To Hell with Religious Correctness; Effigies, Bonfires and Political Protest
Fire is a universal symbol: light banishing darkness. Evil being destroyed, rejected. Effigies are burned to protest the actions and policies of political figures seen to be evil and destructive. Its a warning, a celebration, a statement: I reject this, this is where I stand.
When England’s King James the First was saved at the last minute from the Gunpowder Plot, fires were lit all over London when the news spread. Guy Fawkes effigies are still burned to celebrate that victory. The Pope was burned in effigy by Protestants to celebrate the freedom of that church from the corrupt Catholic rule of that time.
As the American Revolution got under way, effigies of British officials and tax collectors were burned in protest. This year, Lance Armstrong was even burned in effigy in Edenbridge, England on Bonfire Night. He betrayed the cycling sport and destroyed many careers, not only his own.
Effigy hanging and burning is no different from political cartoons, yet the religiously correct, the politically correct, shriek about offensiveness, threats and racism. This has nothing to do with race. Why do you think he should be exempt? Because he is African?
We are not threatening Obama. We are offended by his policies and actions, and if by saying this we offend, good. Think! Is he a god? Is he your idol? Are his actions evil?
He is a traitor, like Benedict Arnold, betraying Americans and their future. He is plotting the overthrow of our Constitution and throwing our liberties and our sovereignty away. At the time of Guy Fawkes, after breaking free from the control of Catholic Europe, England was not going to be dragged back. The Reformers were printing the Bible in clear English. At such a cost, but they would remain free. The American Revolution was unstoppable once underway, establishing a country with free speech and freedom of religion.
You cannot force your idea of religious correctness on us. A timid response to evil has drawn for itself a false God. We have created a mild Jesus. “He only spoke in soft tones to those he knew well. He did not offend or judge, he healed and did good deeds, then the people thought he was so loving and wonderful that they followed.”
This Jesus did not exist. God is love, and he hates evil. Jesus challenged his followers to repent. Some did, other left. Many left. God loves so much, loves justice, right and good, that wrong, injustice and evil must be exposed. Exposed in a gentle way, yes, when possible. But there are times for shock, for shaking, for waking up.
The Bible is full of not religiously correct acts, acts that destroyed but saved lives, acts that caused fear but brought obedience and good. Christianity likes to confine itself to certain forms of non-offensive preaching and speaking, humanistic, intellectually acceptable forms, while the world that sees that Christianity as hypocritical and unreal, rejects God and goes to hell. God will hold to account!
We serve this God:
“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”” John 2:13-16