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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas vs Good Will to All

This season bothers me. is NOT because people are mentioning Jesus for all those that believe there is a war on Christmas....not for their being restricted from saying Jesus but because they can't make all others say it...even if that does bother me, AS a Christian.

No.  That is not the problem, and it is not the commercialism.  I mean...people are going to be commercial, anyway, so why NOT do it promoting love and joy and peace in the world.  Sounds good to me.

No....what bothers me as a Christian is how FAKE CHRISTIANS are on full display.  What do I mean?  Well, it is kinda related to what I said in the first paragraph but much, much more.  It is the SAME thing that bothered me in the election, where Christians had NO PROBLEM calling it a Christian thing do bear false witness against Hillary Clinton, while silently endorsing Trump's rapist mentality toward women and the mountain of not only sins but crimes of which he is accused and facing court investigation.  I can it be a "godly" thing to SIN (false witness) on behalf of a political party to elect a sinful man that wants to start wars and cut funds from the I in the twilight zone?

And, so we move into the Christmas season, where these SAME people that just a month ago was vocally ensorsing a sinful man and sinning on behalf of him for the sake of a party and cutting funds from the elderly and poor now all put up twinkle lights and sing God Bless Us every one....well, maybe not EVERY one, if you happen to be mexican...or muslim...or a liberal...or a woman, and you BETTER be saying JESUS, no matter your faith, because well....we elected FASCISM instead of FREEDOM in the last election, right?

Ugh...rather than saying God bless us, I feel, daily, that we need to be asking God to FORGIVE US for taking HIS NAME in vain on behalf of sin and letting THAT be the face upon which the world will judge him.  I still lament the current day Church that actually feels their donations are better used by political donations attacking the poor and downtrodden than paying for shelters or food for the poor or know, the ones Jesus said HE would BE in the world, today? 

In any case, soon we will be past the holidays, and those people can go back to hating and judging and controlling, as always, and those of us that were judged for being different can go back to the business of caring for those in our lives and paying taxes for the less fortunate.  Maybe God will see our heart and save us in the NEXT election.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

My amazing Christina

My life has been so much different over the last year and a half than it has for the entire length of years before it.  There is one reason for that, Christina. 

Yesterday, I was leaving work and people at work joked that it was my last days of freedom.  The one that said it was joking, but I do see many at work that SHOW this attitude, and it is not just this job but every job and place that I have been, including social media.  They do things to occupy themselves to not be at work.  They state the need for "personal time" away from their spouse, which becomes more and more time.  When they talk about their spouse, it is "the old ball and chain" and like they are talking about a rebellious child or a warden, and there is no end to meme's and videos online about the husband as being an idiot or brute or the wife as being the nag or emotionally unstable.  This is not to say that every day will be perfect, and there will be fights and things that each of you will do that the other won't want to do.  However, what I am talking about is the PRIORITY you put on those choices and the DESIRE of where you spend your time.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also."  Basically, what you value the most is where you will spend your time.  But, I understand their doubt.  There are many places where the search for love falls apart, if you don't wait to find it.  After both of our ex's, even we were doubtful there would be true love out there, and I experienced several failed options, along the way, after my divorce to cause me to further doubt it existed.  But, I kept solid to what I was looking for and gave it time, and just when I was about to give up, I found her...on a dating app of all places and not just a dating app but one that is not known for the best filters...indeed, almost none.  But, I had no money,and it as free.  So, of course, I was doubtful at the start, and I wasn't sure a good person would be there.  But, that is just life...there will always be those right for you as your love or your friends or whatever.  If you keep looking and chose well, magic can happen.

I say all of this to say that there is a REASON that I spend MY time doing dates two times a week, an evening out at the hotel once a month, tv time with her each night, texting through the day, and being upset when we CAN'T be spending our time, together.  We LIKE each other, and I really LOVE everything about her.  As I stated at the start of this blog, it changed my entire life.  It did NOT change ME in that it didn't change my views of diversity, parenting, friendship, God, love, or any other characteristic that makes What it DID was provide someone that LOVED that IN me, and I loved that in her.  So, we lived HAPPILY, after that point, not like being a man out of place like a liberal in a conservative state or a man behind enemy lines.  I could live in CHRISTINA world, and I love that world.

So, today, I celebrate her birthday, and tomorrow I will make her wife.  In all my days, I have never been so sure that every tomorrow will be better and better with her, and I look forward to turning and reading each new page.  It is going to be such the interesting and exciting story.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Turn Away from the Un-repentent (following the example of God)

I have said it many times, but so many of the religious (not just Christians) want to be more Holy than God.  That may sound odd, and it IS in fact odd.  Even the religious will tell you that the very DEFINITION of Holiness comes from God, Himself.  He is the standard of what is good, because good is defined by being like Him. 

Indeed, the church often SAYS they want to be like God, but saying it and doing it are two different things.  What they truly mean is that they want to be like what they choose to accept of God, and they want to ignore the rest.  Like..they love to quote God as law giver when it comes to their desire to condemn sinners, while ignoring the words of Jesus that the sum of the law is love and His words not to judge. 

Similarly, they like to claim that they are like God to love and forgive without condition.  I fell victim to this lie for over a decade, as my ex abused by good nature to use me for her own ends and control me.  I felt that it was "Christian" to stay and take it and would be UN-Godly to walk away.  Well, let me give you three points, and, then, you tell me what is the view of God on this theory...

1.  First, we have this passage, "If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever" - Matt 18:15-17

This was not just some minor character but JESUS HIMSELF saying that if someone that did you wrong will not repent of it, you should cut them out of your life.  This is NOT Him saying that if someone does something in your presence that you don't like, you go rebuke them.  That would be judgment, and He isn't asking you to be policeman of the world. is someone that specifically does something AGAINST YOU... like controlling you, defaming you, lying about you to others, making fun of you, exploiting your resources, violence, theft, breaking and entering your house, or much more.  If they do those things, Jesus says that you have a duty to speak up and say...that was wrong.  If they refuse to listen, you are to CAST THEM AWAY from you, or get away from them, yourself.

2.  Then, there is this...

Do not murder;
do not commit adultery;
do not steal;
do not bear false witness;
and love your neighbor as yourself.
22When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions." - Matt 19:16-22

This reminds me of my tweet, this morning...

What did the person coming to Jesus want?  Did he TRULY want to learn how to love others and to please God, or was he trying to find out the bare minimum to be able to keep doing what he wanted to do?  Of course, it is answered right after, when Jesus asked him to give his money to the poor, certain religious and political leaders of this day that SAY they are holy, they will never give up their money for the poor.  Indeed, they want to fight any attempt to take it from their check to give to the poor, also.  No, these remind me of my ex and many others that have, over time, given me the false image of being "righteous" only when it served them...or say sorry when they are not acting it or say they want to help, when there is no requirement to follow.  Many of these type of people will SAY whatever they need to SAY, in order to DO what they want to DO, and that is what we see in this passage.  This is the very purpose that I created Living First Edition blog, because the world is full of those content to live by the lowest common denominator...and we all deserve to be and receive better.

3.  Finally, the third example is so obvious that I don't even need to quote a passage to illustrate it, and it goes right back to my leading point in saying that many try to be holier than God.  God, Himself, does not forgive the unrepentant.  He demanded it in His time on Earth, and He has created a hell for those that refuse to admit their wrongs against Him or anyone else, and since God is the definition of holiness, THAT is HOLY.

It is not a violation of righteousness to demand that those that do you wrong should be sorry for doing it or should face a punishment for it.  It is the basis of the very justice system of this world and the universe.  Instead, it is a violation of holiness to forgive those that are not sorry or to deprive them from what their deeds have earned from the Universe and from God.  You are not judge.  You don't have to carry out the punishment.  Karma or judgment will do that.  See my blog, for more on universal law.  You, just follow the teachings of God and cast them away from you, if you would have better days.

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