Administration and Lectionary Collide.
After the last couple of days, life intrudes again. The sermon at equippers church was about praise getting you out of a jail. Needed, but that night there was a storm in the Midwest. And the power went out at the webhost.
(No, this blog is not hosted in New Zealand. Latency matters).
So instead of meditating on the word of God, and praying, first thing this morning I am looking up the webhost page and trying to work out why I cannot get in.
And then writing the blog post in a word processor, in the hope that this afternoon (it is about 6:30 in the morning now) when I’ve done the clinical work, I can post the lectionary at lunch.
Before I teach. On the epidemiology of suicide, now being promoted by the cathedral and their lawyerly minions.
A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York City on Saturday in a grisly protest against ecological destruction.
The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Police said he was pronounced dead at about 6:30 a.m.
The Daily News reports that Buckel left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body that said he hoped his death was “honorable” and “might serve others.”
The New York Times said it received an emailed copy of the note, which also said, “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”
Buckel was the lead attorney in in a lawsuit involving Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie “Boys Don’t Cry.”
Buckel also served as marriage project director at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for LGBT rights, where he was the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.
This made the press. Along with eulogies. Against what would be the NZ guidelines. I can expect, now that there will be similar events.
And it appears that this is now promoted as a noble end for greens, leaving this world, so that they burn for eternity.
I am not sure if the Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death in Vietnam, horrifying witnesses, were an example he thought of. Or if there were efforts made to save him, as would be the duty for all doctors and emergency staff.
But this should not be so. Those who argue for this do not understand that there is more to life than this existence, and that there is evil extant in the world. Their wish to converge and let go of troubles is a wish to self annihilate. For in this life there is pain, and in this life you will suffer. But that can be turned into good and into glory.
1 Peter 5:1-14
1Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it – not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. 5In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
12Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 13Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. 14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
We are not to worry, Peter says. Christ has won. The world can fall apart, as surely as a Michigan winter can destroy power cables. But we are secure in Christ. He cares for us.
Our despair, our anger, comes from seeing the world fall apart around us. Our shame from the recollection of the evil we have, and the damage we have done. But we are not to let this rule us. The accuser, the enemy, wants us to despair and then turn to degeneration and destruction.
But despair will not win. Christ will purify his church, and redeem it, and not even the gates of hell will remain. Our enemy knows this, and he roars as loudly as he can, calling all to join his satanic cathedral and converge with him.
So that their wrath and lust will be their destruction. This lawyer – let us pray for his family, grieving – has given us an example of what not to be, what not to do, and what fate to avoid.
For his is the fate of the minions of the false Cathedral of Satan, both churchian and secular. Do not be him. Do not be like him.