Of Imagery

Of inestimable value to me, both as a source of pure enjoyment and as a considerable fount of spiritual and practical enlightenment, has been my lifelong close association with ministers of the Gospel. With preachers. With gifted preachers. With preachers so moved by the Holy Ghost that a snippet of scripture, once only cold, dry markings, illuminates into such revelation that in the strike of a gleaming moment Truth is unveiled. Imagery. Imagery of such clarity as are raven words on glinting screen, and more so, for somehow the story is told, and its back-story is understood, the precept, the principle.
Now while I admit to these certain advantages, I’m quite convinced it does not require living around preachers to understand and appreciate imagery and its power. Thus, I was shocked to hear the recent words of President Obama when on Monday he delivered the following at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. According to the Associated Press he said,
“…Now that progress has been made, we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
It is shocking that President Obama, our first African-American president, would make such an obvious reference to that dismal period of our history when black people were required to sit in the back of the bus. It is shameful. It is regrettable. It is a slap in the face of Rosa Parks, who that December day in 1955 changed the course of American history. When told to move to the back of the bus, she said in essence, “Not today.”
We need leaders of other ilk than that recently demonstrated. We need leaders who will rise above pettiness and smallness. We need leaders in every branch of government and in every party who will forever cast aside the garments of racism and all its disgracefulness and malignant thought. We NEED LEADERS. We need eagles.
Eagles have always been representative of high calibre leaders. They don’t flock like geese but rather fly solo. While this may rob them of the ability to draft from each other, it provides them with some crucial advantages that are essential for vision development, maintenance, and casting. Here are two:

One, an eagle and a turkey react very differently to the threat of a storm. A turkey runs under the barn, hoping the storm won’t come near. The eagle, on the other hand, leaves the security of its nest and spreads its wings to ride the air currents of the approaching storm, knowing they will carry it higher than it could soar on its own.

Two, when an eagle is attacked by a pack of crows it doesn’t fight back. All it does is simply fly higher and higher, knowing that pretty soon the crows won’t be able to fly any higher. The eagle plays smart rather than lose its sensibility in the mindless games of small-thinking crows.

Herman Najoli

Of imagery. Of eagles and crows. Of buses and cars. The back. Of Rosa Parks, resolute and unflinching. Of courageous and soaring leadership.

9 thoughts on “Of Imagery

  1. That’s the goal, RG. Side by side. But if we aren’t there yet (which we aren’t) then we must sit in the back. We have to choose to sit in the back in order to let other catch up.

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  2. renaissanceguy

    Helen, I’m sure that you think I’m wrong about the second part, but what about the part where we would sit side by side? Isn’t that what you believe?

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  3. renaissanceguy

    Helen, nobody should be forced to sit in the back. We are talking about a metaphorical bus, so presumably it would be possible for everyone to sit side by side.

    Middle class families should be given a break, and that’s why we need a more freedom-oriented approach. Smaller government and lower taxes will help the middle class the most, and yet you oppose those things. A vibrant economy with more opportunity will help middle class people, and yet you support policies that stifle economic growth.

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  4. PG

    Sis. B, Just ignore the crows and keep on flying. What timely insight.

    Remember, “Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion” (1 Chron 27:33), He was an agent of influence in dark and perilous times. As we stay close to the King, and become His friend, we will influence those around us.

    Thank you for being an influence!

    PG

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  5. Shirley, I haven’t a clue what you disliked about Obama’s comment, about his imagery. You just don’t like him and find every possible way to make that evident.

    We have made progress. But we can’t allow special interest groups to define progress and tell us when we’ve had enough. Why shouldn’t middle class families have a turn being first? Why shouldn’t those who have been sitting at the front f the bus move back? Continued progress calls for it.

    And what on earth living with preachers has to do with understanding isn’t apparent. Looks like the very elementary lesson of what it means to be Christian is missing. When we become Christian we join God’s kingdom. We become brothers and sisters of all others in God’s kingdom. Barack Obama is not only the duly elected leader of our nation; He is also our brother in Christ. Didn’t any of these “gifted preachers'” ever mention that?

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  6. Lynn

    I am new to your site Sis. Burton. Just found it in the last few months. I do so enjoy it and looked forward to your writings.
    Today’s was very timely and so true. God bless you and yours!

    Welcome Lynn to my site. Hope you visit and comment often. God bless you, my friend.

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