I’ve had one book published; prolific I’m not. The book is called ‘White Eyes’ and I can say that my book contains very little violence, however it does contain profanity and I have been criticized by a few readers for using those big bad words.
But holy Hemingway, the world is one complicated place. Morally and in every which way and now with the social media bellowing and snorting out its pernicious content, no place is safe. Except for my woodshed.
Now, I would hardly compare my book to the Bible which some people believe is correct from the first page to the last page. Every gol-darned word. However, where my stories contain a bit of profanity, the Bible contains plenty of violence and sex.
I’m gob-smacked, confused, angered, frustrated and lots of other words, when I hear and see what is going on in the world of politics. Heartsick when I see the hard-heartedness of so many people who claim to be Bible believers or righteous and yet, who are willing to see the greedy, the dishonest, the earth polluters and profaners as being the ones who are chosen by God to lead the converted into the Kingdom of Heaven. Why Jesus Christ himself, dark skinned as he was, would have a hard time getting accepted, let alone listened to.
Here’s a story for you and it’s from the Bible.
“There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, beat him up and then left him half dead.
It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side.
In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side.
But a Samaritan who was travelling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity.
He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. “Take care of him,” he told the innkeeper, and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.”
Luke 10: 30-35
Many slaves knew what it was like to be owned by Bible- believing Christians. Here’s a quote from a book written by the ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. He’d had hopes that his master, who had recently been converted at a camp meeting, might be a little more lax when it came to his cruelty.
“I have said my master found religious sanction for his cruelty. As an example, I will state one of many facts going to prove the charge. I have seen him tie up a lame young woman, and whip her with a heavy cow-skin upon her naked shoulders, causing the warm red blood to drip: and, in justification of the bloody deed, he would quote this passage of scripture——-“He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.
“Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life”
"It is not the thing said, but the man behind it, that is important."
"They were conscientious, and felt that they were doing righteous service unto the Lord. They believed literally in cutting off the right hands and plucking our right eyes. Heaven and hell were alike under their control. They believed that they had keys, and lived up to their convictions. They could smile when they heard bones crack in stocks and saw the maiden's flesh torn from her bones. It is only the best things that serve the worst perversions. Many pious souls today hate the negro while they think they love the Lord."
Frederick Douglass, Life and Times