Sunday, November 28, 2010

Real Talk Bible - The Advent - Week 1, Day 1

The season of the advent has come and with it a time for contemplation and preparation. What does it mean that we’re to prepare ourselves for Christ’s birth? Frankly, I dunno. I’m not of seasons and rules mostly, but I’m moving away from my self-styled reading of the Bible for the Real Talk Bible series to write on the passages specifically dedicated t word of Jesus’ coming. My friend, Tamie Harkins is an ordained Episcopalian minister and she has assigned me the necessary passages. Day 1 of the first week is Isaih 2, 1-5 and it’s kinda simple. Isaiah’s vision is that folks will take other folks up to the “Lord’s House” which is “established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills…” And mad folks are gonna holler apparently, but here’s the real business that his birth supposedly is going to mean “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.”

According to Isaiah (and keep in mind much of Isaiah is dedicated to how hard God is gonna go in smoting some niggas), this Lord business should mean that the tools of war must become tools of growth and nourishment, not just peace. He’s not talking about beating them into guitars and shit, but ploughshares, pruning hooks. We need to figure out how to nourish and feed one another rather than kill is what Isaiah’s word on the advent here is. The last Chapter of the section wraps up with “O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

This section sings. Much of Isaiah does, but the music of this particular book changes when the call is toward nurture and love rather than smoting and making folks’ lands barren, and getting women raped and what not. The meter turns dactylic with the line “walk in the light of the Lord” which is in apposition to some of the other more uhm… masculine shit happening in Isaiah. But in the meter issue I’m reaching a little. Point is the first thing to consider in order to prepare for the advent, is that fools need to chill with they noise and gun bucking in general and figure out how to get fools into some shelter and fed. Figure out how to get these kids of ours educated, not so they can get out and get jobs to make other folks who don’t give a fuck, rich, but for real nourished and expanded and capable of analysis and others’ point of view and some real fucking empathy for a change.

So that’s my sermon for right now, though my general idea is not to sermonize, but it blows me (Chicago street right dere), how hard you have to go in to convince motherfuckers to show love rather than show steel, so word. I’ma have more to say tomorrow about Psalm 122.



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