#0060 So in everything treat others (i.e.: gay people) as you would have them treat you.

Links relevant to today’s posting…

www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

Scriptures relevant to today’s posting…

Matt. Chapter 7

Judging Others

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matt. 7:1-14 (NIV)

My goal with this blog is to feature news articles and current events to spark ideas for op eds. Reviewing my more recent postings I see that I’ve been citing people as my inspiration. As it happens I have been citing people whom, to me are related to or promoters of movements which lie at the heart of what’s wrong in America and the world today. Using my own perspective, I have been pointing out why I believe these are people are agents of evil and how they are being used by evil forces to undermine the work of building God’s Kingdom on earth. I have spoken at length about some of these guys; these conservatists, as I call them. Naming them they are: The Donald (Donald Trump), Ted Cruz, Governor Rick Snider, Preachers Kevin Swanson and Rick Scarborough. If in doing this I seemed to be inferring that these individuals, themselves are evil or that God values or loves them (or other conservatists like them) any less; then I apologize for that. I don’t feel that God is directing me to insight resentment or animosity towards these guys from readers. And even though it hasn’t been, nor is my intention to do this; I do believe God wants me to point out the doctrines, ideologies and political and religious agendas, guys like this have been promoting as God’s agendas. Many of these conservative agendas, in fact, go against His teachings; and it’s my goal to call them as He inspires me to see them.

Being a former minister and preacher, myself, who ran in religious circles; I occupy a unique position. I am a free agent; as such I am not beholding to any institutions—religious or otherwise. I am a baptized Catholic and a baptized Mormon (RLDS); but have since moved on from both of those organizations and have no aspirations to join any other denomination. If I feel connected to any group, these days it would have to be those who would consider themselves liberals AKA: progressives. Since I have left organized religion behind but not God; my focus has been on building the Kingdom of God. Why this? For one among many reasons—the Kingdom is mentioned by Jesus in the New Testament scriptures over 100 times. Since I’ve been out here away from religious organizations I have been taking a closer look at the agendas of churches and find them sorely lacking with any real game plan to build God’s Kingdom. However I find much more Kingdom-building evidenced in and among those who would call themselves liberals. Rachael Maddow has a liberal news show on MSNBC which airs Monday-Friday at 9:00PM EST and spots from her show are posted on her website: www.msnbc.com/maddowblog from which I have drawn upon quite extensively. Rachael is awesome and is one of God’s main advocates and promoters of His Kingdom (to my way of thinking). Rachael works the political arenas and political conservatists fear her for her tenacity for the truth and her steely resolve. I am working the more spiritual side of the street and it’s my goal is to reassess and reinterpret the scriptures in such a way as to reveal rather than detract from the essence and true image of God.

Conservatists have the proclivity for assigning fixed interpretations for scriptures and these interpretations serve a predetermined and static narrative about God. Look at verses 13 and 14 in today’s scripture reference, Jesus says: “Enter through the narrow gate.” This scripture might easily be (and has been) misinterpreted as Jesus telling us to be conservative and narrow in our thinking and our beliefs about Him. This sort of interpretation of this scripture tends to send a message quite contrary to its intended meaning. So because of this, this conservative interpretation intimates that God’s nature and His love are very restrictive and conditional in nature. This conjures up an extremely demanding and judgmental kind of deity. I like Ekhart Tolle’s interpretation better as it supports the verses that come before verses 13 and 14. Tolle says that in using the term narrow gate Jesus is referring to the present moment or living consciously (see A New Earth: Ekhart Tolle). Jesus isn’t talking eternal life here; He’s talking about the Kingdom of Heaven on earth or how to initiate/create the life dynamics of heaven here in this world. He’s saying we can get this going on before we die—while we’re still living on the earth. Notice in verse 12…So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Jesus says that in everything we should do unto others just as we would have them do unto us. How does this play with the conservatists’ notion that this same Jesus would have us kill the gays?!

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TBC: Sunday, January 31, 2016

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