Posted by: the warrioress | August 27, 2015

Trump and the Christian

I was just unfriended on Facebook by a Christian Republican acquaintance who insists that he will be morally compromising himself if he votes for a Democrat. Evidently, I outraged him when I insisted that he was just as morally compromised when he votes Republican, or for a “non-politician,” like Donald Trump, for example. I guess the cognitive dissonance was just too much for his Christian brain to meditate upon and mull over because he silenced me before he could begin thinking too deeply. Not to worry though, I suspect his brain will continue to grill him on the utter hypocrisy he’s subscribing to in order to rationalize a vote for Trump.

I tried several comments to attempt to show him that God doesn’t approve of the way that Republican candidates view the destruction of our planet to achieve more oil, minerals, etc., or the plight of our declining habitats for wildlife, the destruction of much of our animal life, and sea life. I tried to explain that same sex marriage and abortion are not the only things that piss God off.

Yes, I was blunt about it and I didn’t attempt to mince words because I’m tired of doing that. I hear that the country appears to be enjoying Donald Trump’s “tell it like it is” style, so I bluntly offered this man the same. Now I’m unfriended and blocked. lol. So much for speaking one’s mind.

Conservative Christians don’t like anything that convicts them internally. They especially don’t like being called on their hypocrisy. Telling a conservative Christian that they only appear to care about a baby before it comes out of the womb irritates and even enrages them, even though it’s complete truth! Heaven forbid that some of their tax dollars might go to Head Start to feed that same young child later in life, or that the kid might get free healthcare through Medicaid.

“Oh no. We can’t have that” they say. “Teach a man to fish, don’t give him the fish; that encourages entitlement!’

Never mind that Jesus fed and healed everybody without making them pass a drug test or provide proof of health insurance. God doesn’t change. You think He changed on that?

Christians seem to want to have their cake and eat it too.

Do you really believe you can actually vote for Donald Trump as a Christian and rationalize that as something Jesus approves of? Give me a freaking break! Just his stance on immigration alone is against Christ.

Frankly, if you vote at all, there’s not a candidate one who is going to come close to Christ-like! So what’s the point, you ask?

The point is, let’s get honest. The Republican party is no more an example of Jesus than any other party or politician or non-politician. We are living in a terrifically sinful, morally-barren world that is fallen and cannot get up. Please, please quit trying to act like you’re taking the high road by a planned vote for Trump or anybody else, for that matter; you’re compromising your morals as far as Jesus is concerned, if you actually really have any.

Look. Read the bible. Really read that book!

Jesus said a lot of things in there about the poor, the hungry, the sick, prisoners, immigrants, illegal or otherwise, the planet, and how we are to treat animals and others. Don’t pretend for a second that you’ve found a candidate who is living and breathing who is even close to what God/Jesus approves of.

Voting Republican is not “the high road.” You’re compromising your morality and if you don’t agree with me, you may not comprehend “morality” at all, which is probably pretty likely, frankly.

Sheesh!                      

Posted by: the warrioress | August 19, 2015

I Have To Know This Is Okay.

the warrioress:

Thanks for telling the truth!

Originally posted on J.S. Park:

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Sometimes we have to admit:

I’m not doing so well.

If you’ve never admitted this, then I have to say: you’re probably not doing so well.

Is it okay to say so? Can I be honest about that? I know I’m not supposed to stay there in that dark place, not for long. I know the proper inspiration and theology and clichés to bring me back. I understand I have to crawl to the light soon. But before I climb, I need to tell you:

I’m not doing so well. It hurts. I’m not okay. This is not all right. It’s twisting me in the guts and I’m bleeding from everywhere. Man down. No me gusta. I’m busting up at the seams. And I’ll be down here for a while.

Look me in the eye and tell me it’s okay to say this out loud. Let me feel this out…

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Posted by: the warrioress | August 12, 2015

When Right Is Wrong & Wrong Is Right

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Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!  Isaiah 5: 20-21

Posted by: the warrioress | August 10, 2015

Taking Risks and Living Life

the warrioress:

Wonderful guidance from Edwin Christian!

Originally posted on Ed Christian's World:

Life is full of conditions where we must choose to either take a risk or to turn and walk away. Stepping out into the unknown gives one an anxious feeling, sometimes a little excitement sometimes a little dread. Taking a chance on life, hoping it doesn’t slap you back into reality. All part of growing according to Grandfather. In life you get just about as many chances as you’re willing to take.

Almost sixty six years ago, when I told my Grandfather I was worried about taking a chance and regretting my choice, he hugged me and said, “Trust me, honey, that’s not what you’re going to regret when you’re my age.  If anything, you will likely kick yourself a little for not taking more chances on the infinite number of opportunities you have today.”

And the older I get, the more I realize how right my Grandfather was. Life is…

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Posted by: the warrioress | August 7, 2015

My Prayers

Sometimes no matter how hard we pray, we can’t change the downward spiral of someone we dearly love.

I’ve asked and pleaded, prayed, begged. Sigh.

Finally I have to accept that God’s got this and I just don’t. I can’t change this.  And maybe…maybe even God can’t.

We all have free will. God won’t control us like good little puppets. We make our own choices, good and bad and suffer the consequences.

But God? Please, please, please just love him and keep trying to bring him back to you.

Thank you, God.

Jesus, I trust you with this matter — no matter what happens. I surrender him to you.

Adrienne

Posted by: the warrioress | July 20, 2015

The Mean Christians Among Us

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This is certain to be controversial because it deals with the topic of meanness and Christianity or Christian BEHAVIOR. There will be those who will not agree with me, but whom will see themselves and their own actions within my words and between the lines of my sentences. Instead of attempting to rush to your own defense, perhaps sit with what I’m going to say for a little while, even a few days if you have courage. Pray about what I’m going to write below. God will convict your heart if you’re one of the mean Christians I’m going to share my thoughts upon; I trust Him to do exactly that.

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I’m going to be discussing the transgender-ed in this posting, specifically, but I may as well be discussing anyone from the LBGTQ community, or anyone who is born differently from the rest of us. I may as well be discussing those who are hampered by a birth defect or who have Down’s syndrome, or are even mentally ill or incapacitated due to mental illness. These days, if someone is suffering from serious mental illness, many Christians want them to receive the ultimate punishment –  death.  I believe many good Christians still think that homosexuals, “the sodomites” as they call them, definitely deserve death; they feel the same way about those who are transgender-ed. The holier than thou can’t wait to descend, fingers pointing and their wagging tongues insisting, “an eye for an eye!” There is a man on trial right now who may very well be put to death and he is madder and more mentally ill than most schizophrenics are. We as a society want to kill him. He must pay.

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In this world, a world where Jesus Christ has taught me to live, my reaction to people who are challenged and different than I am is firstly compassion. My second reaction is a fierce protective instinct, a desire to defend and protect those who are maliciously “picked on,” who are hurt or harmed by careless, hateful, unkind words or even violence. I will stand up for all of these people just as I would stand up for an abused child or weak, defenseless animal. No one is going to harm another in my presence and get away without hearing from me about it, including my brothers or sisters in Christ.

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I have to wonder, honestly, how someone can be in Christ and lower himself or herself to the level of hurting others, but evidently some believe they can do this with impunity. I think the bible claims something about the production of “bad fruit” that may suggest to the contrary, but I’m not interested in arguing the fact. Cruelty is, without a doubt, very bad fruit.

Matthew 7: 17-19 says “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

There are those who hurl ugly commentary under the guise of “trying to save someone’s soul,” “telling the necessary truth,” “not wanting the sinner’s blood on their hands,” and other sundry bologna. I take issue with any of these rationalizations for cruelty and defer to what Christ wrote in the sand when “His people” confronted Him about the adulteress. Jesus was clear as crystal on that day and I believe He would be exactly as clear today. If  you are claiming Christianity, perhaps rethink your Christian “style.” If your style is mean and cruel, it’s not Christian. You are not Christian, at least not the way Christ intended you to be.

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Clean up your own backyard, wipe away your own “issues,” do something about that very obvious cruelty BEAM within your own eyes. Trust me, you have enough to busy yourself, I assure you.

Those who are different, who have different challenges do not need anyone’s judgment for their own good; they don’t want it, don’t require it, and are certainly not going to benefit from it. Cruelty, harsh judgment, and hate under the guise of some kind of twisted “love” isn’t going to fly either. It’s simply put, BAD FRUIT. It’s rotten fruit, to the core.

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If your behavior as a Christian is mean, cruel, ugly, and you aren’t convicted internally by it, you’re conscience has been seared as the worst of the world’s conscience’ has been seared. You’ve got a lot worse problems than the transgender-ed or others who are dealing with these kinds of issues do. Get help today.  Go to God tonight on your knees!  Beg Him for forgiveness and ask Him to restore your humanity and compassion for others. You are giving the rest of the honest-to-God real Christians a bad reputation. I, for one, am tired of it. I won’t stand by and allow it to continue to happen, silently.

Posted by: the warrioress | July 19, 2015

World Changers!

Posted by: the warrioress | July 12, 2015

Living This Life

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So many people don’t want to be called “Christians.” A lot of us don’t want the negative stereotype that is anything but Christ-like. I prefer to be known as someone who tries to follow Jesus, but doesn’t always measure up. I want to be like Him, and like my Father in Heaven, not like what so many have declared God is…

I hope and pray these people are wrong and that their understanding of our Lord is because they missed the big picture when they read the New Testament. They worship a fearful God and they spread a message of fear; I am glad that Jesus has shown me otherwise. God is not an evil, mean monster. God doesn’t want to hurt and punish us. God actually understands better than His alleged people do.

Give Him a chance.

Posted by: the warrioress | July 4, 2015

Let the judgment begin!

Originally posted on Morning Thought:

This just in – it is perfectly alright for you to judge!
This is the most exciting news for Christianity! I, personally, am thrilled about it.

For far too long I have had scripture thrown in my face

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Posted by: the warrioress | July 1, 2015

Stereotypical Christians versus Real Christians

This post is from a guest writer. My name is J.

I was asked to do a posting for Adrienne (the warrioress) on this blog and so I have.

We’ve all seen the stereotypical, Sunday morning Christian; I sure have. In my solemn opinion, there are two categories Christians fall into: Fake Christians, and real ones (like Jesus Christ). Let me make this simple and brief. I will separate the qualities and actions these two types exhibit.

Stereotypical Christian:

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-Full of hate!

-Ready to jump at and blame others because of different opinions and/or beliefs.

-They pretend to like you, at first, but then stab you in the back immediately (extreme gossipers).

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-Can’t stand same sex love or marriage, the poor getting subsidies/healthcare, etc.

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-A part of a clique. Different, or “real” Christians are shunned from this clique/cult.

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-They MUST always be “right”. They are too nonsensical to have an open mind.

-They can’t wait to judge others different from them (whether that be a tattooed person, gay, promiscuous, different religion: Atheist, Muslim, etc.)

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-Extremely prejudice, and I hate to say, ignorance. For example, “I.S.I.S. are terrorists! All Muslims are ‘disgusting’ and ‘crazy’! Avoid them all! They are NOT welcome in America!” That is the most idiotic nonsense I’ve ever heard in my lifetime. Just because a group of Muslims are radical, doesn’t mean EVERY Muslim on this planet is crazy and terrifying. What about what we have done to other people? Treating the African Americans poorly (slavery), The Trail of Tears (torturing the Indians, making them move from THEIR land, making them SUFFER). Does that also mean that all Christians are bad and evil? NO! An open mind is needed, no one-sided thinking.

-Attend church every Sunday like a good Christian does, or you are “not a real Christian”.

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-You MUST get baptized and repent, otherwise you’re not a real Christian. A focus on doctrine to the exclusion of behavior, morality, etc.

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Enough of that. Here’s the Christ-like category.

Real (Christ-like) Christian:

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-Gives out nothing but love.

-Open-minded, never trying to have the last laugh in a debate or argument, whether it be political or religious.

-Doesn’t have to agree with same sex love/marriage, but does NOT hate and bash gays for their choices.

-Spreading the real message of Jesus and God. “The Good News.” “Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for our sins”.. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no other commandment greater than these.”~Mark 12:31 And then there’s that classic “You reap what you sow” verse from Galatians 6:7. The verse “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” basically means treat others how you want to be treated. This also relates to “You reap what you sow”, because what you put out there, is what you’ll receive .

-Willing to help others get closer to God, in a loving way. Instead of shaming and shunning others who are different, they want to help them, and to get the word across. Jesus befriended fishermen, thieves, prostitutes, and brought them closer to God, instead of blocking them out and judging them.

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-Not judgmental, but understanding.

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-A church is a place for Christians to go and worship God together, as one, one neighbor to another, with love and shared prosperity, not hate and judging. That means someone who looks homeless can go to church and not be judged. Someone provocatively dressed will not be hated on. People with tattoos up and down the arms fit in just as well. A person with Democratic views is just as welcome as one with Conservative views.

These are the differences between a fake and real Christian, in my opinion. I hope some of you can take my advice. May everyone have a good day and God bless. <3

~J

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