Some Sayings of Jesus, Applied

“What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” (Mt 21:28–31).

I offer that saying as preface to this story of this champion of Good White Christian Civilization vs. Native Savages:

Odds are extremely high this shrieking persecutor sees herself as persecuted Christian in a land of liberals and regards her prey as “pagans”.

Jesus says,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. (Mt 5:38–45).

This is not to say that the Native folk here self-identify as pagan or practitioners of a Native religion. They may or the may not. A lot of Native people are Christian and Catholic. For instance, the Amazonian Catholics who went to Rome last fall for the Amazonian Synod are devout Catholics. It was only racist white bigots in their own communion who denounced them as pagan, spat in their faces, and desecrated their statue in honor of Our Lady. (You can read about the whole thing in a series I wrote starting here). Similar dynamics may be in play here, I don’t know.

My point is simply this: However, the Native people in this video self-identify, in comparison with this vicious harridan of Western Civilization, which of these did the will of Jesus’ Father, d’you think?

What matters is what you do, not what you say. Or, as Jesus put it:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’ (Mt 7:15–23).


3 Responses

  1. When religion is tribal, religionists act tribally.* our tribe is good. Your tribe is not. God likes us, and even though we say our god loves everyone…you, not so much.

    *not a reference to native Americans.

  2. Native Americans are overwhelmingly Catholic. They understand who and what the enemy is.

    Did you see that grimace on the Karen’s face? She was high on what she was doing. They depend on Trump for a fix.

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