Saturday, March 24, 2012

Brambles

Why do only brambles go into politics? Here's the fable of the trees
Jotham told after his brother Abimelech (Gideon's son) proclaimed
himself king:

"The trees once went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to
the olive tree, 'Reign over us.' But the olive tree said to them,
'Shall I leave my abundance, by which gods and men are honored, and go
hold sway over the trees?' And the trees said to the fig tree, 'You
come and reign over us.' But the fig tree said to them, 'Shall I leave
my sweetness and my good fruit and go hold sway over the trees?' And
the trees said to the vine, 'You come and reign over us.' But the vine
said to them, 'Shall I leave my wine that cheers God and men and go
hold sway over the trees?' Then all the trees said to the bramble,
'You come and reign over us.' And the bramble said to the trees, 'If
in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take
refuge in my shade, but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and
devour the cedars of Lebanon.'"
Judges 9:8-15 (English Standard Version)