A Governor; A Preacher; A Serpent; The Bible; The Supreme Court

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Oh Good Grief!  The Serpent didn’t seduce Eve and Eve didn’t seduce Adam.

And that’s for starters. If you’re going to wave that Bible in our faces, at least make some effort to read the thing.

We all learned that seduction story in Sunday School.  Now that we’re grown-ups, let’s just take The Big Risk and read the story for ourselves.

Eve listens to God’s warning about going near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and she considers what He has said. She certainly must have heard the threat—“in the day that you eat of it you will die” (Gen. 2:17). She weighs her choices. On the one hand, “the tree was good for food. . .a delight to the eyes, and. . .was to be desired to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6). On the other hand, the quoted price is death.

Eve then has a long conversation with the Serpent, who–by the way–isn’t identified with Satan.  She asks questions; the Serpent answers them, and she considers his very different claim that, “You will not die; for. . . when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:4-5).  So, maybe that price tag isn’t as high as God says; maybe God has some godly game going on here. Hard to know at this point.

Eve listens to both sides, thinks it through, and makes a calculated decision: “She took of its fruit and ate.” I find it very hard to make a seduction scene out of that.

And, as for Adam, “her husband, who was with her,” she handed him the fruit and he ate it.  It’s as simple as that.  He was with her.  He heard exactly what Eve heard.  Another seduction not worth beans.  He heard; he watched her eat; he ate the fruit.

Then poor Adam, not a contender for Brightest Bulb in the Chandelier, caves immediately when God starts walking around, calling out, “Where are you?” Adam-who has been hiding in the bushes because he realizes his bits and pieces are hanging out- utters the only words he’ll speak in the story.  They boil down to,”We’re here; we’re naked; we’re sorry; that woman you sent down here made me do it!!!”

In the field of seductions, this would definitely not get picked up by Harlequin Romances.

Let’s face it: this Virginia Governor and his Lady Wife were neither seducers nor seduced.  They were just common Garden variety thieves.  Greedy, not sexy.

Reverend Robertson, GET A LIFE!!

(Previously published in February 2014 on the website American News X)


Old News is never really old when it involves those classics–greed and corruption and the public circus that always ensues when greed and corruption are the guilty secrets of the men we have elected to public office.

On January 21, 2014, Governor Robert McDonnell of Virginia, and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on federal corruption charges for receiving improper gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman. They were convicted on most counts by a federal jury. McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. His wife was sentenced to twelve months and a day in prison, also followed by two years of supervised release.  They were released on bond pending an appeal.  That was two years ago.

The appeals process has continued, resulting in the Supreme Court’s agreeing to hear arguments in the case based on several factors, most important the possible unconstitutionality of the corruption law under which the McDonnell’s were convicted.

The link below is an update as of July 2016.

Supreme Court Overturns McDonnell Conviction

In May of last year, McDonnell said,
“I continue to trust in the greatness of the American justice system and in the Lord for vindication.”


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4 Responses to "A Governor; A Preacher; A Serpent; The Bible; The Supreme Court"
  1. Dean Robertson says:

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  2. Great commentary on the trivia of the bible blown all out of proportion.

    Glad to see you back, Dean! Hope all is well.

  3. Alison Daniels says:

    It seems to me that the Supreme Court decision here is similar to what is going on with Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. It’s ok for these public figures to take all kinds of payoffs so long as they don’t explicitly promise anything or do anything. There should be a different law which disallows public officials from doing anything that even smells of impropriety, not split hairs about whether they winked at the donor and then did nothing. Personally I am very disappointed by the Supreme Court and their version of law. I enjoyed the story of Adam and Eve though, finding it interesting that the story has been reinterpreted so often. So glad to have your commentary and book reviews to enjoy again.

  4. What an insightful take on the Adam and Eve story. I hope you draw more from your study of Bible as literature for these blogs…I would imagine you have some incredible perspectives on the Bible…

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