On Homosexuality

In the beginning, God created male and female

in Their image

In the Gospels, we are told by Jesus

that in heaven we will neither marry nor be given in marriage,

so the matter of who you love is immaterial in the grand scope of eternity.

We see in Sodom quite the antithesis of any loving and platonic,

but rather the byproduct of rape culture

and child molestation prevalent in those times, as it is in ours.

In fact, this practice of older men defiling young boys

carries over to Paul’s day,

where Paul again expressly forbids it.

And then their is Levitical law.

These laws were sanitary by nature,

encouraging people to avoid pork and bottom feeders, both of which carry deadly

parasites,

and to keep their homes clean

In this vein, it is understandable to withhold from sexual relations,

as anything to do with sex or sexuality involves the transmission of fluids,

which may or may not carry blood-born pathogens and sexually transmitted diseases,

and the passages give male homosexual relations extra pause

as anal penetration carries with it addition chance of transmission,

but we are now allowed to eat pork

and we are encouraged to delight in our sexuality,

even though Western culture still retains and rather convoluted relationship with it.

As Jesus said in the Scriptures, never will an iota of the Gospel will be thrown out

or discarded,

but our perception of it is allowed to change.

If not for Jesus’ middle road, we would not have the substitutionary atonement

fulfilling and bypassing the former call for endless sacrifice.

In the same way, we see that God is bigger and wiser than any one of us.

Their perspective is eternal.

You of course are called upon to make your own decisions on the matter,

for we must be sure of our convictions lest we fall into sin, as Paul so warns us.

So, examine the Scriptures and make up your own mind.

Be loved. Be blessed. Thank you for your time.

 

 

An Education

“I wanna write a romance novel,” she says,

“where things are messy, things are perfect,

where romance isn’t smooth,

and the lovers don’t quite know what they’re doing.

Otherwise, you go into love thinking everyone’s got it all together,

and that’s not the case at all.

We’re imperfect beings, our fiction should be an education in that

So that reality goes a little smoother.”

You are not! a Machine

You are not a machine!

You may push yourself to the limit

You may edit and (re)produce like none other

But, in the end, you are

thankfully, gloriously & uniquely

human

beyond the clothes,

beyond the skin

lies a soul rich crammed with more data

than the even largest memory bank

the wellspring of your individual experiences

rivals and outdoes any accomplishment

technology may bring about.

 

You are spiritual

and sensual;

you are alive;

you have purpose,

planned from the beginning

of time, undone by none,

purpose eternal

 

Hallelujah!

Manning Up

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Women are doing all kinds of cool stuff nowadays. They’re excelling in school, they’re stepping into previously gender-segregated arenas, being vocal about their needs.

Guys, I gotta be honest, we’re falling a little behind. We’re flunking out of school, being relationally reticent, not taking the initiative to provide for our (potential) families.

We can do better.

I love being a guy. We are a proud sex. Time to live in a way worth being proud of.

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Lifting Up, Instead of Tearing Down

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Hello everyone!

Currently, there is a lawsuit going between Ke$ha and her producer (it’s been in limbo since June). Her claim is that the man, Dr. Luke was physically and mentally abusive during their working time together.  The story is so sad and far too common.

One of my heroes was Bill Cosby. He seemed like a really stand-up guy. Who could hold a candle to America’s Dad? But, as you all know, behind the scenes, things were not well in paradise. Which just goes to show ya: No matter how good or powerful or faultless one might seem, we have to be willing to be believe that they can do wrong, not so that we can fault-find, but so that their victims do not go ignored, even attacked further, adding insult to injury.

Producers, managers, coaches, etc. are given authority over their talent, and that talent, despite appearances to the alternative, is often at the bottom of the pecking order. The career life span of the average model, actress, athlete, etc. is very short. It’s every other position in the Industry that continues to pay out over the years. So, in light of this, the least we can do for these individuals is to make their fifteen minutes of fame as enjoyable as possible, as well as equip those who want to expand their portfolio with the resources they need to do so.

Of course, this issue stretches far beyond the entertainment industry. It’s not just aspiring starlets that are being taken advantage of (Lady Gaga’s new vid, “Til It Happens to You” powerfully attests to that). EVERYONE, men and women alike, want to feel attractive, valued, and loved. Our friends and family, co-workers and co-people all seek the same validation. We invest millions of dollars in beauty products and gym memberships, all in an attempt to look good and feel good and have that one special person say, “wow, you look GREAT!” Is this vain? Perhaps. Are there more important things we could focus on that mere appearance? Sure. But the fact remains that when people compliment us, we feel awesome about ourselves (and pretty swell about those giving the compliments as well).

So, I dare you: give a compliment, expecting nothing in return. Empower others to become more than even they could ever imagine. You’ve got a dream? Great! Others do too. Help people achieve their dreams, and you’ll find your own taking shape before your eyes. You feel lost and alone? Find someone no one is paying attention to, and you’ll find that now both of you have a new friend! The process is not complicated. It’s just necessary and good. We win together. We lose apart. So, go forth. Do good. Love one another. Lift people up. And, as always…

Blessings to you in Christ,

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