Sunday, July 15, 2012

Same Difference - or NOT (Rat on Rampage) Part 3

The atmosphere of fear that paralyzed most animals seemed to only boost the rat's confidence. Each morning he stood taller and taller in the middle of the playroom - which now looked more like a hospital ward with all the animals nursing their injuries, shell-shocked by unexpected turn of their fortunes. Their idyllic world of song, frolicking, laughter and joyful banter looked more like a distant dream rather than lived-out reality.

The rat's daily sermons made them feel all the worse about their dismal situation, despite the fact that he used many of the same words from the familiar stories they all grew up listening to since the day each of them was brought into the family. The stories they remember were the noble stories of love, and dignity and sacrifice. However, coming from the rats mouth the words and the message seemed to be all jumbled up.

If somebody takes one of your eyes, you should give him the other also! He stared at the terrified rabbit who squinted with the one eye he had left.

And if you see your brother's fin causing him to stumble, the rat paused fixing his gaze on the already traumatized Dolphin, chop it off! For that is true love and courage.

When the Wise Owl tried to protest, the rat sternly cut her off.

Your reputation for wisdom has gone into your head, Owl! The rat growled. Then he glared at the rest of the animals and gave them a solemn warning,

Listen, all of you! For I don't want to repeat it more than once. Pride goes before destruction... He let the last word linger in the air of which suddenly there seems to be a dire scarcity inside the playroom.

The following morning, the Wise Owl woke up naked and exposed, a sea of tawny feathers that used to cover her body strewn all around the playroom. The rest of the birds spread their wings to cover their humiliated friend and help her to the corner of the closet where there was still some semblance of safety. They all knew that what happened to the Owl was only a warning of much worse fate that could overtake any one of them.

Some things he writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don't know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.
2 Peter 3:16

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