Garb…

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If you encounter someone wearing traditional garb reflective of their homeland or religious faith and you feel the urgent need to tell them about Jesus without taking a moment to get to know them as another of God’s lovingly created beings, you need to promptly fire your pastor.

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Bear…

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Intense slumber, not a single movement,

face deeply impressed in the pillow.

Sleep too deep for dreams,

transported to blackened nothingness.

A safe and tranquil place.

An unnatural sound, too loud to excuse,

bursting forth outside my door.

Sleeping dogs spring forth to alarm and protect,

my Zen now over.

Illuminating the night, a dark figure appears,

a fiend tossing my garbage can about.

Undisturbed by my arrival he looks at me,

holding an immaculately clean jar of jam.

So this is the way of life,

we agree to not change a thing.

Letting me see such a noble creature up close,

I gladly accept cleaning his mess in the morning sun.

Interpretation…

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First off, I need to clarify that I have no claim to biblical scholarship.  While I do have a theological degree from a respected (?) seminary under my belt, I confess there is much in the scriptures that just plain baffles me.

While Facebook and blogs alike are littered with personal directives and opinions on what the bible tells us about how to live our lives and what we should and should not consider worthwhile we probably might plan to dig deeper for real understanding.

Offering oneself as a biblical literalist, while seemingly a badge of great honor, is really just a lazy mans effort at self promotion and lack of original thought.  Forcefully demanding allegiance to certain passages while conveniently overlooking or avoiding others is disingenuous and dishonest.  From this mindset,  instantly a person can be the director (or dictator) of social thought based solely on ones personal beliefs and agreeing opinions.  Statements like “the bible clearly says” means everyone else with differing perspectives or views is wrong or even an opponent against God.  For every statement that is clearly “what the word of God says” there are equal or more that can mean something different or even just the opposite.

Issues that seem to offer pastors and church leaders the most job security (abortion and gay issues) somehow are absent clear teachings on the subjects.  With that in mind I thought I’d share how I interpret passages that aren’t completely clear.  I start with number one and then determine if I need to go any further down the list of possibilities if the issue can’t be addressed.  Almost all the time, we can stop after number one and then look and see if we’re creating a manmade dissention to divide and create self importance.  I offer these in descending degrees of importance.

  1. Did Jesus say anything about it?
  2. Did a disciple say anything about it?
  3. Did anyone who spent time with Jesus say anything about it?
  4. Did anyone who knew someone that spent time with Jesus say anything about it?
  5. Is there a context for the issue or just an isolated mention?
  6. Is the issue based on cultures and customs of the time?
  7. Is there a modern understanding that evolves a previous understanding?
  8. Does the issue fit within a certain sub-cultures directives and not others?
  9. Does the issue happen to fall in a political persuasion?
  10. Does it really matter?

Maybe if we filtered these topics through the funnel of love instructed by the Master instead if divisive desires of self-righteousness these conflicts could ease and even disappear in time.

Imagine that.

Smoke…

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The black box appearing so unimaginative

yet full of magic.

In the hands of an artisan transformation

becomes divine.

Understanding and harnessing power from the black box,

with it’s mystifying and secretive leaks of smoke.

Just a few components and the mystery begins,

so simple yet producing elaborate delicacies.

The cold chunk of carcass begins its inexplainable

becoming towards mouth watering delight.

The magician stands clear and lets the box perform,

knowing he is but a witness to this metamorphous.

(While the neighbors drool with desire)

Dinner will be wonderful tonight.

Easter…

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All the gore and pain, focused impression,

the message lost to theatrics.

Simple idea of kindness and peace

welcome to all who seek.

Monday comes like Sunday never happened,

time to once again divide.

Remember?

Love…

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Love who you love, hearts not parts,

look forward as one.

We celebrate togetherness,

as a gift from above.

Friend…

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He tries to listen without an answer.

Stare…

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As he stands there staring off into eternity he sees it.

Respect…

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To truly be a respecter of life one has to accept all humanity without qualifications, asterisks, or reserves.  To do otherwise is but playing the part of a fraud looking only for acceptance of self, manifesting destructive behavior defined by a God complex that seeks ultimate power and authority where this is not obviously granted.  Like any bully from the playground when something is desired but is not forthcoming it is taken by greed.  This very greed as practiced by people of faith reveals itself in the form of practitioners wanting to keep the joys of God solely for themselves.  In doing so they mentally assent to the doom of others to satisfy their own shortcomings.  If only they could understand that grace and kindness, love and forgiveness being so bountiful to the believer that giving away ever so little offers so much more in return.

Perpetual purification should be left to moonshiners and kept away from the church.

Songbird…

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A smile so pure and innocent, energy without end,

ideas and dreams continuously explode in her head.

Holding nothing back, she has a thought to share,

from the silly to the sublime, serious to scary,

her heart pours forth.

A family that makes her feel safe,

imagination set free.

Sings more than speaks,

harmony so tender.

A gift of song to touch the heart

bringing tears to a parents eyes.

A talent to be shared, enjoyed by more,

awe of the divine resonance exalted.

Need for security more valued,

than standing before the applause.

This gift reserved for home,

private concerts on her time.

Adults slow to understand and accept,

the nature of this one.

So unlike them yet so much like herself,

with no reason for change.

We get it now.

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