Archive for August, 2011

The Hidden Wall

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Christian Ethics

 

Yesterday I decided to do some DIY, there is annoying wall with a tiny square hatch between my kitchen and living room (saloon) on my boat, I’ve lived on this boat for about 8 years and actually really love it. But this wall and I had fallen out. I just wanted it gone.

I started pulling at it only to discover there was a hidden secret in the wall, the most beautiful cut wood arch, It looks like the sort of thing you’d find in a church. Through it I can now see the roses and castle painting above the cooker and the light beams in through the kitchen window.

In a way, all of us can be like that, have a wall up to protect ourselves, or hide our true selves because we are afraid and, instead, just show the wall that we THINK people want to see. Even perhaps, to God, as if he can’t see through it.

When I came out it was really painful, like tearing away the hardboard hiding the arch, but once I’m here, I’m out and not hiding any more, you know it’s not so bad.

Jesus wants us to be who we really are before him, it’s far more beautiful than any wall we could put up.

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1 and 1 is 10 at least in binary.

It had to happen, it normally does. People who think they know God deciding why things happen. I think that’s his domain actually. Jesus was once asked why a tower fell on some people and actually he never says.

Firstly Huricane Irene actually missed New York. She came, she brushed past, killed 20 people which, is 20 too many, but only 20.

I notice a few of the people claiming it was God’s judgement against New York for legalising Gay Marriage have been mysteriously deleted. Perhaps they would like to admit they were “WRONG!?!!?!?”.

Ok here’s some points.

1. There has been gay marriage all over the place but God has seemingly ignored it?
2. Don’t you think God would be more annoyed/concerned about world poverty? What about the leaders of countries that oppress and kill their people? Isn’t he bothered about that, why does he not send them a hurricane.

Often in life we look for a why to things, but you know it’s ok not to know why, just that it was a  chance for this wild, wonderful human race to demonstrate compassion and strength. Things that God wants in all of us.

These are the beginnings of birth pains. Matthew 24:4

Galations 3:28

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Christian Ethics

Galatians 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gay or Straight, Transgender, Lesbian, Bi, Tall, Short, Fat, Thin, White, Black, Blue, Green, Red or just a little confused at the moment, different views, the same views.

All one in Christ.

Because his sacrifice makes us one.

John 6:29 Jesus Answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

 

I recently came across a social group called EAGLE.

I’ve joined the Facebook page and would recommend others do too. In the future perhaps we can see more social groups like this across the UK (world?)

http://www.facebook.com/groups/151769518223761/

London Riots.

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Opinion
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Enough is Enough.

I am really really racked off with people destroying our towns and cities. Only to steal things making out they are protesting at the shooting of a young man.

1. Government, if you cut back on police then this is what happens. I work with police officers as a street angel and you have badly understestimated the power of a disaster like this. Call in the Army if you haven’t cut them back beyond belief.

2. Rioters. Have you no respect for property or the historical London you are destroying? Make your point with peaceful protest not with destruction and theft. Frankly it looks to me and I’m sure the rest of the country that you are a bunch of no good thieves. There is no legitimate protest that justifies looting shops and taking away peoples livelihood who have nothing to do with the original event.

Stop this now.

 

 

LGBT Marriage?

Posted: August 2, 2011 in LGBT Issues

Recently this has been going round Facebook and in fact I posted it to my Facebook page.

So let me get this straight…………Kelsey Grammer can end a 15 yr marriage by phone, Larry King can be on divorce #9, Britney Spears had a 55 hour marriage, Jesse James and Tiger Woods, while married, were having sex with EVERYONE, 53% of Americans get divorced and 30-60% cheat on their spouses. Yet, same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage? 

It caused some interesting discussion in my family. Those of us with the pain of a failed marriage for a lot of reasons can feel bitter about marriage, but I don’t think marriage in itself is wrong. If two people want to make a life long commitment to each other because the love each other then that is a good thing. If one of them sadly dies then the other gets their stuff. Part of the argument for LGBT marriage is simply the right to the possessions of the person someone has loved for many years.

What the post is not saying, is that marriage is a bad thing. Simply that the right wing evangelicals that hold it as some kind of miracle cure to societies problems have, I fear, made it into a false God. Even I thought it would make me straight, it would cure me. I was told that Homosexuality was sinful and I had to fight it. A fight that resulted in 7 suicide attempts.

My mother and father (miss you dad) were an example of a great marriage and you know I hope that one day I will find someone and be in a strong relationship together with them. But to a lot of people, including me, marriage is a thing of pain.

Just because people flunk university, it doesn’t mean university is a bad thing, the same can be said for driving tests, if someone said to you “I think driving is evil because I couldn’t pass my test” you’d think they were silly and mad.

LGBT marriage, actually, is not a new thing. In fact it was quite legal until the 4th Century AD. There were even Christian same sex union services well documented in the early church. There are good records of Gay saints.

What we want is a formal framework to make a commitment to each other, just like straight people have. A commitment that is life long and binding and provides security of some sort to both parties. Just like straight people.

I understand that a lot of people will say that Marriage is given by God for Man and Woman (Genesis appears to say this), but Genesis does describe the perfect world. We are not in a perfect world, it won’t ever be perfect and we have to do the best we can with what we have.

Neveer ask someone to do something you are not prepared to do. If you want us to stay single, you try it for a while. God takes the lonely and sets them in families the Bible says. Just because our family is different to yours, doesn’t make it wrong.

(Sorry if this post sounds like I’m stamping my feet but in a way I am)