Adding something for #testimonytuesday Me and Heather Jim just got back from Chapter Camp at Campus by the Sea. We were teaching Mark 1 from the recently completed First Nations Version of Mark (War Club tells the Good Story) just recently completed. The study was successful, still some kinks to work out but I think its a bright start for more contextualized and honoring bible study. A bald eagle landed right in camp, black and white like the mountain top on a winters night, Like the Holy Spirit descending.The Future is bright and hope is kindled for a people with a destiny
(I’m going to preach for a moment)
Mark is the Warriors Gospel. Jesus arrives as a man of action grown and ready to do battle with the evils of the bad hearted and broken ways of this world. In Lakota culture fighting in war was optional and dependent on a leader inspiring others to follow him on raids to steal horses from Rival tribes. If a warrior was a bad leader no one would follow. Interestingly enough Creator Sets Free compares himself to a thief in War Club’s (Mark’s) Story. He says he came to bind the great Usurper the Accusing Trickster Snake who rules it like a tyrant colonizing it. Natives aren’t looking for religion they are looking for a war party to join. A leader who will lead them to healing, joy giving them hope to live immediately. Lakota in the old days weren’t afraid of dying, they were afraid of dying useless in a bad way. “Take up your Cross and Follow Me!” is a battle cry if I’ve ever heard one. So I end with this prayer for you in this busy season in troubled times.
“So Come On! Let’s Go! ‘He who is trying to save his skin will lose it but they who will die with me will always have it and never come to a bad end’ A good death awaits you! Come On! Let us raid the Enemy bravely stealing back those dark hearted and lost souls for their Creator who loves them best! We remember the words of Tasunka Witco (Crazy Horse) Hoka Hey! Hoka Hey! It is a good day to fight! It is a good day to die! Strong Hearts to the front weak hearts and cowards to the rear!” May it be so! (Amen)
If you have any questions or desire clarification comment. God bless all of you!