Friday, October 2, 2015

False Dilemmas

I have seen a lot of proselytizing lately, mostly by the conservative religious right, stating things like: “Veterans should come before migrants!” or “Veterans needs should come before illegals!” As a United States citizen you would be hard-pressed to disagree; and if you did, you more than likely will be labeled a liberal kook, or worse yet, an ISIS sympathizer. While this propaganda machine steamrolls along, and so many angry individuals hitching their patriotic wagons to it, I wonder if they have ever considered that this just might be a political trick bag?

False Dichotomy/Trilemma

We Americans really do pride ourselves on our black and white thinking when it comes to issues such as these. In this case it must be as simple making a choice between Veterans or Immigrants; or Veterans or Illegals? Or if you want throw them all together and have a nice false trilemma we could say that we have to choose between Veterans, Immigrants or Illegals? Please tell me that we have risen above these either or/s scenarios? 

A Hard Truth

Having worked with a great number of homeless Veterans, in both a professional and a volunteer capacity over the last two decades, I will let you in on a little known secret: Not all homeless Veterans want help (especially from the government). I spoke with hundreds of Vets who basically told me that the wars our government sent them to broke them- and they really don’t want anything more from it! Others told me that being homeless was their last bastion of freedom. They understood that they were not capable of entering the workforce, nor did they have any desire to. Also, many of these veterans associated getting help with a loss of individual freedom; they feared being forced to take medication and being reduced to a simple diagnosis or a number. Funny how a lot of vets felt reduced to being a serial number, or a mere “Government Issue”, during times of war. 

The Christian Dilemma

In closing, I wish to speak to those who identify as a Christian…and by Christian I mean “follower of Jesus Christ”- as opposed to those who pray at the altar of Nationalism or use the phrase “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” on a daily basis. To the followers of Christ I would just ask that we take some time and consider the hurting, whether they be foreign or domestic, and try to see them through the eyes of Jesus Christ. The wonderful thing about Jesus is that HIS power and grace has no boarders! HE is also able to produce supernatural surplus where there are extreme deficits; and HIS perfect love is able to cast out all fear. Have you met HIM lately?  

So what are your thoughts? And be brutally honest.  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The False Road

God originally created the Soul in its own nature: perfect purity, perfect calm, perfect silence. It is a vitrtual well spring gushing from the very veins of the Heavenly Father Himself. This is what allows mankind to commune with the divine. We hunger for it. But we often go astray.

This Soul can never be physically injured, never marred…but it can be defiled. Yet all things added to it do for a time trouble it; and this is sorrow. Sorrow accrued can eclipse the loving rays of God and lead to bitterness, deception, and depression. This yoke is much too heavy for man to bear.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Own Internal Riots

I keep telling myself to write this blog. I’m supposed to write this blog, this big brave blog that holds me accountable for my own bullshit.  But whenever I get serious about such accountability, I want to wallow in my own bullshit, I want to roll around in it and make friends with my own bullshit. Instead of writing this inspirational post where I call myself out, I just want to write bad poetry that resembles bad 90s alternative songs.  It would go something like this: You don’t know what it’s like. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE.  Or something sappy, yet smooth like, “I will not be idled with despair….”  And yet.

 Self awareness is hard; it’s much easier to just wallow.  I will try my best.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Toxic Lies

There seems to be a growing trend these days to give up on people. To throw in the towel on our personal relationships and justify it by calling other people toxic. Everywhere I look on social media, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, memes are posted describing the need to walk away from toxic people. The memes state that you either need to walk away or let them go. 

But what exactly is the meaning of toxic? How are these people toxic? 

Do we not live in a fallen world? 
Are we not called to love the broken sinner?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spare Me Your Reasons

I hate the phrase, "Everything happens for a reason."  Somehow this overused phrase makes people feel better about the fact that life is hard. But if you really stopped to think about what it implies, it should make you feel even shittier than you already did. If everything happens for a reason, if every horrible thing is divinely ordained so that some good thing can happen, doesn’t that mean the God we serve is a giant asshole in the sky just messing with your life?  Can God make beauty from the ashes? Absolutely. Can He speak to us in our valleys of despair? Often times He does. Can Christ bring us peace beyond our pain and understating? Yes.  But that does not mean that the trials we go through are purposed to bring us beauty, truth, and peace.  God is almighty and can bring us out of bad times in the most wonderful ways, but it does not mean the bad times had to be ordained to receive the good.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Symbolism over Substance:
Playing with our toys…making a lot of noise!

Thank God for their selflessness *cough*
On September 11th the motorcycle “patriots” descended on Washington DC to defend the United States against the “evil” army of Islam and preserve the legacy of Patriotism and Nationalism. Since then, every time I hear those bone chilling un-muffled roars that drown out all sound and conversation within my head (and my house) I just can’t help but say: “thank you…Thank you loud pretentious, patriotic motorcycle people!”

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Sickness unto Faith (Part II)

Psst- I need to ask you a quick question: Would you let a homeless person stay at your house? Why, or why not? And if you would be so kind, please comment and share your reason/s below before reading any further.