A Fish Is A Fish And A Dog A Dog

    Sunday, October 27, 2013, 12:58 PM [General]

      When The Spirit Of God moves among the people and things happen and new ideos and collectives are formed, it's important to remember that a thing is just that thing and not another.  What do I mean by that?

     

      The Evangelical section of Xtrianity has, in the last decade or two, either become absorbed into the so-called "Neocon" politics of America or has become the religious branch of the Republican party (which personally I think is a bunch of bologna, I'm Evangelical and I'm not a lackey for the elephant!).  When a new group of people start out and the idea that unites them is that God has done something among them and they want to particpate (and continue) His' work, than soon enough they will find themselves pulled in several directions.

     

      Should they become politically involved?  If so, should members of opposing parties be denied access to their meetings?  If they fight for the Pro-Life cause, are Pro-Choicers denounced and excommunicated?  If they decide to be nothing but a "spiritual movement," what do they do when Hindus and Buddhists show up?  What if a person or people start hammering away at a list of rules one must follow or believe in order to be a member?

     

      I'm not saying groups shouldn't get involved or do any of the things I'm stating.  I just think that people, especially those precious small groups of dedicated people, need to understand from the get-go the general pathos of what God is doing among them. 

     

      I think the Pentecostals learned this the hard way here in America: in the beginning many of their groups were assimilated and absorbed utterly by pet causes, rival 'denominations,' and politics (some of the early Pentecostal leaders segregated fellow black pentecostal leaders, as in the case of Charles Fox Parham). 

     

      If you are blessed with membership in a group of people who feel God is moving among them and they must do something collectively, you don't need to write a code book on what you have to do to be a member.  But neither should you ignore this collective work and drift in and out of the cause.  You (plural, all of you) should have a basic understanding of what God wants (ie, you must all discern His' intentions together).  Only then will your group work like a team!

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    Difference Between Good Xtrians And Really Good Xtrians

    Saturday, February 23, 2013, 9:12 PM [General]

      Good Xtrians try hard to live up to the standards of other Xtrians, to win the respect and standing they want within Xtrianity.

     

      But truly good Xtrians don't care.  They life for God, even if all the other Xtrians didn't like them (hypothetically speaking) they would still serve God.  They have taken their relationship with Jesus and made it truly their own.

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    It Is The Child's Mind That Considers Evil

    Saturday, February 23, 2013, 9:07 PM [General]

      In some way, evil is linked to immaturity. While I would say that it is a gross oversimplification to say that evil is an issue of adolescent development, I think an argument can be made that it is the childishness within people that thinks that in any given scenario evil is greater than good.

      Evil is never better than good.  While evil often assumes the appearence of being the better option, generally because weak humans preffer the quick and easy over the hard (and being good is hard, at least the two are associated in the popular mind), it is prudent of us Xtrians to remember that evil's gains are an illusion. 

      This is what the childish simplicity inside all of us needs to hear.

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    How To Explain Spiritual Exeriences Outside Of Xtrianity

    Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8:58 PM [General]

      Pastors should talk more often on this issue.  Spiritual experiences come from spirits (shouldn't take a genius to figure that out).  But there are many spirits besides God and His' angels. 

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    Maybe They Shouldn't Be On Welfare

    Thursday, January 3, 2013, 10:35 PM [General]

      The Welfare Issue has become a real hot button topic, and why not, it's only a source of major financial strain on our country.  I won't bother trying to convince anyone, I think we can all agree that welfare, while it does some people good, is also a major source of curroption.  Perfectly healthy people lie and cheat about nonexistant physical frailties in order to recieve free money from the government, siphoned from our pockets. 

      In my thinking you don't clean a social system with litigational reform: you do it with social reform.  If it becomes socially unacceptable enough, people will not want to be associate with welfare.  If people who abuse welfare are depicted in movies and TV as leeches it will make it that much harder for them to stomach it. 

      Of course it will have the drawback of driving away the needy families and single-moms for whom it was actually created for.  I don't claim to have all the answers on this one, I am merely offering some thoughts and ideas, namely that to solve the welfare issue requires not the enaction of new law but the mobilization of the perceptions of the commonwealth.

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