It is time we confess as Christians that our foundations of American Christianity have been rooted in racism, manipulation and greed.
It is time we confess as Christians that our foundations of American Christianity has been rooted in racism, manipulation and greed. However the roots of evil have stemmed for much longer; 2000 years longer. Christianity as known by the Apostles died shortly after them with the establishment of the hierarchy of church offices. All are one body, the bishop is equal to the layman both changing roles as needed.
Permanent hierarchy leads to unchanged doctrines and dogma which do not advance with society. The power of the Church leads to greed and manipulation of the State. All this is evil. We must admit and ask for forgiveness for being apart of the actions we committed; even if done in ignorance. We must deconstruct and build based on love and the priesthood of all saints. We must repent for the countless lives lost, and untold wealth stolen away.
What is Done in the Dark Will be Seen in the Light
What is done in the dark will be seen in the light. The Church has openly conducted evil actions for all to see. However, if no one can see the actions, they remain in the dark. Now, now, is the time in which the scales are falling from the eyes. We stand naked in the garden without knowledge of our fate. We fear because we do not live by faith. Love is not found only the actions of the flesh.
We have worn the clothes of the profane for far too long, creating an institution of bondage rather than bringers of light. We celebrate the ressurection without understanding its purpose. We, as the Master spoke, have failed to see the logs in our eyes. It is time to repent for the actions done in the name of Christ.
Will You Repent With Me?
Will you repent with me? Will you say, I was wrong and love is right? Or, will you continue to deny your actions all the way to the throne of God? When that time comes you will realize heaven is meant to be on earth. Heaven is within the heart of the individual. When light comes no darkness is found. Here me now. Christianity is dead as we know it. We must correct what has been perverted and rebuild under the freedom of forgiveness.
I do not think I have ever been more mentally sick due to what I see currently in America.
Why I am done.
I am tired. For years I have tried to promote social justice and freedom for the American people. I have never had a huge platform; I am just like you. Facebook and blogs have been my stage with little to gain. I wrote a small piece on Facebook describing that the only way the United States can have true unity, peace and healing is through a mass spiritual awakening. I am done discussing politics and done with most social issues.
Not good for the soul
One may say, Nate, you should continue the good fight! I would answer, of course I am going to continue the good fight. However, the fight I will wage will no longer be one that continues to stir opinion and hurt my soul. I do not think I have ever been more mentally sick due to what I see currently in America. This is not good for my mental health; it is not good for my personal life. I will leave it to others to do what they feel in their heart they must do.
I am at a point in which I am going to do the best I can to seek the Kingdom within. To discover who I am as a human being and maybe through my discovery and actions in life it may be an influence towards the spiritual growth in others.
I am dedicating myself to a search within. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is within. If this is the case, it would behoove me to only be interested in this kingdom. Why would anyone want to continue a fight of flesh and blood when flesh and blood is not the enemy? Our enemy is ignorance of our true Selves. My objective is to know God and make him known. To become one with the Father as Jesus was one with the Father; this was the prayer off the master. This is also my prayer.
Jesus said rightly, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24, NIV).
If you were to take away any talk of money from the world news the show would be cut from 30 to 10 minutes. During our current crisis we see the greed of corporations and people stir once again. I need a bail out, you need a bail out, we all need a bail out like contestants on the Oprah show. Get rid of the concept of money as we know it?
I do not know exactly how this would work; maybe we start slowly. Gradually rip apart the constructs of capitalism and imprison the bankers and CEO’s in which their only mission seems to bankrupt the American people while they feast at banquet. These institutions must come down for the American people to be free.
Contributionism is a concept in which we each contribute our skills no matter what they are to receive in return the contributions of others. During these times we have seen firsthand the importance of many who were once considered the least of these. The store clerks, truck drivers, gas station attendants, delivery drivers and more. Of course, those within the medical profession while not be counted among the least of these, are performing their calling with heroic efforts. We have seen that the true least of these is our politicians, lawyers, CEO’s, etc. These people are not needed in crisis.
All Are Rich
What if we all shared in what our creator gave us? What if we could pass through the fiery sword back into the garden of our birth. A place in which all is equal. A place in which mankind sinned by eating the fruit of greed, killing Abel and giving birth to original sin, the sin of greed.
Let us free ourselves from the slave driver named greed. Rather, coming together as a community of freedom. A true church if you will; a place without walls held up by the love of our hearts. The words economy is stricken from our thoughts as we enter the gates of paradise.
Jesus said rightly, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24, NIV).
Are most people sitting in the pews every Sunday giving away their cash and singing a few songs really Christians?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
Christians and most Americans have these words seared into their conscious. Generally one thinks of the corner stone of Christianity as Jesus, the cross and love. Unfortunately in between Jesus and love comes dogma and doctrine. Often social justice minded Christians are more concerned for the love of neighbor than “church” involvement. These Christians are critiqued by “conservative” Christians who are involved with organized church, believing it is their outer expression of love of God. Likewise these are critiqued by the social justice minded Christians for their lack of community involvement. Why is there a split in the first place? I am sure there are Christians who are knees deep in carrying out both parts of the greatest commandment. Two questions I would like to propose. Are these commands synonymous? If they are synonymous, are those who are partial to social justice issues the only Christians?
How Do I Love God?
Let’s look at the text. Jesus is famous for hyperbole and parables, it would not be against the norm for him to repeat the same command in different means.
How does one love God? It seems we have created this idea that we must attend an organized church, read the bible and listen to Christian radio. Maybe staying away from porn, beer and pot making sure to live up to the law and moral codes set in place by their denomination. This sounds rather an odd way to love God. Oh, I know, it is giving 10 percent of your money to the church. Not really, the church, but a staff of paid members of the church. The ones responsible for the building, teaching, reading, music and other production work. I still do not understand how this is how one loves God.
Jesus says the same thing in order to make it much clearer to the reader. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Not an easy task for sure. It is much easier to create dogma and doctrine in order to feel we have satisfied the requirements. The majority feeling that the dogma and doctrine outweigh love of neighbor not realizing that is all Jesus meant. All Jesus meant as the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.
How does that make sense? Simple, you are god. While not fully God, you are a piece of God. God would not be God without you. You are god, humanity as a whole is God. This is understood in many religions but generally rejected by the faith which worships the messenger. It would stand to reason that the majority of professing Christians are not Christians at all. They have created some strange doctrine and attached Jesus to the front cover.
Read the first four gospels. Jesus is constantly preaching plainly or through parable, good works towards mankind. Christians and non-Christians who take care of each other, fight for one another and give to one another. Those people, these gods, who love themselves by loving others. When others are themselves and themselves others, this knowledge is at the heart of the message of Jesus. Jesus was radical in his approach speaking the truth leading to his death. Are most people sitting in the pews every Sunday giving away their cash and singing a few songs really Christians?
‘By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:16 NIV
Christ was Neither a Politician Nor Interested in Politics.
Christ was neither a politician nor interested in politics. He sarcastically stated, “Give to Caesar what is Caesars.” Evangelicals have run with this along with Romans 13 a chapter in which the apostle Paul speaks of being submissive of earthly authority. We however have a major problem. Paul was speaking to Roman Christians in the 1st century who needed to be very careful how they behaved to save their head. We can’t take the Bible literally in the sense that every word is applicable to today.
We must take Christ out of politics. As a Christian I do not want religion of any kind in American politics. We all have different interpretations of the biblical text and each one should be respected. Seeing Evangelicals for Trump is sick, it is not Christianity it is a cult of personality, it is a travesty created by Trump. Unfortunately, Evangelicals have been some of the most gullible citizens. Evangelicals are also one of the largest voting blocs in which Trump understood he could win over.
We Should Live All the More For Christ.
When we take Christ out of politics, we remove the emotion of religion which stunts rational thinking. I am not saying you should not live for Christ. On the contrary we should live as Christ did. Progressives are now guilty at slinging religion back at Trump supporters.John Pavlovitz is a perfect example someone who has a good heart but is becoming as ugly as the president in his rhetoric. Let’s be Christ through our faith and deeds. Let us not be just as deceived as Evangelicals for Trump. Turn the other cheek and love your neighbor. Do this and you have loved God!
You could argue progressives want to replace fundamentalist Christianity with progressive Christianity.
Are we as progressives wrong? As progressives it is difficult to not interject our Christian worldview against the Christian worldview in the White House. Jesus was a socialist, Jesus was a conservative, Jesus was this or that. Jesus seemed to do his best to stay out of political life. He could have been made king, led an invasion against Rome; even call down angels against those that sought to persecute him. Jesus did none of those things. Rather, Jesus taught his disciples to love God and neighbor. This type of leadership transcends given authority by birth, force or election. It is a leadership of example and choice.
Church and State
Progressives make valid points in which I agree. We as a people should start treating people with dignity and respect. We should care for the immigrant, feed the poor, provide affordable healthcare and do our best to give each person the right to execute their own free will. A government free from as much corruption as possible and listens to the needs of all people. A government that reasons together instead of fighting each other. The founding fathers were not perfect, and I do not hold the constitution as written by God’s hand. However, I do believe they were correct separating church and state.
Regardless if you are a religious person or not there are central moral doctrines most would agree. Do not kill or steal; most laws draw from these internal doctrines written on our hearts. We are smart people and can handle it, although I do not think that we have been handling the separation of church and state very well. Progressives are angry that fundamentalist are influencing the president and the Republican party. You could argue progressives want to replace fundamentalist Christianity with progressive Christianity. Both are wrong. We are wrong. Religion, any religion has no place in United States government.
If we are Wrong, What Now?
So, what now? Do we stop trying to correct the flaws of fundamentalism and the flagrant invasion of this form of Christianity in politics? Or, do we do what Jesus did? Jesus stayed out of the political scene. The Apostles stayed out of the political scene. When did things get bad for the people on earth regarding Christianity and government? When Constantine took Christianity and made it one of the state religions giving political power to the church. We all know how that worked out. I encourage my fellow progressives to stop trying to use our faith to fight the politics of the current administration, rather use our progressive values to live out Christ. Example is our power. Our salvation does not come from government. Our salvation comes from the Lord.
There is a cloud over the eyes of Christians. This cloud blinds the eyes of humanities search for God.
The death of Christianity is upon us and only Christians are to blame. For years the Evangelical Christian church has taught fire and brimstone, sinners and saints, numerous rules, dogma and doctrine. Children who grow up in this environment are sick of it. Those who are not leaving are changing denominations, while those who stay become like their agents of hate parents. There is a cloud over the eyes of Christians. This cloud blinds the eyes of humanities search for God.
Karl Von Eckartshausen, wrote the book; The Cloud Upon The sanctuary (1909). The text was very influential to societies who wished to make contact with the divine not through traditional means but that of the occult. Only those within the occult would be able to appreciate the mystery which the average Evangelical would not comprehend and probably label demonic. People want to be as free from suffering as possible. The church encourages suffering through its endless culture wars against people different from themselves. The endless dogma and doctrine of biblical literalists leaves the church goer in constant fear of God and hell. Jesus talked of a light burden; Evangelicals place heavy burdens on their adherents as the Pharisees in the days of Jesus.
Blinded by a Great Cloud.
We just do not understand this life. Some would say the purpose of life is to know God. This process it is not an automatic ask Jesus into your heart and done. It does not work that way. We must question, seek and be brave. There is a very real cloud that separates us from the divine. The transfiguration of Christ is a great example of our modern church. Peter, James and John represent the church as they stood in confusion. They spoke of what they do not know. A voice through a descending cloud spoke of Jesus “listen to Him.” Are we listening? No.
Live free of material gain and the fear of lack of. This causes some of the greatest suffering. However I find it unique that the Evangelical church is so wrapped up in money. I have never been to a service that the plate is not passed or money spoken of. Although Jesus himself talked more about money than heaven or hell his speech was not to gain, but to warn. Jesus understood the overwhelming sufferings money has caused the world. I believe Jesus was hoping we would listen to his words.
Do Not Fear Death.
Fear of death also has caused great suffering within the Evangelical church. No one wants to hear that they are going to hell when we do not even know if hell exists. Most scholars believe when Jesus spoke of hell he was speaking in hyperbole. Yes, it gets the point across and that can be ok at times. Don’t steal or kill or you will go to prison. I get it. Yet we are talking about long term mental devastation upon young people that have had enough. To hell with your hell, maybe the only hell that many Evangelicals lived through was within their church. Can you blame them for leaving?
If the Evangelical church has any hope it must restructure from the ground up. Rid itself of dogmas and doctrine from a time past. Rid it of its literalists views. The racist, anti LGBT, anti-immigrant, pro borders and gun beliefs which are rife within Evangelical walls must be dismantled. Love is the only law. This is the only doctrine that matters. There is hope for the Evangelical church as the word itself means good news. To save Evangelicals from radicals Sometimes it must die before it thrives.
People throughout history have also used religions to define their purpose. Trapped on this planet in the middle of space, early man developed religion as a panacea of sorts to explain why we are here. If God or Gods have contacted humanity it was still mankind who developed the system of worship around the Gods. Within Christianity, the Biblical text spells out how the religion was formed. Jesus did not form the church. Jesus did tell his followers to go about and spread the good news. However, this good news of love and peace has become a heavy burden to the majority of Christianity.
Religion is not Complex Enough for Humanity.
Is religion worth it? No, I would say it is not. It is within human nature to seek for the divine, but to formulate religions on dogmas and doctrines in which we think we know the will of God has caused nothing but harm. To have faith in God and a spiritual practice is not the same as an organized religion. Spirituality is following ones will. Ones will is their purpose and we are all spiritual. One’s path is not the same as another as each path is as unique as a fingerprint. To develop a system focusing on the human and his or her purpose in life is leaving humans wanting as no system is great enough to handle the unique nature of man.
Do Not Give Up on Your Faith.
If you agree but still love your faith good. I would never want someone to disown their faith, rather I would say let us build upon our spiritual nature within the framework of our faith, adding modifications when needed. Live by love, do no harm, seek peace and care for one another. Know that everyone is different and that is ok, that is how God made them. Understand that variety is the spice of life and you do not know the answers. Love, and be love, that is the only way.
Why soldier do you choose to die so the wealthy elite gains an extra dime?
Humans love to be ruled; a terrible condition. The condition of war is another stain on our humanity. Nations of the world each with their dictators, presidents or kings. The United States is no different. We invest in long winded elections to find the most popular person to make king. Trump has been the president of the United States for 3 years and the country is more divided than it has ever been since the Civil War. War, the nations of the world love war. The United States is first among nations who chooses to sacrifice the lives of its youth for the interest of the few. Of course, those few convince soldiers and the populace believe we fight for freedom and the freedom of others. I call bullshit. It is our condition of war.
Why soldier do you choose to die so the wealthy elite gains an extra dime? You take an oath, you think its true, the oath you take is foolish spew. It is all just bullshit. If we the people just said no to these people. If our soldiers just said; I do not think I will fight today. Many say that is the way of a coward. They, would have you believe that. Trump, Obama and Bush. Yes, Obama too. Men who sent men and women to die so they can claim their royal prize.
Iran the Latest Victim of our Condition of War
Iran is now the target of the United States with Trump supporters calling for war. Foolish people. They crave for war, but very few have tasted its sting. War is not a pretty thing. War is the blood sacrifice to the egos of men. The conservative voices of the United States are filled with pride. Fundamental Evangelical leaders feel they have they know the will of God. I laugh at their ignorance their petty ways. They rob from the poor to fill their banks; then send your sons to die as sacrifices to their god.
Peace is the Only Option
Could we have armies that pray for peace? Armies without weapons of war. Armies to be the example of real power; power which is the enlightenment of mankind. Armies that will take humanity to the next level of our evolution. The return of Jesus. Jesus has never left. I am with you always. We are Jesus. I would not think the Jesus who healed the soldier’s ear would send to war children without names. It is not courage’s to obey criminals, real strength is that of standing up for righteousness in the face persecution. Just say no to foolish wars. Put down your silly pride. Foolish souls calling for war. These are the burden of humanity. Maybe the evolution of mankind cannot move forward till these who long for war with soldiers willing to die for kings are taken from the earth. If mankind is to survive then war must cease, whatever it takes for peace.
Where am I? How did I get here? I am approaching 40 years on this earth and I am trying to figure out what the hell is going on. I am sure many people feel the same. Over the years I have observed many strange behaviors on this planet; wondering why people do what they do. Whatever the purpose was for my existence I find myself more eager for the mother ship. Now I know that this sounds like talk from someone mentally ill or disturbed. Is it? Have you looked around and contemplated this perceived reality and just said; what the fuck?
Everything Humans teach is a Lie
Everything humans teach is a lie. Their history, religions, monetary systems, politics, their beliefs on food, drugs and spirituality, all of it seems to be self-serving. Humans are born with an ego in which drives their sufferings; with meat sack bodies that decay over time. They do this thing called work which is centered on competition tearing each other apart. They are trapped on a rock flying around a fiery inferno at thousands of miles per hour. I would think they would work to make their lives better. Instead they behave in a manner of less intelligent animals which they coexist with. I should not be so surprised man seems to function little better than ravenous wolves.
Humanity lives in a dog eat dog world. They trick themselves to believe they must work 40 hours or more every week keep subservient to employers who don’t give a flying fuck. They replace each other with someone more productive when one falls short. God forbid a person is depressed, going through a family crisis or just having some bad days. It is no wonder half of them are on Prozac, alcohol and other pain reliving drugs. I do not blame them for their self-destructive attitudes. Since I have been here I have been forced into their regiment often relying on their methods of coping.
I do not understand why they do not move at a slower pace? Why don’t they spend the first half hour of their work day in meditation? Most of them only receive a half hour unpaid lunch in which they scarf down food; it is no wonder they have intestinal problems. They are also not compensated when their bodies start to fail. This is what they call retirement. They spend their days when their bodies are healthy doing stupid shit they do not want to do, then spend their final years with broken bodies trying to do what they always wanted.
Humans Find A Strange Peace In Religion.
Humans find a strange peace in religion. They have hundreds of them. These philosophies of peace however are the cause of most of their wars. Again, I ask, where the fuck am I and how can I get home? None of this seems to make sense. This is not the way I want to live; I do not want to spend my days doing dumb shit, being subjected to stress, the pain of this body and a society which is animalistic in their self-seeking. Who want to get up day after fucking day to do it again and again until you die or retire? If I am lucky I will receive 10 years on a fixed budget before this body fails.
I know I have been negative. Why shouldn’t I? Life is suffering they say. It is bad enough they are born grow to about 30 or less then start falling apart. If the biology is not suffering enough, they pour suffering upon one another. Ok, ok, enough of the negativity. I do not have all the answers; I am new to this world.
Maybe They Should Seek Within Themselves.
Maybe they should seek within themselves? Develop a path in which they convert ego into Spirit. They have had many great sages which transcended the traditional human. One of these was Jesus. Jesus had many great examples found in the gospel text. This, before so called doctors of the church interpreted the teachings to be more in line with the wicked world. Jesus said the kingdom is within. Jesus and other great teachers taught to live a life of meditation, prayer, giving and receiving with gratefulness. They taught love, to seek the interest of others not themselves. These teachings from great spiritual leaders are opposite to this current world.
The human should live to serve one another instead of stealing from each other. In their Christian tradition they are taught to love one another. Loving one another would mean developing constructive work that is meaningful. If they would stop competing for money; rather compete for the greater good of all people. Accepting each other for who we they are, regardless of their views; all humanity working together for each other. It is time they get the priorities of the human race straight; returning to the spirituality in which they come. If this is done, I would not mind living on this rock for a little while longer.