Saturday, November 29, 2014

One of America's Biggest Problems (that most people will probably disagree with me about)

This has really been pressing on me lately so I wanted to put it down on paper, metaphorically speaking.

So, obviously, a "big" thing in our country right now is the Darren Wilson decision to not be taken to trial for the killing of Michael Brown.  Since the ruling by the grand jury came out, there has been a cornucopia of opinions and actions done.  Some good, some bad.  There have been peaceful protests, but there have also been violent riots and looting.  There has been honest debate on how to better our justice system, but there has also been a ridiculous amount of demagoguery.  Here is the main thing that has stood out to me, and it is an issue that I have legitimately almost NEVER heard anyone discuss that seems like it should be at the forefront:

We, the American people, are a people that are bent on vengeance.

As I see the all of the reaction about the court decision on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and all that, it bothers me a little bit.  There are definitely some great reactions, ranging from personal friends to random celebrities.  For instance, I loved Benjamin Watson's response about the whole ordeal.  (For those that don't know, Watson is an NFL player).  I don't wanna go find the link, so just Google it if you haven't read it yet, it's definitely worthwhile.  On the other hand, MOST of the responses I have seen from fellow Christians on facebook have all been about JUSTICE.  My last blog post dealt with this topic, but I wanna take it a little further in this one.

To me, justice is the way of the old covenant...aka Old Testament.  Jesus came, and he replaced justice with something even better: mercy.  Jesus preached mercy and grace, not justice.  I remember that time when Jesus was talking about what to do if someone strikes you on the cheek.  Didn't he say, "hit them back."  NO!?  He said turn the other cheek!  Truly, for justice to be done, then you must strike the person back.  An eye for an eye.  That is justice.  That is the old way.  Jesus gave us something better though: FORGIVENESS.

Forgiveness is SUCH A BIG DEAL!!!! THANK GOD that we aren't judged by justice and that we don't live in a perfectly just world.  A perfectly just world would be a NIGHTMARE for me.  I really do believe that if our country was perfectly just, more than 50% of the population would belong in jail...myself included.  I would be in jail for stealing music at the very least.  Others would be in jail for TONS of other things wherever justice was applied.

The BIGGEST thing that bothers me about the Ferguson protests is the slogan "No Justice, No Peace."  In particular, it bothers me when CHRISTIANS promote this ideology.  It is, in my opinion, COMPLETELY anti-Christian.  Name me one time Jesus demanded justice before he offered peace. Jesus was certainly the victim of injustice, but he only offered peace in return.  THAT is how we are to be too.

Justice demands retribution.  True justice means that every wrong must be repaid to the wrong-doer in equal.  Ever heard the phrase, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind?"  Well, it carries a lot of weight.  Justice is an insufficient way to conduct our society.  If we can't do better than justice, then prejudice, grudges, hatred, and bigotry will be continually passed down from generation to generation.

I didn't even really mean to be harping on the Ferguson scenario in particular, because I was just as disgusted (in fact, even moreso) when Osama Bin Laden was killed.  Everyone was celebrating vigorously over the death of this man, because we finally had our retribution.  We had our VENGEANCE.

I KNOW that that seems right.  I KNOW that it FEELS right....but it isn't.  We are supposed to LOVE OUR ENEMIES.  It might be the most difficult of all the things Jesus told us to do, but we still have to try!  I remember being disgusted at how bloodthirsty our nation was that night.  I understand he was a bad man, but Jesus still loved him.  We have to keep in mind that our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against Satan and the devils that follow him.

I'm not saying that justice should not be striven for.  I'm saying that if we stop our aspirations at justice, we haven't gone far enough.  We are called by our Lord to be better than that.  We are called to forgive REGARDLESS of repentance from those that sin against us.  Vengeance belongs to God.  Let Him deal with that.  As long as we keep relying on our "justice system" here in America....we are going to be SORELY disappointed time and time again.

I seriously have so much more to say to expand on this, but it would be far too much to read, haha.  So, I hope whatever I said made sense, and, until next time.....PEACE!!!

P.S. Also, for the record, I am not exonerating myself from the content of this blog.  I am guilty of hating my enemies a lot of times too (Satanists and Illuminists in particular).  I need to be better about forgiving.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Racism and Justice

Hey guys!!!  Now this one MIGHT be a little controversial.  Honestly, I don't know.  I don't even really know exactly what all I'm gonna type out yet, so we can go on this ride together.  I just wanted to throw out that disclaimer in case I say some stuff that is not politically correct....which I almost certainly will (and of that I am proud).  Political correctness just bogs down the dialogue and sensors the conversation, but I digress. we go!!

So there is a lot of racial tension going on right now in America over the Ferguson, Missouri incident in which Michael Brown was shot 6 times by a police officer (even though he was unarmed).


Frankly, it is annoying to me that people care SO MUCH about this in comparison to the other things going on in the world right now.

I agree that it is certainly bad.  I even believe whole-heartedly that the justice system in America is rigged against blacks (specifically with our drug laws).  But the atmosphere of the country now is like you have to pick sides as if every situation is black and white (pun intended) and there is a right side and a wrong side.

NO!  As Game of Thrones remarks: "there are good and bad on both sides of every war."  I think this phrase applies very well to this situation in Ferguson.  The police officer used excessive force and almost certainly should not have opened fire and killed Michael Brown.  In addition, Michael Brown should not have robbed a store and then assaulted a police officer.

Why do we feel like we have to defend one side or the other or stick up for one or the other.  They were both wrong.  Plain and simple.  White guy was wrong.  Black guy was wrong....And here is another thing that bothers the crap out of me:  if the officer that shot Michael Brown was also black, then NO ONE would care about this story at all, and no one would be rioting in the streets. It would be a local news story that people forgot about in a couple days.  Same goes for if both people were white.  We are always looking at things through a racial lens, and until we shift our paradigm, racism will always poison our country.

Whenever a scenario like this comes about, race-baiters like Al Sharpton (yeah, I'll call him out by name) JUMP at the chance to cause division and to have their voice heard.  It is an absolute shame.  Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest Americans to ever live.  In his day, he preached forgiveness.  He preached turning the other cheek.  He preached civil disobedience.  He sought the Lord and his movement was powerful and his legacy lives on.  Unfortunately, today, the reactions to racial tensions in this country are rioting in the streets, looting of stores, and the promotion of one side against the other.  I know that that is not how most people are reacting, but it is still prevalent.  There are also peaceful protests, and I commend those.  We NEED to begin viewing people as individuals, unique children of God, and not as part of racial collectives...ESPECIALLY in the eyes of the law.

The officer didn't fire at all black people.  He fired at one man.  Michael Brown didn't assault all white people.  He assaulted one man.  Why do we allow propaganda to rile us up and get us at each others throats over something that frankly isn't even a big deal??

OH NO, Braeden said that this isn't a BIG DEAL!?!?  But the news channels are talking about it non-stop so it must be important.  And an unarmed black man was killed by a white policeman! And it is symbolic and represents a much larger therefore it is important!

So what?  Yeah, it sucks.  I agree.  I wish it didn't happen....but there are currently INNOCENT children being beheaded in Syria and Iraq.  THAT is important.  THAT is a big deal.  THAT is far more tragic and far more concerning.  The biggest shame in it is that these very terrorists (ISIS) that are murdering Christians (including children) were being funded by our own government....with our tax dollars on our behalf.  It is not a conspiracy theory either.  Just a few short months ago the leaders of our government wanted to aid them by bombing the Syrian government in their civil war.  Most people probably don't remember that though.  Thankfully, the war gongs were silenced and we didn't end up bombing the Assad government in Syria.  Still, we already were previously, openly providing aid to these same terror groups who were fighting against Assad (and have now leaked into Iraq) and are now murdering Christians in, but no one seems to care.  It's a shame.

This is one murder in the United States that happened to a GUILTY man.  He has just robbed a store and assaulted an officer.  Believe it or not, situations similar to this happen multiple times throughout any given year....but because one of them was white and one of them was black, their lives are suddenly more important than everyone else's?

7 people were killed in Chicago alone just yesterday...but few care about that.

Thousands of people have died in Palestine over that last couple weeks.  But yeah, this ONE unjust death of a criminal is more important.

And another thing, switching gears real quick.....It bothers me that so many people are blindly demanding JUSTICE for what happened in if they know what justice truly demands in this if they know everything that happened perfectly and that they can be the judge who decides exactly what should be done to bring retribution to this unfortunate situation.  Our inability to deliver justice isn't even the main thing that bothers me though.  It bothers me more that we are SETTLING for justice.

As a Christian, justice is supposed to be the BARE MINIMUM.  In fact, justice can often times be a bad thing, yet we often attribute it as always being a noble aspiration.  True justice is "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."  I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in that world...and Jesus doesn't want you to either.  Justice disallows for mercy and grace.  The old covenant was based on justice....but, THANK GOD, we were brought into a new covenant where GRACE and MERCY super-cede justice.  As Christians, whether we are white, black, mexican, asian, italian, russian, or WHATEVER...we should be focused more on providing forgiveness than seeking retribution.  "Vengeance is the LORD's."  Jesus is the final judge.  Justice is up to him.  Praise the Lord that I am no longer a slave to justice.  If I was, I'd be doomed.  And so would all of you.  

That's all I got for until next time....PEACE!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jesus was a Socialist


Come on know me.  Of course I don't actually believe that Jesus was a socialist.  I'm all about free markets, free people, and free will.

HOWEVER, there is a strong argument coming from people (mostly non-Christians) who claim that Jesus did indeed preach socialistic ideals.  And when I say a "strong" argument, I mean it.  I'm not just saying they BELIEVE it strongly, I'm saying that they have an actual legitimate argument.

But here is why they are wrong....

First of all, for those that don't know the difference between capitalism (what America is SUPPOSED to practice) and socialism (the old Soviet Union, China, Nazi Germany), here is a quick explanation.  Capitalism promotes that everyone has equal OPPORTUNITY to gain wealth whereas socialism promotes that everyone is just EQUAL...period.  Now, that is a simplistic look at the dichotomy of ideals split between the two economic philosophies, but it will do for now because I don't want to spend 5 hours typing it all out.

There is this common misconception out there that socialism fights for the poor and the lowly workers while capitalism fights for the rich millionaires.  It is in fact the exact OPPOSITE, but that's a tale for a different time.

ANYWAY....back to the point.  People that say that Jesus was a socialist have it twisted.  Why?  Because they equate Jesus' suggestions of giving to the poor with a forced mandate to do so.  It is true that Jesus admonishes us to sell our possessions and give to the poor....and WE SHOULD!  However, socialists or liberal-thinkers take this concept and run with it.

Here is the key....Jesus doesn't FORCE anyone to sell his or her possessions and give to the poor.  Jesus never FORCED people to give their money away.  He also never used any government or group to go take their money on His behalf, even if it's for a good cause.  He allowed for everyone to give out of their own free will....NOT BY FORCE!  Socialism requires wealth to be forcibly taken away and redistributed to the poor (usually via taxes).  Jesus says that the wealthy should give to the poor out of their own free will.

Here are some words Jesus spoke to a rich man:

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” - Matthew 19:21

Check out the verses yourself because these are slightly out of allow me to fill in the gaps.

This is a rich young dude who came and sought Jesus out because he wanted to know how to receive eternal life.  Jesus first told Him to obey the commandments (don't steal, murder, etc...).  The young man was like "great, cuz I ain't done none a that bad stuff, so what else do I need to do?" (That's a quote out of the King James Version, that's why it seems a little weird).  So then Jesus replied with the words above where He tells the man to sell his stuff and give to the poor (Matthew 19:21).

Note that He in no way required the young man to give up his possessions.  He said "if you want to be perfect" go sell your possessions.  Thankfully for us, it is not required that we be perfect to enter heaven, because we are made perfect by Jesus' blood! PTL :)

So, after the guy heard Jesus say that, he got super sad and walked away and left, because he had a ton of worldly possessions and was not willing to part from them.

Of course, as the man walked away distraught...refusing to do what Jesus had asked of him, Jesus laced up his Nikes, chased him down, knocked him out, and beat him up until he gave money to the poor.....because Jesus is a socialist.

Wait.....hold up.....lemme check the scriptures again real fast. bad.  I was WAY off.  Jesus actually did something even more radical than that: He let him go.  HE LET HIM GO!  Once again, Jesus did not FORCE the man to follow Him.  He did not FORCE the man to give up his possessions.  He did not threaten the man at all.  He just let him go.

THAT is the difference.  Jesus does not promote socialism; He promotes kindness and self-sacrifice.  He promotes freedom. He promotes CHARITY!

Socialism does not allow for charity.  Socialism STEALS from the rich and gives to the poor.  Jesus is not a big fan of Robin Hood.  Jesus said NOT to steal.  Let me ask you...if all of your money is stolen away, and given to the poor on your behalf, how can you tithe?  How can you give to charity?  How can you give to the needy when you don't have anything to give?

What's the big picture here then?  What's the point?  As Christians, we should strive to follow Jesus' example and obey His commandments the best we can.  Therefore, we need to help others out ourselves.  We cannot put that obligation on someone else.  We can't tell someone else to do good deeds on our behalf.  We can't expect our GOVERNMENTS to do good deeds on our behalf.  We have to do it ourselves.  WE have to help the poor.  It is not the insanely corrupt government's responsibility to do it; WE have to.  The government will probably just pocket the money or use it to start a new war or something.

Gandhi said, "BE the change you want to see in the world."  And to that I say "AMEN!"

There is MUCH, MUCH more that could be said, but I'll leave it here for now.  So....until next time.....PEACE!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Marijuana Should Be Legalized

Holla back Colorado!  Thank you for making the smart decision and finally legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  The rest of America should fall in suit.

Now, I personally don't smoke weed, nor have I have ever smoked weed, but that doesn't mean I should turn anyone who DOES into a criminal just because I disagree with their decision to do so.  I also don't drink alcohol.  I think it's gross and just makes things taste worse.  In fact, I've never even been drunk before, but I don't get mad at other people that drink or wanna have a few beers to socialize.

Politically speaking, when we prohibited alcohol consumption in the 1920' was a DISASTER!  It is the only amendment to the Constitution that has ever been repealed, and with good reason.  Prohibition DOES NOT work...period.

This is something we need to understand: making something illegal is not going to stop people from doing it.  It goes all the way across the board.  Some examples:

Making alcohol illegal did not stop people from drinking alcohol (see the Great Gatsby, actually don't...because it is one of the worst books of all time).

Making marijuana illegal CLEARLY has not stopped people from smoking weed, nor has the Drug War stopped popular demand for cocaine and other drugs.

Making guns illegal won't stop people from shooting other people.  Making it MORE illegal to kill someone isn't going to stop the criminals (who already DON'T obey the law, hence the name CRIMINAL) from illegally obtaining guns to illegally murder someone illegally.


We need to focus on changing the hearts and minds of the people!  Come on ladies and gentlemen!  This should be an EASY conclusion to come to.

If it is legal in this country to get drunk, then it certainly should be legal to get high.  AGAIN...I do NOT condone getting high OR getting drunk for that matter, but we cannot turn people into criminals who are doing no harm to anyone but themselves.

We, the United States, have by FAR the largest prison population in the world.  MORE THAN HALF are in there for some sort of drug violation.  86% are in there for VICTIMLESS CRIMES!  That is ridiculous.  86% of our prison population are in there and they haven't even hurt anyone else!

Barack Obama has admitted to doing much heavier drugs than marijuana, and laughed around and joked about it.  People thought it was cool.  He got props for being "like us" and for being hip.  Meanwhile, other people are in prison FOR LIFE without parole for doing the same thing.

If Barack Obama was caught, his life would have been ruined!  Yet he just laughs it off and buys brownie points with his own drug use while doing nothing to stop the injustice that is crippling our country and turning people who need help with addiction into criminals.

Don't even get me started on the amount of tax money it takes to take care of these "criminals" in prison.  We're already 17 Trillion dollars in debt!  We can't afford that kinda stuff.  That's another topic though.

My fundamental political belief is that people should be free to do whatever they want as long as they don't hurt anyone else.  If I was President, I would immediately pardon any non-violent criminal who is in jail on drug charges...just like my man Ron Paul would have done had he been elected President.  #RonPaul2016 #RonPaul2020 #It'sHappening!

We could take down corrupt, murderous drug dealers TODAY if we just legalized these drugs.  Then there wouldn't be an underground.  Their monopoly would be immediately broken and there would be SO MUCH less crime.  Instead, our government is supplying Mexican drug lords with guns (see Fast And Furious scandal).

Let me reiterate one last time...I think that drug use is terrible and extremely harmful.  In fact, the greek word Pharmacia (where we get the word Pharmacy from) means "witchcraft."  In my experiences with spiritual warfare, drug use has a PROFOUND effect on your ability to fight off the enemy and opens doors for the enemy to get at you, and I want to decrease the amount of drug use in this nation.  However, I would much rather send a drug addict to get help from a church or clinic than just toss them in jail.

People are gonna do these drugs whether they are legal or not.  Let's legalize them and stop turning people that need our help into people behind bars.