DREAM ABOUT A NEW PRAYER FOR AMERICAWritten by Irvin L. Rozier
A DREAM OF A NEW PRAYER FOR AMERICA
I dreamed this early this morning, 25 May 05. In first dream I was talking to four American veterans of Iraqi conflict. I was telling them I was a combat wounded veteran and I had spent two years in Iraq fighting for a great cause. These men were listening intently to me and believing everything I was telling them. I then gathered all four around me, looked them in eyes, and told them truth. I said I had fabricated my whole story, and reasons for war had been falsified. I saw wounded look of betrayal in their eyes and on their faces. I then told them purpose for my false story. I said,"You see, leaders in high places can tell you anything just to get you to follow them. Just like blind leading blind, both will fall in ditch."
I then dreamed this dream. I had parked my red Ford Crew Cab truck in a parking lot by a large city park. I walked away and when I returned to my truck, a saw that a thief had stolen my left(driver's) door, both left wheels and tires, and my radio was hanging by a few wires. I looked up and saw several other people who also had their vehicles vandalized by a thief. I then saw thief surrounded by some of his stolen goods, in a small grove of trees in a city park. Other people, including police, politicians, and religious leaders began to chase thief. The thief was too strong for
FUNDAMENTAL CHURCH FAILURESWritten by Jard DeVille
Every great human movement toward freedom, whether commercial, political or religious or a combination thereof, begins with determination of concerned men and women to make life better by resolving recurring human problems. The Renaissance and Age of Reason occurred through efforts of talented people to end brutal political, financial and religious abuses common within Medieval Europe. The Protestant Reformation and revival of a personal redemptive relationship with God occurred because people rebelled against a corrupt Catholic hierarchy that was using Spanish Inquisition to maintain their dominance over society and burning thousands of reformers alive in name of God. Even American Revolution of 1776 and Mexican Revolution of 1917, erupted along fault lines between thoughtful people and a ruthless aristocracy that controlled virtually all wealth. And while new nation wasnít perfect, we spent next two centuries getting more and more things right in service of a more equitable society. That desire to serve people is collapsing now for one major reason.
A wicked triad of narcissistic robber barons, fundamental preachers and reactionary politicians has seized power enough to cripple our beloved Republic and turn it into an anti-human killing machine. Their new American Empire has devoured many of our young men and women in a dozen preemptive wars against poor, dark skinned nations since World War Two and slain literally millions of peasants from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq twice now. Our wars profit a financial elite who support both fundamental religious and reactionary political abusers for their own benefit. They do this through a powerful propaganda system that confuses and seduces naÔve men and women into believing many wicked deceptions from halls of government, commercial media and from pulpits of fundamental church.
Reactionary politicians have always been suspect -- Bible itself admonishes us not to place our trust in princes, for they always have narcissistic agendas that supercede our own. Naive persons who believe narcissistic abusers show as much judgment as chickens who elect foxes to manage hen house. The aristocrats who control almost ninety percent of American wealth paid campaign bills for first oil baron president, George H. W. Bush -- with Dubya now firmly in saddle and Jeb waiting in wings for his turn at trough. Tom Delay and his scowling ventriloquist dummy Dennis Hestert, are considered honest politicians -- now that they sold out American Republic, they remain bought and paid for by their financial masters. We all know this but some Americans support manipulators for crumbs that fall from their table. The dishonesty of fundamental clergymen is a more recent phenomenon. The church that
began with Jesusí timeless spiritual revelation of faith, hope and love was once central to American democratic experience. Unfortunately, church is now being corrupted beyond all recognition by wicked consortium of no more global financiers than could be carried in a single Boeing 747 and their eager henchmen.
The wicked triad of aristocrats, politicians and preachers, understands that with enough campaign money and their great media propaganda machine, betrayal of both thoughtless voters and fundamental true believers is a slam dunk. Men like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, leadership and most pastors of Southern Baptist Convention, Nazarene, Missouri Synod Lutheran and Assemblies of God denominations, yearn to be gathered into another Oliver Cromwell type theocratic state that uses police power and courts to call their very own ideological tune for America to dance to. They are off to a good start and if history has taught us anything, we can already see that compassion of power players within finance, governance or religion is a weak reed on which to rely for support. Every organization that seizes complete power over others quickly turns evil. Or how do you get from Jesusí Sermon on Mount to burning of theological challengers at stake in Christianity? Or explain many Southern Baptist preachers who cast out from their churches heretics that voted for John Kerry?
Neo-conservative financiers, politicians and preachers have come together to create a perfect storm in collapse of democracy occurring in America today. The abusers donít need to cancel elections and appoint a dictator when they control vast media machine that persuades millions of naÔve men and women to commit financial, political and religious suicide at their bidding. But while aristocracy and their politician abusers are motivated by pure greed and a lust for power over people, fundamental politico/preachers pretend to themselves and others that obeying wishes of powerful abusers of society is an extension of biblical Truth and thus reflects wisdom of Jesus. They are engaging in oldest form of psychological self-deception, of course. ďWhatís best for me is great for America and Church.Ē