You're stereotyping me, did you ever think about it that way??

Sunday, March 28, 2010

There is a lot of judgement that goes around the world today. It fires back and forth across the senate floor, the world and our country, and across the classroom. Many people assume that religions often are more judgmental than others. While it is true that most religions have a very strict code of ethics and rules to adhere to, not all members are willing to take the seat of the magistrate. I wrote this back in high school, but I think it's still relevant today. I am posting it here with minor editing.

1. I'm not going to impose my beliefs on you. I will share and invite, but beating you over the head and berating you constantly really isn't my main goal in life or the purpose of my religion. Just so you know.
2. Please don't impose your beliefs on me. Your beliefs, your opinions, your prejudices, your misconceptions... share, I'd love to talk, but don't expect me to take them up.
3. I'd prefer if you don't offend other people (persons, races, groups, religions, whatever) around me. If you're ignorant enough to make such assumptions, I'd rather not be offended by them.
4. I am allowed to be offended when you offend someone else of the human race. I happen to be a member of that particular group.
5. A square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle is not always a square. (just because something falls into a group, it doesn't mean that it applies to all. some specifics are just for a few.)
6. Don't be self righteous -and I don't care if you believe in original sin or not- it's annoying as crap and it'd be best if you didn't ask me to start pointing out your flaws.
7. This is not aimed at any specific person, I just heard one comment too many today and I decided to practice my preaching.
8. I don't care if you agree with a person or not- they are a person and you should respect them and take into account their positions on things. Whatever it may be.
9. Don't be so stupid as to believe everything you hear/see. (Yes, that could include this.)
10. You don't know the whole story unless you had a part in it. Just think about that the next time you ponder judging someone.
11. Just because I am a Christian, it doesn't mean that I cannot get along with someone else. When I was baptized, I didn't join a selective cult of people. I do want to get to know you and I'll try not to pass judgement on you for whatever you are/say/do.

I realize that i have my own failures. I really do love all people and I hope that you have a nice day. While you are having a nice day, do something nice for someone else. Buy flowers for your mum. Hold open the door. Apologize for stepping on someone's foot in the hall. Whatever you feel like. I don't mean to sound angry, but I am. A little. Just a combination of a lot of idiotic things that really push my buttons sort of overflowed. It's not directed at you, just the rude people in humanity in general.

Looking at Luke

Monday, March 22, 2010

Luke 12:48

"...From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded." Luke 12:48

do you ever just want to take a pass and say,
no thanks,
you can give that to someone else,
pass it along,
i don't want any more responsibility,
i can't do it,
i've got too much...

especailly when it comes to something for someone else- praying or being there or being the comforter or the go-to person. if i can't take care of myself, why am i to be there for someone else?

i guess becuase i love them and would do anything for them and i want to be that person that God wants me to be. right?

that's what i keep telling myself.

On tonight's news at 6...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sometimes we forget religion in the mainstream- beyond our church. Sometimes we forget how intricately it is all connected with who we are as a nation, as a world- a global community of humanity. Until someone does something wrong. The media does love a good disaster! And don't we all? Aren't we fascinated (and yes, often horrified) by 24-hour coverage of natural disasters, accidents, wars, politicians doing something wrong or mis-steps by our great leaders, political, ethical and spiritual? We are, we hang on every word- and the media fills that need. We want it and they have it. But with all of the hullabaloo over Westboro Baptist Church, Pat Robertson, fundamentalist Islamics, Catholic secrets, and anti-whatevers, we lose that still small voice of reason within us. It's okay. Remember the sane thoughts of those who sit next to you at church, in the cathedral or the mosque. Those who have the loudest voice don't always have the right voice.

Walk Humbly

Sunday, March 14, 2010

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your god?
- Micah 6:8

Things in life seem a lot harder than that one succinct verse. We have a hard time accepting what to do in life. We feel we are required to have lofty goals and aspirations that will prove things, great things, to the world, while we continue to forget we only have to prove them to God. Simply loving Him and His people through justice and kindness is all he asks. All of the other things break down under those few categories.

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you have received.
- I Peter 4:8-10

Rain, rain, please won't you stay?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's been raining all day. I love the rain. For a little while. I hate when it drags on for days. But I love waking up to the rain pounding on the roof. I love running through a straight downpour. The heavier the better. I love falling asleep at night to the rain. I don't know, the rain makes everything feel cleaner. In a sad way. The earth is crying. For a little while- sometimes a quick cry and sometimes it takes a few days to let it all out. But while the earth is shedding its tears, I'm hoping for a sun-shiny day tomorrow to go to the beach, get my passport and buy some stamps. But tonight I'll fall asleep to the rain.