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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


What color is your kool-aid?

It is a quote from a friend today when we had heard some disturbing news and wondered why some folks are okay with nonsense. Unfortunately, I suppose, most nonsense is the type that slowly, ever so slowly, nearly non-detectably comes to a rolling boil and you find your sad little self in it.

Don't understand the question? You don't get the "kool-aid" reference?

The year: 1978

The man: Jim Jones, founder and leader

The place: Jamestown, Guyana

The beginning: 1950's Indiana as Methodist student pastor, then his own church, which eventually became Peoples Temple Christian Church, Full Gospel.

The unforeseeable tragedy: 909 people died after drinking cyanide laced Kool-aid at the direction of their Pastor Jim Jones. 909 people.

Yes, they were way off base. Way off. Not even the same planet really. But they had followed a personality.

Here are some interesting things said and seen at the scene:

To encourage others to participate in the mass suicide after the Temple folks murdered a senator and his delegation at the airport one temple member states "the ones that they take captured, they're gonna just let them grow up and be dummies."

In the one photo of the dead bodies on the pavillion is a sign above Jim Jones' chair it reads: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Huh, really.


Susie said...

It's been a long time since I read the book regarding Jim Jones and that situation. It was really an interesting read. Some people are just crazy!

LindaSueBuhl said...

when I was in college in California I actually knew someone who lost their entire family to that madness - she was the saddest person - bless her heart - the cult of personality is a slippery slope indeed.

KathyB. said...

As Hubby and i watched a show tonight on CBN that proclaimed a gospel completely foreign to the Bible but got a lot of "Amen" and "Praise God" ~really!, I can begin to understand how so many can drink the Kool-aid. We were amazed as this preacher and his wife completely mis-quoted or mis-interpreted the obvious...and have already made a lot of money on their new books elaborating on their teachings.

Poor Kool-Aid, getting a bad name for what Jim Jones did, how often does our Lord and Savior get a bad rap for what proclaiming Christians do in His name?