My Name Is (Creative Lectio of Mark 5)


Once upon a time…Jesus came to the Americas

“They went across the Atlantic Ocean to the region of the Americas. When Jesus got out of the boat, an army of unconscious people with a violent impure collective spirit came from the socially unconscious places of America to meet him. These folks lived in urban and suburban and rural tombs, and no one could bind this unchecked inhumane power anymore, not even with laws, State and Federal. For they had often been chained hand and foot with legislative changes and local state laws, but they tore the chains apart and broke the irons on their feet.

No one was strong enough to subdue them. Night and day among the tombs and throughout the United States they would cry out and cut themselves down with genocidal animus oftentimes with the power of the State.

When they saw Jesus from a distance, they ran and fell on their knees in front of him. They shouted at the top of their voices, “What do you want with us, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture us!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of these people, you impure spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Amerikkka,” he replied, “for we are many.”

My Name Is (Part 2)

“Then Jesus asked, “What is your name?” “My name is Amerikkka” it replied, “for we are many.” And they begged Jesus again and again not to decolonize the people and liberate the land by sending them out of the United States. A large herd of pigs was feeding on the coast. The Amerikkkan demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them and hide in the souls of those given in to perversity, uncleanness and violence.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, millions upon millions, rushed from the West Coast to the East Coast tumbled down into the Atlantic Ocean and were drowned.” (where once upon a time thousands upon thousands of black bodies were thrown off of slave ships by Amerikkka into watery graves, the irony!)

My Name is (Conclusion)

“Those tending the pigs ran off and reported the forceful systemic exorcism of Amerikkka, and people from all over the United States went out to the East Coast to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the millions of human beings who had been possessed by Amerikkka and was now AMERICA, sitting there, dressed and in their collective, healthy, just, liberated, freedom-blessed right mind; and the rest of the country was afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the millions formerly possessed by Amerikkka—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people, captured by their own internalized oppression could not imagine America not possessed by Amerikkka began to plead with Jesus to leave the United States cause the freedom of the kingdom of God was too liberating and that it rearranges power and uncovers privilege.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the people who had been Amerikkka (now turned into America) begged to go with Jesus.

Jesus did not let them, but said, “Go…

Go back to the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

To the mighty mountains of New York.

To the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

To the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

To the curvaceous slopes of California.

The Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Go to every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

To the rolling piedmont of North Carolina

To every mountainside!

Go back to your homes to your own people and tell them how the Lord drove out that ancient murderous power named Amerikkka and how they too have been anointed with kingdom power to do the same.

So, many Americans (formerly Amerikkkans) went away and began to testify throughout all of the United States how much Jesus had done for them. And how Jesus abolished and drove out an ancient power that devalued black and brown life in the United States. And all the people were amazed.”

 

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