In this time of great restlessness many of us long for the “still small voice” heard by Elijah hiding in the cave of his own self-righteous pouting. This sermon was preached in a moment similar to this – the political campaign season of 2014 – and the search for stillness in a world gone mad. FYI, several of the members of this lovely church were in their 9os. They owned neither cell phone nor computer. They had no idea what a tweet was. But they knew experienced a stillness that sometimes comes with the wisdom of age. I post this here in honor of Carol and Maxine.
Grace and Peace,
Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, Minnesota, author of Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness, now available through Amazon, Wipf and Stock, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookstore.
Times such as this beg for an historical perspective. According to a Jewish legend, what Satan missed most after falling from heaven was the sound of the trumpets in the morning. This sermon was preached the Sunday before the 2012 U.S. election.
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Yesterday Bernie Sanders won big time by over 7o percent in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. The bird that alit on Bernie’s podium was not afraid of Bernie. Watch the video.
A relaxed President Obama speaks about reality. Listen for Putin and the snowball! Some things you couldn’t make up!
President Obama to 106-year-old admirer during Black History Month visit to the White House: “Slow down now! Don’t go to quick!”
Moments after posting a proposed list of questions for tonight’s debate moderators, Views from the Edge found this video. This video exposes the corporate lobbying connections of the PAC that claims to speak for the Congressional Black Caucus. Decide for yourself. Rep. Keith Ellison is a friend who served as Executive Director of the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis before becoming a Minnesota legislator, U.S. Congressman, and Bernie Sanders supporter.
Adolf Hitler rose to power by playing to the fears, anxieties, and anger of the German people. His strategy was to play the strongman who would fix it, make Germany great again. A nation that had regarded itself as exceptional had lost its way, humiliated by defeat in World War I. Hitler focused that anger at the weakness of the post-World War I Weimar Republic whose inept Chancellor and Reichstag (i.e. Congress) he blamed for the nation’s drift. He blames Marxist thinking and Communists. He declares Christianity to be the religion of the German state. By narrowing and scapegoating, he focuses the people’s fears and anxieties on visible targets. It was only a matter of time before Jews, homosexuals, and gypsies joined the ranks of those to be eliminated in a purified Aryan state.
Notice how quietly, how slowly this speech begins. He waits for the crowd to be quiet before he continues to speak. He is taming them. Mesmerizing them. Training them for Fascism. And when he has brought them to heel, he unleashes a tirade that taps into the people’s volcanic desire for a return to national exceptionalism.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905.
Attention on Paris soon shifts to Climate Change. Join Robert Redford who invites ordinary folks like us to demand bold action by world leader.
“As a husband, father, and grandfather, I worry about the devastating effects of climate change.
“Climate change is contaminating our air and water, making us sick, and poisoning the planet we’ll be leaving for future generations.
“But I do have hope. This December, leaders from every nation in the world will meet for the Paris Climate Summit — COP21 — to work towards an international commitment to climate action.
“We’ve all contributed to this problem — and we can all be part of the solution. Watch my video — then stand with me and tell world leaders meeting in Paris: We Demand Climate Action.
“We can work together to do something different — and these past few months have given us many reasons to be hopeful that the world is ready.
“The U.S. is going to Paris with its own blueprint for action — the groundbreaking Clean Power Plan, our country’s first-ever limits on climate-wrecking carbon pollution from power plants.
“And the U.S. is not acting alone. China announced its own national plan to cut carbon pollution. India is committing to dramatically expand its growing renewable energy sector. In fact, over 150 countries are coming to Paris with new national climate action plans.
“From every part of our world, in our own way, we can do something to act on climate. But we need our world leaders to do the same.
“This is our moment. Join me and sign the petition to demand global climate action.
“We’ll be partnering with organizations from across America — and around the world — to deliver your petitions to world leaders when they meet in Paris.
“If we want to leave our children, grandchildren and future generations a healthy planet, now is the time to act.”