Originally posted by SIEGE
You know folks, I think I'm in over my head here.
I felt I was venting, for myself and others that may feel the same
Although I still feel strongly about the "hows and whys" of this particular thread,
I think I should leave it to others who have a better way with words than I.
Thank you for an interesting experience.
When I was about 11 years old I went to a small country church for Sunday School...
One morning, our Priest went up to the alter, tenderly closed the bible, brought it to his chest, hugged it fiercely, and brought it down to the pews
where about 8 of us were in awe that the he brought it down to us...
He let each of us touch it in turn and we thought this was an really awesome thing to do, and we all felt elated that we were lucky to have had this
He then turned, and threw it across the room... It hit the wall with a resounding "thwap." We were all, to be sure, in shock. I saw looks on other
kids' faces that I am sure reflected my own feelings.
He turned back to us, with this look of utter calm on his face. He asked us what we thought of this, and I felt like I was just thrown out into the
middle of Lake Michigan in the middle of January...
He then explained to me, and the other children there, that what he had thrown was a book, a book that contained very wonderful content, but it was
just a book, like my Hardy Boys Mysteries, or my sister's Nancy Drew Mysteries, that it was JUST PAPER. It contains a message to be sure, and it is
a wondrous message. But the MESSAGE is the important issue, and not the book. The book in time would not be here, but that message would stand the
test of time, and would last through the world being aflame and the book would be reduced to ashes.
I think we have to see that flag as it waves in the breeze as containing a message, a message that for many of us is a beautiful thing, but the
important part is the message, and not the "book." The flag can get brittle and waste away in time, but we must NEVER allow that "message" and
the freedoms that it represents to EVER waste away.
When we start to whittle away when and where you can exercise those freedoms, and who and when someone can "see" us exercise those rights, the the
message has been lost, and we start idolizing the "book" and not the "message," and that is when we start saying the President is right no matter
what because we have to support the office, even if we disagree with the man, and government is always right, even if it tramples the rights of men,
because the government is always right because it is the government... When this happens we have lost, and this country will be lost. I promise when
these things come to pass, I will be headed for Europe and will save a spot for those who make it out...