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Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Changing of The Guard-An Actor's Poem




If you are one of the few who may have been offended by the second-to-the-last sentence, spoken by the animated character, "Put that in your censor and smoke it," please click on "Comment" below for an explanation.

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  1. If you have made it to this Comment section, then you must have a comment. If you are one of the few who may have been offended by the second-to-the-last sentence, spoken by the animated character, "Put that in your censor and smoke it," please consider this:

    The line is a take-off from the old adage, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it." The play on words is not a disrespect of the use of the censor in representing our prayers that rise up to God. It is a commentary on those who, rather than pray for the Orthodox men and women to be effective within the film industry, they ignorantly, and with little sensitivity,offer shoot-from-the-hip remarks of condemnation.

    The use of the image of a censor is no more disrespectful than Christ overturning the tables in the temple. "You have made my father's house a den of thieves!" Was Christ dishonoring the house of God or defending it? Likewise, all who would offer up holy prayers to God, be they clergy or layman, while at the same time condemning his missionaries in and to the film industry, are disdaining part of the body of Christ, his Holy Temples, who do faithfully serve him. Thus the prayers represented in their censors are tainted. Again, regarding the truth of the words and the exhortation of the animated character, "Put that(this truth) in your censor and smoke it."

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  2. Anonymous4:19 AM

    I have noticed a change in your spirit in the last few months. More Old Testament than New Testament. More defensive AND more judgmental. Whats up?

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  3. Anon, Yes I am troubled in my spirit, but the word "judgement" is often used too readily to suggest we should never speak to errant issues. We are commanded to judge what is right and true. The only judgement we are forbidden is that which extends to the character of another and elevates ourselves above them.

    1 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven:

    2 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,

    3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

    5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

    6 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    8 a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

    Please read my prior post:

    http://journeytoorthodoxy.blogspot.com/2007/08/quit-saying-judge-not-we-are-supposed.html


    And pray for me a sinner...

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