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“An American Noel”: If Jesus came today, my 2nd favorite Christmas Song.

“An American Noel”: If Jesus came today, my 2nd favorite Christmas Song

My 2nd favorite Christmas song is a folk song by David Carter and Tracy Grammer. This little known song is beautiful in it’s simplicity. It poses a “What if?” What if Jesus was born today?

four in the mornin at the trade winds motel

the register reads all full up and the clerk thinks, just as well

but out in the tool shed by an old coleman lamp

a little family makes its meager camp

The ancient Hebrews believed that the Messiah would be born in a regal family. They didn’t suspect that He was going to be born of a lower middle class working family from Nazareth of all places.

In John 1: 46 Nathaniel asks “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” It would be if the Messiah was born in downtown Detroit or in the Appalachians .

Jesus came to save us all, but he also came to speak up for the oppressed and the poor.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[f]

When Jesus said this in a synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown, people knew that He was declaring that He was the Messiah. The wealthy and the powerful feared and despised Him. They plotted to kill Him and they did.

I believe that Jesus will return in all of His Glory. I believe that the wicked will be punished, the mourning will smile. The hungry will be fed. But if God decided to try it again, to come to the world in the flesh, he would be called a Marxist. He would be ridiculed on Fox News. Franklin Graham and other religious right leaders would want nothing to do with him. Trump would call Him a loser and his so called Christian supporters would agree.

Things haven’t changed much between 30 AD and now. Technology has advanced. We like to think of ourselves as more civilized but really deep down we are still the same greedy, prideful, sinful people we always were. And there are still the poor and the oppressed who are mocked. There are politicians who rig the system to benefit the wealthy. Just look at the tax monstrosity that Franklin Graham was silent about.

But there are also true believers, those who love God and serve Him and wait on baited breath for Him to return. They are wandering souls who live in the world but don’t really belong. Jesus gave hope to them when He walked the earth. He gives them hope today. I have a wandering soul and Jesus gives me hope and joy . I pray that He returns and returns soon.

and there comes a savior

and a preacher in the park

and he camps with the homeless

where they shiver in the dark

he delivers salvation

to the weary and the cold

and he brings joy, joy, joy to the wanderin soul

he brings joy, joy, joy to the wanderin soul 

AMERICAN NOEL

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.

The City on the Hill, Has Our Light Gone Out: Matthew 5:14-16

The City on a Hill. The Light of the World. How far have we fallen.

Now the religious right say that we are a Christian nation. I disagree. That is one of the points of my blog. Our nation is not Christian. It is far from it.

But I do believe that our founders did base this nation on Judeo-Christian values. Values like love, truth, and humility.

The founder of the Plymouth Colony John Winthrop quoted Matthew 5:14. He said that “we are a city on a hill and all the eyes of the world is upon us.”

The Puritans came to start a new land free of persecution and where they could create a land that would have the values that the old world lacked. No kings, no nobility, a purer life. Although it didn’t take long for sinful human tendencies to corrupt this new land. Our slaughter of the Native  Americans is still a stain on this land.

Abraham Lincoln fought against slavery based on his religious beliefs. A famous statement of his was “it doesn’t matter if God is on my side. What matters is that I am on His side.”

Christians are supposed to be beacons of light in a world of darkness. Christians are supposed to show the world another way and our way of love, truth, justice, and humility will bring people back to Christ.

Somewhere along the way a segment of American Christianity was twisted by politics. The doctrines that you believed became more important than the deeds you do in God’s name. Somewhere along the line, the image of the man who feeds the hungry, the family that brings a refugee family to stay with them, a woman who starts a campaign to free an innocent man from death row stopped being the image of Christianity.

What took it’s place in the nation’s consciousness are a politician  condemning gay marriage while having kinky sex with prostitutes, a pastor who has private jets and many cars and a palatial mansion while many of his flock are living paycheck to paycheck, and Christian leaders who are the inverse of Jesus and support a man who  if he had a D after his name they would condemn.

A Shining city on a hill is an inspiration to everyone who gazes upon it. The light that true Christians show in their love and their deeds of love is a warm glow that once you feel it. You don’t want it to go away.

These people have made American Christianity into the hot oppressive sun in a desert. The light that burns. The light that kills.

Thankfully there are many shining lights. The problem is that the desert Suns are much louder and better at publicity. That anthe true lights are usually so humble, they do their work in secret.

We must come out of the shadows and be the light. We must do our deeds in public. Not to make us look good but to show what Jesus can do. We must regain our prophetic voice and speak up against hypocrisy and injustice with a loud, firm, and loving voice.

I am going to end this with a segment of a speech that Ronald Reagan gave in 1980. I am not a fan. I think most of the problems of today started in the 1980s. But look at how different this is to what we hear from Trump

“These visitors to that city on the Potomac do not come as white or black, red or yellow; they are not Jews or Christians; conservatives or liberals; or Democrats or Republicans. They are Americans awed by what has gone before, proud of what for them is still…a shining city on a hill.”

MATTHEW 5:14-17

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

 

Of Nukes, 2nd Amendment people, and the peacemakers. Matthew 5:9

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks,” he said. “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Just when I think he can’t say anything more unpresidential or more unChristian he opens his mouth. Many people are saying that he meant that 2nd amendment people should mobilize to prevent a Clinton win. What Trump said was what could happen AFTER she wins. What Trump is inferring to is a “2nd Amendment solution”. If democracy doesn’t work you use guns. Because in their interpretation of the constitution the 2nd amendment is for any individual to own a gun not for their own protection from criminals or to hunt but to protect us from tyranny.

I don’t know what worries me more. A Trump presidency or the violence that some “2nd amendment people” might use when Trump is defeated and when he will say that the election was rigged.

This is also a man who asked “if we have nuclear weapons, why don’t we use them”. The nuculer bomb is one of the wickedest tools of this fallen world. A weapon that could destroy life as we know it. He would be willing to use these weapons willy nilly.

50 national security experts say that Trump should never get the nuclear codes. He doesn’t have the temperament. He is a  violent man. He joked about protesters being taken out on stretchers.

This man is the inverse of a peacemaker. He believes in might makes right. If he is attacked. He will punch back with 10 times the force.

We are Christians we are supposed to be like Christ, a peacemaker. Yes people do not like to hear the truth. People love their corruption and their sin and they will fight back against those that put light to their sin.

But we do not fight. We do not wage war the way the world does. 2 Corinthians 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does

The thing that saddens me and angers me is that Christians are still supporting this anti-Christ. I was talking to my friends who happen to be non-believers about Rick Santorum on the Bill Maher show and I said “I know this is not the Christian thing to say, but I really wanted to crawl through my IPad and strangle him.”

My friend said that  was a very Christian thing to say and that saddened me. These people and their violence and their hypocrisy is damaging the faith in untold ways.

When I use the word anti-Christ. I am not saying that Donald Trump is the anti-Chrst foretold in Revelation. What I am saying is that everything he stands for is opposite of what our Lotd stands for.

 

Matthew 5
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

 

Satan/Trump 2016 Matthew 4:8-11

I know that if Trump ever reads this he would hate it. He wouldn’t hate it because of the implications but that he is getting 2nd billing.

I have talked to my conservative brothers and sisters pleading with them not to vote for Trump. I say that they don’t have to vote for Hillary. But they can’t vote for Trump.

I tell them that we can’t sell our soul to save our nation. They admit that Trump says and does things that are terrible but a Hillary presidency would be apocalyptic compared to a Trump one.

So I thought, how far would they go to prevent a Clinton presidency? Would they accept this offer?

Christian,

I know that you are angry. You do not want Hillary Clinton to be president. I can assure you that she will never step foot in the White House. I will guarantee that the Supreme Court will be filled with strict constructionists. Rowe V Wade will be abolished. Gay marriage will be no more. America will be a Christian nation again. You will never fear persecution by atheist liberals.

For doing this for you. I only ask one thing. Bow before me. That’s all you have to do.

Love

Lucifer.

This is hyperbole but that this the way I feel. Voting for Trump because I don’t want a Clinton presidency is selling out everything that Jesus stands for. I will not do that. I don’t like Hillary Clinton, I don’t trust Hillary Clinton. But Donald Trump terrifies me.

This election is a test. Will we pass it. Our Lord was tested by Satan in the desert for 40 days. Satan offered Jesus the world if Je would only bow before him. This is what Jesus did.

Matthew 4

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”

I serve Jesus. I don’t serve the powers of darkness.

 

The Poor in Spirit Matthew 5:3

The Beatitudes are the most poetic of Jesus Christ’s teachings. The Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5-7 is his teaching about what a follower of His looks like.

Many fundamentalist Christians get in an uproar when  they have to take a statue of the 10 commandments down but they have never once tried to put up a statue of the beatitudes. I have always wondered why that was?

Could it be that they really don’t want to be meek, want to thirst for justice, or fight for peace?  This blog is on Matthew 5:3 and 5:5

What does “Blessed are the poor in spirit” mean?

The Billy Graham Evangelical Association put it this way  “In other words, when we come to God, we must realize our own sin and our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we are, God cannot bless us. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. We are supposed to love the things that God loves and opposed to the things that He is opposed too.

There are many words that describe the Republican nominee for president of the United States and humble is not one of them. Proud is however.

A follower of Christ knows that he is empty spiritually. He or she knows that without Jesus in his heart that he or she is nothing.

I know that I am a sinner. I know that I am empty without Him. But I know that I need to repent every time I let Him down.

Trump however at a family leadership summit in Ames Iowa  last year said “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?”

To support a man who thinks that church is someplace where you eat a cracker and drink some wine. My church will have communion tomorrow.  I am not going to eat a cracker and drink some wine. I am going to eat a wafer that repents the body that Jesus laid down to save me. I am going to drink some grape juice that represents the precious blood that he gave when He was crucified.

I am also going to do this in love and reverence not to have “fun”

 

 

A Voice Crying:3:1-3 Why I cry

This election just gets worse and worse. And everyday Donald Trump says something offensive and so clearly non-Christian that it angers and saddens me that many people who claim to be my brothers and sisters are supporting and defending this man. That is why I am writing this blog.

I also have a YouTube channel AVoiceCrying33. I have been making videos ever since I was saved 8 years ago. It is very interesting watching my walk with God and thinking “did I really think that?”, “wow I can see when things started getting really bad”, and “oh gosh, I forgot that I had that hair style. I did not look good as a bleached blonde.”

I took my YouTube handle from Matthew chapter  3 verse 3. It is about John the Baptist quoting the Prophet Isaiah . And I am not saying that I am anywhere near John the Baptist. I am not even an Amos.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his path straight”

I like this verse and I used it as a handle for two reasons. #1 the Internet is a vast wilderness full of porn, angry sarcastic political comments , and funny cat videos. #2 I am angry and upset and saddened by the state of the world and the false church. So I decided to cry out first on YouTube and now in written blog form.

The NIV says calling but I prefer the NKJV translation better. Crying is more descriptive.

Each blog is going to use scripture to show how Donald Trump is not just a danger to our nation but a danger to our faith and a danger to our souls.

I dream of this blog taking off. I dream of a movement. I dream of a third great awakening to rival the one in the mid 1800s. Sometimes my ego does intrude and I think of myself as a modern day Jeremiah, Martin Luther, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Some days I fear that if this does take off that I might end up like the last one.

But other times. I am filled with so much anxiety and depression that I get paralyzed and feel like God has abandoned me. Not because He ever would but that’s what I would do if I was God.

Thankfully I am not God. I am just a trying to be humble servant who is a voice crying out in the wilderness preparing the way for the Lord

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