James 3:2-10

     Today, Our Daily Bread focuses on James 3:2-10.  I can particularly related to this as I have a habit of speaking without considering the consequences, but it also relates to a subject that has gotten under my skin a bit lately, and that is the gay takeover of the rainbow as their symbol when those of us who know the Bible know it was intended to serve as a covenant between God and the Earth, which was a promise to never again flood the whole land.

     A lot of people take that to mean, the next time God decides to wipe man out would be by fire instead of water, but I don’t believe that God would give his sons life, even for three days, to save us from our sins, if that were the case.  To be sure, I do believe a final battle between good and evil is coming, and I do believe there will be a lot of carnage, but the Bible is clear on which side will win and so we only need to choose the winning side.

     So the challenge I felt was, how do I remind people of the original meaning of the Rainbow without attacking the gay community, and I chose to do so by simply doing that, reminding people of the original meaning and that we all, gays, straights, and everyone in between need the gift of life that Jesus provides for us.


James 3:2-10King James Version (KJV)

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

 

Not of Death but Oblivion

Oblivion
noun
1. the state of being completely forgotten or unknown: a former movie star now in oblivion.
2. the state of forgetting or of being oblivious : the oblivion of sleep.
3. the act or process of dying out; complete annihilation or extinction: If we don’t preserve their habitat, the entire species will pass into oblivion.
4. Archaic. official disregard or overlooking of offenses; pardon; amnesty.

Je Cours

     Ok, that last song was shallow and funny, this song is quite the opposite, deep and thoughtful and human.  One of the moments I appreciate living in this era.  Prior to the Internet the chances of being able to discover this living in the US would be slim to none.



     What follows is an English translation.  I don’t speak French, well not more than a handful of words, but prior to reading this translation I was still able to get a feel for what this was about just from the emotion in the music.  Awesome harmonies at points too.

I’m Running

That’s it, I was just born there
I don’t know where I’m going or where I am
But everyone wants to be there
Somewhere, there in life
And I want to set my feet there
But only my soul has access
And I know,
That I have none of its evils

No longer disposable
I take off and graze the earth where my four paws are stuck
Hush, suddenly these seducers sing that a soul knows that this one is absent
All dead, fed up with living
But my numeric desires follow, and so I am drunk
On nuanced thoughts
On songs of sensation
And I don’t know on what foot I’m dancing.
So I am leaving
Non-stop I am leaving
Late as always, that’s why

I am running
(dimdamdam 5x)
I am laughing
(dimdamdam 5x)
Yes, I am laughing
(dimdamdam 5x)
And then I laugh
(etc…)
Next I laugh
(etc…)
After that I laugh
(etc)
Yes I laugh
(etc)
And I laugh
(etc)

And I continue from the subway in my head
People are skimming their own content
But I will need more than one time
To sate the hunger of these eardrums
For they eat us crunk
Or in sauce
They eat the air and leave the sounds
Yes, this public scares me
I’m not afraid of death but of oblivion
It’s good, what you’ve done
So they retain something of you
But overall, not what you were like
Moreover, I don’t have luck
So, it’s fortunate I’m not dreaming of getting rich
Because I will go without, and, unaware
I will handle stacks, with my bad luck
You see why I would like to be a pig, lion, or man, and
Live without regret
Or be dead.

dimdamdam 10x
(Or be dead.)
dimdamdam 10x

But it’s stronger than me
And as I don’t like mankind, I remain outside of myself
Always elsewhere, I am getting nowhere
Even my thoughts are running, outdoing each other
Under the moon they have little desire to see me there
And I often return there so they will rejoin me
Instead of passing the time in sustaining myself
I run away, think before dying

I am running
(dimdamdam 5x)
I am laughing
(dimdamdam 5x)
Yes, I am laughing
(dimdamdam 5x)
And then I laugh
(etc…)
Next I laugh
(etc…)
After that I laugh
(etc)
Yes I laugh
(etc)
And I laugh
(etc)

Taken from http://lyricstranslate.com/en/je-cours-im-running.html#ixzz3elA7uVHN

Rainbows

Genesis 9:13  King James Version (KJV)

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.


This is what God intended the rainbow to mean for us. Jesus died for all of our sins.

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