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One of news stories of the past week was about a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask as part of his gig. Considering the rich history of political satire that has always been a part of American culture, one would think this was not such a big deal. For three nights, the crowds cheered and life was set to continue on. But then Perry Beam posted his embarrassment on Facebook about how bull-chasing in effigy made Americans look bad to his Taiwanese exchange student, and someone gave him a microphone. Suddenly, what is essentially a free speech and political satire issue became falsely charged as RACIST! Resignations ensued, the clown has been banned from the venue for life, the Lt. Governor got air time, and the bull hit the mainstream media’s fans.
There is silence from the normally glib White House. Coupled with last year’s “Trayvon could have been my son,” rhetoric, it is now clear to anyone with half a brain that Obama relishes it when people use race as a distraction. Exploiting his ethnicity is one of the few things he does well. Whereas a leader of good character would have wanted to discard the race card as quickly as possible, Obama has chosen to leave it in play. And THAT is how all this relates back to Benghazi.
If Benghazi is a phony scandal, as proved by no one being fired; if Fast and Furious was a phony scandal, as proved by AG Holder retaining his job; if the IRS targeting was a tiny incident contained in Cincinnati, as proved by Lois Learner’s continued collection of pay while on administrative leave; if the deaths of SEAL Team 6 and others is not a scandal, as proved by no reprimand when Biden painted a target on them; then surely the rodeo incident is a REAL SCANDAL because people are losing jobs. That is how the logic works. Isn’t it? At least that is how the racism exploiter Obama rationalized it.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of the rodeo clown’s eye. (Paraphrased from Matthew 7:5)
It is the real scandals the President dismisses as phony, not racism, that are the reasons the crowd cheered. The cure is not to restrict the First Amendment Right to Free Speech. The cure is to stop doing scandalous things.

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Matthew 23 lists Eight Judgmental Woes.

The chapter itself is a good counterbalance to verses like 1 Peter 2:13-17 that deal with submission to those who may be the cause of our suffering because it establishes that “the greatest among you shall be your servant.”

[[[ Continuing the series on Judgment in the New Testament ]]]

The Woes

Woe to you
• hypocrites who shut off the kingdom of heaven from people, but do not enter in themselves
•hypocrites who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers
• hypocrites who make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves
• blind guides who say, `Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated
• hypocrites who tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law
• hypocrites who clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside are full of robbery and self-indulgence
• hypocrites who are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness
• hypocrites who build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, `If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’

“Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
34 “Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, 35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth…

Matthew 23:32-35

Did they really teach THIS in Sunday school? That Jesus said, “Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started and fill up the measure of your fathers!” These hypocrites did get woefully noticed!

“You can’t squirm out of this: Every drop of righteous blood ever spilled on this earth, beginning with the blood of that good man Abel right down to the blood of Zechariah, Barachiah’s son, whom you murdered at his prayers, is on your head.
The Message Version, Matthew 23:35

Poetically in English, those are names A to Z.* Jesus is really going in for the kill here. In “nice human” rationale, if bad guys are killing off your prophets, you stop sending prophets. In the Divine Mind, apparently you send more for them to kill, scourge, and persecute so that you can justify sending them to hell.

I “nice human” rationale, it seems obvious that the effectiveness of this approach will depend on having a steady and plentiful supply of righteous people to have killed off and persecuted. In the Divine Mind, apparently that is not a problem.

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* Abel starts it off, you cannot go further back in time for a righteous death than that of Abel. There are several possible Zechariahs, but the one in scripture who was murdered near the altar during prayer dates to 2 Chronicles 24:20,21. The historian Josephus also tells of a Zecharias, the son of Baruch who was murdered in the temple by the Romans shortly before it was destroyed, but that murder would happen about thirty years into the future from when Jesus says this. Was it a prophecy of when the Pharisees would fill the measure of their guilt, or something else?

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