Monday Musings for 9.14.20

 

Dear Friends,

I flew my flag on September 11.  Flags were out in force in my neighborhood.  It was good to see them.

It was not so good to see the knuckleheads in downtown Portland burning an American flag.  But that is their right.  The United States Supreme Court has ruled on this.  Texas v. Johnson, 1989.  It was a 5-4 decision.  Look it up.  You may be surprised which justices lined up on which side.

You also have the right to desecrate a Bible.

It was my first day at theological school.  My professor was reading from the Bible to our freshman class.  He would read a verse or two, tear out the page, wad it up, throw it on the floor, and then turn to another page from which he would read.  By the time he was done, several wadded up pages were at his feet.

His purpose was to generate discussion.  Why are you so upset?  What is the Bible?  Do we worship it?  Or do we worship God who inspired it?  What is a symbol?  Is it sacred?  Or is it just a symbol?

He was successful at getting us to talk.  But I didn’t like how he did it.  I still don’t.

The Bible is just paper.  The flag is just cloth.  Communion is just bread and juice. But I think we know they are more than that.  They are also sacred.  Honorable people treat them with respect.

Vann Morris is a combat veteran who is now in great demand as a motivational speaker.  He is best known as “the Old Glory guy.”  If you haven’t seen this, you’ve got to.  Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC7rQIdOyVY

In Chist,

 

John