I read a bit. I read the news and read commentary. I pay more attention to the Christian take on things due to the name of my blog and do not, probably, write enough in defense of us.
The commentary I hear too much is that GOD, a loving GOD to me, is also a judgmental, stern and harsh patron. The GOD I have grown up with is referred to as “LOVE”. LOVE does not close windows or lock doors. LOVE does not criticize, LOVE comforts. The office of GOD has an open door policy. One needs not require a judgmental GOD. The man in the mirror tells me when I have done wrong, made a mistake, or fallen short of my example Jesus. Too often the mirror judgement is more damaging to me than any.
LOVE understands. No one on the face of the Earth has walked my journey, encountered my fears under my circumstances, made the same decisions for the same reasons. Save One. LOVE (GOD). If we knew everybody’s everything we may eventually learn to understand. GOD has walked the journey with me. Every minute, every day, 24-7. When someone says that you have to earn your time with GOD it is a lie. GOD knows EARTH. GOD knows that people are not always kind to other people. GOD KNOWS HELL. For too many that is EARTH. GOD knows what you have tried to accomplish, and what mountains you have had to climb. GOD (LOVE) does not stand on the sidelines of life. For all who ask, seek, or even irregardless, we have done the climb with LOVE’s help. Whether dressed as a parent, or a friend, neighbor or stranger, LOVE has helped with my climb.
LOVE will help you with yours.
Enjoy the day for the opportunities it represents, not lament it for the negatives of a past that has perhaps occurred. Make your corner of the world a nice one. A comfortable place to hang out for someone LOVE sends your way.
LOVE has an open door policy, let no one tell you otherwise.
“FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.” (Jesus of Nazareth)
The current movement afloat is educational requirements to expand our historical knowledge of the middle east. In the midst the calling is to require the study of A middle eastern religion in a country based on a constitutional requirement to leave religion in it’s place and the government of life in another. How does one teach history by only teaching one religion versus the relationship that all religions have in common (often not peaceful among each other). That is like teaching one viewpoint on events, or not hearing “The rest of the story”. If we maintain only one perspective we only learn one perspective. We either teach all religions or none. Our constitutional creators recognized that our foundation is based on the freedom to exercise your religion, in the context of the law of the land and not to establish one over another. My friend, and many others I have known, were brought up to study and compare a number of religions. The confusion caused by a sincere study of religious doctrine as presented by a number of sources purportedly given to you as a message from a shared source (GOD, SUPREME BEING, MESSENGER or whatever) has resulted in most of these people refusing to be intimidated or swayed to join any of them as a result of the inconsistency of their doctrines within their own umbrella of faith let alone others. From my viewpoint of Unorthodox Christianity, Love One Another is a plenty sufficient message without any more doctrine attached. Doctrine is only a center for power, not a path to peace.
On this day, Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ of GOD, was Risen. Hallelujah. Whether in his physicalness, or simply in our hearts, may Love One Another become a mantra we can learn to live with, abide in, and strive to attain.
This day is a great day. I am here. Many who I remember have passed away. Friends that I have long lost contact with. In that same time frame GOD has introduced others to fill in the gaps for life is a living and breathing existence. Today is always a gift. Yesterday was an education. Tomorrow is a dream, or a goal, and a purpose.
I believe we all have a need to belong. Whether a family, a city, a nation, a school, a group. Belonging is a very human need and it is difficult to comprehend “GOD” or similar as a group to belong to. As much as groups profess the ease with which such belonging is granted, until you can visibly and physically feel that sensory contact, belonging can seem pretty esoteric and too shallow to grasp. The key is what do you feel belonging to makes it so important to you. Sometimes our challenge is to understand how our choices affect not just our personal lives, but those of the people we interact with. Positive choices, and positive reactions can determine the success of the value that belonging to this or that provides.
Is your cup half empty or half full? As a proponent of unorthodoxy the box needs to be bigger and the assessment more honest. Do your choices put a smile on your face and warm your heart? Would you accept your behavior done to you as you behave toward others? Do unto others as you would have things done unto you will create an environment that fosters a sense of belonging that can offer positive results. Wisdom is the result of being honest with oneself, and open to change oneself when the opportunity is presented. Make no mistake, your positive outlook will not always be reflected by the crowd, be it one or many. The challenge to the unorthodox is to keep extending the hand.
How has change opened your door to a belonging environment? When you review your list of mentors, what examples of that mentorship have moved you to, in turn, mentor others in a similar manner. We impact everyone we come into contact with.
How have your contacts improved you. We could also call these gifts. Have a great day.
The teachings of Jesus emphasized hope to a people in a time of persecution. Whether it was political, physical or mental Jesus’ message was one of hope through hard times.
It is my desire that Unorthodox Christianity also carry that message to all of those who feel disenfranchised by a traditional church and reflect a Jesus that was giving a message for all those who followed and even came in contact with him, that hope is always available and can become a way of life. Too often we interpret the promise of Jesus is life after death. The reality is that the hope of Jesus was that this hope is yours to have every moment. Change in a world of a GOD who is LOVE, is accessible to all who are open to its possibilities.
When asked once about how he was going to celebrate his birthday, the Dalai Lama replied, “Why would I celebrate the birth of my sufferings day?” The message of Jesus is that the hope of Jesus is a message of the joys that are inherent and available to us every day of our living. Life is to be embraced, even when it seems as though the persecution is winning. Hope, as has been said, springs eternal.