Saturday, October 09, 2010

9 OCT 10: Who's in Charge Here?

(BLOGGER'S NOTE: You may find the following items humorous, serious, or a little of both - but we offer these thoughts from time to time, as we keep a seventh-day Sabbath.)

Today we get completely caught up on vacation e-mails. In the midst of our trip, this message reached us....

Did you receive the booklet I sent you via snail mail? How was the Fair?

It turns out I completely missed the Greater Columbus Fair. And I plan to skip the second fair at South Commons -- you know, today's Morehouse-Tuskegee game.

The e-mail and the booklet are the latest submissions from white rights activist Michael Weaver. I'm tempted to label him "publicity-starved" - but African-American activist Brother Love has sent twice as many e-mails to me over the last three weeks.

The booklet was a National Alliance publication called "Who Rules America?" It has nothing to do with the upcoming election, but focuses on the news and entertainment media. A quick scan suggests the author pins the control of practically everything on Jews. So much for the theory that Oprah Winfrey and Google are taking over the world.

Supporters of this "Jewish conspiracy" probably have been encouraged in recent days by what happened to Rick Sanchez. The CNN afternoon host was fired, after claiming in a radio interview Jewish people are not "an oppressed minority" in the U.S. Sanchez apparently learned his lesson - as he did NOT claim Friday Hispanic-American people like him are oppressed.

But at the local level, the Jewish conspiracy theory doesn't hold much matzo ball soup water. The top TV station in Columbus is owned by Raycom Media, which is a branch of Retirement Systems of Alabama. WTVM shows several Sunday church services, but nothing from synagogues. And last time I checked, RSA still allowed its Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses to be open on Saturdays.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has been owned by McClatchy Newspapers for four years. Founder James McClatchy was born in Ireland, which some groups claim was visited by the Biblical prophet Jeremiah long ago. But that won't satisfy the National Alliance -- because it tends to be against Catholics, too.

At the national level, couldn't the rise of the Internet and blogging erode any alleged Jewish domination? Take the rise of the Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington's background includes Indian gurus, not Judaism -- so we ultimately could be trading kosher meats for no meat-eating at all.

But my real goal in scanning "Who Rules America?" was to see who SHOULD rule America - and to me, the National Alliance doesn't reach the right conclusion. It's rooting for Caucasian gentiles to take charge of the country, suggesting they're superior to all other ethnic or religious groups. Please don't bring up Timothy McVeigh or Jeffrey Dahmer around this group....

I'm not sure how much the National Alliance puts in the Bible. But the book of Romans tells me, "Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...." Do you realize what this means? All those attack ads against political candidates actually could be right.

Romans 3 goes on to give the answer for this dilemma of sin - to be "justified freely by his [God's] grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." A few verses later, the Bible says calls for faith in the God of both Jews and Gentiles. That God may not seem the same when a Baptist church hosts a "Wild Game Supper," but He's supposed to be.

An event in Columbus two weeks from today is designed to point toward the right One to rule the U.S. Men will circle the Lakebottom Park football field to worship and pray on the morning of 23 October. It's a spinoff of the "Men at the Cross" campaign - except the Columbus event applies another Bible verse. Instead of selling tickets, John 8 says Jesus lets you be "free indeed."

The Bible shows eventually, every knee will bow simply to the name of Jesus - much less the "God-Man." He'll rule all nations, not simply America. And the National Alliance will have to explain how it overlooked Hebrews 7 for so long - and the verse which says "our Lord descended from Judah."

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