Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

We have seen the church twist scripture to control the population for thousands of years.  Today we have much more information at our fingertips.  Yet control, especially abusive control still remains a problem within the church.  The new Aeon of Christianity follows simple guidelines no rules, no dogma just Spirit led Christianity.

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Today the good Rev.  Talks about sexuality a topic that is left out of most churches but must be approached; especially within this New Aeon.  We must not live in shame of sexuality but instead embrace it.

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.

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.”

My fellow brothers and sisters of the Christian faith, as a minister of the gospel of Christ I feel it is important to examine through scripture how we should look towards the upcoming Trump administration. Why I am I investing so much time in this election you may ask? When I see people being spiritually defeated, families being ripped apart, and hate being spread on both sides of the political spectrum then as Christians we must look at how we should conduct our lives during these times of turmoil.

As usual when it comes to matters of scripture interpretation is everything. We must remember even during the Civil War both North and South believed they were being guided by the hand of God. So is it now amongst Christians, those who support an ultraconservative/theocracy in which Christian values are forced upon the people, and Christians who believe that people should choose to live moral lives without government intervention. While that being said no amount of morality will give any of us favor with God as it is only by faith in Christ we our saved.

Let us look towards Romans chapter 13 as a guide. Paul in his letter to the Romans is giving his Christian brothers and sisters guidelines on how to live under an oppressive government. Let me remind you that Paul is primarily speaking to the Jewish population during this time as it was very hard for them to find a way to live under the leadership of Rome. Just as the Jews under Rome, today we face the leadership of a Trump administration. As we look at the text Paul starts out talking about love and ends talking about love as the greatest of laws. This is highly important as the law of love is the greatest in the universe.

Let us look at the end of Romans 12 as Paul leads into talking about believers under secular government.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;     if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Vs.17-21, NIV)

This incoming administration has shown a great intolerance for diversity. This coming more so from those who voted Trump into office. The country is divided one side who wishes to live in unity and peace, while the other wishes to take away the freedoms of many. We see evil being shown to minorities, refugees, those of other religions, the LGBT community, women, and the list continues. We also see signs of fascism in which the Administration wishes to impose their agenda upon the people limiting the freedoms of speech. We see this with those who are not happy with the American government and display acts in which some interpret as unpatriotic, could we one day be sent to prison for not standing for the National Anthem? As a Christian my Kingdom is God’s not the United States. A large segment of the country are onboard with Trump and take his words many steps forward and radicalize them, they are now emboldened to say things in which they would never say in public before. They believe they have their great leader, and the sad thing is many are my fellow brothers and sisters who think this way. Yet the law of love tells us how we must act.

So what can we do under a government who wishes to take away the will of the people? The Jews under the Romans had to deal with their Roman authority figures as we do today. Paul is very blunt and to the point. Let us look at his words.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. (13:1-5, NIV)  

            The scripture is clear, as long as the government is not imposing anything against the law of love then we must act in obedience. Yet in many ways in our country the threat may not come from the government itself but from those in which support the incoming administration, in that case we must defer to the law of love. We must do what we can to spread the message of love, all people not just Americans but refuges in foreign lands, our fellow Americans of different ethnicity and skin color, our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community, the continuing support for women’s rights, and those of other faiths. We must do this without breaking the law, unless the law is against the law of love. We may respond with peaceful protest and demonstrations without violence or in any way hurting another human being. We can stand united as a Church against the evils of our fellow man and maybe, just maybe win some. Remember our fight is not against flesh and blood. Even those whom we may look upon as the enemy God loves. If God loves them then so should we. Jesus forgave on the cross, we can turn the other cheek and move forward in love just as our Lord.

So let us not be confused that Romans 13 is stating that Christians must follow any government that happens to come into power. Paul is stating we must respect the powers that be, but let not the powers that be move us from our mission of love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Paul finishes up by returning to the law of love as the fulfillment of the law.

 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Vs.8-10, NIV)

“Love does no harm to a neighbor” these beautiful words in which we now must live out as so much hate has filled the hearts of man. With so much division we must unite as a church to live in the unity found in love. Let us pray more, fellowship more, and preach the gospel more even as we see the day drawing near.         

Nate puts another spin of original sin placing much of the blame upon fear.  Fear is one of the greatest emotions which keeps us from living out God’s will for us on this earth.  So let us learn to live life without fear!

The Kingdom of Heaven is within, so said the master. According to the Christian tradition paradise was lost when man and woman rebelled against God through the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this “fruit” whatever it may be either literal or as I would believe to be a an analogy of the ancients in order to demonstrate man’s fear. Adam and Eve of the garden were afraid that they would be left behind, that they were being kept out of the loop, that God the Father was somehow refusing their birthright unto them. I suggest that fear was original sin and since the time of Adams and Eves picnic of knowledge, fear became passed down from one generation to the next with man loosing paradise and the peace, bliss, and the worry free lifestyle was now far from the minds of man with a flaming sword guarding the way back in. In my imagination the type of life in which God created us to be before the fall is one in which we do not possess an ego, a life in which we have no hopes, no dreams, no desire other than being one with God in spirit. This is because we do not need a “self” a “hope” because we have everything or “desire” for the same reason. This was a time when we were one with God, a blended consciousness perhaps. Yet we were not immune to falling short of this continuous bliss, we were deceived to believe that God is the enemy, that we were neglected and like the parable of the prodigal demanded our inheritance which eventually left us eating with the pigs. The forbidden fruit is fear that God will not bestow upon us the knowledge which He possesses. I suggest to you that fear is of the greatest of sins, one in which we were are born with, one which takes us away from a fundamental state of reality, creating a self-centered life which in turn brings about the fruit of all kinds of sin.

The great master Jesus Christ came to show us the way back to the garden. His life was one of living in this world full of fear yet He himself had no fear. He lived a life as one who was one in consciousness with God His Father. We may say to ourselves that Jesus being the incarnated son of God gave him an advantage, well you have me there, and then again we are also sons of God through Christ! Christ came to be the restorer. He came to bring the death of the first Adam to life, this being done through the cross. This great mystery is just that a mystery, a mystery in which we must take advantage of!

Now that I have given a very brief synopsis now I must get to the point in which we start to live a life without fear. Unfortunately I have sad news, for most people if not all people it is impossible to completely live without fear in fact some fear is good, yet I do not know if it is truly fear. The fear that may have brought about original sin is full of every sorts of evil. Our fear drives us as human beings to create the world in which we have around us today goes back to the beginning of sin. Getting back to paradise will not be an easy task. We are constantly being bombarded with situations causing stress, pain, and anger. We are around people who create turmoil in our lives, Jesus had to deal with people within his own inner circle of friends who were thieves, violent and angry, sexually promiscuous, those who wished to undermined and threaten the very reason which the Christ came. We also deal with people with very similar issues which directly and indirectly affect us. Jesus knew full and well what was going on yet he did not allow it to detour Him. Jesus was fearless, He understood that He was in the hands of the Father, regardless of any situation that came His way even that of the pending cross He gave it all up to the Fathers will. He was not always immune to human emotions, but lived his life without being detoured. We each have a mission in life, a calling, a purpose, something in which we were placed on this earth to do. In order to carry out our purpose we must choose to live our lives totally surrendered to God. How do you do this? Well I will be honest sometimes it just boils down to not giving a crap about life and to live in the simple bliss of knowing that everything is ok. Like a baby in the arms of his mother, so we are to our Father. The Father is pure love and light, He sings His praises over us. We suffer earth to earn our soon reward. If we can break down our state of being to realize that nothing in this life in which we hold so dear really matters. As Jesus would say we must be born again, we must lose our lives to gain it. To do this we must first surrender to love, it was the love of God which allowed us to be reunited as His sons and daughters, so we must learn to live love. I suggest a reading of 1 Corinthians 13 in which the Apostle Paul gives a very powerful definition of love. If we can grasp love to its fullest extent we may just be able to truly live out life as a type of Christ on the earth. If we can live out love we can change the world, it is not the amount of numbers we have, and Jesus who had few followers who ended up changing the world even to the extent in which I write this article.

So let us make living out love something in which we start to practice. Let us spiritually take upon ourselves the Christ consciousness, let us let go of what causes us stress, pain, and anger. Let us understand that most of what we place our stock in is worthless. To understand that spiritual strength and mental peace is more valuable than gold. To not allow ourselves to be owned by the world, but free people, happy people, people who enjoy life and able to carry out our mission in which we have been placed on this earth to do. We can live a life without fear, without much worry or stress, we can live our lives happy and free. We must rid ourselves of the fear which has destroyed our lives, the fear that our Father wishes to keep the glories of heaven for himself, and the fear of those who try to rule over us here on earth. My passion for you is to be restored to the Father, to make it through this life, to find the Kingdom of Heaven within and be free!