Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sounding The Seventh Trumpet (2001) "Streets"

[Reprinted as written by Avenged Sevenfold]

You live your whole life staring at a wall, your mind goes blank sooner now you will fall.
You never learned the things you say to know now, but how?
There seems to be a difference, two different types of kids.
The ones who go out and the ones that are taught to live.
One groups taught how and the other group is taught why.
There's no need to tell you what's in my mind, but in the game of life I'm doing fine.
No reason to tell you which way to be.
Cause the streets have opened my eyes to see.
Look what's happening now.
What are the reasons why and how?
And don't you think it sounds stupid when someone's treated
different cause they're not the same as me or you?

Who's better than who? The scholar or the street fighter? The college grad, or the guy who started working at 16 and never looked back? The one with the manual, or the one who goes by intuition?

Secretly, we play the comparison game all the time. We think the way we are is better, that's why we're doing life the way we're doing it. If we thought there was a better way than the one we've chosen, then we'd pick that other way. But guess what. The people over there think they're better than you and me. That's because the way they've chosen is different than ours, and they think it's better. And so it goes.

Two thousand years ago it was all the same thing. The apostle Paul was compared to the apostle Peter and showed up rather poorly, actually. Paul had all the book learning and certificates, while Peter had three years in the streets with Jesus. Who was better?

"You judge by appearances. If any of you think you are the only ones who belong to Christ, then think again. We belong to Christ as much as you do,"

Paul told his detractors in Corinth.

"We won't dare compare ourselves with those who think so much of themselves. But they are foolish to compare themselves with themselves."

Jesus' brother James knew what it was like to be at the bottom of the pile. Until Jesus rose from the dead, James was a hardened cynic. He openly scorned his brother for being touched in the head with illusions of grandeur. After Jesus rose from the dead, James became a believer, and who wouldn't, coming face to face with God in the flesh, dead and now alive.

"You will do all right, if you obey the most important law in the Scriptures. It is the law that commands us to love others as much as we love ourselves. But if you treat some people better than others, you have done wrong, and the Scriptures teach that you have sinned."

James said.

And don't you think it sounds stupid when someone's treated
different cause they're not the same as me or you?

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