The Anti-Triumphal Entry

Jesus rode a donkey into Passover. Remember that Passover was the anti-imperial Jewish festival during which the Jews celebrated their ancestors’ coming out of Egyptian Slavery. With Roman soldiers lining the streets, Jews gathered and waved palm branches, symbols of resistance to the empire. (1 Macc. 13:51) Passover was a volatile time, often marked by riots and bloodshed. When Jesus rode a donkey into this festival, it was a lampoon, like street theater at a protest. Scholars call it the anti-triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 
Imagine the president riding a unicycle in the Fourth of July parade. Kings did not ride donkeys. They rode mighty war horses accompanied by an entourage of soldiers. So here is Jesus making a spectacle of violence and power, riding in on the back of an ass. (And a borrowed one at that!)

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey.

trilluminati:

San Francisco Police shoot & kill 19 yr old

Warning: the video is graphic.

Yesterday, at 4:45 p.m., SFPD shot a teenager who fled during a fair inspection on a Muni light rail car. The cops claimed that he was armed and had fired shots at them first. After the suspect was shot in the back, no gun was found. Doesn’t this sound awfully familiar? 

Seriously though, you shot a 19 yr old over a $2 fair? And he later died in the hospital, all because he didn’t pay a $2 fair & you assumed he had a gun. Back up arrived before an ambulance did. No back up was needed. There were already other cops on the scene, some even carrying assault rifles.  The man was on the ground fighting for his life. That moment in the video where he struggles to even attempt to get up is some of the most chilling video I’ve seen. Ever. 

It’s okay though right? America will probably ignore this & move on to some more mindless crap,  as is usually the case. I’ve seen it before with the Oscar grant case, Sean bell, James Brissette, and countless others. When will this country’s collective conscious wake up?

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A Litany of Resistance

Shane Claiborne

gospelofthekingdom:

Finally converted this to audio.  Start your day off right.

Today we pledge our ultimate allegiance, to the Kingdom of God
To a peace that is not like Rome’s
To the gospel of enemy love
To the kingdom of the poor and broken
To a king that loves His enemies so much He died for them

To the least of these with whom Christ dwells
To the transnational church that transcends the artificial borders of nations
To the refugee of Nazareth
To the homeless Rabbi who had no place to lay his head
To the cross rather than the sword
To the banner of love above any flag
To the One who rules with the towel rather than an iron fist
To the One who rides a donkey rather than a warhorse
To the revolution that sets both the oppressed and the oppressors free
To the way that leads to life
To the Slaughtered Lamb

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Grateful. #HelpaHuman

Grateful. #HelpaHuman

The narrow road

The narrow road

The legendary Paul Rodriguez at the Laugh Factory. #d3200 #LaughFactory #Hollywood

The legendary Paul Rodriguez at the Laugh Factory. #d3200 #LaughFactory #Hollywood

Love these two little ones of mine. Nevaeh and Noah.

Love these two little ones of mine. Nevaeh and Noah.

Whatcha know about that? #110Film

Whatcha know about that? #110Film

Gospel of the Kingdom: Christians: Stop Using Tragedies as an Appeal to Days That Never Were

gospelofthekingdom:

imageA friend of mine showed me a Facebook group titled “Jesus, Please Save America” which is where I found this photo. After my initial shock, I then moved to a state of sorrow about how wide spread this belief is. I first want to address the caption and then the comments.

“What has our…