Tag Archives: Jesus

could there be a greater difference?

This is why I continue to be amazed, confused, and just totally dismayed by the huge numbers of those professing to follow Jesus that actually voted for the #BLOTUS and still support him. Anyone who is seeking to demonstrate the love of Christ, cannot possibly think that this man reflects anything other than the complete and total repudiation of all that Christ is and that He teaches.

The values of Drumpf are not Christian values. The #BLOTUS does not demonstrate any of the values taught by Jesus. Those ignoring these facts need to seriously reflect on just how shallow their spirituality must be to defend and support such a man.

some cartoons aren’t funny

When I was young I eagerly read the cartoons because they were funny. Most of the ones I see today are no longer funny. They do, however, clearly point out the deepening hypocrisy of many who profess to follow Jesus of Nazareth. The one below is but one example.

 

shame on us

Trump's followers:

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

The Gospel Reading for this coming Sunday is the ninth chapter of John. It tells the story of religious leaders who refused to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus even after it was proven that Jesus had healed a man born blind. One reason the religious leaders refused to believe was that the man was healed on the Sabbath, which broke the Jewish law. But in the end, they just refused to believe what they could see with their own eyes.

Far to many of us are fooling ourselves. We can see the truth of this administration, yet we choose not to believe what we know is true. Shame on us. Our disbelief does not change the facts. It does, however, keep us from enacting the change that needs to happen.

the Holy Family today

Here is a powerful statement of faithfulness. This is art that is challenging power while proclaiming the Gospel. I am inspired that there are believers like the #nakedpastor who still have the courage to speak the truth to those in authority and remain true to the call of Jesus in our lives.

#BLOTUS would not allow Jesus and His parents into the United States today, even if they were fleeing for their lives.  Drumpf knows the danger the Christ child is to his  administration’s views and wishes.

I have hidden behind walls of barbed wire and concertina in Vietnam.  It can make you feel safer. But, the thing to remember is that walls hold you in  just as much as they keep others out. And I, for one, don’t like being a captive.

today’s sermon: WWDD

We have entered a time in the life of our nation when faithfulness to the Gospel is about to “get real” as they say. The chasm between patriotism and discipleship is growing ever wider. Executive orders are being issued daily that are in direct opposition to the values of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel lesson for this morning is Matthew 5:1-12. It’s the Sermon on the Mount, also known as the Beatitudes. As I have struggled to prepare a meaningful sermon for my small and aging congregation I have tried to be open to the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit.

I could not stop the tears on seeing this teeshirt,  Jesus as a refugee again brought home the ugly reality of authoritarian rhetoric being enacted into law.

I know that Jesus promises to bless us, I know that Jesus teaches us to live lives of love, mercy, nonviolence and compassion. The issue I am grappling with now is how to demonstrate that in a nation that is bowing down to one who ignores, even flaunts Christ’s example and teachings.

I know WWJD. What truly frightens me, is that I also know WWDD. The two are diametrically opposed.

I have committed myself to following the man from Nazareth. That means I cannot follow BLOTUS. I am truly saddened that many of my congregation are not able to make the same choice.

a short homily on Christian values

Truth be told... Why ? I think they have become sociopathic by losing their capacity for compassion and empathy and have replaced it with selfishness and greed by helping profitable corporations and enriching the wealthy.:

This morning’s gospel reading is from the 11th chapter of Matthew. John the Baptist is in Herod’s dungeon. When he hears of what Jesus was doing, he sends his followers to ask him if he (Jesus), is the Messiah.

The answer Jesus gives to John’s followers is both simple and direct. There’s no mistaking the actions, or the values, of Jesus.

“Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

Look around you. The ones you see doing the works, and living the values of Jesus, are those who demonstrate an authentic Christian spirituality. You can see “Christian values.” They are centered on helping those most in need.

Jesus doesn’t care…

The Gospel reading for this Second Sunday of Advent is Matthew 3:1-12. It is the story of John the Baptist preaching and baptizing at the River Jordan. His key message was “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

His other major message was  directed at the religious leaders present. He didn’t tell them to memorize scripture. Instead, he directed that they “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”

How we treat those around us is all that matters. Treating others with love and living a compassionate and caring lifestyle that daily reflects the love of Jesus demonstrates the fruit of repentance. That is what Jesus really cares about.

nonviolence is a lifestyle

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Jesus said that if we hate a person we have already committed murder in our hearts. There are far too many of us who need to ask for forgiveness for carrying murder in our hearts.

As Christians we are asked to love without limits, and to be bearers of grace and reconciliation in every situation. We need nonviolent spirits. We need the peace of Christ in our hearts.