MARY DID KNOW: Do You?

The pregnant, out of wedlock teenager that still shakes the world

Do you know Krishna’s mother or Sun Myung Moon’s?  How about Buddha’s mother or Muhammad’s?  Do you know the name of Zarathustra’s mother or Barack Obama’s? 

Have you ever heard of Aminah?  How about Queen Maha Maya?  No?  They are the mothers of Muhammad and Gautama Buddha, respectively.  And unless you are a biographer of either man, you’ve probably never heard of them.  How about the mother of Jesus, have you heard of her?  Of course you have, and so has every generation for nearly two thousand years. The stunning part about all this is that Mary predicted that you would know her:

And Mary said, “my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” 


(Luke 1:46-48)

Imagine for a moment the audacity of an unwed pregnant teenager, of a subjugated people, from an insignificant town, predicting that she would be known in a most positive way for generations to come?  What are the odds of that becoming true? 

So what happens when we do a comparative statistical analysis between Mary and the most prominent woman of the 1st Century?  If I asked you to identify the most famous woman of Century one, would you be able to tell me her name?  

What if I told you that she was daughter to one of Rome’s most celebrated generals, and great-granddaughter, great niece, sister, wife, and mother to five separate emperors?  Would it be fair to pit a hillbilly Jewess against royal Roman blood?  Mary persists, yet history has already turned the page on Agrippina the younger.

The “Mother” of all wagers: What would you set the odds if, in the first century, you were asked to pit Mary of Nazareth, wife of the carpenter Joseph and mother to Jesus, against Julia Agrippina, great-granddaughter of Augustus, great-niece and adopted granddaughter of Tiberius, daughter of Germanicus, sister to Caligula, wife to Claudius, and mother of Nero? Would the woman who virtually ruled the Roman Empire for the first half a dozen years while her son got his sea-legs on be a heavy favorite?  How would odds-makers have set the bet as to who would be known in a hundred years, or a thousand, or two thousand? 

Divine Trash Talk: You see, one of the things about the God of the Bible that you may not have known is that when it comes to “talking trash,” He makes Michael Jordan look like Urkel.  He asks you to compare Him to “other gods.” He heckles those other gods.  He even taunts the worshipers of those gods to put up or shut up.  

Then there’s Mary.  And here, God tells the whole world that the mother of Jesus is bigger, better, stronger, more famous, more loved, more talked about than Muhammad’s, Buddha’s, Krishna’s, Hirohito’s, or Obama’s.  Mary, mother of Jesus, will be blessed in word, in song, in legend, in statue, in oil slick, in burnt toast, in potato chip, and in dreams, for the rest of history. 

The Virgin Mary will be history’s favorite mother when Aminah, Maha Maya, Devaki, Sadako, and Stanley Ann are less than an asterisk in a forgotten book.  And God does this over and over again to jolt the stilted, the deaf, the dumb and the obstinate to take notice.  That’s why the angel tells Mary, “With God, all things are possible.”  God revels in taking the weak, the foolish, the base and the despised, while calling the world to attention and saying, “Now watch this!” 

“. . . from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” And Mary makes this comment even before Jesus is born.  The boast is uttered before he’s worshiped by shepherds or magi, before he’s prophesied over by Simeon or Anna, before he startles the lawyers in the temple, feeds the thousands, straightens the withered hand, gives sight to the blind, before he threatens Hell upon the self-righteous, or calms the wayward sea.  Mary is convinced that her relationship to this unborn child will bring her world renown before he ever forgives his tormentors, conquers death, or ascends to the right hand of the Father. 

While there may be some surface similarities between Christ, Muhammad and Buddha; the differences are legion.  Only one of these men claimed deity, only one – the capacity to forgive sins, and only one of these men has left us an empty grave.  The cynic will pass over these curiosities, but the honest skeptic has got to ask why, how, who is like unto Him?  For that matter, who is even like unto his mother? 

One more note to those who would make more of Mary than she ever would: look at her words closely, one more time and see that she does not magnify herself.  Mary never claims to be co-redemptrix and she would condemn anyone who would foolishly elevate her to such a blasphemous juxtaposition.  Mary knew that there is one mediator between God and man, and Mary knew that man was not merely “her” child, but the son of God. 

My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Yes, highly favored of God but still seeking to magnify Him with her soul.  My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior,” Mary is of greater faith than that of the just priest, Zacharias, yet still recognizes her need for a Savior.  Would a sinless, perpetual virgin have need of a Savior?

So, does Mary still speak from apparitions and crying statues? She certainly doesn’t need to. She’s left us already with the one crucial thing: hear him and obey him.  
Though she most likely did at the time, it isn’t recorded that Mary spoke in the Upper Room or even at the crucifixion. Mary’s last recorded words are found at the inauguration of our Lord’s earthly ministry. Speaking to the servants of the feast at the wedding at Cana Mary says, “Whatever He says to you, do!”  Her last words were recorded by the Holy Spirit of God and they are more than sufficient. 

If Mary were here today, she’d probably say, “Didn’t you hear me the first time?  Hear ye him and get to it!”  Why is it that we do not hear from Mary, the mother of our Lord, after the wedding?  I believe the reason is caught up in the Baptizer’s admonition, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

While there were things that Mary pondered, even that made her marvel, the uniqueness of her son, and her place in history as a blessing for bearing him were not a mystery to her.  Mary did know.  Do you?  Have you considered the Christ? 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  He that believes on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.  


(John3:17-18, 36 KJV)

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If I Were A Black Man, I’d Join a Gang

This column first appeard at Clash Daily on February 4th, 2014.

I’ve changed my mind, I am for reparations. Not for slavery, but for Chicago, for Liberalism, and for The Great Soviety!  But it won’t cost the taxpayer a dime.  Here’s how it works: every congressman, senator, and president that participated in the systematic enslavement and hostile destruction of the black family will have their wealth redistributed to fund vouchers and scholarships in the inner ghettos.  We’ll start with the Kennedy’s.  There will be an 80/20 split – 80% of the funds will go directly to the poor and 20% will be used to supplement the cost of incarcerating the Jacksons, Sharptons, and other poverty pimps!

 

For a black man to prosper in Chicago, he first has to make it out of the most dangerous place in the world (his mother’s womb) just for the chance to eat a crap sandwich in the most dangerous city in the country.  The odds are that his father won’t be living in the house when he arrives.  If he’s lucky, he will be raised by a grandparent and not the Almighty Black P Stone Nation.

 

His playground is more dangerous than Kandahar province, and if he can dodge the “drive-by” and the crack dealers he may reach the respite that is the Chicago Public School system.  Maybe he’ll be among the 38% of African-American males in Chicago that actually earn a diploma, but the odds are that if he is, he will need help reading it.  How many are truly ready for college?  And while the military may be suitable for some, what is the vast majority to do?

 

Chicago used to be the city of “Big Shoulders,”  now we’re just the armpit of the Midwest.  And that funk you smell is a bad case of B.O. – Barrack Obama!  That’s right, statistics just in show that in Der Führer’s home town, 92% of African-American teenagers are unemployed.

We now have 600,000 fewer jobs than in the year 2000 and over qualified adults are dueling over the right to say, “Would you like to super-size that?”

Only 38% have a lousy diploma from one of the worst school systems in the world and 92% can’t even find work pushing carts or filling Happy Meals!    Gee, I wonder why they’re joining gangs!  I wonder if this contributes to the likelihood of getting shot in Chicago being the highest in the nation!

Every election cycle, the mouth-breathers gather us around the fireplace and tirelessly treat us to the myth of the “Southern Strategy” – Richard Nixon’s dog whistle to scare all those closeted racists into the polling booth.  Never mind the Grand Kleagle that was the Democrat’s senior member in the Senate, he’s just a mulligan.  The press will trot out this phantom every four years but it takes a random act of journalism to even hear about the conditions of the inner city and that’s just what the Urban League gave us last week. (Urban League Study on Black Unemployment)

You’d never know that it was a Democrat and the framer of The Great Society who said, “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness.  Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.” – Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, (D-TX), would become President following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and while riding on Air Force One would share this little quip with two senators, “I’ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

Is that in your Eighth grade civics textbook?  Does Brian Williams breathe heavy and pinch his brow as he describes the menacing “Great Society”?

The Great Society is the doctrine of pimps.  Take an innocent victim, get her hooked on crack, feed her, clothe her, toss her a few crumbs and make sure that she brings back the Benjamins every night after working one of your corners.  It’s amazing the conditions that she’ll accept just for a hit off that heated spoon at the end of the night.  And if she gets out of line and tries to escape, beat her mercilessly.  You know, like what the poverty pimps and their pals in the media tried to do to Benjamin Carson, Clarence Thomas and Star Parker.

“Where there is no hope, the people perish,” and this is beyond a travesty.  This is not a life, this is a concentration camp.  Chicago and Detroit are the liberal’s equivalent of the Palestinian Refugee Camps.  Those refugees could have easily been assimilated by the surrounding Arab nations but then they wouldn’t be a suitable victim card to tap wealth and indignation from the guilt ridden and the naive.  Chicago is a refugee camp for the poverty pimps that they can use to stir up black hatred and white guilt, all the while the warlords siphon profits from the ransom that America pays not to have to look.

If I were a black man, I would be leading a new abolition movement.  There should be an immediate uprising in the urban areas.  This is not poverty, it is manufactured despair and while southern aristocrats once enslaved the body, northern liberals have enslaved the black man, body and soul.  It is a page right out of Josef Stalin’s handbook.  The story may be apocryphal, but Stalin allegedly demonstrated his “Great Society” to a general in a courtyard.  He picked up a chicken, plucked it while it was still alive and then told the general to watch what would happen after he threw it into the cold Moscow winter.  The chicken came back to Stalin and tried to seek warmth at his feet.  (Barrack Obama: Raising Stalin’s Chicken)

Dinesh D’Souza on his weekend pass from an Obama gulag, recently debated Obama “Ghost Writer” and “barely known” Obama best friend, Bill Ayers.  The subject was “What Makes America Great?”  To my amazement, only a few days after this report on conditions in Chicago hit the press, Bill Ayers said that the first thing that came to his mind when seeking to answer that question was Chicago.  I wonder if he was thinking of the crime, the corruption or the horror over what Chicago has done to the African-American family.   I guess if a Southern Aristocrat was asked about the glory of the plantation, he’d probably sound a lot like a domestic terrorist, community organizer talking about Chicago.

If you’re a black man living in modern America and you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.  And yes, that’s part of the plan.  The “Great Society” or more accurately “political crack,” accomplished something that slavery, reconstruction, and Jim Crow could not – the destruction of the black family.  It is an Exodus generation and it needs God and a black Moses to lead them against Pharaoh; or in the least, Django Unchained.

If I were a black man, I’d be running a gang but it wouldn’t be to peddle drugs or to prop as hired muscle for Operation Push, it would be to claim freedom as my birthright and to make the bastards who have prostituted my future and my children’s future, pay!

 

 

 

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