Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Mess on the Mall

 
The Mess on the Mall
(by R.P.Edwards)

A tale of two gatherings
A tale of two views
Two visions to strive for
Two versions of true
And two groups of speakers
Two clarion calls
But the proof in the pudding
Was the mess…on the mall
Yes
The spinners did spin
And the talkers did talk
But the evidence, clear
Was the trash…on the walk
For one crowd, respectful
Let no refuse fall
But the others
Alas
Left a mess…on the mall


I read the scripture…and had to laugh.

The back story:  Saturday, last, was the “if Glenn Beck can do it, we can do it better” rally, also known as “The One Nation Working Together Rally,” also known as the 10-2-10 rally (as opposed to Mr Beck’s invitation, designated as 8-28, Restoring Honor Rally.”  I wasn’t particularly interested in the “message” of October's child, as I, though a union fellow, am decidedly conservative in my leanings.

Anyway, from here and there I’ve gleaned some information that’s worth a shallow rehash.  The size: the ten twoers said theirs was bigger.  Photos prove…it was much, much smaller.  Glenn told the comers to leave their signs at home and the rally was non-political.  The other?  Signs and political opines.  I’ve learned the “lefters” also had a huge teleprompter to streamline their message.  Glenn’s group? Not. And, at the end of the day, the Restore Honor folk…cleaned up after themselves.  And the others? Slobbish.

Now, I suppose I could expand on the who came and why; the orchestrated “pushing” as opposed to the universal “drawing,” but, the two scriptures involved…speak volumes.  First, Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Was this scripture reference part of the dating process?  Don’t know.  Don’t want to dig to find out. But I did hear a minister read it at the rally.  It fits.  I like it.

Now, the other scripture: Just for the fun of it I looked up a Biblical reference from the same book, with corresponding numbers, Romans 10:2. It made me laugh. 

For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

The context: the apostle speaks of a people who are zealous for God, but their enthusiasm is misplaced, misaligned, misdirected.  I found it strangely…funny…and strangely…appropriate.

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4 comments:

General Letters said...

Yes..this made me laugh a loud and i have shared with my friends on face book!

jeftex said...

Good one! The bias in the media over this stuff is sickening. Another blog that I follow had a good one today about this too. He posted pictures of the two crowds that really get to the truth of the matter. You can check it out at http://battlefieldsmiles.blogspot.com/2010/10/liberal-hypocrites.html if you're interested

redneck preacher said...

Good post. thanks for the visit to battlefieldsmiles.blogspot.com it is my venting place.

R.P. Edwards said...

Yes, that whole "mall thing" was amazing. Sadly, some may view the two events...as equal.