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In Germany it is against the law to have Nazi propaganda. The Southern sympathisers beliefs are just as bad if not worse. We will never forget the evil of the South. Having honor statues only supports war criminals and slave supporters. We must come to a time as a country in which we end the madness of a divided country. It is time to unify under love. To not except terror. To tell it like it is. To not be afraid. A time to examine our own culture to accept being white and how that affects our perception of the country. To truly change our behavior we must do this. In closing there is nothing honorable and historically relevant in a traitor’s statue. Even as a Freemason we should rid ourselves of the statue of Albert Pike. The confederacy is dead and defeated. Those who support it are enemys of the state.

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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.

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!

I am a liberal progressive Christian. Someone who stands for immigration, limited borders, LGBT rights, etc… I recently responded to a Facebook post by an pastor in a mainline denomination that proved to me we can go beyond progressive into stupidity.  In short this pastor was claiming that without immigration we wouldn’t have anyone to work the land picking fruits and such.  I responded by sharing my opinion in which I believe we should not support more immigration just to enjoy the luxuries of cheap fruit off the backs of people who are extremely underpaid with no benefits, and without the protection of workers rights.  This position takes advantage of what essentially is close to modern slavery.  Of course no dialogue was aloud I was quickly removed from the post and deleted. I am 100% for immigration, yet I want our new Americans treated with dignity and respect. I am not in favor of immigration just to put them in the fields so I can buy cheap food products.  How people could think this is apart of being progressive is strange and disheartening.  There are certain topics in which progressive Christians are afraid to examine such as immigration.  We need to have honest dialogue, some progressives do not like to look at all sides of these issues. Just a polarizing view that dose not help but divides. We cannot show our lack of intelligence in this way.  We can be progressive but we must still think. Such as in immigration which we should  limit if the only reason we desire immigrants is to pick fruit for slave wages with no protections.  That is just wrong, and is just enjoying many American luxuries off the back of modern slaves.

Be sure to tell me your thoughts. Tell me if I am wrong. I enjoy an open honest dialogue.

This is the 100th episode of this podcast, and I will be honest it has been a complete failure.  With just a few downloads per episode I should just give up.  That is what I should do, it is not what I am going to do.  In my life I have been a failure, so I should give up there also.  Stop chasing my dreams and realize I am just a working stiff.  No, not going to do that either.  I encourage you to listen and be motivated.

I was thinking tonight as I was having a conversation tonight with my girlfriend. Talking about life it’s twist turns and the what if this, and what if that. After my spiritual awakening at 16 I was very spiritual, my leaders presumed I would be a young up and coming pastor.  Then some twist and turns appeared in my life and I was married and a heavy drinking U.S. Army soldier .  I still had the dream of pastoring but it seemed far away.  So tonight I wondered, what if.  Then during contemplation I said to myself I would have been one of those fundamental conservative pastors who only stayed within their culture.  I probably would have found Biblical education at a institute falling in line with the rest of my peers.  I probably would have never actually learned to think. Although I probably would have not become an ex con and substance abuser.  One thing for sure is I would never have become The Backyard Preacher.  I would have never learned to conduct biblical research earning my Masters in Religion through taking courses online; this partly because I lost my license and know one would hire me because of a felony conviction for theft.  This created a deep anger and to be honest selfish advocate for felons trying to do the right thing in life but still treated as second class citizens.  I wouldn’t know what it was like to spend time with many different cultures and ethnicities through my military service and factory jobs.  To be able to empathize with homosexuals, minorities, and others with substance issues.  Maybe all things do work out for a reason. Maybe God has led me down this path for such a time as this.   Maybe I am becoming the pastor who wants his congregation to think about what I preach and for homework come to a different conclusion other than mine.

I am wondering if some of the problems within the fundamental conservative church today is leaders who are trained not to think. Yet only adhere to the old saying “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.”  Instead to actually research and challenge the pastor to teach one another to sharpen each other.  To limit dogma take away rules that weigh each other down and truly be free as a church under Christ.  So not to be long winded this was only going to be a Facebook post but I thought it would be a bit long.  If you listen to my podcast The Backyard Preacher I encourage you to challenge me, come up with different conclusions. Do your own research we should all be willing and able to step up to the pulpit and lead.  

So all in all, I have been through a lot of self-made crap in my life. Yet through it all I have become The man and Christian I am today because of it.    

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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.

His yoke is easy and his burden is light.  Do not allow yourself to get caught up and become a greater child of hell than the ones putting you in bondage.  Society and especially the church has a market on programming.  Hell is big money and pleasing God based on what your leader says can be detrimental to your mental and physical health.  Nate takes on this issue in part 2 of the discussion.

Trying to understand the mind of a teen can be extremely difficult if not impossible.  The same is true for a teen to try to understand the mind of an adult especially a parent.  This special episode dives into this seemingly impossible paradox with a candid father and son discussion.

All of us who have been raised in the conservative Christian church then woken up from the heavy burden of theocracy and mandatory all knowing theology; rules which the teachers do not even follow, understand this journey towards freedom.  It is not always an easy way out!  We have been programmed and now it is time to be free.  Jesus said “My yoke is easy and burden is light.”