Archive for September, 2013

The Poisoning of American Politics by Radical Christian Dominionists

September 27, 2013

Steve, Says it all!!!

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

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Religious Liberty in the Massachusetts Bay Colony…the hanging of the Quakers…a model for the Dominionists

“When the pretended friends of religion lead infidel lives; when they carry religion to market and offer it in exchange for luxuries and honors; when they place it familiarly and constantly in the columns of newspapers, manifestly connected with electioneering purposes, and when they are offering it up as a morning and evening sacrifice of the altar of political party- these men are placing a firebrand to every meeting house and applying a torch to every Bible” Abraham Bishop in an oration at Wallingford CT on 11 March 1801

“See, the problem is, is that Satan has had too much of his way in our society because he has a government! And the only way to overthrow a government is with a government. It won’t happen otherwise.” C. Peter Wagner

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Your best friend won’t tell you -but I will – You lost

September 24, 2013

 

Your best friend won’t tell you -but I will – You lost

Dear Gentle Reader,

 

I am supposed to be on sabbatical and I thought I could just kick back and catch up on some much needed reading Right? Wrong! Before the election is even cool  (5 years) as the mist over the cliffs of Moher. There are some who want to secede from the United states which in Irish we would say Leathcheann (Idiot) Then we have those who want to impeach the President and still others who claim that President Obama used mind control on us!

 

Ní féidir leat a shocrú dúr you can’t fix stupid! So your best friend won’t tell you But I will! To the Christians who believe the End is near! And that God has left the Building.

 

The President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was on NPR the other day. NPR Article He concluded the loss was attributed to only white suburban evangelicals getting their message which consists entirely of 2 core issues; 1. Legalization of gay marriage, 2. Abortion, being the downfall of all society.

 

As well, he completely misses the problem fundamentally of a political party being a “mouthpiece” for Jesus, as does the GOP in reverse. I thought in part:

 

You are wrong!

 

You LOST because

 

You lost because you assumed arrogantly that you are the moral majority.

 

You lost because you falsely judged your morals were not only superior but others were immoral.

 

You lost because you cared more about prayer in school than if the children there were hungry or not, bullied or not, had opportunity or not.

 

You lost because you clouded half the sky with the pollution of second class status: Women.

 

You lost because you are color blind, you see only in black and white.

 

You lost because you love Tommy Hilfiger and Prada and Coach and NIKE and granite kitchen counter tops more than your neighbor who works to make and sell those things, more than the earth that is altered to create them.

 

You lost because you love jails more than prisoners.

 

You lost because you Trust God more on your money than in people.

 

You lost because you pledge your allegiance to a flag and not your fellow American.

 

You lost because you supported a costume.

 

You lost because you are afraid of discovery and science.

 

You lost because your faith is little and shallow.

 

You lost because you are only able to speak one language.

 

You lost because you loved easy lies and hated the difficult struggle for truth.

 

You lost because you have ears that are shut to listening; Eyes that are closed to observing.

 

You lost because you have five coats, and ten pairs of shoes, and count yourself good when you give your castoffs to the poor.

 

You lost because you look down on “others” and forget to raise them up.

 

You lost because you are lost.

 

You lost because what you tried to do to others was done to you.

 

You lost because you looked for signs of God’s approval in things.

 

You lost because you sought morality for people through the law.

 

You lost because you loved the Supreme Court more than the supremacy of love.

 

You lost because you put your heart and soul into removing a splinter from a fellow believer’s eye that only you could see, and failed to remove the log all else could see blocking your own views.

 

You lost because you were determined to put Mystery in a dictionary; Omnipotence in a box.

 

You lost because you cannot wonder where you might be mistaken. You do not serve the cause of Christ.

 

You lost because you serve only your own causes.

 

You lost because your conviction is only for the other and not your own hearts.

 

You lost because your fear is greater than your faith.

 

You lost because you have become idolatrous; you made a teaching tool (the Bible) your God.

 

You lost because you can accept no proof that is uncomfortable.

 

Justice is the cause of Christ.

 

Diversity is the cause of Christ.

 

Fullness is the cause of Christ.

 

Forgiveness is the cause of Christ.

 

Welcome is the cause of Christ.

 

Building is the cause of Christ.

 

Hope is the cause of Christ.

 

Joy is the cause of Christ.

 

Humility is the cause of Christ.

 

Wholeness is the cause of Christ.

 

Earth is the cause of Christ.

 

Peace is the cause of Christ.

 

All life is the cause of Christ.

 

Human Beings are the cause of Christ.

 

Comfort is the cause of Christ.

 

Rainbows are the cause of Christ.

 

LOVE is the cause of Christ.

 

Just so you’ll know for next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” G. K. Chesterton

 

 

 

 

What is the worth and meaning of the individual ?

September 19, 2013

What is the worth and meaning of the individual ?

Five hundred years before the birth of Christ, a Chinese Sage named Lao-tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching in which he asks the same questions as our subject. Perhaps we would say it in this manner “Do I matter, Why am I here? Does my life have meaning?
In the fifty-fourth verse of his classic Lao-tzu was asking and answering this age old question this way:
What (Tao’s) skilful planter plants
Can never be uptorn;
What his skillful arms enfold,
From him can ne’er be borne.
Sons shall bring in lengthening line,
Sacrifices to his shrine.

Tao when nursed within one’s self,
His vigour will make true;
And where the family it rules
What riches will accrue!
The neighbourhood where it prevails
In thriving will abound;
And when ’tis seen throughout the state,
Good fortune will be found.
Employ it the kingdom o’er,
And men thrive all around.

In this way the effect will be seen in the person, by the
observation of different cases; in the family; in the neighbourhood;
in the state; and in the kingdom.

How do I know that this effect is sure to hold thus all under the
sky? By this (method of observation).
In the opening verse of the Tao Te Ching , Lao-tzu tells us the “Tao is both named and nameless.” The Tao is an unknowable, unseeable realm where everything originates, while at the same time, the Tao is invisibly within everything. When we desire to see this invisibleness (mystery) , we attempt to define it in terms of the outer world of form – what Lao-tzu calls “the 10,000 things” He counsels us that letting go of trying to see (or understand) the mystery will actually allows to see it. Or as I like to think of it, “let go and let God.” For Lao-tzu the Tao is God.

In 964 B.C. The Psalmist David ask the question this way:
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Psalms 8: 3, 4 KJV)
How is it possible that two men with such diverse backgrounds and differing expressions have the same type of thoughts? “Do I matter, Why am I here? Does my life have meaning?
The best explanation that I might give is the butterfly effect.
Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect?
At one time there was a theory that the Chaos theory attempts to explain the fact that complex and unpredictable results can and will occur in systems that are sensitive to their initial conditions. A common example of this is known as the Butterfly Effect. It states that, in theory, the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in China could, in fact, actually effect weather patterns in New York City, thousands of miles away. In other words, it is possible that a very small occurrence can produce unpredictable and sometimes drastic results by triggering a series of increasingly significant events.
“The child whispered, ‘God speak to me’
And a meadow lark sang.
The child did not hear.
So the child yelled ‘God speak to me!’
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
‘God let me see you’ and a star shone brightly
But the child did not notice.
And the child shouted,
“God show me a miracle!’
And a life was born but the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair,
‘Touch me God, and let me know you are here!’
Whereupon God reached down
And touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly
Gentle Reader, You flapped your wings and God spoke through you and…who knows how many lives were changed for the Glory of God!
I am so proud of each of you Gentle Readers, who come to share with me and each other who pray for one another each day whose prayers reach the highest of peaks far beyond what man can aspire to the very throne room of God. Who in His infinite love bends to hear and answer the weakest voice.

In the fifty-fourth passage of Lao-tzu and David advised you to see divinity that resides in each of us. Know that in the silent space within you, where the Tao (God) dwells, who animates every breath and thought your life makes a difference.
See the world without hatred, disrespect or violence where the environment is respected and cared for and where cancer, Aids, starvation, child abuse, weapons and war of all kinds or any other demeaning scenarios disappear.
Therefore everything you think and do extends outward and multiplies. And we reach out and touch the face of God. For in him [Christ who is in God] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, [ye are in Him, made full] which is the head of all principality and power… (Col. 2:9,10).

A matter of Degrees-Called to be Saints

September 14, 2013

When I was age three and taking a much needed break from my Latin/Irish lessons from my teacher/seanmháthair [Grandmother I would never use the informal term grandma máthair mhór (maw her aWOR), and máthair Chríona (MAW her KHREE un na). These literally mean “old mother”, “great mother” and “mother of the heart.”] I would run outside and stand on the hill and call out to passers by ” My name is Denis O’Callghan, what is your nomenclature?. Education was what I was raised for and expected to become, Educated!

We never practiced the vernacular (the everyday language of people around us). I had to learn a new word to add to my vocabulary each day, I learned to love this exercise and to this day I still love to learn words, as you may have already guessed, I became a logophile ( a lover of words) at a very early age. William F. Buckley was one of my favorites to listen and learn. He would speak so that you would need a dictionary at your side just to understand his turn of a phrase. “A good debater is not necessarily an effective vote-getter: you can find a hole in your opponent’s argument through which you could drive a coach and four ringing jingle bells all the way, and thrill at the crystallization of a truth wrung out from a bloody dialogue – which, however, may warm only you and your muse, while the smiling paralogist ( one who uses reasoning that begs the question ) has in the meantime made votes by the tens of thousands.”

And as a result I became educated at an early age and continued on to learn throughout my life. Occasionally I am confronted by two different types of people. There are those who enquire how I became one of the scholarly academia to those I try to give a reasonable answer. Then of course we have to deal with the opposite group of individuals who make light of the educated and attempt to challenge education. We call them mumpsimus. Those who hold views stubbornly held in spite of clear evidence that it’s wrong. Those are the ones who try the patience of Job and remind us. ” And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (2 Timothy 2:24-25)

Men should strive to learn as much as they are able and if a degree becomes your goal then that is well and good. But It is my belief that the degree we should all strive after comes not after ones name but in front. That is SAINT and that is the degree that God seeks for all of His children.