Saturday, January 28, 2012

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume IV, Issue V

"Power Under Control"

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
-- Matthew 5:1-12

The 'other' weekly news magazine gets it right this week with their cover: "The Power of Shyness." Actually "Meekness" is defined more closely as "Power Under Control." Picture here a strong horse that gently responds to the reigns of its master and you will have a better grasp of the actual concept.

Watching the last Presidential debate, one great moment was when the candidates were asked: "If Raul Castro called you on the phone, what would you say to him?" Ron Paul's answer was simple: "I'd ask him what he wants?"

No great point was made... or was it? When one world leader calls another, couldn't the exchange indeed be made better if there was no initial posturing, just a simple question: "What does he want to talk to me about?"

With the future of our Nation hanging in the balance, one grows weary of destructive rhetoric and very desirous of dialougue that addresses our ills. That does not mean ignoring the very destructive policies that are pulling our Nation down at all. Rather, it is a call for Servant-leaders who will see beyond getting on a ticket and campaign against those policies rather than each other.

Distinctives are good. Let's discuss those at length, but let us remember that we are preparing for battle, not engaged in battle at the moment. It will take all of us working together to turn the tide in America. We are all flawed human beings, but made in the image if G-d!

It is just a dream, but I'd love to see us address the ideas with great, and even heated energy, while joining in the sentiment of Will Rogers, who once said: "I never met a man that I didn't like."


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