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Thursday, December 29, 2005

The First Shall Be Last

In evangelical circles, it is well known that those groups who are "of God" are usually the most despised, maligned and mistreated by the world. Take the case of the nation of Israel. Through the ages an inexplicable hatred and prejudice of those of Jewish descent has permeated the centuries. Why are they so hated by the world? The answer is that because they are "of God".

The Christians have had their turn, as well. Starting with John the Baptist, through Jesus and into the first half of the new millennium, Christians were crucified, tortured, stoned and shunned by the world. So it would appear that if you are "of God", you are hated by the world.

Good Morning America is reporting this morning that Pope John VIII (853-855 A.D.) was actually a woman. It is reported that she actually conceived and birthed a child during her reign. Subsequently, she was stoned and dragged behind a horse until death released her from her adversaries.

If you want to talk about persecution, intolerance, unfair judgment and hatred for any one group, let us discard the Blacks, Muslims, Christians and Jews; there is another group that has suffered more than these, and her name is Woman. No other group in the history of this world has been more maligned. No other slavery has been more pervasive than a husband over his wife. No other lie has been more accepted since the beginning of the human race than the subjugation of women, and this second-class status is still prevalent today; yes even in America.

"But many that are first will be last, and the last first." Matthew 19:30 RSV

"If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." Mark 9:35 RSV

"And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last." Luke 13:30 RSV


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