for another breath He's given you. I personally am a complex man trying to live a more simplified life...my belief system however, is based upon the eternal (and infernal) word of God. However simple it may sound, God's word is the singlemost complex thing I've ever crossed.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Don Appleman said...

Brother E is obviously a mad genius of the Nth degree!

Rock on bro E...keep on with the love of the Lord!

6:11 AM  
Anonymous T Bone said...

I agree with Erik and Donald. They break it down 4 reals!

6:15 AM  
Anonymous don appleman said...

Larry, you obviously have been poisoned by your elitist education. What I suggest, if I may do so, is for you to get off your hierarchal high horse and get a real job, perhaps delivering pizzas to the poor...

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Paperchase said...

Ye-Aight! Big D's got all his Apples lined up like a Big Dog!
He got da Juice!

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Jon B said...

Slappit down D!

6:38 AM  
Anonymous T-bone luscious said...

Larry, you're obviously not the son of a sharecropper who can claim that he's been so "beat down" by society that the resentment towards "white america" has forced the very foundation of your personal faith to crumble before your very eyes...you seem more capable and more able than to waste your obvious intellectual gift on this preposterous web blog. Don't do this to yourself Larry!!! You got into Princeton for goodness sakes!!!! Use the brain that God gave you and quit acting like you evolved from a friggin monkey!!!!!!

6:43 AM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

Thanks a million for your thoughtful comments, guys. I appreciate the opportunity to dialogue with each of you!

erik: i've responded to your comments in my most recent blogpost. you can find it here: http://larrylyons2.blogspot.com/2005/08/attack-of-praya-haters.html

T-bone, don appleman: I haven't forgotten about you! I'll respond to your comments shortly. Stay tuned!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Tam H said...

I see that some of you are judging each other when you already know and have expressed you shouldn't judge (that is God's job). Please respect one another and each thought. Be kind.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Paperchase said...

t-bone luscious: Yuz bout to get it started up in here - I'm not down wit your coments about "friggen monkeys" - you need love girl - don't be a hater! Don't mess with Larry - holmes.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Jon B said...

You all are crazy..."t bone luscious"? - come on now...I want to here more what Brother E and Brother D think! Preach on!

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Paperchase said...

Larry - just playin bout the Larry Holmes remark bro - but ey we got to spread love to these foos!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

sorry for the delay. the afdorementioned post will be available on monday. (i'm currently promoting a party i'm hosting).
in the meantime, feel free to check out my recent commentary (one poem, one prose) on the role of sexuality in the fall of man. larrylyons2.blogspot.com

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Bill A. Smith III said...

Donald Appleman, you seem like a very intelligent man, please continue with your spell binding commentary, slap-stip spin on life and your delitful, witty juggling of ideas.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Don A said...

Bill, thanks for encouraging my mad rant. I'm sad to mention that you misspelled delightful...obviously a man who subscribes to THE Larry Lyons Experience should have the fifth grade capacity to spell correctly, especially if you're planning to make fun of life's little illusionarisms...Love, Don

4:10 AM  
Anonymous Paperchase said...

Yuz a language pimp DA!

4:13 AM  
Anonymous Don A said...

Larry D. it's T-Bone Don A here...please don't forget about me...do you actually attend Princeton? Brother E used to go there before he crossed that line.

4:13 AM  
Anonymous Don A said...

Bill, I apologize if I got too bent out of shape...it's that darn Erik N...dag nab hippy...I wish that Erik N would have the guts to intellectually face me!!!!!!1

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Don A said...

Paperchase, thanks for the mad props....however, I need to get back to my real life posting mad blogs on Larry L's site.

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Miss Yuky Hashi said...

Lets all love each other over the flowing internet waves friends, brothers and sisters of The Green Planet. We must not harm eachother with hurtfull words. Remember Larry is watching...

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Paperchase said...

I'm feeling this...

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Yuri Salingsky said...

I think you're feeling the green planet move oh so subtle under your buttocks

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Dre said...

Ya'll about to make me bust out with some super dope rhymes, yo

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Dre said...

Miss Yuky,

I could use some ukelele lessons, could you tell me where to get some in Hoboken?

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Paperchase said...

I like Sushi...

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Don A said...

Brother Erik E, quit hiding out under that Harvard degree of yours and show yourself!

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IDIOTS!!!!!!!!

4:33 AM  
Anonymous T-Bone luscious said...

Sushi for your tushi!

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Erik E said...

if you're anonymous, then ya must be an idiot!

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Erik Nethken said...

I don't want anyone to confuse "erik e" with me. I have not called anyone an "idiot". In my first comment I only called the actions idiotic, not the people. I do not believe in calling people names. Do to some of the immature comments this will be my last message. It's OK to have fun however this is a serious subject. Anyway Larry, I do appreciate your time, keep growing in your faith.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

the new post is up.
http://larrylyons2.blogspot.com/2005/08/attack-of-praya-haters.html

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Lyons...you lookin fly on yer web site, whomes

3:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry , you looking about as flie as Erik N be up in this mug

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yuz a pimp LL!

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pimpin like a stimpin pimp, yo

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pimp on LL! I say pimp if yer a pimp, but don't be no ho if ya just got to go solo so that Brother E knows that he's no so ho from SoHo, you know?

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two "L's" Cris - we gonna' mack it funny style...

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wat is the point to this??? r u mocking the Lord or r u spearding the word??? about Heaven and Jesus.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont under stand u people~~~ try reading the NIV bible and pray up, pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus is the reality, u juss dont c him but hes here! try reading the bible and pray. and try to go to a presbyterian church!. dont go to a church where they dont talk about Jesus! Jesus is Love and Love is wat brought us here. and SEX is not love. STAY STRONG FOR CHRIST LOVE IS ETERNAL AND THAT IS WAT KEEPS US ALIVE! LET AS LIVE FOR HIM! HE DIED FOR US! TAKE YUR CROSS! I LOVE ALL OF U PEOPLE! juss noe theres SOMEONE WHO WILL ALWAYS LOVE U!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

the point is to
a. draw attention to a group that i believe to be doing some noteworthy critical work.
b. to generate discussion about how well the interests of religious right cohere with the message of Jesus Christ.

I'm not mocking Jesus, I'm quoting him and challenging self-proclaimed Christians to live by his examples.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooo thats nice!!! and yeah this is the same guy from the 2 comments on the top. so r u christian? do u have aim?

9:25 PM  

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