Saturday, July 19, 2008

John Adams and Weeds

Okay --so we are not keeping up with the Jones's when it comes to TV. We have a 13" TV. It is, recently, a color TV. We do not subscribe to cable nor do we have a satellite dish or whatever. We have the rabbit ears on top of this small box, and have to move them around with a hanger to wiggle in some reception.

Needless to say, we do not get HBO. Sometime last winter, HBO ran a series called "John Adams" based on the book of the same title by David McCullough.


Our PhD'er nephew brought us his copies of this series. So, while he is down in Williamsburg for the weekend, we hooked up a DVD and watched the first two episodes in the series.


So far, so good. I was delighted to see such a stately George Washington, such an irascible Ben Franklin, such a blatant John Adams, and such a sensitive and coy Thomas Jefferson. Of course the story is fairly familiar --but it is portrayed very well. Who really thinks about it, what with all the rampant and romantic patriotic fervor and bad history being taught, --that it took so many years of political maneuvering and deal making to get everyone (except New York which abstained) on board to declare Independence.... of course, no one in those circumstances knew the outcome....

The John Adams story encouraged me to reflect upon the declaration of independence which we have hopefully undertaken in the Anglican Communion. And I mean that in so many ways. When I reflect upon the state of the Church and the Gospel it is struggling to proclaim, why am I either discouraged or amazed that people are fearful? I have to remember that we do know the outcome of the story in which we are engaged--but those who choose the story of judgment and condemnation and the vanquishing of enemies are fearful.... is it that they do not really yet believe in the outcome? ...in the Grace which is freely given? To the whole world?

And tomorrow is the Gospel of the weeds and wheat ---who, in faith, cannot believe that God does not care for the weed as much as the wheat? Who made the wheat? Who made the weed? What kind of mind is it that cannot see that in the kingdom of heaven weed and wheat stand side by side without jugdment....

sigh.....

3 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

What a good analogy, Margaret. I'm always skeptical of people who are certain they can predict outcomes--or take on God's job of judging.

We don't have HBO either (although we do have basic cable). I'd love to see the John Adams series on DVD.

Thank you for praying for Evan and Ian. It's such a heartbreaking situation.

Father David Heron said...

A 13" TV with a coat hanger?
Do you have running water as well?

it's margaret said...

Fr. David --sure we have running water! It's called the James River!