#InMyFeelingsFriday: American Republican Jesus

For those who might not have heard of them, Gungor is contemporary Christian husband and wife duo. They’ve become increasingly political as of late with Trump’s presidency. They’re newest album “Archives” was released on March 1st and the track that has me in my feelings this week is track #18 “American Republican Jesus”.
The track hold’s nothing back, the first verse pretty much lays it all out.

White Jesus, why is Your goodness so bad?
Why are Your people so mad?
Why do You need so many old white racists
To gather Your cash?
White Jesus, I know the Donald’s Your Man
I know He carries Your plan
To purge all the world of all the non-white people
Lest they go cash

This administration has used Christianity and conservative values as a weapon against the masses. The song calls them out as what they are, “old white racists”. Because Gungor is a Christian band I was shocked that they would be vocal on this particular topic when some of their peers have stayed quiet or doubled down on their support of Trump. They’re risking alienating some of their listeners but maybe this song will wake them up.


White Jesus, oh how could You blame us
For doubting Your heavenly Father
Would burn us
For doubting Your heavenly Father
Would burn us
White Jesus
American Republic Jesus

Twelve Days Of Trump America

Twelve days ago our country changed, a new president and vice president were sworn in, and a new administration began. I didn’t watch the inauguration on purpose because I didn’t think I could stomach it. I still could not believe that America let that rat bastard into the highest office in the country.

via Daily Prompt: Resist

Twelve days ago our country changed, a new president and vice president were sworn in, and a new administration began. I didn’t watch the inauguration on purpose because I didn’t think I could stomach it. I still could not believe that America let that rat bastard into the highest office in the country.

I know, I’m a Christian and I’m not supposed to talk that way, but I’m mad, pissed, frustrated, and sad.

Seven days into his administration Mr. Trump followed through on one of his promises made during the election. He signed an immigration order that suspends immigrants from coming into the country from seven majority Muslim countries, those are Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria. The suspension will last 90 days for 6 of the countries, but for Syria it is indefinite. This is exactly what our Muslim neighbors feared would happen.
The order is supposed to protect are country from potential terrorist until vetting procedures can be strengthened. Mr. Trump would have us believe that this isn’t about religion or discrimination, but that’s a crock. It’s written in the order that after the ban is lifted some religions will be prioritized over others in refugee resettlement process, that sounds like discrimination to me.

I get it, I can understand it. In this post 9/11 world we’ve watched our neighbors in Europe and around the world get pounded by unspeakable violence at the hands of Muslim terrorist. We don’t want that to ever happen here again. But we’re punishing the majority for the sins of the minority. Syrians are suffering right now, families have been forced out of their homes, their whole lives have been turned upside down. They need refuge and America is closing the door. Not only is that un-American, it’s not Christ-like. Aren’t you a Christian Mr. Trump?
“Christian,” the word gets slimier every time it’s used it as a reason to mistreat others.

I hope you don’t forget Mr. Trump about the terror right here at home. Where any self-righteous maniac can get a gun and kill innocent people. Don’t forget that Omar Mateen was radicalized right in the homeland before he gunned down 49 people. ISIS doesn’t need to come through our borders, all they need is an internet connection.
Can we strengthen the vetting of carry licenses? Can we suspend the sale of automatic weapons for 90 days? Oh no that would be unconstitutional or daresay un-American!
We love our guns too much for that. We love them so much we go into churches, malls, movie theaters, and elementary schools and show them off.
I could almost laugh at the ludicrousness of it all if I wasn’t so damn depressed.

I’m sorry Mr. Trump but if this is what it means to “make America great again” I want none of it. You can take your white nationalist politics and shove it.
I bet the Republican party is wishing they would have resisted you now. They made a deal with the devil and we’ve got four years to go.

Four years, God help us. The real God, the loving one. Not whatever god Mr. Trump is praying to.

 

It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity — substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have. It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment.

David Brooks

Photo by Mikey

Everyday Inspiration, Day Fourteen: Recreate A Single Day

#PutSomeRespeckOnHisName

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#PutSomeRespeckOnHisName


 

I want to start this by saying that I am Christian, from the bottom to the top my faith is my life. With that said I try to live my life in a way that glorifies the Lord fulfilling the great commission that Jesus gave in Matthew 28.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

I come into contact with non-believers and the “Christian-lite” all the time. And I always try to make the most of the time I have with them. Although sometimes it’s difficult. After all I’m still human with my own set of hangups and personal issues, which can get in the way of talking about God with people.
On this particular day I was having a conversation with an employee of mine whose stance on God I didn’t know yet. The subject of the recent Orlando shootings at a gay club came up, and since he is an openly gay man I’d new he’d have an opinion on it. The conversation started with how Muslim terrorists were misusing the teachings of the Quran to fuel their own violent agenda. Then he proceeded to say that Christians did the same thing. To which I agreed, some Christians use the Bible as an excuse to do all kinds of awful things. But here’s where the conversation went sideways.
He then proceeded to allude that the Bible was an old book that was no longer relevant anymore, and that Jesus Christ was just a man. Then he started to attempt to explain some of the ways Christians misinterpret the Bible. He jumped from topic to topic in the Bible and it became clear to me that he had probably never even read the Bible. I could feel my frustration mounting. I hate when people pretend to know what they’re talking about in general but here he was pretending he understood my God!

He crossed the line when he said that the Bible condoned suicide because Jesus Christ killed himself. I’d had enough. I explained to him along with the support of my coworker that Jesus Christ did not commit suicide, he was God’s perfect son who gave himself for the sins of man. And then I asked him to please stop talking. He could tell he offended me and he apologized.
Thinking back on it later that day I wondered if I’d done the wrong thing by cutting him off. Did I act in a Christ-like manner?

No, I didn’t. I let my emotions get the better of me. I felt very badly about this until a wise friend reminded me that since we work together more opportunities would come along and now I knew what to do next time.

Fellow Christ-followers! Have you ever been in a situation where a non-believer offended or frustrated you? What did you do?

 

*photo by Tim Marshall

 

Lies, Sabotage, And The Way Back To Redemption

When we believe a lie so long it becomes apart of who you are, and you unconsciously spend your life reaping the consequences of this lie.

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You’ll always be alone.

That was the lie I believed for most of my life. It drove me to many decisions, mostly bad ones. It drove me to the wrong people, to wrong things, and more pain.
I learned recently that the reason we believe these lies about ourselves is because we interpret wrongly painful events in our lives.
So what was my event?
I couldn’t think of one isolated event, my childhood was the event. I had a hard time with making friends because I was very shy, so in order to avoid the anxiety of talking to new people, I just didn’t. I also had a hard time finding kids who I had things in common with which only furthered the gap between me and others. Throw some bullying from the mean girls in there and there you have it, the event.
I interpreted my social rejection into thinking that I was boring, strange, weird, etc. and came to the conclusion I’d always be alone.

When we believe a lie so long it becomes apart of who you are, and you unconsciously spend your life reaping the consequences of this lie.

To escape the pain of my event I dallied in a few unhealthy things.

  • sexual sin
  • isolating myself from others
  • denial
  • busyness
  • distrust of others

When I gave my life to God I thought I was done with these things, but they lingered. Some I eventually was able to completely be done with by God’s grace and mercy, but some new stuff popped up. I became addicted to affirmation from others, mostly men. Male attention was something I had very little experience with. But I guess as I grew into myself it became a fairly regular thing. It was a rush.
All the things that separated me from others in the past were now appreciated. I didn’t know how to handle it, and I came to crave it.
So whenever I suffered a disappointment, or a rejection I’d seek it out before God.

What if that’s not true?

That was question the pastor asked. What if that lie you believed isn’t true?
A simple question that completely rocked my world.
I won’t always be alone?
As my brain pondered the idea my heart rejected it strongly. It only knew the painful memories of the past and it wasn’t ready to be convinced of anything else.

So what I do? How can I undo all that this lie has done to me?
Well I can’t, the past is done I must look forward to what’s ahead. It’s time to tear down the lie with God’s truth.

Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

What concerns me concerns God. He doesn’t want to see me alone and depressed. He knows the deepest desires of my heart and he will give them to me because He loves me and I delight in Him. I renounce the lie and receive His truth.
Moving forward when I feel alone I will go to God, He is my comforter. He’s the ultimate comforter. The affirmation of others is nothing compared to the love and affirmation of my God.
It will be a process, bad habits die hard, but my faith and fervor for God have been renewed.

What is the lie that has kept you bound? I challenge you to invite God in and let Him reveal to you His truth.

 

*photo by Evan Dennis

Whole

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34, NIV

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For she said, If I may but touch his clothes, I shall be whole.  Mark 5:28, KJV

 

Besides Jesus, who is your Biblical hero?

My Biblical hero isn’t someone you’d think of when you hear the word “hero.” She isn’t easily recognizable, she isn’t heavily referenced in movies or books, in fact she is nameless in the Bible. She is “The Woman with the Issue of Blood.” It all happens in a few verses in Mark 5:25-34.
The woman had had a disease where for 12 years she had been bleeding. She had been to many doctors and spent all her money but no one could help her. Instead she only grew worse. So when Jesus came to town she saw her chance to be healed. There was a crowd around Jesus but she knew within herself that if she could just touch his clothing she would be healed. And that’s what happened the moment she touched him.

Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. Mark 5:29, NIV

I admire her so because she didn’t wait for Jesus to come to her, or wait for the chance that maybe he would pass her way, she went to him. I’m sure with a disease like hers leaving and moving around couldn’t have been easy. The story takes place in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth, and in a Jewish town she was most likely an outcast. She was constantly bleeding and therefore “unclean”.But she took a chance, faced the crowds and in her misery and desperation she put her faith into action.
How many people out there are desperate and miserable but are waiting for the miracle to come to them?

Another reason I love her is because I see a little bit of myself in her story. You see I had disease too, I was sick with emptiness. I knew who God was in a general sense, but there was no relationship. I had this feeling that there was something missing from my life. I was tired of floating around with no purpose, but then Jesus came to town in a few forms. Through an impactful Christmas service, and I had a friend who would take me to Bible study. I saw a chance to be something I hadn’t been before and I purchased a One Year Bible. That was me touching him.

I wanted to know exactly what God wanted from me and to know what he was all about. I had heard it from others, now it was time to know for myself. It was a decision that changed my life. The peace that came over me when I read those words was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I knew that Jesus could make me whole.
I was baptized not too much longer after finishing that Bible and life has never been the same.
When you reach out to Jesus you will never be disappointed.

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34, NIV

 

Who is your Biblical hero and why? I would love to know!

 

 

*photo by Heather Hazzan

I’m A Christian, Is That Okay?

So I thought to myself would the people on this website reject me when they see in my profile that I’m a Christian? Would they question my “spirituality” because they assume I have hardened, right-winged politics?

 

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I’m kind of a hippie/hipster. I love yoga, indie music, loving people, and anything that has to do with freedom. And so I frequent websites and web mags that cater to this audience. I tumbled across a dating/community website for the “hippie” community and it intrigued me. The about me page stated:

Imagine a place where you can feel confident knowing you’re amongst your tribe and the odds of finding love are much higher because you’re surrounded by people who share the same values and lifestyle as you—a place full of positivity, inspiration, authenticity and people who naturally “get” you.

Sounds great right? Positivity, inspiration, and
authenticity. Yes, yes, yes, all of that is right up my alley.  There was also an ad box that said:

“Spiritual not religious”

Okay still good so far, I wouldn’t call myself religious. Religion is more so following rules just because that’s what you’re told to do. Rather I am in a relationship with God and He’s called me to live a certain way and I do it out of love and reverence for Him.

But here’s the thing Christians today are perceived as conservative, harsh, offensive and tell people they’re “going to hell.” So I thought to myself would the people on this website reject me when they see in my profile that I’m a Christian? Would they question my “spirituality” because they assume I have hardened, right-winged politics?

I had nearly made up in my mind that attempting to join this community would be mistake when a wise friend gave me a new perspective. They might make assumptions about me but I could be a light to them and show them God’s love in a new way. Thank God for wise counsel!

I haven’t joined just yet but I’m taking it under serious consideration now that my  anxieties have gone away. I wonder though, how many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have ever have these same fears? Have you ever felt afraid to reveal your faith because of potential backlash?
How do you feel about the image of Christians in media? Let’s talk.

 

*photo by Shelly Hoffman

How Deep Is Your Love?

The question is does he have a desire to know and please God? If not then there’s no point. It’s that simple and that complicated.

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It starts out a classic story, girl meets guy. He’s funny, he’s attractive, he’s put together all the things that the girl wants…well at least what she wants on a surface level. She gets to know him some, they have similar upbringings and hobbies. But then the guy drops a curse word with ease, he tells a dirty joke, he references sex with her as something coming soon and at that point the girl knows. He’s not a Christian, or at least not an “all in” one.

It’s something that has happens to all us single Christian girls at one point or another. Meeting a guy we “vibe” with but then we look deeper for that spiritual aspect and there’s nothing there. Now you have to tell the guy that nothing will be happening between you and hopefully you can remain at least friends. The guy will most likely not understand, to him it seems you had the beginnings of something great. He doesn’t get why his faith or lack there of is so important. But it is important, it’s everything.

It’s frustrating because its hard enough to find a guy who meets the first two levels so when you do it’s exciting, only to be let down by the missing third level.
I want to clarify though I’m not looking for a pastor or priest, he can be a normal guy with an average job. The question is does he have a desire to know and please God? If not then there’s no point. It’s that simple and that complicated.

I wrote this because it’s something that I have experienced a lot these last few years. I’ve met a lot of nice guys but none of them having that third aspect.
But what I have resolved to do is learn more about men from these encounters. They may not be Christian men but they are still men. I feel now I understand more the thought processes of men compared to women (they really are less complicated). And I’ve gotten a chance to really hone in on exactly what I like on the first two levels. So all this frustration wasn’t all for naught, now I’m more prepared for the that elusive “One”.