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I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Jesse Jackson doesn't Understand Christmas

Jesse Jackson once more uses religion to attack President George Bush, and once more gets it wrong. In this article from NewsMax, the "Reverend" Jackson said:

President Bush has implemented economic policies that resemble those of the Roman Empire, which forced the baby Jesus into homelessness on the night of his birth, former civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a pre-Christmas rant late Thursday.

There's only one problem with that. There is no gospel references that confirm what Jesse Jackson said. Here is Luke's account in his gospel:

Luke 2:
1 ΒΆ And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

First, Jesus wasn't born "homeless". Joseph and Mary had a home - in Nazereth. They had to go to Bethlehem because the Roman emperor ordered everyone to be taxed "in his own city". I'm sure this caused a lot of displacement for thousands, but only one that we truly care about today, the baby Jesus. Jesus was born in a stable because the inn was full. There's a very good possibility there was no room anywhere in Bethlehem that night, except the stable where He was born.

Comparing this to the current situation would require George Bush to order that every person would have to return to the place they were born on a specific date, so they could all be taxed. How many people in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago were actually born there? How many small towns in the Midwest and South would find themselves overburdened with people returning home? How many people would remain in Sunbelt cities such as Phoenix or Miami?

Jesus was born in Bethlehem because that was the prophesy, and because that was God's plan. He was born in the humblest of circumstances, because that was also God's plan. Using this to attack President Bush shows a poor understanding of God, and a lack of acceptance that God is in charge - something no real minister would forget.

There is a special place in Hell for people who use God for ugly, unjust and politically motivated reasons. Jesse Jackson has earned his place there time and time again. This is just another incident where the "Reverend" Jackson has used words that don't fit to attack someone who doesn't support the "Reverend's" warped and twisted "Christianity".


Blogger English Professor said...

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2:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Nice 1 Old Patriot. It pains me that he uses the word Rev. before his name. His actions in the political arena, and his personal arena, do not befit that special title of Spiritual leadership.

Nice site, take care. Signed, a middle aged Patriot.

7:17 PM  

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