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In the wake of the Charlottesville, VA tragedy Nate takes a look at the hate behind why white people do what they do in this country.

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Today many Evangelical churches have turned into a constant Trump rally.  We are on the verge of war and many leaders such as pastor Robert Jeffress who is encouraging the president to go to war a Old Testament warrior for God.  These churches as Isaiah puts it have become worthless assemblies whos worship is detestable to God.  Instead what does God tell Isaiah?  He tells the people to seek justice, to stop doing wrong, to defend the oppressed not to blow them up! to look after the widows and children.  Basically to be like Jesus!

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Are we ready for another Civil War in this country?  In this heated and divided nation it is a very real possibility.  Jesus speaks of division, his own words caused division within homes and still do to this very day.  In some sense a non violent civil war has already started.  It is our duty as children of God to bring peace and love, fight with prayer and do our best to end the hate.

Many of my progressive Christian friends are probably use to seeing the many articles floating around denouncing nationalism within the church and for the most part I agree. For the most part. While I am not one on 4th of July church services, there is almost a natural link between church and state regardless of the constitution. From ancient times the King or Queen ruled by divine right called “The Divine Right of Kings.” If you go back to ancient Egypt we see the Pharaoh as the god-king, the high priest of the nation as well as political ruler. It just might be in our DNA to set off firecrackers and salute our nation’s flag, all the while saying a prayer to our deity for another day of freedom.

So while within the Christian faith I think it is important not to go so far as to force feed people a religious diet. We do live in the United States in which the founding fathers had a brilliant and beautiful idea of separation of church and state, we also do not want to leave God out of the government and act like he will not enter the chambers of congress because we will not invite him in, or within the courts because we take down the ten commandments or a statue of Baphomet, as if God was so inferior and able to be stopped by our human measures.

I believe a more centrist approach is needed. I personally think much of this backlash against celebration of the state within a religious context comes from the recent election of Donald Trump. I do not support Trump, but nonetheless I will not be one of those “He is not my President” people, because he is my president as a citizen of the United States. Both sides, liberal and conservative have an opportunity to allow what is going on in today’s government to bring us together. Let this be an opportunity to get back to the basics of Christianity. Let me remind you that Christianity is not a religion of any state, but rather faith in Jesus, unlike the religions of the ancients we do not allow the state control over us. Yet we kind of compromise as Jesus said, give unto Cesar what is Cesar’s.

I believe both liberal and conservative Christians are engaged in what amounts to rebellion. Conservatives want to create a government of the church and by the church, and liberals are moving so far away from the church into the realm of Unitarianism. As a progressive Christian I am not going to sell out my faith and bash everything churches around the country do. Just as I do not want them to bash me and my progressive theology. I believe we can unite once again and agree to disagree.

Fear, it is the demonic force that binds us.  Fear has brought this country to a breaking point.  We have a massive racial problem in this country that needs to be addressed.  Black men are being killed by police officers and being found not guilty by the courts as they did the Klansmen of old.  Nate speaks to this and the great idea of love which cast out all fear in this latest podcast.

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.

“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!