Don’t get fooled by the mockingbird
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. Proverbs 26:6 (KJV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Pleasing notes, tweets, and rhythmic hollers so extraordinary they seem unnatural, that’s the mockingbird’s choir. The mockingbird holds the title of the master of mimicry —mockingbirds have the capability to impersonate other bird songs and sounds so accurately as to fool others into thinking they’re the originators.
Sounds a lot like some of the candidates who are vying for political offices.
They lure us in with visitations to our houses of worship and then we don’t break bread with them until the last supper. And like the real Last Supper, we have dined with Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus.
Not only are they mockers, they are outright lying when they tell us that they will solve all our societal ills.
What’s much more damning than that is some of us believe them.
Finding ourselves fooled again we look like BoBo the clown, appearing to have the inability to vote with our heads and not our hearts. We refuse to read candidates by looking past that book cover; we become enamored by the outside and the shallowness of vein accolades of what they pay others to say about them.
We don’t take the Great Commission seriously: The Great Commission instructs us to make disciples (Believers in Christ) while we are going throughout the world and while we are going about our daily activities.
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
Their badges are made from trumped up charges of community reform and open door policies. Pin on their chests with statistics that misrepresent the truth in numbers of those who look like me in higher places. While our jails and prisons are filled with young Black and Brown brothers and sisters.
And those who sit in judgment and hand out sentences, we don’t give them a fair chance because that part of the system has not always been fair to us. Yet, when one has been called and chastised by the community and tried to correct a wrong, we bite the head off like a grizzly bear eating a salmon.
We direct our actions towards the wrong attorney, albeit defense or prosecutor.
A great German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality, Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” I don’t necessarily agree with all that Mr. Nietzsche said; however I do emphatically agree with that!
It is election time ya’ll and this is, like other election times SERIOUS and in the vernacular of the streets, its “serious as cancer”.
We cannot go on as usual and vote for anybody “just because”. “Just because” they’re Black. “Just because” they’re Democrat or Republican. “Just because” they’re straight, LGBTQ, friend or foe.
Ask yourself this question; “Am I voting for a CARICATURE or one with CHARACTER?”
One question you may keep in your mind when you are questioning candidates is: “Have they lived a life of cultural consciousness and social sensitivity?”
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalm 14:1 (KJV)
“Dear God teach me to follow you. In You there are no fools.” Amen
A FOOL IS SOMEONE WHO IS UNWISE, LACKS SENSE, AND LACKS JUDGMENT.
WHERE DO YOU STAND?