Thursday, February 23, 2006
Tale of the Twin Cities - parting shots
Minneapolis/St. Paul, that is.
The Mary Tyler Moore house in Februrary of 2006. There it sits - abandoned and neglected. How symbolic! Our one claim to fame - The Mary Tyler Moore show - too embarrassing. It was too embarrassing to be a sweet, innocent place, the midwest, and perhaps naive. Oh no, in the 25 years since this house stood strong and well, there has been a gradual neglect, or even concerted attempt to ignore the values that made the midwest - the farm communities run down by mass farming, the small towns strangled by economic deprivation, and overun by an infiltration of drugs. And greed! Greed got a hold of Minnesota and everything that goes with it.
A faith-free church. I can't believe I actually went to this church years ago! There is a denomination called Free-Lutheran (which makes no sense cuz they aren't free) and so it's various churches have names followed by free-Lutheran. But like so many dissonent and illogical things about the organized church, don't these geniuses see that the name on their church actually ends up saying, literally "faith-free" "grace-free" "love-free" and the like? Achhhh! Stupidity.
So it is also symbolic. There is hardly a city in America with more religion, a church on every street corner, and most of them Catholic - pointing up the simple reality of the law-based mentality that fosters most evils of this town.
Here are the present day Twin Cities' claims to fame:
More than once named the murder capital of America, since 1996, with a prevalent spirit of hate!
Known by many as the witchcraft capital of the USA
More reported cases of incest exist within Minnesota than anywhere else in the country.
Possibly the largest homosexual community in America, rivaling San Francisco
Hate, perversion, witchcraft - the atmostphere is weighted with the demonic. I plow through depression, despair, a feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness, sometimes feel suicidal, and fight fear constantly. I am also constantly overwhelmed by the voice of condemnation, a sense that I am damned, never good enough and pressure to make up for it. Also, in general, it has been noted numerous times by outsiders: Minneapolis has a severe lack of sense of humor.
Can you imagine the implications of being the witchcraft capital? That means there are congregations, covens, whatever where they worship Satan! And there is more! It also means there are human sacrifices, as well as sexual abuse, child abuse, animal abuse and animal sacrifice. That is not to mention astral projections and curses, etc. Oh I forgot- and cannibalism.
Yet, the city is washed clean of it, so you can't see it! Just like Satan who disguises himself as light. It comes out here and there, but again gets covered up.
( I just get too depressed relating incidences to you of my own encounters with it.) Minneapolis was rated the number one city to live in, in America, by this one source that rates cities on 44 points - good schools, good parks, etc. What a joke!
Did Lot notice when his city was getting morosely evil and hopeless? Or did he tell himself, "I got good real estate, I have a good job here," because he had to be dragged out.
Driving away from the city, the spirits that were overwhelming lift. I spent a long time like in the Truman Show, never realizing that it was within the political forces of Minnesota and the midwest that so many oppressive forces were at work. I finally left and spent months away. I found many other places had a sweeter spirit and atmostphere, and at the same time, some places had oppression too. But none rival the atmostphere of the Twin Cities.
So, you don't think the place you live determines a large part of your thoughts, feelings, actions? You have no idea.
I have just sold my house here in Minnepolis and am leaving. These are my parting shots, and my parting thoughts.
As a native of Minnesota, having grown up in a small town north of Minneapolis, I have tears for Minnesota. But, like the song that just happens to be playing on the radio at this synchronous moment, "a hard rain's gonna fall." That was Bob Dylan of course - a native of Minnesota, a place he too felt totally out of place and was practically thrown out. A hard rain, or worse is gonna fall, Minnesota because your people are sick- sick to the bone!
I finally understood what Jesus was saying about our home towns. Even Jesus - the son of God in the flesh was not "recognized" by his native homedwellers as more than the carpenter's son. They couldn't see Jesus for who he was because of the natural person he had been. The result: no faith. They couldn't see, they couldn't believe. And His power - even God in the flesh, was reduced to almost nothing!
How much more for us, then, sinners who were redeemed with Jesus living inside us? For us, home spells out disaster. See, we're not supposed to live our lives seeking our safety, our pleasure, our comfort. Home is all about that. It's familiar. it's safe. It's easy. It's cushy!
And what adventure we miss out on - the adventure of the faith life and the crucified life. See, there is a resurrection after the death that we go through - the death of the cross. There is a fantastic life behind that. It's why Jesus said "he who loses his life for my sake will find it." He meant this! so, I've been learning how to lose my life!
See, it wouldn't be so bad living here in Minnesota if I felt I was making some difference. But I finally realized that no matter what I did, no matter what angle, I was not going to be received by the people of this place. I find myself powerless here and fall easily into unbelief.
I know now where Satan lives. And I know that hell is not going to be hot - it's going to be very very cold!
Don't get me wrong. I know some beautiful people here, some of whom I will miss, but I'll return to visit relatives so I'll see them again. I want to honor those who keep their beautiful spirits in the midst of this darkness. And i want you to know I love the people of Minnesota, and the things I've mentioned break my heart.
Just because of what Satan has done here, I expect God to do amazing things we have never seen here to counter that. but for now, it's...