God on Skid Row

More God on Skid Row than anywhere else.

Lots of other great Skid Row videos here.

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man in a hole – what jesus would do

note: i dont normally like to disrespect other religions…and this is not my aim with this video.

be still. look up.

Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, said our preoccupation with technological communication is creating in us something he calls partial attention disorder.

We have long lists of acquaintances in our mobile phone books, but fewer close friends.

More importantly, we are losing the power to contemplate .

We are finding it difficult to express the soul within us.

The Bible talks of Jesus often just turning his eyes towards Heaven in the midst of a world gone mad.

It was the same for the leaders of the early church Peter and Paul. When confronted by mindless chatter, ignorance and hatred they often turned their eyes to Heaven.

The seeker of the sacred looks up.

Should christians fight in wars?

I found this interesting quote:

Whether or not one believes that the exercise of violence is everlegitimate, … the presence of violence in any culture does not precludethe possibility of legitimate Christian witness…. The vocation of chaplains is integral to the formation of witnessing communities in the military which legitimately use its particular language and culture to demonstrate and proclaim the shalom of God’s kingdom.”

Putting aside the bias with chaplains (I think we should all be witnesses) my question is should christians be involved in military armies where killing is kinda inevitable.

This is a tough one for me!

The bible certainly has some great warriors in it…who were stand up God followers who God loved.

Do we have a right to defend…but not be the unjust unfair aggressive attackers?

I will leave this one up to people’s individual thoughts with God but I will make two points:

  • where ever there is violence and war – Christians need to be there with the message of love, grace, self-sacrifice and hope
  • whether we are in the military or not – we need to always remember our first boss is God.

OK final point – being a christian if often about being a light in a dark world, being different to how other people think in a worldly manner – and Jesus said it would not be easy (OK – that’s several points).

the end of history – if jesus had his way…

A guy called Francis Fukuyama recently wrote an article in the New York Times (warning: it’s long with a lot of words) about the end of neoconservatism in the US…and how the US needed to revisit it’s foreign policy approach.

He also wrote a book called The End of History and the Last Man which basically said capitalism is the end game….because it’s the last man standing…now that communism has failed. That there will be no further economic world views.

What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” (quoted from “The End of History?”, 1989)

Could I offer a couple of other options:

  1. a ‘star trek’ world where no one seems to use money – yet all needs are catered for and everyone seems gainfully employed
  2. a ‘christian utopian’ world where capitalism is an underlying
    ‘market process’ but self-sacrifice, generous giving and unconditional
    love drive the true economic distribution of wealth. This world will
    see orphans living in mansions and the sick in 5 star hotels.

Jesus says that love will win people over. In Iraq the neoconservatives talked about the “coalition of the willing”. I always thought that a “coalition of the self-sacrificing and loving” would see respect, love and peace in that (and any) part of the world – more so than force.

This applies to Iraq, the projects of Chicago, the cold streets of a Sydney night, and the warm but lonely homes of the middle class.

I don’t want to sound like a hippy but in the end love will win…so it’s got to be the end game.