Faith and “Change From Inside”
Posted on August 29, 2006 by webteam
There once was a dragon that was cruel and did the people much harm. A young knight took the task to slay the dragon. He entered the dragon’s lair with the intent to end the battle quickly, but found the dragon missing. So he stayed within the cave in hopes of defeating the dragon form the inside. Looking around, he noticed all the gold, gems and others riches that the dragon had accumulated over the years. He would pick it up and let it slide through his fingers. He noticed the texture of the gold, the sparkle of the diamonds and the brilliance of the rubies. After some time had passed he became drowsy and sat down on a pile of the gold. He awakens sometime later and yawned only to hear a loud roar. He jumped up ready to defend himself when he noticed that he had claws. While sleeping on top of the dragon’s gold he had become the very dragon he had come to slay.
When I first heard of Andrew Young’s comments this story came to mind. When Young became the public face of Working Families for Wal-Mart many leaders questioned his decision. Leaders such as Rev. Joseph Lowery and Rev. Jeremiah Wright wondered what was going on in his mind. Young told us that he acknowledged that Wal-Mart has some problems, but that his hope was to change them from the inside. Other religious leaders and self proclaimed community leaders who have joined the Wal-Mart rhetoric have echoed the same battle cry, “We will change them from the inside.” Watch out for the dragon.
Sometimes the lure of the gold, the shine of the jewels become more important than the rights of the people. It is harder work to fight for affordable health care when the signature on your check has the sign of the dragon stamped on it. It’s hard to stand for workers who are being discriminated against when the flashes of Benjamin’s are hanging before you. It is easier to talk the language of the dragon when you begin to think like the dragon. The Wal-Mart’s cultural is to practice discrimination as evident by the many lawsuits. The Bible does say, “For as he thinks in his heart so is he” Proverbs 23:7. Beware of the dragon.
This incident has shown some light for us. No one is exempt. Even an icon can be swayed to forget the ideas and stands of yesterday for the money of today. Bentonville is the lair. We have seen others who have joined this caravan of Working Families for Wal-Mart who ideas are to change the dragon from the inside or are those joining simply seeking to become bigger dragons themselves. Watch out for the dragon.
- Click here to visit the Wal-Mart Watch faith page.