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Nate talks about the tragic shooting of a congressman.  The great state of civil unrest in this country as never seen since the days of the civil war.  Nate looks at what Jesus did when faced with similar adversity and the role in which the American government plays.

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“Shaken up”

Posted: June 14, 2017 in politics, Society
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I know I am going to get some flack for this and almost decided not to post this yet even when a tragedy, one as terrible as violent acts on elected officials takes place it is cause to pause and think.  Maybe I am just morbid in my thinking. Maybe I just say what the first thing is that comes to my mind. Yet it appears members of Congress were shot by a coward.
 Rightly so, members of Congress are “shaken up.” I don’t want to undermine this, yet maybe just maybe.  These men who vote to send soldiers into combat for profit, who wish to essentially kill people by taking away healthcare, these privileged few who lord over the people with draconian laws imprisoning more people than Russia and China combined, the list goes on. Let me make it clear these acts of violence against unarmed people are cowardly and detestable, yet so is the actions of those who were “shaken up.”  It is easy to impose life threatening action from behind a desk, it is not so fun when the shoes on the other foot. 
I pray for the Congress this day the members and officers injured, and those traumatized by this wicked event.  Maybe it will bring about unity and a time of reflection on why there is such division in America. 
God bless.

Happy Memorial Day, let us remember those who have since past on who served our country.  When was the last war in which our soldiers actually were sent to war to defend this nation?  1812?  WWII?  certainly not any of the modern conflicts in which rich white men sent our sons and daughters to die for their agenda.  Nate talks about this and much more.

Paul urges us in 1 Timothy chapter 2 to pray for our leaders. Paul speaking to Timothy at the time had in mind the government of Rome, maybe even the Juresulam church at which Paul had differences with. Why would Paul want this? While Christians were being persecuted Paul took seriously the words of Christ, “they know not what they do.”  
Now we do not face the persecution of ancient Rome, as Christians our persecution is based on our governments  belief system. If it  is not followed by society we feel we are some how persecuted as if we are being strung up to a cross. 
Furthermore at the time of Paul, Christians and peoples of other religions throughout the centuries believed in “the divine right as kings.”  
Many Christians in our society we look at the president as the divine authority when in fact the president holds no such right according to our constitution. He is a leader yet we in America have the right to protest without fear. Not like ancient peoples. So no you do not have to pray for the president or any other elected official. It is our right if one is to properly exgete 1 timothy 2 into proper historical context. 
So what can we take away from this short study? How do we apply it to today. Simply pray if you wish, for all people. Yes, I suggest we pray for our leaders, if our ancient brothers did under torturous conditions why shouldn’t we. Yet do not be fooled into thinking that you must, or you must submit. You are perfectly free under Christ to resist.  Our ancient brothers did not submit either, they refused to bow before evil but died rather than bless the “gods” of man. 
God bless you this day!

It is so good to be back!  Nate gives an interesting message on faith while giving some opinion on the current political environment along with; what people do want to hear and what they do not.

A full episode today.  Nate speaks about possibly becoming a ghost buster, as well as a somewhat satirical explanation of both radical Islam and Christianity.  Finally Nate talks about protesting.  We have seen many protest and probably more to come now that Trump is President.  Yet let us not forget that our country was founded on protest.

In my opinion the context of Paul in his letter probably written for his new non Jewish audience was about what to do now that we are Christian? Does our freedom in Christ, or maybe even our very Christian nature allow us to challenge the secular government of the day. As we see in many ways it does as the apostles along with Paul broke the law. They refused to obey Cesar continued to spread the gospel despite the law. For such acts they were punished, but they were not shamed, but proud. I believe Paul wanted the converts to be good Romans to not break moral or natural law, because within that one finds peace and freedom from those who enforce the law. But at times when practicing and preaching the gospel our authority in Christ allows us to fight the law just as Jesus who healed on the sabbath. Just as the believers in Scripture as well as our modern missionaries in lands in which Christianity is forbidden, and yes in America when injustice is taking place. Also I may add our very constitution allows within the law the right to protest it even goes so far to speak of dismantling the government if it starts to fail. We are not in Rome under Roman authorities. Remember even Jesus destroyed property in the name of justice.

Nate talks about the first days of a Trump Presidency.  While he does not like Trump Nate encourages us to pray for the President.  Nate uses the text found in Mark 7:31-37 as an example of how we should reach out to God to have our ears opened in order for us to speak righteousness.  Let us do like the people of Decapolis, let us bring Trump to the throne room of God, allowing God to open his eyes and ears for the sake of the country.

Thought I would share some interesting memes floating around FB.

Just some food for thought: Growing up I was taught to be a conservative at home and church. It actually wasn’t till much later after studying the scriptures in seminary I became liberal. That being said I find conservative Christians which I was once one only interested in rhetoric. If a person says God, Jesus, Lord, then they must be good. Many praise Trump for his ministers who prayed and his statements of God. The question that I propose is what fruits does he show? Some of his first actions in less then 24 hours were to start dismantling Obamacare leaving millions without health insurance, certainly Christ would not desire such would He? One meme portrays Jesus guiding the hand of Trump, I do wish Trump to be Guided by our Lord, yet many Christians actually believe it is so! As if Obama was not guided by God.

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In 8 years I have seen the fruits and the heart of Obama towards people not just of Americans but the world, John 3:16. I do not think Jesus is just now moving back into the White House as another popular meme suggest, but that he has been there all along. Saying “Lord, Lord” will not suffice. It takes fruit and the passion for people. God’s people all over the world. Not the encouragement of wars, border walls, a deregulated Wallstreet, and American nationalism as if we are better than the rest of the world.

 

So let’s say you, who is more Christian? One who cares about their own self interest, or one who seeks love and embraces all people?

Special inauguration day episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast.  Nate talks about the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  Nate urges us to pray for the President and live in unity to love and forgive all and love all.  Regardless of our worldviews Nate believes that we will make it through the next four years