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Don’t spend a Christmas with a Dalek. He will EXTERMINATE them: #5 Weirdest Christmas song

I read that in order to be a successful blogger you have to write, write, and write some more. I have the creativity but lack the discipline. So this Advent I have decided to try to write a blog a day. And in this Christmas season I decided to have a little fun. I will share with the you the readers some of my favorite, least favorite, and strangest Christmas songs and carols and talk about what they mean to me and how they interact with today’s climate.

20 Days till Christmas I will break my blogs into 5. The 5 weirdest and most bizarre Christmas songs, the 5 songs that I hate the most, my 5 favorite Christmas songs, and my 5 favorite Christmas carols. The difference between songs and carols in my mind are that songs are more individualistic and singular and carols are more religious and have been passed on through the generations.

I will continue to write about Donald Trump, Franklin Graham and the religious right. But enough about xenophobic people who play on hatred and fear. I am going to change topics and talk about Daleks.

I am a huge Dr. Who fan. Still David Tennent as the tenth, I guess now the eleventh doctor. And I willu be there to see the thirteenth Doctor team up with the first Doctor. And I will Cry when Robert Capaldi’s Doctor regenerates, I will cry. The Doctor Who Christmas Special has become a yearly ritual.

But in 1964 a year after Dr. Who premiered, the pop band the Go Go’s came up with I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek. It’s a pop song where a couple of teenage girls and a Dalek sing about how happy they are celebrating Christmas.

These are some of the lyrics.

I’m gonna spend my Christmas with a Dalek

and hug him underneath the mistletoe

and if he’s very nice

I’ll feed him sugar spice

and hang a Christmas stocking from his big red toe

And when we both get up on Christmas morning

I’ll kiss him on his chromium plated head

and take him in to say hi to Mum

and frighten Daddy out of his bed

Now everyone knows that the Daleks are genocidal robot monsters created by genocidal mad man Davros of the Planet Skarro. Although this was eleven years since the great Tom Baker’s Genesis of the Daleks. (Yes I am a nerd.) Even during the first Doctor’s time the Dalek’s were monsters.

They wouldn’t want to eat more pudding, they would want to turn the whole family into pudding. But still this song is catchy and I like it. It makes no sense unless this Dalek has a major malfunction.

Also truthfully, the Cybermen scare me more than the Daleks and the Weeping Angels scare me even more. Blink terrified me. But you know what they don’t scare me as much as what our president could do.

Now is 11/9/2016 a fixed point in time? Or could Dr.Who and her, yes her, next companion go back in time and prevent it?

https://youtu.be/t_ogvSEd1rA

A cute video of I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek

Does God listen to the religious right’s prayers after gun massacres?

Another mass shooting another round of right wing pastors and politicians talking about “thoughts and Prayers” and “it is too soon to do anything.” And this massacre is all the more painful because it occurred in a house of worship.

I am not going to talk much about the gunman here, his motives, the fact that he was a domestic abuser kicked out of the military and shouldn’t have had access to a gun that most people shouldn’t have access to. An A-15 semi-automatic. A gun made to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time and a weapon that is putting millions and millions in the pockets of the gun manufacturing lobby.

But again, to the prayers. We should pray for the victims. We should pray for those who lost loved ones. We should even pray for the family of the shooter. I am a Christian and I believe in prayer and I have no doubt that the victims are in a better place, a place that I wish I was in right now.

But back to the Ted Cruzes, the Hans Fienes, and all the politicians and pastors who speak of thoughts and prayers and talk about how we are a Christian nation and condemn the wickedness of this world. Back to their prayers. I know this will be controversial but I don’t believe that God listens to their prayers and I have scripture as proof.

Isaiah 1:15

When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood.

Just like ancient Israel. We are a wicked nation. We are a nation where our leaders are bribed by the National Rifle organization. An organization that used to be responsible until the extremists and the gun manufacturing lobby took over in 1977.

https://timeline.com/the-hostile-takeover-of-the-n-r-a-e3af86edccae

HOW MANY MORE. HOW MANY MORE MASSACRES. How many more children have to be sacrificed on the alter of the NRA.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/us/texas-church-shooting-victims-list/index.html

Many children were killed, total families destroyed. Could a semi-automatic ban have prevented this, maybe. Maybe not. But that doesn’t mean we should do nothing .

Even if a ban would just save 50 people it would be worth it. 50 mothers, fathers, children, wives, husbands, etc that would not have to go through the agony of never being able to see their loved ones again.

We are Christians. We are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves Matthew 22:36-40

How can we do this while we put a weapon above both God and the lives of our neighbor? And why do we do this? Out of some nebulous thing called freedom? We are a nation that is a slave to the NRA. We have no freedom but with Jesus. And He said “those who raise the sword shall die by the sword.”

The orphans and the widows of gun violence are crying out for a solution or at least for our leaders to do something instead of quoting the party line. Yet all we hear is “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families”

Empty words without action. Your prayers are worse than saying nothing. Because you bring God info your hypocrisy. Your pockets are full of NRA bribes and your hands are full of blood, just like Isaiah said.

No other Christians in the world have a love affair with guns. Only in America this idolatry reigns. It sickens me. You may ask who is Hans Fiene? He is a pastor and writer for the Federalist who wrote an article about God and the shooting and how prayers are answered.

My next blog will be taking his article apart.

It is not easy to be a Christian. We have atheists who attack us as heartless hypocrites and we have heartless hypocrites who prove them right. Thankfully we have true Christians who speak up against those who take bribes and search after gifts.

If I was alone I would beg Jesus to take me now, but no, there is work to do. We must speak up for those who can not because they were killed.

The Ex Agnostic and the Actor: a film starring Kevin Sorbo

I have an idea for a movie. It is about a lapsed Catholic who left the church because of the sex scandal. A man who suffered from severe anxiety and depression. A man who considered himself a loser who hated himself and the world.

A man who would not come to Christ because he saw a hypocritical church. A church that cared more about money and politics than anything else. But during the 2008 election, he saw Sarah Palin. He thought how can there be a good God who would allow so many people to support tax cuts for the wealthy, and mock the working poor, and support unjust unpayed Wars etc.

He writes 10 of the top evangelical Leaders asking them how they can support politics that go against scripture. But then a minister from the Saddleback Church contacts him and this man realizes that he was not angry at God but at man. And he prays and God leads Him to a Christ centered church. He sees a Pastor talking about how you could be evangelical or social justice based but you are serving God. That only through Christ we can have healing both individual and societal.

The film’s hero became born again. He felt the Holy Spirit overcome him and he became a follow of the one living Christ. But he realized that he almost gave up an opportunity to know God because of the wickedness of hypocritical men. And how these wicked men block people from the Kingdom of Heaven and make these converts twice the children of Hell as they are.

So he tries to bring atheists to the faith and to bring these lost apostates back to Jesus. He watched a great movie called What If? One of the best movies he has ever seen. A movie staring Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame. An actor that this man enjoyed since he first saw him as a suspected stalker on an episode oThe Commish and as a nerdy computer programmer on an episode of Murder She Wrote.

It is A great movie about a Trump like businessman who is greedy but due to a miracle wakes up married to his high school sweetheart with kids and a pastor of a small church. By the end of the film this lost soul is a born again believer. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1468387/?ref_=nv_sr_3

Our hero’s faith is as strong as ever. So he decides to seek out the actor on social media and finds out that the actor is just like all the politicians and religious leaders that kept him blocked from God. At the same time, he is hanging out with some of his friends who happen to still be atheists who hate Christianity for the very same reasons that this man did and they make fun of stupid movies. They watch a terrible movie about FDR attacking Japanese and German werwolves. A movie that has FDR saying “Does my cock still work?” And has his secretary licking condiments off of FDR’s polio paralyzed legs. And while this man is watching this horrid piece of drek, he sees the actor, the star of What If? Playing a stoned Abraham Lincoln in a dream sequence where FDR is stoned. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1811315/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

This insenses our main character so he makes a YouTube video directed to Kevin Sorbo. This is in fall of 2014. https://youtu.be/STyZdjvpC-s

In 2015 a wicked man runs for president, a man who starts his presidency with a slanderous attack against Mexicans. The election gets worse and worse. His fellow Christians couldn’t vote for this man could he? We have Kasich, a decent man running against a wicked woman. They would support him right? Kevin Sorbo wouldn’t support Trump? A man who attacked a POW, a man whose all campaign was based on fear and hatred.

But somehow neither the son of a president nor John Kasich, the candidate this hero of the film voted for got the nomination but a wicked man who stands for everything that Jesus stood against. So our hero makes another video entitled “Kevin Sorbo: Be a Hero Of Faith” in September of 2016 https://youtu.be/Oaz-1g3ymzc

And in October of 2016 a tape comes out with the wicked man bragging about him chasing after a married woman and talking about “grabbing them by the pussy”.

Even with a wicked woman running, they wouldn’t vote for him would they? This Actor. This man with a film that says “God’s Not Dead” would not support a man such as Trump could he? Trump is pre saved Ben Walker on steroids, at least Ben Walker never grabbed women’s genitalia in the movie.

But Trump did win. And this actor continued to support this president. He continued to promote atheistic economic policies. He continued to practice this twisted nationalistic Christianity and every post broke our hero’s heart. The election and the aftermath almost was enough to make this man lose his faith. But even a thread of faith in Jesus Christ is stronger that Damascus Steel. So he continues to make videos and blogs opposing the religious right. A crusade to bring Franklin Graham and Kevin Sorbo back to the light.

He posts one more video in March of this year. https://youtu.be/svOe88bn_xw

So this man continue to try to communicate with this actor via Facebook and Twitter trying to get him to fight for Christ instead of for the opposite of Christ. All the while being attacked by his followers.

How will this movie end? Will the actor realize the error and admit and speak out against the lies and to be an inspiration to agnostics and atheists like the film’s protagonist was? Will Kevin Sorbo use his prophetic voice for good? Will he help bring both the atheists and the apostates back to Christ or will he be just like any other false prophet?

I am praying for the former because I am a Christian and I believe in miracles and happy endings.

So “God’s Not Dead”, “What If?”, and “Let There Be Light” how bout “The Ex Agnostic and the Actor for your latest production? It would be an honor to work with you to show the world that GOD IS NOT DEAD. It will be an honor to show the world WHAT IF? We fight for justice and become the City on the Hill again what will God do with us? And then in this nation full of darkness. A nation where a president symbolizes hate, fear, and lies. We can start a revival to rival the 2nd great awakening and then LET THERE BE LIGHT

Let’s do it Kevin Sorbo. Let’s make a feel good movie.

The Paralyzation Factors of Fear and Laziness

I am a Christian. I also suffer from severe anxiety and depression. I don’t know if that is my curse. That with my empathy comes depression and with my creativity comes anxiety.

I don’t know. All I do know is that if a demon came to me and said that he could take away all my anxiety, fear, and depression but I would lose my empathy and creativity, I would say “get behind me Satan”.

But the problem remains. I have these two things. I know God tells me not to worry. He tells me that He loves me. He tells me not to fear because everything will turn out well in the end. But yet I still find myself paralyzed with fear, doubt, and depression.

It got so bad I had to put myself into a halfway house the week after the inauguration. I have done a lot in my ministry. I have sent letters to newspapers in the primary states. I have made videos pleading with the voters of states not to lead us to this point. I walked out of a Ted Cruz town hall meeting with both my head and my Bible held high.

I made more videos. I preached at the Capital. I know I am only one man. But it is very discouraging. So what do I do, I find comfort in TV and my projects.

I know I watch too much tv. These are only the first run shows that I watch on a regular basis. The Simpsons, Elementary, Supergirl,24 Legacy,  Timeless, Legends of Tomorrow, NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, Law and Order SVU, Supernatural, and Saturday Night Live. That is 11 hours of TV and that is not counting the shows I watch that are in reruns.

When I am not doing that I am working on projects like trying to find out how many Twilight Zone actor says are still alive using IMDB. Or making huge musical parody lists on YouTube.

These things comfort me. It is a drug for me. I still pray. I still listen to the Daily Audio Bible podcast, I volunteer with my church, I hang out with friends.

But lately when I try to do Kingdom work, I feel paralyzed. The world is so big. It is so dark. This administration is so bad. There is no love, there is no peace, there is no kindness, only hate and fear.

So I retreat back into TV and my projects. I have made videos, I have written letters, I have preached. I still believe that God wants me to fight for His kingdom. To be a voice in the wilderness. A voice that shows an unbelieving world that the 2TimothyTrump style of Christianity is an apostasy.

I want to help start Christian protests around the nation speaking up for the refugees being turned away, the families that are being ripped apart by ICE agents. I want to speak up against those that chose money over God while still talking about how “America is a Christian nation” on TV.

But how to go about that I have no idea. I am the type of guy that give me a task and I will go and do my best. But I feel aimless and without direction.

My church is starting a group seeing what we can do as Christians protecting those who are hurt by 2TimothyTrumpsm.

Well I am going to leave it here. The Simpsons episode where the Simpsons go to Boston is almost on.

Donald Trump an Antichrist? 2 John 6-8

In this blog I am not going to go into Revelation or into end times theology. Donald Trump could be the anti-Christ foretold in Revelation or the anti-Christ could be a man named Zapp Dax from the year 2876. I am not going to go Into that. I am a pre-millenialist that means that I do take Revelation literal and I do believe that there will be a man who epitomizes all that is wrong with humanity and will lead many in a final battle between good an evil.

Here is a joke for those who like Eschatology That is end times theology. I am a generation Xer, that means I am a pre-millennial. The generation that is being born right now is post-millennial. And if we see a person in his or her 20s they are a Millennial.

Anyway. I do believe that Donald Trump is an anti-Christ. Anti means either against or opposite.

2 John 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.(notice that Trump walks in many things but he never walks in love)

7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.

They may believe in the Christ. But they don’t believe Jesus the Rabbi and the Christ who died for our sins are the same people. The religious right act like Jesus was born and then went to the last supper and was crucified and then rose again. They do not believe that Jesus walked the earth teaching us sinful humans how to be better people. He taught us to be what we were supposed to be before the fall. I believe that we can’t do that without the Holy Spirit guiding us.

But they never quote Jesus’ teachings. They quote the Old Testament, the epistles, and Revelation but they rarely use His words. He who taught us not to serve money. He who taught us to love our enemies. He who taught us that we must live by love,truth, and faith. They quote none of this. They deny Jesus daily in what they say and what they do.

And Jesus’ own words from John 14 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Logic dictates. If don’t follow His teachings. they don’t love Him. Therefore they do not love and serve Him but a false Christ. An anti-Christ. A Christ that wants you to hate your enemies. A Christ that wants you to favor the rich over the poor. A Christ that wants any Tom Dick and Harry to buy a semi-automatic.

This is not Christ. This is the opposite of Christ. This is anti-Christ. Is there any person on earth that is a better example of the Spirit of the anti-Christ than Donald J. Trump? Jesus is humble, Trump is proud. Jesus loves His enemies, Trump slanders them. Jesus told the rich young man to give up all of his belongings. Trump’s whole life has been about accumulating wealth.

Now will Trump win in November? Will he become a terrible dictator? Will he form an alliance with 9 other neo-fascist nations? Will he start a persecution that will be even worse than Hitler’s? Will he decide that He is God and demand that everyone worships him?

I don’t know. But I do know this. Even if he isn’t THE antichrist. He is a antichrist. And our nation, the world and my faith can not afford an antichrist as the leader of the free world.

Do Not Throw Your Pearls Before Trolls:Matthew 7:6

I have an addiction almost as invasive and almost as damaging as my struggles with porn. This addiction is political online debate.

On Facebook I follow Kevin Sorbo, Franklin Graham, and about a dozen other Christian sites. By and large most of them are nothing but attacking Hillary and praising Trump. I don’t have as much of a problem with the former but a I do with the latter.

So I go on those pages showing them the scriptures that I base my argument on. They are Matthew 5-7, Galatians 5, and 2 Timothy 3. There are many more but they are the most succinct. They don’t care. They don’t want to read my scripture and question what they are doing. It is like talking to a brick wall.

I do so hoping and praying that just one who sees my posts will leave this death cult of American Fasicst Christianity. But they don’t. They just attack and attack.

Another thing that really bothers me about the site other than the very unChristian posts is that when they talk about sin. It is sexuality all the time. Like we are supposed to be the sexual moral police. But they never talk about the oppression of the poor. They never talk about economic immorality. They don’t talk about the rampant gun violence, they don’t talk about creation care. All they talk about is homosexual this and transgender that.

One of the main reasons why I have come over on the pro gay marriage side is because those who are most against it. Those who take the Bible literally without historic context when it comes to sex abandon their literal interpretation. It is the hypocrisy that I can’t stand.

This is not healthy for me. Jesus knew that. It takes energy to evangelize the faith. It takes energy to do God’s Kingdom work. So don’t waste that enemy on people who will just trample on  everything you say like swine trample of the pearls in the parable.

So if I am giving up on talking to those who are lost but are filling their hole with hate, fear, and self righteuous judgement. I will contact my brethren. The mainstream churches. These are the churches that I believe can make a change. All we have to do is get off our buts and fight the power, the powers that be.

Sorry for going Public Enemy. But this anti-Christ spirit. This counterfeit  Christianity of fear, hate, pride, and lies has to be fought and has to be fought hard. By the real Christians fighting fear with faith, Hate with love, pride with humility, and lies with the Truth of God.

Many of the fundamentalists may be lost. But there are many seekers. Many atheists who view this anti-church as the true church. If we do this right, with God’s help we could lead thousands home.

 

Matthew 7:6
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Serving 2 Masters: Matthew 6:24

I have to say that I think I have violated the serving two masters thing. I love watching TV. I am hopelessly addicted to TV. Some might even say that it is my master. I watch re-runs of Star Trek Next Generation when I should be praying and studying scripture. I am accepting this project where I IMDB old tv shows to see stars before they were stars. Watching a young Kevin Sorbo play a computer geek on Murder She Wrote was a trip.

I know I watch too much television. I keep saying that I won’t add any more shows, but as a Sci-Fi nerd who loves Time Travel, I just have to check out Timeless. The Hindenberg scene looks awesome.

In that respect is one difference between me and many politicians and many CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, when I serve TV. Nobody dies other than the victims in the murder mysteries I watch. But when they serve money and monied interests many die.

The lesson that Jesus shows here is about money. But you can serve many other masters that ask you to do things that go against God other than money.

Let’s start with the money. The love of money is the root of all evil. People have done so many evil things for money, for example, watch re-runs of Law and Order. They lie, they steal, they kill.

When politicians or CEO’s serve money over God and their fellow men more than one person die, thousands suffer and perish. Those that die from not receiving access to good health care. Those that suffer and die from workplace accidents or food illness outbreaks because some CEO cut back safety measures and the politicians that allow them to exercise this.

It is all about the money. The only thing that trickle down economics has done has increased the CEO/worker pay rate of 30 times to over 300 times and the largest income gap since the gilded age .These are politicians who say that we area Christian nation that needs to go back to its roots and they have turned Reagan into a saint. The politician who got this ball rolling.

He’s trying to serve two masters. They love money, but according to Jesus’ own words John 14:21-25,They do not love him.

But like I said, you can have other masters than money. Many people have gun rights as their master. They fight measures that would save lives because they are afraid that they will need to oppose a tyrannical government. They do love their guns. Huckabee’s book is God,Guns, Guts, and Gravy.

But if gun reform measures would save just 10 people. It would all be worth it. To serve a tool that was made only to kill, a tool that can kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time is immoral. I would state that it is more than just serving the gun. It is turning the gun into an idol.

These politicians and preachers have shown that they don’t love Jesus because they are serving another master. I love Jesus. I know that I watch way too much TV. But I also recognize that when I clearly hear His voice asking me to do something. I get up, turn off the remote, and get back to work.

Now that this blog is done, I am getting to watch one of the best Star Trek episodes, Tapestry. You know the one where Picard is almost killed and wake’s up in “Heaven”. I agree with Picard “the afterlife cannot be so poorly designed.” Thankfully the Kingdom of God is awesomely designed.

 

Matthew 6
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Dear Rev. Franklin Graham

Dear Rev. Graham,

My name is Max Blaska. I am a great admirer of your father’s. I have seen you on tv news shows and in front of state capitals. I have e-mailed you. I have called you. I have made videos based on your father’s book Peace With God. I even went to see you speak in Madison WI. I wanted to get up while you spoke urging you to do what I am urging you now. But I couldn’t go through with it. To my regret.

I know that you love God. You have inherited gifts from both of your fathers. Your earthly father and heavenly  father. But I am writing you again in dismay.

You are going cross country on your Decision America Tour. Pleading with us as a nation to come back to God. You also talk about how secularism is our enemy. Sir I have to disagree the enemy is within us. The enemy is the rampant greed and fear and violence in our nation. The enemy is hypocrisy.

You have the platform to speak out against this culture of hate,fear, and lies and speak for God’s Kingdom, the Kingdom of Love, faith, and truth.

You could help start a third great awakening instead of being the spiritual arm of the Republican Party. Read my blogs. Deep down in your heart you know what I say is true.

Are you afraid? Are you afraid if you do the right thing that people will hate you? Those that go to your sermons and donate to your charities will probably curse you. They will call you names. Friends may not return your calls. But you know what it is a glorious thing to be hated for Christ.

But from the shining light of your rebuke of Trump and everything he stands for. And a call for righteuousness. The light of Christ will shine upon this nation. Many people who have been blocked from the Kingdom of Heaven will see the gates and come rushing in.

Your father oft quoted 2 Corinthians 6 2

New International Version
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Now is the time of God’s favor. Today is the day. When you read this know that you are not doing this alone that you will have many praying for you

 

God Bless you

 

Max S Blaska

 

 

 

When is Charity Just a Photo-op:? Matthew 6:1-4

This blog was a difficult one for me to write. Giving to charity is giving to charity and is a good thing. I don’t like to disparage people who are giving to the needy. Because I am not very strong on that front.

One of my greatest sins is that I spend money on snack food and things I don’t kneed while many in my city go hungry. It is so easy to look the other way. It is so easy to view them as drunk or lazy . It goes against my human nature to give money away. But I do feel good when I do. I usually buy then a bottle of water if it is hot out or a coffee if it is cold. In Madison WI our winters are very cold and our summers are very hot.

I am not writing this to boast. I am writing this as an example. I don’t tell people that I do this. It is just between me and the person I give the water or the coffee or sometimes money to.

I am writing this because motives of why you give and how you give are very important. Do you give in a very public way so tv cameras can take video. A photo-op at the expense of the poor, yes you are giving them things they need but you are doing it to score political points. Both parties do this but when it is a Politician who is catering to the religious right it angers me even more.

But before I go further. I want to mention Glen Beck. I am no fan of his. He called one of my modern heroes of the faith Jim Wallis a Marxist and said that any good Christian should flee from his church or any other “social justice” church. When there was the Central American child migrant crisis. Glen Beck sent a truck full of teddy bears, balls, and food. To make their plight less painful. He wasn’t running for anything. He didn’t send a press release. He just did it out of the goodness of his heart. He even said that doing this would be “deadly to his career”. Brietbart online disparaged that. If you are reading this God Bless you Glen Beck, there is hope for you yet.

We do have a poverty crisis in our nation and it affects children the most. The National Center for Children in Poverty states that 21% of children are living below the poverty line. We have a medical crisis in this nation as well. Charity is all well and good but when you don’t attack the systematic causes of these problems in America while giving out of your excess is just plain wrong. You donate to a food shelter yet support politicians who cut food aid to the poor. They can not pick up the slack.

This blog has two purposes. #1 is to show my non Christian readers what Christianity is really like. #2 is to point out to both them and members of the religious right that Trump is a danger to America and the faith. So the rest of the blog

Donald Trump went down to Louisiana and donated truckload of supplies and was filmed doing so. Again. I have problems criticizing this because giving is giving. But this does seem more political than charitable. He also wrote a million dollar check to Tony Perkins’ Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. It is an extreme right church that has been classified as a hate group. I am not going to go into whether  it is or is not in this blog.

But Tony Perkins did agree with Messianic Jewish pastor Jonathan Cahn that the 2015 hurricane that swept the Bahamas was God’s punishment for abortion and homosexuality on his radio show.

There is hypocrisy here. That is a very hateful thing to say. By his own logic the once in a thousand year flood must be punishment against him. It was his parish that was hit the hardest and his house was lost. I am not presumptuous enough to say that it is God’s wrath. I personally don’t believe it is.

Now I don’t know if the liberal rumors are true about Tony Perkins using some of those funds to build up his house. This could just be a slander. But I would urge him to release a ledger showing where the money is going. I want to make sure that every dollar of the million dollars he donated is going to flood relief and that none of it is going to his Family Freedom Foundation, political purposes, or to build Tony Perkins anything more than a humble home.

The Christian optimist in me wants to believe that all that money is helping good people help fix their homes. But the human cynic in me believes that it is not.

I would love to be rich instead of broke. But you know what I would love to do if I did get wealthy? Sure I would travel and buy a comfortable home and pay someone to grocery shop for me. But I would be able to give more away. There are so many good charities out there and I feel guilty that my money goes to Kickstarter. Funions, and those chip-a-hoy brownie cookies that have chocolate in the middle instead of to more worthy recipients. I would like to sponsor  a child in Rwanda, give money to Fairhaven. A school in Alexandria Egypt that serves children with cognitive disabilities. I would love to give money to Antipas Ministries. It is an end times ministry that is warning Christians about the danger that Trump poses. I would also help my best friends pay off their house and I would make sure that my Facebook brother who is suffering from Sarcadosis has the best health care that money could buy.

But when that happens. I don’t want to call a press release. I don’t want to make a big deal about it. I would just like to do it and thank God that He gave me the resources to do it.

 

The picture I used is of Paul Ryan who went to the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society in Youngston Ohio unannounced while he was campaigning for Vice President in 2012. Brian J. Antal who was the president of that charity said that this political stunt could have stifled donations.

Matthew 6
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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