Cold…

I don’t know what this means but I certainly found this interesting.  During our recent unusual cold streak only two local churches (Episcopal and Presbyterian)  thought it important enough to open their buildings to aid those without heat and food.  All the evangelical churches simply felt this an unimportant consideration.  Maybe they were too busy planning their next pro-life and anti-gay demonstrations to notice the impact of the cold on those outside their doors.  Love is an action verb.  Talk is cheap.

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Signage…

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So after repeatedly seeing this gentleman and many others of the same ilk protesting homosexuals on our town square, I’ve come to a decision on how I’ll personally handle them going forward. Mind you, they trouble me greatly. Each time they surface, instead of counter protesting with clever witty signs or debating their extremely limited understanding of scripture in general, I’m planning a different tact. I intend to give each protester a slip of paper with the following information. “Congratulations, today in your honor a donation has been made to a LGBT charity. Thank you for your efforts making the world a more accepting and kind place to live. God Bless.” Imagine if this caught on with the masses and these sign spouters soon realized their efforts were being severely countered by helping those they dislike. Seems like a more tranquil method of dealing with something so disgusting, ugly, and cruel. Let’s start a trend!

Sniper…

I’m beyond fascinated by the unwavering allegiance fundamentalist christians have with the military and war.  Almost sacramental.

The new movie “Sniper” has continued this epic divide.

It seems mind-blowing how someone who was a professional killer is thought of as such a hero and role model for the church.  Whatever became of the message of peace found so clearly written in the good book?  Why are the true heros who stood against oppression and injustice never idolized or even valued?   Why does it seem that if you question the empire building efforts of our government you are instantly branded a pagan by the church.  How did the church so lose focus of its real mission.  Goodness gracious!

And the church wonders why people are leaving in waves of discontent from their steeples of disconnect.

Football loving God…

After the Seahawks win Sunday the quarterback was interviewed after the game as is the trend.   He exuberantly shouted over and over how God gave his team the win.

Now there is bad theology and then there is really bad theology, I’m certain this statement falls in the later.

Truthfully, I suspect God could care less about who won a game of football.  At least I hope that’s the case.

Straw Man…

Could todays evangelical church thrive without the need for a bad guy or group who’s out to get us?  Seriously, can the literalists survive on just the love message alone?  I doubt it.

A Thought…

Why would God care more about what we believe about God, than how we live for God? Why would God care more about the beliefs we hold in our minds about God, Jesus, the Trinity, salvation, etc., than the way we actually love, care, and treat one another in our daily lives?

 

Blessing…

I get frustrated when I hear from the elect how God has blessed their finances, professions, families, and even sporting events.  If they truly believe what they say then the converse must be acknowledged as well.

Does God purposely crap on others so a select few can feel special?

 

Just thinking.

Obedience

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If your pastor is demanding the congregation focus on obedience and leadership, hold on to your hat, you’re about to have any bit of common sense stolen from you, get a pair and fire you pastor.

Actually…

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If you hear “I’ll just take what the bible says as true” without acknowledging what that really means is “I’ll take what I think the bible says” as more important than what “you think the bible says.”  Your pastor has a messiah complex and needs to be fired.

Just the way it is…

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When your pastor tells you something in an unkind way, but justifies it by saying “that’s just the way it is”or “I’m just being honest”, remind him that the vast majority of people who make such a claim come across as assholes.  Fire your pastor and get a new community to invest yourself into.

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