Archive for October 6th, 2010
Hm. That sounds vaguely familiar.
On one occasion Jesus was talking and said” Love your neighbor as you would love yourself”.
An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “And what would that look like, pastor?”
Jesus looked at him and smiled. “Why don’t you tell me?”
“OK, a trucker was going up to Troy from Nashville, when he fell into the hands of hijackers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and left him beside his rig, half dead.
“A preacher happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a county councilman, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Tennessee State Trooper, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He called in the man’s license plate number and found that he had not paid his Emergency Service Fee. So he turned his Crown Vic around and drove away.”
“Hm. Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” asked Jesus
The expert in the law replied, “Well, they all were. But he’d made his choice, now he just has to deal with it himself”.
“So, that’s what is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “That’s how you read it? Nothing else?”
The man answered:” Of course. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”
“Oh, and make sure that you take care of yourself, that you are responsible for your own actions and hold others accountable for theirs. So no one gets anything they don’t pay for.”
“You just don’t get it,” Jesus replied.
In the spirit of fiscal responsibility, the fire department of Obion County,Tennessee, stood by and watched as the home of Gene Crannick burned to the ground. Because he forgot to pay the $75 fire department service fee this year. Crannick offered to pay whatever it took to put out the fire. His neighbors volunteered to pay the fee (or even $500), if the department would put out the fire but the fire chief (who was playing golf nearby) said no dice – let it burn.
Thankfully no one was inside at the time (would that have made any difference, though?) but his pets, three dogs and a cat were killed. Well, I guess Crannick had it coming. People need to be held accountable, especially in this day and age. According to Glenn Beck, self-proclaimed Christian leader of the far Right:
And it goes nowhere if you go onto “compassion, compassion, compassion, compassion” or well, “they should’ve put it out, what is the fire department for?” […] If you don’t pay the 75 dollars then that hurts the fire department. They can’t use those resources, and you’d be spongeing off your neighbor’s resources. […] It’s important for America to have this debate. This is the kind of stuff that’s going to have to happen, we are going to have to have these kinds of things.
Of course, I’m not sure if allowing a man’s house to burn down, with living creatures inside, is exactly what Jesus would do, but we’ll have to wait to hear more on that from Beck and other Right Wing Christians. Then I’d like to ask, if government is so incompetent, as many conservative/libertarians claim, then do we really want to rely on bureaucratic paper pushing careerists to determine whose house burns and whose doesn’t? What if there was a filing error? Oops!
But what about those dogs and that cat? Allowing them to burn up in the fire, doesn’t that amount to cruelty to animals? According to state statute Title 39. Criminal Offenses. Chapter 14. Offenses Against Property. Part 2. Animals it seems that this fire department in the Bible Belt knowingly broke Tennessee law. Aside from any other laws that might come from a somewhat Higher Authority.