“Whan that aprill with his shoures soote the droghte of march hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth inspired hath in every holt and heeth Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne hath in the ram his halve cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye that slepen al the nyght with open ye; So priketh hem nature in hir corages thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages…”
Unlike when I was in high school, few Americans still memorize the Prologue to Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. More importantly, however, do high school students still read Chaucer in order to discuss, debate, and dissect the convoluted and often corrupt relationship between the “Church and State” in Great Britain vis-a-vis the United States? Inasmuch as history repeats itself, students who explore these medeval tales may discover that the “Church” and the “State” still struggle for primacy. As an adult survivor of years of child abuse, incest, molestation, etc., I have written an unorthodox expose of politics, religion, and sexuality from a Biblical perspective. A sub-theme my textbook attempts to convey is that the Church and the State are not [if ever they were] “separate” or disparate moral or political entities. Albeit my first book, I esteem “Child Molestation, Incest, or Neither?” [ISBN 978-1-4675-5868-6] to be a tour de force [you be the judge] for any parent, preacher, teacher, professor, or priest, etc., genuinely interested in children and adolescents reaching adulthood unscathed by sexual molestation or sexual mistakes. Any State that vacates GOD’s commandments, by default, becomes ungodly. For example, we now live in a nation wherein our federal government not only has legalized homosexual and lesbian marriages, but also copulation with animals. Yet, within many congregations or other religious communities, “Human Sexuality” is a taboo subject seldom discussed by their spiritual leaders. Ergo, the silence is deafening when one considers how literally millions of males and females have been sexually exploited by relatives or “men of the cloth”. My book club’s mantra is, “WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it, inconsequential to whatever it is.” Ergo, rather than putting one’s faith in miscreants merely masquerading as men of God, Victory In Christ Ensemble [VICE] admonishes Christians to study the Scriptures relentlessly and to ferret Biblical truths. Akin to “whistleblowers” and sages such as John Wycliffe or Martin Luther a century later, you can develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that transcends “Church and State” politics or the Canterbury Tales. In so doing, VICE challenges you to unplug from the Matrix and to bend the spoon. Why? Studying begets knowledge. Knowledge begets understanding. Understanding begets wisdom. Wisdom begets the courage to unplug from the Matrix. IF you unplug from the Matrix, then you can bend the spoon. IF you bend the spoon, then you can change the world for the good of mankind!