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Friday, February 13, 2009

We are made with Divine Construction

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1: 26 & 31

The homeless, the disabled, gays, lesbians, mentally challenged and many other groups who are marginalized and alienated in society are often perceived by some to be sub-human and therefore vulnerable to “holocaust” and extinction. Power, unmerciful thoughts and dominance begins in the heart and once it takes root, the sin of it clouds perception. Sin allows us to see things not as they are. Instead of viewing all humans made with Divine construction, we view some as sub-human. Here is just a partial list of a dangerous trend in individual and public thinking about the poor, the alienated and the homeless.

1. Suspect Sought for Attempting to Set Man on Fire Philadelphia, Nov. 29, 2007
2. Vicious attack against a homeless man New York, Oct. 5, 2007
3. Homeless Beating Gets Local Teen 10-Year Jail Sentence Merritt Island, Fla., Oct. 5, 2007
4. Three Charged In PB County Homeless Beating West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 10, 2007
5. L.A. Teens Taped Homeless Beatings on Cell Phones Los Angeles, July 17, 2007
6. Unexpected Plea Made By Teen In Homeless Beating Daytona Beach, Fla., March 31, 2007
7. Break In Taped Homeless Beating San Francisco, March 20, 2006
8. Videotaped Homeless Beating Verdict Corpus Christi, Texas, Oct. 30, 2007
9. Homeless shooting victim sues OSU frat Corvallis, Ore., Oct. 14, 2006
10. Two Convicted For Murder Of Homeless Woman Berkeley, Calif., Sept. 25, 2006
11. 15-Year Old Sentenced to Clean Bed Pans/Animal Shelters 7-Days a Week Corpus Christi, Texas, Sept. 7, 2007
12. Police Search for Boys Responsible for Homeless Beating Fort Lauderdale, Fla., September 2006
13. Police: Teens Charged In Homeless Beatings May Have Attacked 2 More Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 21, 2006
14. 3 Homeless Men Beaten, 1 Fatally Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 12, 2006
15. Teens Plead Not Guilty In Homeless Attacks Cleveland, Aug. 9, 2003
16. Random Attack Has Neighborhood On Edge Tacoma, Wash., May 29, 2001
17. FBI is contacted as mother of eight receives numerous death threats via phone and email because of her need for community assistance, Los Angeles, CA, February 12, 2009.

Mercy, Lord! Lord have mercy …
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