We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you are not a person who believes the Bible speaks to you, please move on the next item on your agenda and do so in peace, with my blessing.
For those of you who might be interested, the Lessons at my church this morning were a little startling. (You might suspect that the priest has a political agenda, but to the best of my knowledge, these are from the Lectionary, from which he is supposed to chose. In truth, I do not have a clue as to his political leanings.)
The first lesson is from Leviticus 19 1-2, 15-8. Leviticus is part of the ancient Law according to my understanding.
(I am quoting from the bulletin, emphasis, if any, is mine.)
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to all of the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great; with justice you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the Lord. You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall not reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."
Here ended the first lesson.
The Psalm (Psalm 90, or Hymn 680) is worth reading in the context of this week and next, but I'll not repeat it here.
The second lesson is from 1 Thessalonians 2, first 8 verses. (I won't repeat it here either--my old fingers are not up to the task. You can find it on-line if your Bible is not at hand.)
The part that caught my attention is where he says "For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives, or trickery..."