Thoughts after church after a long absence

The Bible makes it clear.  You are only allowed to love, not to judge.

If people like Mike Pence have to voice their religious view that homosexuality is wrong, they must give it the balance it is due.  By that mean, if they want to spend ten minutes on gay people, they must first preach for 50 minutes on tolerance. they must condemn physical and verbal violence against everybody.  

10% of sermons can be on homosexuality only if 90% of the sermons are on divorce and adultery.

Christians must realize that their beliefs are shared by people that want to harm gay people. They want to thwart their pursuit of life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Many religious leaders and followers do speak out against judgement. Many do not. I am saying speak out against equality in marriage, etc, if you must. However your belief that it hurts the institution I of marriage should be secondary to your fight against the real hurts of God’s people.

Mike Pence should not be known for his stance on homosexuality. He should e known for his preaching against the hatred that is racism and homophobia, and even the atheist? Or am I wrong?  Would Jesus look like Mike Pence if he came back?

True religious people should be at the forefront of teaching tolerance.  In all aspects. The poor and the people on welfare. The people of color. They must condemn those that are Christian and do not make tolerance and love a priority.  

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I’m not saying that people are not living beyond their means but how much of living paycheck to paycheck is caused by the 2008 recession.  How much is caused by corporations maximizing profits (including buying politician) Union being busted while medical insurance and renting/ Homeownership is so expensive

 

The Bible makes it clear.  You are only allowed to love, not to judge.

 

If people like Mike Pence have to voice their religious view that homosexuality is wrong, they must give it the balance it is due.  By that mean, if they want to spend ten minutes on gay people, they must first preach for 50 minutes on tolerance. they must condemn physical and verbal violence against everybody.  They must realize that their beliefs are shared by people that want to harm gay people. They want to thwart their pursuit of life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

 

Many religious leaders and followers do speak out against judgement. Many do not. I am saying speak out against equality in marriage, etc, if you must. However your belief that it hurts the institution I of marriage should be secondary to your fight against the real hurts of God’s people.

 

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God only Works Through People

In the infancy of Christianity, it grew like wildfire. Romans persecuted Christians, but many people still converted to it. Because Christians had an impact on their lives. Christians were dedicated to helping people and taught that the poor were to be helped  There are mostly Christians that do good works, but too many of them do not. That is why they want to have the government to promote it. Because they do not do enough good that impacts people. Prayer in school doesn’t make future Christians- kind acts and charity do.

Many conservatives are concerned with secularization. They still want people to rely on God and not government. But God can only work through people. People need the government programs because not enough people live the life the Bible calls them to.

 

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Trump and his Wall

Two brothers co own a car.  One forgets to lock the doors and several times the car is broken into and stuff is stolen. They have a discussion.  The brother agrees to lock the doors. The other brother says that is not good enough.

They could compromise and also buy a car alarm.  Instead the conservative brother wants to weld the doors shut and weld bars over the windows.  He refuses to compromise though it is a dumb plan and will hurt the car.

That leaves nothing to compromise.

 

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Move to Moscow

An aunt of mine shared this post on Facebook- a list of how we are a nation that says this, but does this. (We believe in supporting the military but letfootball players kneel, etc) I believe my aunt is concerned with how divided our country is. My mom is an outspoken liberal.She went fought for her kids and anyone for that matter if she thought they were getting a raw deal. Now with Facebook, she rails against Trump everyday. She fights for what she believes in, so she responds that Trump is ruining this country. A family member’s response to this was:  move to Moscow.

This really struck me. Evidently he is against the right for women to choose and for black players to have the right to kneel. He is entitled to his opinion. But move to Moscow as a response? Does he not want to move Moscow to our country?  He clearly does not want her to state her opinion. Thus Russia would be a better fit for him.

Move to Moscow as a response? That in itself says if you do not agree with me, you should not be in our country. The great thing about our country is that people do not have to be silent.

So perhaps (In some people’s view) the players that kneel for the flag are being disrespectful. Perhaps they are in the wrong. However, the response to someone complaining about our country by saying well then leave it is asinine. State your well-reasoned beliefs, but to say Go to Moscow means you do not want people to have the freedom to speak up. You love a dictatorship.

 

PS- I want to believe that the response was just inarticulate. However, it does seem that people want the US to be the way they want it. The old way- back when we could trample on the rights of people different than white and Christian

 

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Not a Thinker

There are several signs that someone is not a thinker but just a follower of the line the Koch brothers and the tea party feed you.  One is to exaggerate by saying we will be owned by China.  A second is saying that Obama tried to make us a Socialist country. A third is saying that you want to make America great again.

You can disagree with Obama’s view point.  But you are not thinking when you think conspiracy.  We are not owned by China, we are not a socialist state, we are not a Muslim country. We are a great country.  We were great under Obama. We were also great under Bush. I can say that though I disagreed with how he did things. Because I just don’t listen to Fox news and what some fallible human says at the pulpit.

Perhaps, we should make a list.  Was Obama selling us out to China?  In so as far as all politicians do because that is was corporations want.  Who was navigating a difficult foreign policy (Obama) and who has consumer goods after consumer goods made in China instead of hiring Americans (Trump).  Who was screwing American workers by simply refusing to pay them (Trump again).

Did people respect us under Obama?  For the most part yes. And he did it while keeping us safe.  Do foreign countries respect Trump?  Nope.

People that spew out words like socialism and the like are not thinking.  They are mimicking. Perhaps we need less government control.  Perhaps say that and why.  People on the other side thinking differently. We think a rising tide raises all boats.

Obama took us out of a huge recession cause by Bush and corporate greed and Trump is the poster boy.  He was not  the opposite of a socialist.  He was not a capitalist pig.  Wrong on stuff in my opinion, I have to admit he was trying to do right.

To not be able to admit that Obama treated his wife well, was good to people and was gentle to children is a sign of two things:  you don’t critically think, or you are a racist (unless you are both).

 

http://billmoyers.com/story/chinese-debt-explained/

 

 

SnowFlake

You there. You seem angry. Not you snowflake liberal. You, that angry christian conservative. Everything is so dire and everyone is out to get you. You are mad at everyone.  Why?

I suspect it may come from religion. That belief that we are sinners. Okay. That’s true, why is that the baseline for how God and ourselves look at human. It is simple so pessimistic.

It does not have to be that way.  Many churches and religious leaders and community members have a powerful, positive message. One that I beleive in.  Each day is a gift so make the most of it and enjoy it. These churches focus on God’s love and people leave them feeling good.

The text is the same, but they get a different message than you.  Not God, but you focuses on how much evil is in everyone and how human’s default mode is bad. It is not necessary. It does not pay to measure how much we sin. Why not just focus on being better?

I suspect that it that you are invested in your anger and your righteousness.

That’s a good angry ending. I was going to stop. But then it occurred to me that is not the whole answer for everyone. You are also worried that bad things happen and more and more worse things happen and you want it to stop. You are afraid that we as a people will start allowing anything to happen.

Valid fear.We should have standards and encourage people to do better.  But as jesus taught us. First love.

 

The Abstract Gifts of God

My wife and I had settled into a grove. That was when we decided to have our third child.  We ended contraception and we quickly had a bun in the oven. Thinking about that the other day made me think. We chose to create a baby. God didn’t answer our prayers or gave us that gift.

Well, He did in the sense that it is a the process of having a baby and children in general is a beautiful process. Perhaps God brings us that beauty. He did not, however, care if we had a child. He did not decide when. We did.

I know because our other children were not planned. We decided to create a baby by the act. Now you could think that was God’s decision to give us a baby for having premarital sex. To make our lives more difficult. Well, it may have been difficult, but our children have brought us so much happiness.

So the process of procreation is a beautiful miracle. A baby though is no more a gift than a warm sunny day. Does God give a baby as a reward?  Does He sometimes give a baby as a punishment? Does God play games with life?

Does God give us sunny days when we ask.  If I pray for a sunny day, does the bad person next door not get the same sunny day?

Can people be a fundamentalist Christian and not believe that God chooses to give or take a baby away? I think so.  You could believe in instances in the Bible where human life was given to some people from God. A true miracle.

Otherwise, other than giving humanity itself, God is not involved in procreation. I doubt that he judges and condemns by giving someone a baby.

What about the soul. God puts a soul in each of us? I ask another question. When does he do it for a baby that was made from a frozen embryo and a sperm sample?

I have many questions. But for me the answer of the soul is that we have a collective soul. That soul in each of us and connects us. A baby absorbs it as it grows.  A miscarriage or an abortion, the energy is reabsorbed and waits for another baby.

 

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Infomercial President

Nobody likes what they have. There is always something better and it is in our nature to find problems. Perhaps most importantly, nothing is perfect, but we want things to be.
And that is why Trump was elected. He is a salesman and he used salesman techniques to sell himself. I noticed that seeing all of his promises put together. He promised everything. Health care that did everything and was cheaper. He promised a balanced budget that expanded the military. This is low-balling.
According to Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017, Definition of lowball
transitive verb
1 : to give (a customer) a deceptively low price or cost estimate
2 : to give a markedly or unfairly low offer

He gave the racists what he wanted. He promised them what they wanted while saying no one is less racist than me. In this way, he won over the racist and many moderates. He gave the fundamentalist what they wanted by being anti-abortion. Then he promised the large amount of disgruntled voters what they wanted. That he was not beholding to politicians or greedy Wall Street jerks. He still says that while putting those exact kind of people in position of power. Words are more powerful than facts.
He does not care. His job was to land the big client, the American people. He wants to go on and keep selling and leave the delivery to Bannon and his crew. He may not even support what they are doing, but he is not concerned with that. That is not his skill set so he is not even going to try. Instead, he’s going back on the road and do some more selling. That is where the adrenaline rush is.
Selling is his comfort zone. It is a money-getting skill, but you don’t have to be brilliant for it. You just used the time-tested techniques. So it’s how he approaches everything. Dealing with reporters and dealing with foreign heads of state. He believes that he can succeed with his limited skill set. However, his ad campaign of a ,er, campaign worked on the individual voter and running a government is not. After all, as Abraham Lincoln said, You can’t play a player,

Kindness is Powerful

I was at the checkout line.  It was a lady buying things with her food stamp card and then separate thing with cask.  Between her and I, was a big burly guy.

This was before work, and I was in a hurry.  So I was thinking bad thoughts about this woman ahead of me.  When she came up short on cash, I thought, okay, here we go.  That guy is going to give her hell. I relished the thought.

Instead he held out the two dollars and said, I got it. Don’t worry about it.

For two dollars, that guy got two feel a hundred dollars with of good.  The woman was appreciative. I got to see kindness.

 

Kindness is powerful.

 

Kindness can transform. Yes, it can be taken advantage of, but it makes me think of poverty in the United States. How our country can provide support and help out the disadvantaged minority (inner city blacks).

 

We see problems and blame welfare.  Perhaps, though it is not the welfare. Getting something for free, is not creating problems. Perhaps it is our duplicitous nature.  Half of us, want to provide assistance and some of us then judge.  We call people lazy and bad.

 

I simply think it possible that our judging is causing the problems.  What do people of color hear them labeled and called. Perhaps that is what they are reacting to. That’s the problem in my opinion.  We give with one hand and slap faces with the other. How would you react.  Thankful for the assistance or angry and hurt from the other.

 

Kindness is powerful.  It could transform our country. Put safeguards in assistance, require effort on the recipients, and reward people for getting past it. But also quiet the judging and the anger.

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My Brother Has Cancer

My brother has cancer. And he is a prime example of why health care reform is important. Universal Healthcare is not some sort of socialist conspiracy. It is a solution to a problem.  Our government used to see something that needed to happen and then fixed it. Whether it was a transcontinental railroad, interstates, or segregation. Now we are a nation and government of squabbling.  We blame the politicians, but they respond to us.

My brother does not have healthcare because he did not work for a place that helped him get it. On his own, it was too expensive. Conservatives, I suppose, think that’s his problem. Well, it is a problem you could just have easily been in. So he could not go to the doctor. In the same situation, I would have done the same thing.

He is receiving care. That’s not the point. The point is, he would have been better off and healthcare would be cheaper if people like him had access to regular checkup and the ability to go in and catch the cancer early.

In the end, only the government can help.  That is the role of government. To step in. I do not see any religious organizations stepping up to take the burden from government (Many, many, religious organizations though do wonderful things).

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