BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Holy Bible passage, Batman!

For those of you who were baffled by W's Inaugural Adress, check out Matthew Rothschild's latest editorial in The Progressive. The title?

"The Hidden Passages in Bush’s Inaugural Address"

Meaning...hidden BIBLICAL passages.

D'oh!

Excerpts:
Bush’s Inaugural Address contained many explicit references to God, but there were even more hidden allusions to the Bible that may have been lost to many in his audience, as they were to me, before I did some research.

When Bush thanked the American people for granting him patience in “good measure,” he was echoing Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure. . . .”

When Bush talked of the “ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever,” he was echoing Hebrews 13:8, which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

When Bush talked about the “untamed fire of freedom” in a passage that included the phrase “hope kindles hope,” he was echoing passages from Jeremiah. For instance, Jeremiah 17:27 says: “I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem.” And Jeremiah 50:32 says: “I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.”

There are many other passages in the Bible that have a raging fire in them. For instance, Isaiah 33:14: “The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: ‘Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?’ ”

When Bush talked about the day when “the captives are set free,” he was echoing Ephesians 4:7-9, which says: “He led the captives free.”

Toward the end, when Bush said, “Freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul,” he was echoing Psalm 107: “For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness. . . .”

In these passages, Bush may have been intent on reassuring his evangelical base that he is one of them. But in the process, he was also doing something dangerous to our democracy.
Agreed.

Unfortunately, Bush did not bust out my favorite Biblical passage. Revelations Ch. XIII, v. 18.
"Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the Beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short...

Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Beast, for it is a human number. Its number is Six Hundred and Sixty Six."
I left alone, my mind was blank, I needed time to think to get the memories of my mind. What did I see? Could I believe? That what I saw last night was real and not just fantasy? Just what I saw, in my old dreams, were the reflections of my warped mind staring back at me. Cause in my dreams, it's always there. The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair!

Yeah!!! (Dug uh duh duh duh duh! Dug uh duh duh duh duh! Dug uh duh duh duh duh duh duh!)

"Up the Irons!"

More later...

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