27 Feb 2011

Anonymous Anabaptist Jesters visit Westboro Baptist Church Sunday School

The jester sits on a comfortable couch while Bar Karma explores the Western notion of a jihadi's suicidal desires on a flat screen against the far wall.

They were definitely not anti Jesus. They were definitely not evangelical, either.

They picked up a mildly tattered, well-worn and clay colored hardcover book sitting on the small table  to their right.  Outline Analysis of the Books of the Bible by Prof. Barnard C. Taylor, published 1892. He had signed it on the first page in the upper right corner, in pencil.

They opened to their name~page, which they had dog-eared in the upper right corner the night before.  Page 86 read,

"1. Author-Joel. nothing is known of him apart from his prophecy.
2. Date-Probably about 870 B.C. though some place the book later. The prophet himself does not say when he wrote.
3. Historical Occasion- An invasion of locusts, accompanied by a drought, sent as a punishment from God for the sins of the people.
4. Place- Joel belonged to the kingdom of Judah. The prophecy was probably delivered in the temple court.
5. Leading Topic- An invasion of locusts is described as a reason for national repentance before God, in order that a worse calamity might be averted. The prophet then predicts God's blessings upon the righteous and his punishment of the wicked.
6. Chief Purpose- To show the necessity of God's people remaining faithful to him; his readiness to forgive when they repent; and his purpose to defend them from their enemies.
7. General Analysis- Part I. A call to repentance in order to avert a calamity, Ch 1-2:17. Part II. Blessings promised to God's people, including  the overthrow of the wicked, Ch. 2:18-3.
8. Points of Especial Interest.- The devastation by locusts; the national fast; the merciful character of God; the gift of the Spirit; the "day of the Lord;" the day of judgement; God to dwell among his people.
9. Special Sins Condemned.- Of Judah: none are mentioned, but a departure from God seems to be implied. Of the Gentiles: the buying and selling of Israelites.
10. National Hopes Presented.- A time of spirituality to be secured; God's people to be restored to a position of pre-eminence over their enemies, to be abundantly blessed, and God to be with them.
11. Messianic Ideas.- The gift of God's spirit, the subjection of the enemies of God's people, the reconciliation of God and man, were to be realized only in connection with the coming of Christ.
12. Relation to Other O.T. Books.-This book belongs to the beginning of the prophetic writings, its theme furnishes the topic for much of the discussion by later prophets; they treat specially what Joel gives in a general way.
13. Topics for Special Study.-Devastation by locusts; the practice of selling captives in early times; the history of Greece at this time."

Amos was next but they put the book down, pulled out their iTouch and searched for a specific song about locusts eating banana flesh. They didn't remember anything except the original band's name, The Ethiopians. This one was the first to catch their eye...

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Also sprach Zarathustra to the brothasistahs lost out in the woods…
Rolling stones and hurricanes prime us for the rapid eye movement of whose dream?
A stairway to the dark side of the moon reveals an orchestrated King
singing the blues while sexual pistols whip Jesus’ son.
Who’s influence weens us?
Me and my friends gratefully raged against the machine for three days
in the shadow of the valley of the dead
so big brother and company held us down while the wind cried
nothing to be gained here (except copied rights),
Then a questing tribe of beastly boys found a digable plant
where a buffalo soldier picked up a Gideon’s bible from the Godfather
in joe’s garage (or was it in one of 200 motels?)
Anyway, on a Holiday, the pinball wizard boy (Billie)
followed his heart and stopped pretending he was the king of the little plastic castles
while education, missed in the house of the naked apes, evolved and mutated
into and with ~ Nature Art Love Truth ~ and we do too…
And somewhere over the rainbow dancing fools send clowns and purple rain
into imagine nations where everything is now sacred
and there are no more public enemies or rusted Roots or minor threats
or bad brains or busted rhymes or widespread panic
and everyone can read the hieroglyphics on the wall
and we are all refugees of courtney’s love attaining nirvana….
But then again, you’re so vain, you probly think this poem’s about you-
we are everywhere and we cannot be beaten
it’s all over now baby blue, all we need is Love
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