Christians today aren’t speaking out on environmental issues. Why is this?
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Christians today aren’t speaking out on environmental issues. Why is this?
Christians cry out when there is loss of human life. Do Christians cry out when there is loss of animal or plant life (excluding family pets)? Do they lament to God about how such a thing could be allowed to happen?
On Sunday, February 26th, the EC crew had the fantastic opportunity to volunteer alongside members of our community at a Generosity Feeds event and prepare 10,000 meals for kids.
With the beginning of lent upon us, I thought I would discuss what I know about lent. Working at a seafood restaurant, lent is a busy time of year for us because we get all those catholics that can’t eat meat on Fridays so they go out to dinner to eat some sort of fish or seafood. It puts more money in my pocket and decreases meat consumption for a day. But what exactly is lent?
Sin is usually described in terms of the one committing the sin. This is especially true in Churches whose complete communication of the Gospel is focused on what Jesus has done for you. It is hyper-individualistic at best, egotistic at worst and incomplete altogether.
I spent four months away from Empty Church as a neighbor to maned wolves and white naped cranes, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, learning about important conservation issues, specifically about how to engage with the community about those issues.
Lives are governed by standards that have been introduced by culture, media, education, and experiences. We are taught what to love and what not to love. It is the religion and liturgy of life. Who will you worship?
As much as I try to be like the Christian cool kids, I just can't. It leaves me on the outside looking in. It's safe to say, I don't have many Christian friends. Having never given much thought to the reasons for my distaste I thought I would offer up some reasons as to why I drift away toward pop-culture Christianity. Besides being a "weird" Christian has its benefits. Here are 4 of them.
If you have been a Christian for any substantial length of time you will have experienced disappointment with God. Your expectations were met with silence and your needs loom ever larger until you are sure they will topple you over and bring your destruction. Yet, the God who is there doesn't seem to be there. The benevolent Father appears greedy and withdrawn. This is not what you heard from your Pastor. The promise has been broken. What is going on?
“Jesus Is Lord” is the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. It is calling out to all other superpowers, kings, presidents, rulers, royalty that Christ is prime. He is first. He is only, and all other power is entirely and completely subjugated to Him and Him alone. He is King and this is his kingdom.
"God has given something special for you, but I can't' give it to you until you're ready."
These words boil my blood. I can understand how maniacal televangelists get away with crap on television - we are used aggrandized claims coming from the marketing gurus on the boob tube. We are used to some promises not being fulfilled because we have all bought something that was too good to be true and the whole truth is that it wasn't any good at all. We are used to being disappointed by what we see on TV.
But what are we, as Christians, supposed to do?
I use to love politics. When I was in High School I had the opportunity to attend state legislative events and even submit testimony on a topic of my concern. I put up signs for a local candidate’s race. I studied – which in and of itself was miraculous back in those days. I loved the process. But now I hate politics.
I was telling Kristal the other day that I don't believe that there is a candidate that will “fix the world” or America or save Christians from the “evil left.” It's just not going to happen. There might be a candidate that does more things that people in certain political parties do or do not like, but I’ve grown past the mentality that a certain person is the end of the world.
We recorded our podcast for this week's discussion regarding women's rights prior to the comments Donald Trump made in 2005 became public. While there were still plenty of other issues to discuss on the podcast, I wanted to take a moment and personally respond to the controversy that has taken place since along with Mr. Trump's remarks.
Working together as a group through strengths and weaknesses makes us a whole unit. Working together is how humanity has progressed as far as it has, and the times where we have not worked together have lead to the worst parts of our history.
As we discussed on this week's episode, the government has put several great programs in place over the years. Programs that support parents and caregivers, those with disabilities, our veterans, and many others. These programs have helped many people over the years. But who funds these programs and what can we do when there is not enough to go around?
Who do we help? Do we help everyone who expresses the need for help? What about those who need help but don't ask for it? What about people who don't need help and ask for it?
There seems to be a prevailing thought that we should help less people because there are a percentage that are “gaming” the system meant to help those in need. Of course no one will ever say that we should stop helping people all together, just make it so less people are able to get through in order to receive help.
As I've mentioned before, I hate politics. I typically do not pay much attention to them. In the past I have avoided news during the election season like a toddler avoids nap time. This year, however, is a bit different. Maybe it's because it is almost next to impossible to avoid when everyone you know is a posting something to their Facebook about their favorite candidate to love or hate this week. Or maybe it is because as the election draws closer the realization that one of the nominated candidates will truly be leading our country soon is a bit of a daunting thought to me. Why? Because what if they're lying...
It is so difficult to know who we can trust. I can give a person positional respect, but not completely trust them. Trust seems to take more time to earn and is easily broken. When it comes to politics and elected officials we are placed in a hard position. We SHOULD be able to trust them if we want them to represent us and hopefully we can respect them. We look to the platform that that candidate represents and then we have to decide if they actually represent what they say. How do we know which candidate we can trust? Hilary hammered hard that her website was fact checking everything that Donald was saying and every news outlet has their story on all the things that each candidate was wrong about. Are they simply negligent with their information or are they willingly lying to sway the masses?
There are many different ways to protest. Some are more peaceful than others. Some are more respectful than others. And some communicate the message you are trying to convey better than others. After all, protesting is about a message or a cause you are trying to represent, right? So before you even discuss whether or not you want to organize a sit-in or start painting signs for picketing, you should first answer a few questions.