Today I learned that rioters in Seattle tried using quick drying cement to trap police in a precinct building they were attempting to incinerate. We’ve seen ample footage shot by ‘mostly’ peaceful protestors using their smart phones to film unarmed elderly shop owners trying to put out the fires set by ‘most peaceful’ mobs. Those taking the footage apparently thought it was more important to film than to help the people getting kicked in the head on the ground. Once beautiful tourist destinations like Seattle and Portland now conjure up images of Mogadishu.
Well the mob in Eugene is coming for the cross. I had the privilege for over a decade to teach at the then Eugene Bible College. A former student contacted me last night and shared a link to a local news feed that reported that the mob of mostly peaceful protestors is coming after the 50 foot cross that used to be a landmark in Eugene. In 1997 it was moved to the campus of what is now called New Hope Christian College.
My undergraduate degree is in History. I had an emphasis on German history…particularly the period known as the Weimar Republic. I was fascinated to learn that otherwise sane, brilliant disciplined people could so quickly surrendered their wills, their children and ultimately their lives…
We were walking along Peach Tree Street…We heard a scuffle up ahead and some come police officers running towards the next corner…Next thing I know… Pastor Larry was running too… He got up to the scene just as they cuffed one of the combatants… Then one of the Atlanta cops looked at Larry and said. “Oh Hi Chaplain…”
I’ve never been much a headphones type of guy. During this social distancing nightmare though, I’ve taken to doing long walks with headphones attached. It’s become a sort of ritual. I see people blocks ahead and I dutifully do the right thing… I go out into the road and concede the sidewalk…it’s a Corona thing.
Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre and harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebudchadnezzar had set up.” Daniel 3:6-7