Pandemic Parable O’ Day 84 – Inspired by the Headlines and Luke 16:19-31

Twelve weeks ago today was Friday, March 13th – the day from which I started this counting.

It also was the day that Breonna Taylor, a Louisville EMT was shot and killed by police in her home as they served a “no-knock” warrant to the wrong address.

She would have turned 27 years old on Friday, June 5th.

“Hopefully, George [Floyd] is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing happening for our country.

A great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody.

This is a great day in terms of equality.” – President #45, June 5, 2020 Press Conference

After Jesus turned over the tables of merchants selling sacrificial animals in the Temple and after driving out the dishonest money changers with a whip he made from a cord, one of the corrupt leaders asked him, “Why did you do such vandalism and loot from our economy?” 

Jesus turned and told him a story:

“There once was a rich political leader with orange skin tone who loved to brag about how he lived in a building with his own name on the top. And outside of his door was a black man named George who was beloved by his friends and community. He longed to have the same opportunities for political participation as the orange rich man, who besides being a “boss” on a television show had never held political office or served his country in any way. 

The black man had a white cop kneel on his neck for almost nine minutes while other police officers watched and did nothing to help.

George died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham and the other friends of God. 

A half a year later, after losing his political office and facing numerous criminal charges, the orange rich man’s heart stopped and he died and was buried. 

In Hades, where the orange rich man was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with George by his side. 

The orange rich man cried out ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, because I was the hugest, most merciful, terrificist leader ever. Send George to dip the tip of his finger in water and smooth my hair back into place as my make-up is running because of these flames.

But Abraham said, ‘Donald, remember that in your lifetime you received many good things – all of which were given to you by others or you brazenly stole from others. George instead faced discrimination and was lynched on a street corner. But now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.

Besides all this, between you and us a great, big, scorchingly hot wall – the exact dimensions of the one you stole from others to build on the Southern Border – has been erected so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and a mother and a child can not flee to safety from drug gangs and other evil-doers.

The orange rich man said, “Then, father, I beg you to send George to the houses of my two sons and the house of my daughter and son-in-law so that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. I know George will do this because I claimed credit for bringing back some lost jobs and I think he looked down, smiled and said ‘This is a great thing happening for our country.’

And don’t forget about that one time I held up a Bible in front of a church!

Abraham replied, ‘Your spoiled children are so enthralled by “prosperity gospel” preachers and power hungry Evangelicals that even Moses and the prophets couldn’t break through their grotesque egotism and pride.

The rich man said, ‘No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead like Andrew Jackson, Jerry Falwell, David Koresh or that preacher from the Westboro Baptist Church – then they will repent’

Father Abraham said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets and especially if they’ve never read that Bible you held upside-down in your hand, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead’

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