Is Your God Too Small??

It never ceases to amaze me how some people can purport to be Christian and yet be so rude, hateful and judgmental of others they know nothing about. Oddly enough they don’t realize it’s more of a sin to make fun of,  judge and point out what they perceive to be others short coming than it is to be one’s own person, sporting one’s on style, living one’s own life each day as best one can without hatred or judgment toward others.

I find it woefully ignorant of these ‘so called’ Christians to take something like a pierced lip, a shirt made of safety pins, musical tastes, hairstyle, or who someone loves as a SIN unto a God they have so obviously squeezed to fit into (their tiny box of) how they perceive God.

Like J.B. Phillips wrote the year I was born, Your God is Too Small! God doesn’t condemn people for what they wear, who they love. God won’t sit behind someone they don’t know at a football game and later laugh with friends (in a public forum) gossip about how horrible that person looked, how awful it was to have to be subjected to someone based on what they looked like. I believe in an Almighty God, a HUGELY LOVING PARENT, not a small petty deity. How many parents would think this type of treatment was right? In my opinion, bullying is never right! Eliciting jeers from a crowd to make fun of and wish ill will towards a mother with her child enjoying a football game who is dressed less than you’d like or in a style you don’t like isn’t what MY GOD would want or do. That’s the equivalent of THROWING STONES, right there!, innit it?

So why the rant? Because I woke up this morning, got onto my Facebook to see my very own cousins (no, not blood cousins, but nonetheless, still cousins all our lives) doing this very thing I’ve described in form of a post. And though it may seem that I am judging them, I’m not. I’m not commenting on a shirt they wore, or a hairstyle, or even a lover/partner they hold dear. I am commenting on hate. On them taking time out of their day to throw stones and make a spectacle of a person based on what they’re wearing. And I don’t know what it says about me that these actions disturbed my day so deeply that even now at 4pm, some 19 hours later I am blogging about it..  I wish it meant my mother raised me better, but no she wasn’t in the picture long enough, so does it mean that I raised me better? I don’t know but I would like to think that one doesn’t need parents at all to just instinctively know that to love feels better than to hate. To love leaves a better energy, a more wholesome spiritual after-taste than what hate leaves behind. But really one doesn’t need to be a theological scholar to know that the most important thing Jesus ever taught was “Love Thy Neighbour”.

Love. Love. Love. It’s just so bloody simple.

Okay, so I’m done with my rant. My cousins will probably never read this, but really that’s OK. The anger and disgust I felt has healed with the writing of this. I do admit to feeling sorry for my cousins though, to interpret the words of Jesus in such a small way is sad.

EOT

Who That Makes Ya Go Hmmmmm!

My Silence Conspiracy Theory Suspicion

Anyone notice how much the Capaldi Doctor looks a bit like one of the Silence??

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Clearly something is amiss.. Look at his ‘intro’ closer. He even moves like a Silence! Anyway, I wrote a poem/did some artwork concerning my theory suspicions…..

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EOT (for now)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: LOVE

It was odd how lost I was in this assignment. So much is done in the name of Love yet it’s no where in the vicinity of Love.

So I took photos of tweets from one much younger and less jaded than I…..

Evan Rachel Wood

Love-per erw

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That just about sums it up.

Love is Love is God is gender-less is blind is faithful is kind, and on and on… Basically love=good

That, Evan! What a great kid! Her momma must be proud! 🙂

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ILLUMINATION

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Daily Prompt: Quote

Writing Assignment: Do you have a favourite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

Since I was a poet long before I was anything else of substance (I wrote my first poem at age 7) words mean a lot to me. Words are powerful. I have written many poems about words but today TPTB (the powers that be) are asking for a quote and although many come to mind the one that I seem to re-visit over and over in the past 30+ years is by Henry David Thoreau:

I am the different drummer.(inclusified version)

I remember the first time I read that quote, I was 27 and I was in a diaconate programme and the Reverend was displeased with something I was doing in my personal life outside the ministry and so during a lesson some papers were being handed out and along with my paper I was also handed that quote on a piece of paper with a picture of what looked like a little drummer child walking away from a crowd. It was the Reverend’s way of telling me her unsolicited (personal) opinion but I took it as a sign and left the programme. Kind of stupid you might think but really it was the best thing I ever did because I could have never survived with any group who chastised people from being who they really are and in the same way “The Doctor” says he’s “A Madman With A Box”, I am definitely “The Different Drummer”. Heh, that has even, over the years, been a by-line I have used.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone would just encourage each other to just simply be themselves, to march/dance/run to their own BOOM BOOM out of acceptance of diversity, not exclusion due to it.

EOT

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green.

 

Daily Prompt: IMHO —- Pay to Go!

Is it just me or does the number of states petitioning to secede from the U.S. grown since it hit the press that the state of Louisiana were petitioning to secede?

I was over at We The People website and I know I counted over 15 states requesting to “Peaceably secede from the union”. I’m not going to go into how many signatures these petitions have because you can go there and see for yourself. I had already been thinking about writing something about this flood of exodus requests then I found this one petition which pretty much could have been written by myself so let me share it with you.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Force all states to pay their portion of the national debt before they can secede from the union

Residents of all states who wish to secede from the union should be required to take their own advice about ‘personal responsibility’, and pay their share of the national debt before being released to fend for themselves.

This debt must be paid in full, or they cannot leave.

This means no federal assistance, period.

Abridged list includes no more upkeep for highways, nor for interstates or bridges, no federally funded law enforcement or fire department, no public libraries, no phone lines, no cable television, no cell phone towers, no power grids, no water lines, no mail services, no paramedics, no hospitals which accept Medicare/Medicaid funding, no ATF, FBI, DOJ, SWAT, or Department of Homeland Security, no Border Guard, National Guard, Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers, or WITSEC.

Created: Nov 13, 2012

SIGNATURES NEEDED BY DECEMBER 13, 2012 TO REACH GOAL OF 25,000 = 19,266

TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION = 5,734

You can sign this petition here as I did.  Conditions of Seceding from the Union .

I really couldn’t have put it better than the author of this petition did.

The states of Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas are unhappy that the US is in such serious debt, that our President is black, that democrats are empower rather than republicans so they want to pick up all their toys and leave. Problem with that especially in my home state of Texas is that since 1870 they have been fine with sharing in the perks of being a US Citizen. Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Grants, Scholarships, Armed Forces Protection, etc. But now they are wanting out and I think it’s a good idea to force these states (all) to pay a percentage of the deficit to leave. I’m not just picking on Texas, (believe me as a Texan I’ve done the research and they do have a “purty dang” logical sounding case for secession, only problem is that  in the 1869 case of Texas v. White, US Supreme Court it was ruled that the secession of Texas from the United States was illegal. The court wrote, “The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an Indestructible Union, composed of indestructible states.

Now I know that those wanting to secede also have been quoting the Declaration of Independence in which it says: “‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government.’”

If you buy a house, sign a legal document you must pay for what you have used, you can’t just suddenly be tired of paying and keep the house or car. That’s a lousy example I know but that is because a house loan is two-sided, you pay for the ability to own the house, or car, etc..  If you fail to pay they take them away. So why wouldn’t the U.S. government expect states who petition (and have the numbers behind them) to leave the union be required to pay back into the National Debt that they helped create? Sounds perfectly rational to me that states should be held to a fiscal responsibility before jumping the ship.

So as a born and raised TEXAN who has been living in Louisiana the past 10 years, I think TEXAS  doesn’t have the numbers (resident population wise) to secede and even if so what is this teaching our children about responsibility and duty to their country of origin? I grew up an American and I feel that what ever country a person is born to, is where they are (for lack of a better word and a strong number of late night brain cells) STUCK! Believe me I grew up wishing I could be British – I relate better to their humour and have always felt like a lost child of the U.K  but, no, BUT  I was born an American and I own that, I inherited that from those Irish folk that came here on the ship and docked in Missouri and started having little American babies.

There are many things about our country I would change if I ran it, DOMA would be a goner for one, and treatment of Seniors (over 65) would be MUCH improved. But I will not just pick up my toys and leave the US even if California becomes The Country of Gaylifornia and all the pretty girls move there! *smiles*

Oh boy, I’m going tangentially badly now… This has been my opinion. Your mileage may vary, so to speak.

EOT.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

This photo always makes me remember that each day is another chance to start anew!

WHEW!

That was close!

Looks like I can avoid the Gay Concentration Camps for another 4 years!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Any excuse to post a good Doctor / River picture!

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