Posts Tagged ‘God’

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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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.

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.

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.”

So many times we are held back by our minds because what we “Think Others Will Think of us.”  This is the great hindrance of many of our dreams and passions. Let Nate’s message help set you free with the power of the Spirit of God.

Living in a fast paced world, demanding expectations both professional and social takes a toll on the human spirit. We forget about our days in which we were connected to the natural world around us. Instead we are constantly connected to the internet in some form. Yes we can use technology to find many great things about the supernatural, but you can never find the supernatural experience within technology. Information yes, experience no. So after you are done reading this short article go take a walk, meditate, go feel the earth and allow the Spirit of God to speak to you.

We can become more in tune with God the more we become in tune with ourselves. The less we stress out over money, work, and even our social lives. The more we let all of that go as hard as it is. The more we just allow ourselves to accept, to accept who we are, faults and all. Yes we can intentionally strive for manifestation of wealth, prosperity, health, happiness and all that will be revealed in time. Yet at the moment we may not have that. We may just be lying to ourselves trying to find what we think we want when we really have no clue.

Jesus did not deny his struggles, he was not all that keen on going to the cross, he didn’t enjoy spending 40 days and nights in the wilderness, probably not having a home and constantly being given death threats was not all that he was looking for. We can be the greatest of Christians, Jesus himself, and if we do not accept ourselves and the situation in which we live in nothing can change. It is what many call “being real.”

How can we be more real in our lives? To be real is to first be honest. That is the first step; honesty with ourselves. It takes doing some soul searching. Maybe like Jesus spending time in the wilderness. Looking our demons straight in the eye and begin to understand them so that we can defeat them.

Second, we must forgive. Forgiveness is powerful. It releases us from the torment that we or others have caused in our lives. Forgiveness breaks the chains that binds us to others negativity. You do not even have to talk to the person you hurt or the person who hurt you. One example in how to release the emotions of forgiveness by yourself is to write down your feelings, once you have done that recite a prayer then burn the paper as the paper is burning so is the past transgressions.

Finally allow the Spirit of God to surround you in love and light as you were intended to be. You may not have much, you may just be you. That my friend is enough. You are a special divine creation who has much to offer the world, you also have much to offer God. After all He created us for both His and our pleasure.

This is about keeping it real with yourself, your fellow human beings, and God. I think that you have a lot to offer and look forward to seeing your progress.

In this episode of the Backyard Preacher Podcast Nate examines faith and works.  James says faith without works is dead.  Yet what are these works?  Is it right action?  Religious ritual?  Loving your neighbor?  These are all great, but we humans will always come up short.  The fact is we cannot please God through right action.  Being a “good” person; Jesus himself said “who is good?”  The problem is many of us try to please God through right action that we become infatuated with our religious belief, rituals, and deeds it creates a type of religious OCD.

Good day Backyard Preachers!  It has been a while but I AM back.  Nate talks a little bit about his recent struggles along with the power of our words.  We struggle in life, it is not easy.  Yet through are struggles sometimes we are just paying the price for a better life.  Be blessed!

When we say that the whole Bible is the “word” of God which I believe has led to much confusion, due to the fact that literalist use the words to control and manipulate; even when they do not realize it.  Yes there is most definitely words of God within our Christian text, yes the text is inspired by the Holy Spirit, yet through men who had no idea they were writing holy texts. Rather a book of history, stories of God presented through the eyes of men.  Writings of trials and tribulations, praise and lamentations. A story of the people of Israel. A good news of salvation in Jesus, a church created through the power of God, and yet most of our NT is letters written to other churches. This is not a bad thing. But to say it is all the “Word” of God is problematic for Christians the reason as I stated above is the easy way this can lead to manipulation and control of the layman. I like to call my Bible Inspired text, true text, and text of our most holy faith that help lead us to salvation. That’s all happy Easter! I am such a cynic.