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The Zimmerman verdict and the desire to escape ("Oppressive" America)
The Christian Century ^ | July 15, 2013 | Crystal St. Marie Lewis

Posted on 07/15/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When I heard the words “not guilty” Saturday night, I felt a variety of emotions. Those emotions ranged from initial confusion and disbelief to anger, and were followed by intense sadness and grief. I felt a renewed sense of loss for the Martin family—only this time, that sense of loss was compounded by frustration over the injustices they’re enduring at the hands of our legal system. In my despair, I closed my eyes and wished that I could escape the system—the social system, the class system, the racial system and the legal system—that we’ve built here in America.

While sitting there with my eyes closed, I remembered that the desire for escape—the longing for a place in the world where oppressive forces have been defeated, where the “least of these” have been vindicated and where evil is merely a memory—is a continual theme in scripture. I thought of how the search for some utopian place can be found early in the Hebrew Bible within the story of a people who journeyed for decades with hope of reaching a “promised land” rich with milk and honey. It’s found in the cries of those who desperately sought to escape exile because they were in a land where they were too depressed and oppressed to sing the songs of their home country. It is even found in the cautionary parables of Jesus—words that often paint a picture of a day when God will break into history and right the wrongs of the world.

This desire for escape, vindication and the intervention of God is also central to modern Christian theology. Most of the churches that I know adhere to some form of the Apostles’ Creed, which offers the claim that Jesus will someday “come again to judge the living and the dead.” A common belief spans across denominational identities and philosophical leanings: that at some point, “God’s people” will be removed (or “raptured”) from their existence in the world so that God can judge and ultimately deal with “wicked” people, and that at that time, those who have suffered oppression and/or persecution will finally witness God’s justice. This time of intervention—the “end times,” if you will—is understood as the time in history when God will finally balance the scales…a time for which many Christians wait with anticipation.

My personal theology has changed in recent years. As I wrote in my personal creed, I no longer hold traditional views about the end times. I don’t look for Jesus to return to our stratosphere on a white horse, wielding a sword in his mouth and sporting a tattooed thigh. Despite the shift in my personal beliefs, I do understand the desire for judgment, escape and vindication. I understand it in a deep place within my soul, and I understood it in a very real way Saturday night. I understood it as my friends and family members took to their social media accounts to declare that the American justice system does not have the “final say” and that God will judge Zimmerman “in the end.” I understood the complex nature of that belief in the context of its historical and theological roots, and I knew how this theology could remain sustainable throughout history…a history that has always featured an oppressive force and a victim.

As I sat on the floor in front of the television set with my eyes closed, listening to the jurors’ individual affirmations of their “not guilty” votes, I wished with every fiber of my being for the intervention of some loophole in the legal system, of the judge on television…or even of God. I wished for an intervention that would right the wrongs of my society and the suffering experienced in the rest of the world.

In that moment, I understood the desire to escape. But I reminded myself of my responsibility to remain as present as possible. I understood the desire for God’s intervention but also understood that it is my responsibility to intervene constructively. I reminded myself that the intervention of God requires the cooperation of humans…I remembered that the tools for changing the world have been entrusted to me.

I fought the urge to escape our society and the urge to wait patiently for divine intervention. And then I prayed for clarity on what I might do to help change the world.

Crystal St. Marie Lewis


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: racialists; racism; trayvon; zimmerman
Crystal St. Marie Lewis is a graduate student in theology in Washington, D.C.
1 posted on 07/15/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I fought the urge to escape our society and the urge to wait patiently for divine intervention. And then I prayed for clarity on what I might do to help change the world.

And then I went out and looted a store.

2 posted on 07/15/2013 10:56:14 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Theology? Unitarian Universalist perhaps, but not founded on God’s right vs wrong.


3 posted on 07/15/2013 10:56:26 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (“To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.” ~ Voltaire)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like she could change the world by skipping the snacks and filling food shelves.


4 posted on 07/15/2013 10:57:52 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Black people proving that they never watched 1 second of the trial


5 posted on 07/15/2013 10:58:51 AM PDT by molson209
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll gladly pitch in money for one way tickets.


6 posted on 07/15/2013 10:59:21 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She demonstrates the root of the problem. The black churches have abandoned the gospel for a man-centered, collectivist world view with a Christian veneer.

They want to ignore the connection between sowing and reaping.


7 posted on 07/15/2013 11:00:03 AM PDT by lurk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So this theological student wants to vindicate the wicked thug by punishing the innocent man who was only defending himself? How I wish God would do something about people abusing His Word with sanctimonious tripe like this. /s


8 posted on 07/15/2013 11:00:42 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

9 posted on 07/15/2013 11:02:27 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: lurk
From personal experience, Black churches may be churches, but they sure aren't Christian.

Thye worship the gospel of The Black Experience and wait on the Blessed Hope of more and better government programs.

10 posted on 07/15/2013 11:03:53 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting. I felt great joy and relief that we had dodged a bullet.

But to each his own.


11 posted on 07/15/2013 11:05:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: molson209

The trial is irrelevant. The evidence is irrelevant. One of theirs was killed by someone outside their tribe and that someone is guilty and a racist. No debate or facts need be offered. Fortunately not all blacks think this way.


12 posted on 07/15/2013 11:05:51 AM PDT by warsaw44
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I fought the urge to escape our society

NO! Don't fight the urge! Go for it! We'll even help with a one-way ticket!

13 posted on 07/15/2013 11:06:10 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: molson209

As far as race and all those issues are concerned, does everyone realize that this case only became a liberal cause celebre because of the death of a black boy?

If the race/ethnicity were reversed, this case would never have seen a courtroom, or become a major nationao news story.

If both Zimmerman and Martin had been of the same race/ethnicity, the case would have ended with the initial police investigation that it was a case of self defense, and would not have been national news.

It’s only due to political correctness, and the perceived need to bend over backwards to prove we’re not racist, that this case even went to trial in the first place.

What other country does this black girl want to go live in, which is superior to America based on her complaints?????


14 posted on 07/15/2013 11:06:13 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crystal St. Marie Lewis is a writer, vlogger, theological rabble rouser, advocate for religious pluralism and strong believer in our responsibility to change the world for the better. She is a Jesus follower, a spiritual seeker and a lover of of Buddhist teaching.

E-mail Crystal here: CrystalSLewis@gmail.com

Crystal St. Marie Lewis is a writer, passionate public speaker, and empowerment coach. She lives with a rare, appearance-altering disease of the skin called icthyosis bullosa of siemens which caused her to suffer from severe depression and dangerously low self-esteem forseveral years.

In 2001, Ms. Lewis sought spiritual guidance concerning hercondition, the outcome of which changed her life forever. After severalyears of intensive self-reflection, in-depth study of Christianscripture, and a renewed sense of focus concerning her personal purposein life, Ms. Lewis has transformed her own life into one demonstrativeof self-acceptance, self-love, and God’s emotional healing power.

Ms. Lewis has dedicated her life to empowering women in places nearand far. “My story is every woman’s story,” she often says with apassionate smile. “Some of us wear our scars on the outside, some of uswear them on the inside... but we must all overcome our challenges andlay hold to the fullness of God’s purpose for us in this life.”

Ms. Lewis’s autobiographically-based self-help book, Naked & Not Ashamed: A Journey to God’s Mirror chronicles her dramatic path to inner peace and Christian self-love.

******

Crystal St. Marie Lewis decides she cannot “agree to disagree” with her seminary classmates about same-sex relationships.

“Agreeing to disagree” is not the helpful or peaceful thing to do in a situation where oppression is the problem. The helpful and peaceful thing to do is to call oppression what it is: Bigotry. Socially violent. Absolutely and totally wrong. (Crystal St. Marie Lewis, January 17)


15 posted on 07/15/2013 11:08:04 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What was on trial in the Zimmerman courtroom wasn't just Zimmerman. This was a battle between our System of Laws based on the Constitution and one based on Social Justice and Critical Race Theory.

According to Social Justice and Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory (Bell was Obama's hero at Harvard), a white man is not permitted to kill a black man EVEN in self defense. This is because the black man is at a historical and institution disadvantage of having to live in a society based on a foundation of white racism.

Under the theory of Social Justice, the death of Trayvon meant that someone white had to pay with their life.

The verdict, met with anger from politicians, pro-athletes, lawyers, and Liberals, was a blow to the head of Social Justice and Critical Race Theory.

16 posted on 07/15/2013 11:09:47 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She can escape any time she wants. There are several methods, from buying an airline ticket, to suicide.


17 posted on 07/15/2013 11:10:42 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This desire for escape, vindication and the intervention of God is also central to modern Christian theology. Most of the churches that I know adhere to some form of the Apostles’ Creed, which offers the claim that Jesus will someday “come again to judge the living and the dead.” A common belief spans across denominational identities and philosophical leanings: that at some point, “God’s people” will be removed (or “raptured”) from their existence in the world so that God can judge and ultimately deal with “wicked” people, and that at that time, those who have suffered oppression and/or persecution will finally witness God’s justice. This time of intervention—the “end times,” if you will—is understood as the time in history when God will finally balance the scales…a time for which many Christians wait with anticipation.

My personal theology has changed in recent years. As I wrote in my personal creed, I no longer hold traditional views about the end times. I don’t look for Jesus to return to our stratosphere on a white horse, wielding a sword in his mouth and sporting a tattooed thigh. Despite the shift in my personal beliefs, I do understand the desire for judgment, escape and vindication.

When she writes that she "no longer hold(s) traditional views about the end times", I could predict where this was going - and I was right.

As I sat on the floor in front of the television set with my eyes closed, listening to the jurors’ individual affirmations of their “not guilty” votes, I wished with every fiber of my being for the intervention of some loophole in the legal system, of the judge on television…or even of God. I wished for an intervention that would right the wrongs of my society and the suffering experienced in the rest of the world.

When you declare that you don't trust God's judgment, the next step is to take matters into your own hands.

18 posted on 07/15/2013 11:11:29 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” I felt a renewed sense of loss for the Martin family”

Blah, Blah, Blah! I don’t. They raised him. They were his example. They were responsible his actions (minor).

What did they raise? A racist, gangsta wanna be, illiterate (in English), dope smoking, Drank drinkin, street fighting, burglarizing, pounding & grounding PUNK.

Do the parents share any responsibility here?

Trayvon got just what he deserved. He assaulted another person for no justified reason. Following someone is not illegal. It does not give you the right to batter someone.
The only crimes here were committed by Trayvon Martin. He brought his street fighting fists to a gun fight. He Lost!

Insensitive, you say? Yes, I’m sick of this politically correct fantasy world we are living in. Even Trayvon Martin understood in the end by uttering those famous last words “you got me”.


19 posted on 07/15/2013 11:11:42 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The thuggish Trayvon Martin is portrayed by the media (and by Obama) as an innocent victim of anti-black "racism." Meanwhile, stories like this one get buried:

Georgia Baby killed

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/us/georgia-baby-killed

The reason? Part of it's due to politically correct censorship. The other part of it is that blacks killing whites (and other blacks) is basically the norm, while whites killing blacks under most circumstances is man-bites-dog.

20 posted on 07/15/2013 11:13:14 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: kcvl
The self-important young thing seems full of herself.

Fortunately, she seems to have the frame to hold it all in.

21 posted on 07/15/2013 11:17:08 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: molson209
Black people proving that they never watched 1 second of the trial

Or if they did, proving that they are either racists or blithering idiots.
22 posted on 07/15/2013 11:17:19 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Upon hearing the Zimmerman verdict I felt relieved, joyous, and proud that the jurors returned justice to the system. I also hoped it would serve to end the oppression of America by race hustlers, militants, and hate-filled attention seeking, leftist malcontents. Even though George isn’t white, the fact that rabble-rouseing politicians, media and community organizers chose to portray him as white, showed me that racism against whites is institutionalized and infectious, the kind of ignorance that excuses the violence blacks commit against innocent whites daily. The jury decision was like a salve over a wound militant blacks and white-guilt leftists have caused.

When I see white media and entertainment personalities berating Zimmerman, the jurors and unfair America, I hope they are the next victims of violent black gangs. Maybe if they have a healthy black teenager pounding on them, driving their head into pavement, they will quit blaming white America, and start telling black culture they need to clean up their militant act.


23 posted on 07/15/2013 11:21:11 AM PDT by pallis
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Emerging church:

The emerging church seeks a post-Christendom approach to being church and mission through: renouncing imperialistic approaches to language and cultural imposition; making ‘truth claims’ with humility and respect; overcoming the public/private dichotomy; moving church from the center to the margins; moving from a place of privilege in society to one voice amongst many; a transition from control to witness, maintenance to mission and institution to movement.

some in the emerging church believe it is necessary to deconstruct modern Christian dogma. One way this happens is by engaging in dialogue, rather than proclaiming a predigested message, believing that this leads people to Jesus through the Holy Spirit on their own terms. Many in the movement embrace the missiology that drives the movement in an effort to be like Christ and make disciples by being a good example. The emerging church movement contains a great diversity in beliefs and practices, although some have adopted a preoccupation with sacred rituals, good works, and political and social activism. Much of the Emerging Church movement has also adopted the approach to evangelism which stressed peer-to-peer dialogue rather than dogmatic proclamation and proselytizing

The movement favors the sharing of experiences via testimonies, prayer, group recitation, sharing meals and other communal practices, which they believe are more personal and sincere than propositional presentations of the Gospel. Teachers in the Emerging Church tend to view the Bible and its stories through a lens which they believe finds significance and meaning for their community’s social and personal stories rather than for the purpose of finding cross-cultural, propositional absolutes regarding salvation and conduct

The emerging church claims they are creating a safe environment for those with opinions ordinarily rejected within modern conservative evangelicalism and fundamentalism. Non-critical, interfaith dialog is preferred over dogmatically-driven evangelism in the movement. Story and narrative replaces the dogmatic:

While some Evangelicals emphasize eternal salvation, many in the emerging church emphasize the here and now. Participants in this movement assert that the incarnation of Christ informs their theology. They believe that as God entered the world in human form, adherents enter (individually and communally) into the context around them and aim to transform that culture through local involvement. This holistic involvement may take many forms, including social activism, hospitality and acts of kindness. This beneficent involvement in culture is part of what is called missional living. Missional living leads to a focus on temporal and social issues, in contrast with a perceived evangelical overemphasis on salvation


24 posted on 07/15/2013 11:24:27 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Christian Century is a progressive, ecumenical magazine based in Chicago. Committed to thinking critically and living faithfully, the Century explores what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith in our time.

Founded in 1884 as the Christian Oracle, the magazine took its current name at the turn of the 20th century. Notable contributors in the early decades included Jane Addams and Reinhold Niebuhr. In 1963, the Century was the first major periodical to publish the full text of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

The Century continues to inform and shape mainline Christianity. Along with the magazine’s biweekly print and online editions, the editors maintain a group blog and host a network of outside bloggers. The Century also holds an annual lecture and workshop in Chicago that has featured such figures as Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Krista Tippett, Anna Carter Florence, Thomas Long, Thomas Lynch, Marcus Borg and Peter Gomes. The magazine remains a voice of generous orthodoxy, both loyal to the church and open to the world.
About Us | The Christian Century
25 posted on 07/15/2013 11:27:03 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At first, I was just shocked at how fast the democrats would ravage one of there own, and frankly, didn't really care. When I went to the trouble of reading about George my thoughts went to, "H&!!, I wish I had people like him in my neighborhood." I can not believe how he has been attacked. Had his last name been Rodriguez or were he black, this would never have happened.

I believe and pray, that when people are made to hear the facts, (and I intend to correct anyone repeating the lies), and see that a good man was used by democrats to whip up black voters to insure Obama's reelection, there will be an exodus from the democrat party. George's brother, Robert, said they had gotten support from the black community. Maybe when good blacks see how barry, sharpton, jackson... made fools of them, they'll turn their backs on the race baiting thugs.

26 posted on 07/15/2013 11:27:24 AM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She could carry her ass to Cuba. They are all equal there.


27 posted on 07/15/2013 11:31:03 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: pallis
They have armed bodyguards, by and large. I know, I was one of them til my health deteriorated.
28 posted on 07/15/2013 11:32:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: molson209

They don’t need facts because they have Pastor Eric and the Chosen One Obama to tell them what to think.


29 posted on 07/15/2013 11:33:09 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I closed my eyes and wished that I could escape the system

Move back to Africa.
You'll love it there... for the three minutes you survive.

30 posted on 07/15/2013 11:34:28 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: RoosterRedux

...”What was on trial in the Zimmerman courtroom wasn’t just Zimmerman. This was a battle between our System of Laws based on the Constitution and one based on Social Justice and Critical Race Theory”...

I really do not care for the term “social justice” because, most of the time, justice is hard to find from those who promote it.


31 posted on 07/15/2013 11:48:55 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: warsaw44

...”Fortunately not all blacks think this way”...

Yes..More and more those blacks who are willing to be educated outside of the NAACP and are willing to assimilate into society with other people are finding their own principles which might be quite different from what they have been told to believe. They become color blind and they do not hate white people. In fact, some of their best friends may be white, Hispanic or Asian. They know the opportunity to have a good life is out there if they take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to them. They may need to get out of Chicago and Detroit, though, to realize their American dream. I refer you to Dr. Ben Carson as an example of someone who has walked the walk and knows how to talk the talk. He is at the top of the heap. I love that guy!


32 posted on 07/15/2013 11:57:09 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I fought the urge to escape our society and the urge to wait patiently for divine intervention. And then I prayed for clarity on what I might do to help change the world.

Ms. St. Marie Lewis, here is a short list of things you can do:

1. Do not have sex before marriage so that your children will not be fatherless

33 posted on 07/15/2013 11:59:26 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: kcvl

Apparently, icthyosis bullosa of siemens also robs one of the ability to use the “space” bar.


34 posted on 07/15/2013 12:01:26 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: jazzlite

Social Justice is a euphemism for Marxism and/or Liberation Theology and its secular arm Critical Race Theory.


35 posted on 07/15/2013 12:04:34 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: Bigg Red

Also, I think she meant “ichthyosis”.


36 posted on 07/15/2013 12:07:58 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Bigg Red

free one-way trips to Liberia?


37 posted on 07/15/2013 12:09:27 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: kcvl
Missional living leads to a focus on temporal and social issues, in contrast with a perceived evangelical overemphasis on salvation

OMG. Why don't they just suffocate themselves and end it all? Since salvation is so very overemphasized....

Hey, morons, you need air to survive...


38 posted on 07/15/2013 12:10:08 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She is worshiping herself and her tribe, not God.

Which is pretty much what most of “American” Christians do. They think that America is the new Israel (we are not).

39 posted on 07/15/2013 12:10:29 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Razz Barry
Maybe when good blacks see how barry, sharpton, jackson... made fools of them, they'll turn their backs on the race baiting thugs.

This guy has been trying to tell them for the past ten years (this book published in 2003):


Jesse Lee Peterson

40 posted on 07/15/2013 12:15:37 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sadly, I believe that Ms. Crystal St. Marie Lewis must not have researched, watched, or listened to the facts of the case or the actual law in Florida. She looks like a nice young lady and is apparently educated and articulate.

But she, like so many others of her race allow themselves to be swept up in the histrionics and false information distributed by the race-baiters who work only to line their own pockets or push their own agenda. Sad.

If only she had applied her education and journalistic ability to the facts of the case and commented from there. She would then be doing work in the service of truth. I'm sure God would approve.

41 posted on 07/15/2013 12:15:55 PM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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To: DPMD; 2ndDivisionVet; Mr Ramsbotham; CincyRichieRich; ButThreeLeftsDo; molson209; lurk
I wrote her an e-mail. Excerpt:

CrystalSLewis@gmail.com
...Early on after the shooting death of Trayvon, I thought Zimmerman must certainly be a racist who was stalking Trayvon just because he was a black youth, probably confronted him verbally and then got into a fistfight, then shot him down.

In the course of the trial, which I watched attentively, often with painful emotions, I found my view changing because even the prosecution witnesses brought on by Trayvon's lawyers, confirmed piece by piece that the evidence supported Zimmerman's version of the story.

I even scribbled out a "scorecard" of facts/allegations and as I went down the checklist, everything Zimmerman said had physical evidence behind it. Zimmerman did not attack Trayvon.

There were grass-stains all over the back of Zimmerman's clothes, lacerations of his scalp and contusions of the back of the head consistent with being thrown backwards to the ground, and his head being pounded onto the concrete. There were bruises all over him including two black eyes and a broken nose. But -- think of this --- no abrasions of the knuckles.

There were NO signs of beating-injuries on Trayvon, no bruises at all, except he DID have abrasion of the knuckles (consistent with beating somebody hard and repetitively with your fists) and grass and mud stains on the very bottom of his pants legs ONLY (consistent with ALWAYS BEING ON TOP. Zimmerman never landed an effective punch on him, they never even rolled.)

My conclusion is the same as the juries', when they actually saw the evidence: GZ had been decked by surprise, grounded and pummeled, and was in fear of his life. When his jacket was pulled up and his gun became visible, they were both reaching for it. GZ grabbed it and shot once, with the gun pointing upward because Trayvon was above, on top of him. Trayvon died.

I feel very bad about this. But the jury came back with the only conclusion they could, completely consistent with the evidence.

Like I said, I feel bad. But having watched he trial, I think they brought the truth out. I am sorry Trayvon is dead. But it is right that GZ has been acquitted of murder. It was not murder.

I pray for both these two men, one living and one dead. May God be the ultimate Savior of both their suffering souls.

You might wonder why my tone was so conciliatory. It's because she is "thinking with her feelings" and she needs to look at the evidence and "think with her brain."

She might not ever respond, but she needs to hear this.... and hear it from someone who come off as friend, not enemy.

42 posted on 07/15/2013 1:30:59 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Nice.


43 posted on 07/15/2013 1:33:48 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: RoosterRedux
What was on trial in the Zimmerman courtroom wasn't just Zimmerman. This was a battle between our System of Laws based on the Constitution and one based on Social Justice and Critical Race Theory.

According to Social Justice and Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory (Bell was Obama's hero at Harvard), a white man is not permitted to kill a black man EVEN in self defense. This is because the black man is at a historical and institution disadvantage of having to live in a society based on a foundation of white racism.

Under the theory of Social Justice, the death of Trayvon meant that someone white had to pay with their life.

The verdict, met with anger from politicians, pro-athletes, lawyers, and Liberals, was a blow to the head of Social Justice and Critical Race Theory.

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All those who believe this should self deport themselves from this country. Seriously. I bet a lot of us would pitch in to buy them plane tickets and even give some startup money for beginning life in their new, more "fair" and "just" country, if they signed papers revoking their citizenship and promising to never return. Bleh.

I try to not post harsh and "mean" posts on FR, but I am so sick of these people, pure evil. They just can't stop stirring up the ignorant hatred until they start a race war in which many, many (including many of their own) will be killed. This thinking is so incredibly uncivilized - it's like tribal warfare between two cannibal clans. Just disgusting.

44 posted on 07/15/2013 4:26:04 PM PDT by boxlunch (Psalm 46 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he lifts His voice, the earth melts)
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To: RoosterRedux

Nonsense. There was disagreement beforehand about whether it was a legitimate case of self-defense. The case was going to trial even if “Critical Race Theory” had never existed. Political realities had a lot more to do with that than any Harvard racial theories.


45 posted on 07/15/2013 4:32:03 PM PDT by x
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To: x
The Black mobs don't know that they have been indoctrinated by their churches and leaders. They don't run home to check their books from the Harvard Univ Press to determine how they feel about a certain issue...it is now in their blood.

But the basis for their feeling and emotion (and that is what this is about) is the Marxism which has replaced God in their once proud churches.

After the civil ware, black men and women were proudly building businesses and careers right next to white businesses which had "white only bathrooms and drinking fountains."

It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats and their Great Society which destroy their societies. And add to that list the Marxist heroes of Hussein Obama.

This is not a matter of race...it is a matter of culture. As a race, Blacks are capable of anything any other race can accomplish.

But they have been turned (for the most part) into a regressive society of feral children. And why you might ask? So they can be fodder for (i.e. useful idiots for) those who want a communist takeover of the U.S.

46 posted on 07/15/2013 4:44:41 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’re joking.


47 posted on 07/15/2013 6:36:28 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Albion Wilde
I like Rev. Peterson. He's one of the few black men who call themselves Reverend who I agree is Reverend. sharpton and jackson are just hustlers.
48 posted on 07/15/2013 8:29:37 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yes, because it’s all about “ME ME ME”...she even has a “personal” theology.

However, if she wants to escape an evil America, I can get her in touch with some Christian missionaries working with street kids in the slums of Manila.


49 posted on 07/15/2013 10:54:06 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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