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sexta-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2016
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle.
Psalm 32:9 (read 32.1-11) – NIV
Those poor mules! They are placed among people who consider
themselves to be superior to mules and who assume the right to exploit them.
Even after doing all that is required, mules are looked upon as dumb animals. They
spend their lives being guided by bits and bridles. They cannot be their own
boss and have to do what others command them to do. They are very useful but are
under the command of others. They are condemned to live according to the
demands of others and to be looked down upon. Poor things!
To what extent are we equal to mules? Do we live
according to the expectations of the majority? Do we accept the bridle of popular
materialistic values, and are we guided by the bits and bridles of social
We are surrounded by instruments of social
manipulation - all in the name of happiness, popularity and well-being. But in
reality, these pressures have a single purpose - economic and political profit
to those who are already privileged.
There are a variety of forces in our society that strive
to place bridles and bits on the population. They are in the realm of politics,
economics and religion. Politicians
use the discourse of justice, freedom, security and equality, but in practice
they often are really representing special interests and looking out for
themselves at the expense of the general population. Economic interests promote consumerism by creating new
"needs" and project the image that these new products and fashions
bring happiness. Many religions
promise the salvation of the soul, prosperity and deliverance from evil. They
may attract many followers, but collect offerings from the faithful in order to
build sumptuous temples and create economic and political empires. Ironically
they make little impact on society. Wars, economic exploitation, social
violence and corruption continue as usual. While the temples are being filled
to overflowing by faithful seekers, the real demons are loose in society and
free to take the general population to self-destruction and doom.
All these forces want the people to have the head of
mules and accept bits and bridles. They use people to achieve their own goals
and for their own profit in both religious and secular circles.
The great sin of our society is to have unthinking and
uncritical heads that accept bits and bridles and do not dare to be different from
the majority. The way out is for us to wake up and see where we are being conducted
and then change our way of thinking and acting. We need to take the bit between
our teeth and go our own way toward a world with peace and justice for all.
Jesus did not accept bits and bridles, nor did he place
them on others. He gave to Caesar what which belonged to Caesar but did not
submit to Caesar. His commitment was to his heavenly "Daddy" and to
all of His creatures in the world. He voluntarily took upon himself the yoke of
humanity, but was always his own person. He took the place of a servant without
being servile. He gave an example of how to serve without having the head of a
32 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Blessed is the one
transgressions are forgiven,
Blessed is the one
the Lord does not count against them
and in whose
spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent,
groaning all day long.
For day and night
was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the
heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not
cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
You are my hiding place;
protect me from trouble
me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you