The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 171 (Know Thyself)

Nate continues the motivational series.  The question is; who are you?  Most of us have know idea who we really are, and until you find out there is no hope in moving forward.  Lets find out together!

Know Thyself
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Is Religion Dangerous?

Is religion dangerous? My answer is no; but also a resounding YES. First at the heart of all religious systems the intent is to journey from the profane to the divine. One would think this would be a wonderful human development of seeking a higher power for the good of humanity. The higher power may be on the outside such as a God or God’s, or the divine is finding ones higher self. Religions of the world vastly differ on how one takes this path.

The varying religious paths prescribed towards divinity shows the beauty of diverse cultures. Religion becomes a danger when one religion demands that they are correct and others are not. Secondly the adherents of the religion feels it is their duty to God to impose doctrine by force.

Two religions have been known to cause the greatest amount of danger to humanity. That is Christianity and Islam. People of these faiths have killed and suppressed nations. Subjected mass amount of anguish upon differing beliefs with laws suppressing the rights of non adherents.

Why, it has not always been this way? Yet even very early in Christianity’s history fights over correct doctrine took place. When Rome saw the opportunity to use Christianity as a way to help control and unite the empire the Roman Catholic church became the enforcer of God and king within Europe.

War was waged against Islam the fairly young religion that was sweeping the middle east by force. A fight that is still in place today. All of this stems because religions such as Christianity and Islam are absolute in their doctrines and pathways to God.

In our modern world religion is used in American politics such as the election of Donald Trump. Yet this is not new. Kings would often claim they ruled by divine right and who can argue with God?

My proposal for religion especially that of Christianity which I am apart of, is the elimination of dogma and doctrine. A true freedom of religion that I pray also on Islam. Let each person be his own pope. Let each person decide the best path within their chosen faith. Let each person develop a path to the divine based on their own understanding of their faith. A faith that all is permitted under love.

In my heart this is what Jesus taught.

The Opioid Crisis

States are pondering with the idea of charging drug dealers with murder if a buyer dies as a result of use. This is primarily focused around the opioid crisis. No one can deny that the United States has a drug problem. Opioids are a dangerous part of the problem as these drugs cause the most deaths. What should be noted is that a good percentage of opioid users started taking the drug because a doctor prescribed it for severe pain.

If you have ever been in extreme pain before and were given opioids then you can attest that they work wonders. The pain just goes away as you enter a state of bliss. Yet the bliss is short lived as it is reported you can become physically dependent on these wonderful pills in just 5 days. With the DEA becoming more active in monitoring a doctor’s prescription pad, many newly minted addicts are cut off. This in my opinion is not fair and leads to their death.

We see once good productive citizens become criminals in the eyes of the law because they are in pain and need to somehow maintain a functional life. They purchase unregulated often tainted opioids or move into using heroin increasing their chances of imprisonment or death. A wall at the border will not solve the problem; an internal examination and making the proper adjustments in treating patents in extreme pain will do more than any wall. Many states allow for the use of medical cannabis for pain yet most states are still stuck in the 1920’s. We have bars on every corner yet somehow being high on anything other than alcohol is immoral.

So what common sense approaches can the citizenry take to curb the opioid crisis without spending a dime? First we allow doctors to prescribe alternative pain relief by federally legalizing cannabis. Cannabis is a proven to reduce pain and the great thing is no one has ever died from it. Second we need to allow people who suffer from chronic pain to be on opioids long term. Doctors should be able to give medication that will allow the patient to have a functioning life even if it comes in the form of a pill. So many people turn to street drugs which are not regulated by the FDA leading to fatal overdose of people who just needed pain relief. Finally I want to say that life is hard and it sucks sometimes. I do not look down upon the drug user I look down upon those that lock people up and deny them maybe the only happiness they will ever have.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #166 (It’s a Trap)

What is the difference between work in the past and work today?  If you had the opportunity to make a living doing what you love would you?  Do you live to work or work to live?  


What is the difference between work in the past and work today?  If you had the opportunity to make a living doing what you love would you?  Do you live to work or work to live?  

The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 165 (The Green New Deal: A Common Sense Approach)

The Green New Deal is making some noise lately and I want to weigh in on it.  At this point I believe that it is one of the greatest set of ideas that has ever been formed next to freedom of speech.  


The Green New Deal is making some noise lately and I want to weigh in on it.  At this point I believe that it is one of the greatest set of ideas that has ever been formed next to freedom of speech.