We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Upside Down

"Then he said to them, 'Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.'" ~ Luke 21:10-11

I usually begin work on a blog by looking for appropriate, public domain, art so the entry will show up better on social media.  I'm not going to bother this time, I'm too upset.  Actually, "upset" is the wrong word, but it's as close as the English language gets.

I was raised to think of the police as valiant heroes protecting the good citizens from evil.  The cops were the good guys.  Heck, I've always believed that if I could walk, I'd be a cop.  Now, the police are the bad guys, and communities are chomping at the bit to dismantle whole police departments.

On top of that, the Corona virus is still claiming lives.  As of 06/15/2020-19:31:39 PST, there have 2,085,769 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States of America resulting in 115,644 deaths.  If that's not a pestilence I don't know what is.  Yet, our leaders want to open things back up to ease strain on the economy.  The health of the economy is being valued more than human life.

Everything feels backwards... upside down... chaotic.

I don't know if these are the end of days, or not.   Nevertheless, I find myself increasingly grateful for my Christianity.  At least my religion provides me with a solid sense of right and wrong.  No, not talking about avoiding shellfish or mixed knit clothing.  I'm talking about treating people with kindness.  

Except for casting my vote this November, there's nothing I do to "fix the country."  Yet, by treating the people immediately around me with enough respect to wear a mask whenever I go outside, or help someone when I can, maybe I can improve my own tiny corner of it.  Maybe, just maybe, if we all did so, we wouldn't be shooting each other, or be coming out of self-quarantine prematurely. 

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." ~ Serenity Prayer

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." ~ John 14:27

I'll be honest, my heart has been troubled.  It's not because I can't go to restaurants or to the movies.  That's annoying and inconvenient, but it doesn't "troubling my heart."  What's troubling is seeing honest hard working people lose their livelihood through no fault of their own.  

I haven't posted in a while, because I haven't wanted to sound like a pessimist nor a Pollyanna.  I don't believe we're on the cusp of the apocalypse.  Yet, when I start to say, "everything will work out," it sounds hollow, as if the next words out of my mouth should be the introduction of a Mickey Mouse cartoon.  

I'm fairly certain we're not destined to fight for gasoline until Mad Max saves the day, but I'm equally sure life will never return to, what we think of as, normal.  Put simply, I have no more idea than the man on the moon how the world will look on the other side of this pandemic.

Maybe that's OK though.  Maybe the ability to say, "I don't know," is part of faith.  I'm not one to kick back totally and let Jesus completely take the wheel, but perhaps I should be confidant He's guiding the GPS.

"Lord, it's becoming exceedingly difficult to remove the trouble from my heart.  Please give me the strength to let you replace it with your piece.  Amen."

Saturday, April 11, 2020

This Is Not The End

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." ~ Matthew 6:25-29

When I was growing up, I heard the story of The Aunt and the Grasshopper. In a nutshell, the grasshopper played all summer while the aunt stored food and reinforced his hill. Thus, when winter came, the grasshopper died and the aunt stayed warm & fed.

As children we were taught to be like the responsible aunt. When I first read the scripture above I was confused. I thought Jesus Christ was advising people to be like the grasshopper. Then it was explained to me the writers of the gospels thought Jesus was going to return within their lifetime. They weren't preparing for later because they thought there was no later.

Christians were predicting the end of the world 2,000 years ago. News Flash: This just in, they were wrong. The Roman Empire fell, people kept having babies, and the world kept on keeping on.

Things look bleak right now, but this isn’t the end. You don’t need to pour over the Book ok Revelations to see if the signs are upon us, or hoard toilet paper and tomato soup because our infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.

We will get through this. We’ll get through this faster and easier if we’re responsible toward the greater good now. We’ll be better off on the other side or this, if we're kind to each other now.
When the ICU beds are empty, when the masks are off, and when the dust settles the world will be here. The kind of world it will be is up to us.