What if we could stop being Facebook bullies and instead start being kind?  What if we could actually think before we type?  What if we decided to love instead of hate?  What if we allowed God back into the Garden?  Maybe, just maybe the world would be a better place.

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Who kicked who out of the garden? Did God kick out man? Or did we kick out God? Is not God here and now, in front of us and within us, above us and below us?  If so did we kick out God? Is our duty, our will to reach union with God?  We may struggle with these questions, we may struggle with the idea of having the ability to reach the divine becoming divine as the Father becoming one as Jesus prayed. “Let them be one with you as we are one.”  The final question is the same as the first. Who kicked who out of the Garden? Did you? Have we all? If so maybe it is time we let him back in.

What if anything does patriotism and church have in common?  There has been a lot of open patriotic activity within the church since the election.  Yet is this such a new phenomena? No, it isn’t we have seen it for thousands of years.  Buckle up and hold tight The Backyard Preacher Podcast is a click away!

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.

“You would not be here if you still did not have something that you must do in life, that only you can do.  You would not be here if there was not a job for you to do.” – Lon Milo DuQeutte  In the church we are saturated with the concept of purpose yet so many of us our found lacking.  Let us find our purpose and therefore find your “will.”

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.

This week mental health therapist Stacy Griffith joins me as we discuss Jesus the great therapist.  How his counseling abilities are very similar to our modern practices.