Looking back, 5.26.18

Matthew ~ Luke ~ James

Matthew 7:1-5 ~
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Luke 6:37-42 ~
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. 41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

James 4:11-12 ~
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Luke 6:31-36 ~
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

These mean something to me. I guess you could say I take these literally. Which is a hard statement for me to process because I don’t take this book that was written centuries ago in its entirety literally? I just can’t.

As a Buddhist, I also don’t take books about the Dharma or the Buddha literally because of how long ago they were transcribed. Because words are lost in translation and what was happening then that needed attention. But I can, hopefully, intellectually and with an open compassionate heart assimilate it to today, at this moment. And use it to be respectful of others.

How do you pray for things?

What kind of things do you “pray” for?

Are these questions you or I should have to answer to or for anyone?

For me, this brings in the question of respect.

What is prayer?
“a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.”

How do you support or work to pull attention to things that are important to you?

Would you risk your entire future and livelihood to bring attention to what you believe to be an injustice? Many are right now and many object. Why?

A kneel is a kneel is a kneel. Unless you time it incorrectly in someone else’s eye. I’d want to take a close look at the heart behind that eye.

“This is the tale of two Christian sports personalities, one of whom is the darling of the American church while the other is reviled. And their differences reveal much about the brand of Christianity preferred by many in the church today.”

The flag ~
Literally, the thirteen stripes on the flag represent the thirteen original colonies. The fifty stars represent the fifty current states. Figuratively, the flag stands for freedom and democracy. It represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow.

In some of my “stuff”, I came across these two small stickers. A little smaller than a business card a bit bigger than a stamp. Is it code?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States

“The Flag Code prohibits using the flag “for any advertising purpose” and also states that the flag “should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use”.[84] Both of these codes are generally ignored, almost always without comment.

Section 8, entitled Respect For Flag states in part: “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, and “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform”. Section 3 of the Flag Code[85] defines “the flag” as anything “by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag of the United States of America”.

An additional part of Section 8 Respect For Flag, that is frequently violated at sporting events is part (c) “The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.”

Huh? ⬆️ that last little paragraph I have trouble with, especially with what follows ⬇️. You know that whole freedoms of speech thing. It seems after the fact. I am sure it’s been added recently and has not always been part of the ‘code’. You tell me.

Although the Flag Code is U.S. federal law, there is no penalty for a private citizen or group failing to comply with the Flag Code and it is not widely enforced—indeed, punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.[86] Passage of the proposed Flag Desecration Amendment would overrule legal precedent that has been established.”


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