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For some time now, I've been making the point to a few close friends and family members that the country is headed for a civil event (if not a war then at least a break up of states into independent countries.) For me, it's time to create an outpost outside the USA1. The outline of my thought process is as follows:

Christians that justify their decisions or actions by using a single sentence, phrase, or word from the Bible are often guilty of ignoring the essence of the message via intentional ignorance or a desire for misdirection to justify their actions. A closely related approach is when the reader interprets the importance of a Bible passage grossly out of proportion to the overall message as a justification.

A recent sign read at a rally:

we said → black lives matter
never said only black lives matter
we know all lives matter

we just need your help with black lives matter for black lives are in danger

Agree or disagree this seems to sum up the perspective thoughtful protesters are trying to communicate in very few words. Elegant.

by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, 2 Dec 1854

Half a league half a league
Half a league onward
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward the Light Brigade
Charge for the guns' he said
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred

by Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet, 1914-1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.