Forty one years ago, I met my father for the first time. I was 15 years old. I never met this man before. After our introductions, he told me about what he does. He said he analyzes handwriting, and can take fingerprints. He said he could tell a lot about a person from their penmanship. I was skeptical, as my mother warned me that my father often exaggerated. I wrote a sentence and signed my name on a piece of paper. He looked at the writing for a few minutes, then asked me to come with him. We were going to take a little ride. While we drove around, he told me everything he saw in my hand writing. I was stunned, shocked, and quite amazed at his accuracy. He saw things in my hand writing that no one knew about. He told me things that I thought were my deepest secrets. You wouldn't think a 15 year old could have deep dark secrets, but in the 1960's I sure enough did.
Years later, I bring my wife to meet my father. He analyzed her hand writing, and came up with something that he would only tell her. I left the room, and when I returned, my wife's face was pale, and she had the most shocked look on her face. To this day, I don't know what he told her, but she was utterly amazed that he could know this 'thing' about her.
My father did some work with both Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County Police. He too helped the police solve crimes, and gave investigators a heads up on the character of the suspect.
I don't mean to give a testimonial to graphology. While you may not believe graphology has any merit, you should consider the results. Graphologist have demonstrated many times over that graphology should not be dismissed as a pseudo-science, or some parlor game.
Modern times have not brought the hoped for enlightment that a previous generation had hoped for. Instead, we have corportate-think, that wishes to keep any controversy from splashing back in it's face. In this instance, "Milk and Honey" might offend, might suggest impurity, might tickle the senses of the corruptable. I doubt that the people who ordered the removal of 'milk and honey' were the least bit offended by it's content. I do believe that they were worried about their "IMAGE" for allowing the video to play in a storefront of their building. The good ole Corporate Image is an illusion. It's an illusion that they feel must be preserved, even at the cost of freedom of expression.
Oh my aching Liberal bleeding heart. I'm not surprised at the reaction of people not wanting a half-way house in their community. It's the very reaction I would expect from people who are ill informed and unwilling to listen. It's not like they were going to let Charles Manson run loose in their neighborhood. It's the kind of reaction I would expect from people who have no compassion for others less fortunate.
Yes, the people who would have been in the proposed half-way house commited crimes. They are classified as convicted criminals. They could commit yet another crime. But, the people in that community could have shown what society can be like, without resorting to crime. They had an opportunity to show a little mercy, and try to help integrate the offenders into main stream society. They could have shown that soceity can be forgiving, and welcome back those who have paid their debt. They could have done a lot of things to help reform other people in a community willing to share its space with them.
Instead, we have people concerned more about their property values, than helping people become part (partners) of socity. They're afraid, they're scared, they live in perpetual fear of being a victim. A half-way house is a place to help people re-integrate into society. Why not become a community of leaders, that help these offenders become better citizens? Why not become a place known for it's compassion and care, instead of heartless disregard for others?
This is begining to sound like the rumored death of Paul McCarthy back in the 1960's. It would be easy enough to get the real story here, by simply asking the celebreties agent if they were ever at Falling Water at the time the photo was taken. All this techno-debate shows that some folks have way too much time on their hands.
The modern church must do as the church did in the reformation. It must come to see where it can serve modern man, and not the other way around. Just as Jesus said, "The sabath was made for man, not man for the sabath", we have to understand that today's church has to build bridges and not walls between God and man.
The trouble with religion is, it tries to put God in a box, and tell him what he can and can not do. God is greater than our religion, and we ought not tell hiim what his limits are.
What this pastor in Atlanta is doing, is challenging todays church, much the way Martin Luther did. From such a revolution, comes an evolution that brings us to something greater than we started out with.