07 October 2013

What the Pope is Really Saying about Sexual Morality and other things...


The blog post above--- please click on the link to read it--- has some very insightful things to say about the things Pope Francis has been saying that have been so misunderstood.

And, in general about how Christians should approach the hurting, sinning, sad and often angry people of the world--- not with rule books in hand, though the moral rules are quite important, but with love in our hearts and on our lips.

My own conversion story is not one of me hearing people saying 'God condemns you, you wicked homosexual', and me agreeing. It's the story of finding the love of God, and hearing THAT from Christians. (And once I had begun to be accepting of that love, I gradually began to be able to accept some of the hard-to-live-by rules.)

05 October 2013

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown | CatholicVote.org

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown | CatholicVote.org

Please click on the link above to read the story.

I cannot imagine any previous US president who felt he had the power to order military priests not to say Mass even on a voluntary basis. Or one who shut down historic sites that were not even federal-government funded to hurt people during a political fight over the budget--- and then refuse to negotiate to prolong the crisis. 

What do you think of this story?

03 October 2013

Talking about Children-of-God with Gender Issues

Talking about children-of-God with gender issues* can be hard. I mean, no matter how sensible and right-minded they are, I don't know how they will feel if I say something that highlights their biological gender that they are not comfortable with. Yet I keep wanting to call them brother or sister as the (biological) case may be and then stop myself. Because just because it's biologically true doesn't mean I need to throw it in their face, perhaps causing them distress.

And yet all the political forces DEMANDING that I refer to all transgender/gender-issue people as if they were the gender they psychologically are gets my back up and makes me feel like I'm giving in to THEM, the left-wing/Marxist/progressive forces, if I go along.

And the poor gender-issue children-of-God are caught in the middle, and they are hurting. I pray for them, on my knees at times (which ain't easy in the shape I'm in), and wish I could do more.

Gender-issue children-of-God have got it tough. They are mocked, bullied and made light of--- even by people who ideologically demand LGBT equality! Their issues may cause them great psychological suffering, even as Christ has suffered for us. I think such people--- even the difficult, argumentative ones--- are victim souls and God has special love for them.

I think I shall develop a policy, when I write about a case where a child-of-God has gender issues, I shall use the psychological gender terms, but in quotes to indicate it's not the biological gender. Which I am sure will mightily anger activists on both sides, and not fully please the children-of-God for whom this issue is important.

But for me it's not a compromise of my beliefs. It's an act of reparation and sacrifice I make before God, to ask for help, healing and salvation for his gender-issue children. And if I have to endure harsh criticism, I offer it up to God.

*gender issues --- for me this includes ordinary transgender people--- the man who feels inside he is a woman--- as well as people who don't identify with either gender. Just anyone who, when asked if they are male or female, may feel a need to check a third box: 'it's complicated.'

Link: SSA Souls as Victim Souls

02 October 2013

Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church – Trevin Wax

Learning from a Lesbian Visitor to Your Church – Trevin Wax

Apparently it is common for pastors to receive phone calls asking 'are you welcoming?' Of course, all Christian churches are welcoming. No one is barred from coming to Christ. But that's not what they are asking about.

Click on the link above to read the full story.

Dublin Catholic hospital announces it will comply with new #abortion law | LifeSiteNews.com

Dublin Catholic hospital announces it will comply with new abortion law | LifeSiteNews.com

The new Irish law legalizing abortion under some circumstances in all 9 months of pregnancy singled out 25 hospitals which would be forced to offer abortion services.

One of them, a Catholic maternity hospital in Dublin, says it will comply.

Read the full story at the link above. And pray.

Italian ‘anti-homophobia’ bill reminiscent of Maoist/Stalinist politics | LifeSiteNews.com

Italian ‘anti-homophobia’ bill reminiscent of Maoist/Stalinist politics | LifeSiteNews.com

Roger Scruton is a prominent English political philosopher at Oxford and St. Andrew's University in Scotland. He spoke to an Italian journalist about a bill passed by the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

The language and ideas behind the bill, he said, are a form of Orwellian 'Newspeak' being used to create the idea in the public mind that there is a vast malignant force of discrimination and intolerance. He said it is reminiscent of the methods used by the Soviet Union and Maoist China to suppress political dissent.

But I'm sure the bill's proponents will point out that the man's a heretic against their new world religion-substitute and must be punished.

Read the complete story at the link above.

30 September 2013

A PA Pastor's Firing and #Religiousfreedom

Fred Karger, a person who habitually complains about NOM, about a recent news story:

"Where's NOM?" We're Right Here Where We've Always Been | NOM Blog

NOM responds in the link above, please read.

To explain--- the PA pastor was fired because the church he was employed by did not agree with the pastor's choice to officiate at a same-sex 'wedding'.

The religious freedom is whether religious congregations have the right to expect that the clergymen they employ follow the teachings of their faith rather than something else. Could a Buddhist congregation fire a clergyman who was preaching the Southern Baptist faith? Could a Baptist congregation fire a pastor who preached that his parishioners ought to abandon Christianity for Judaism?

If congregations are not allowed to choose clergymen based on sharing a common faith, there can be no religious freedom, because no specific, individual religions would be able to continue existing.

In the United States, the First Amendment forbids the government from meddling in these things for good reason, even if the religious group is wrong about things.

The Amish believe in rejecting modern things like automobiles and no one who believes otherwise teaches religion among the Amish. In the old days, many Christian congregations wrongly thought 'race mixing'--- socially or in marriage--- was bad and would not tolerate a pastor who dissented. The Orthodox Jews believe they must keep a strict set of kosher rules including having 2 complete sets of dishes, one for meat and one for dairy, to ensure that dairy and meat foods are not consumed together. A rabbi who advocated against keeping kosher would not be welcome in an Orthodox congregation.

When people get so caught up in their cause--- whether that cause is same-sex 'marriage' or social justice for Black people--- that they are willing to sacrifice an essential freedom like freedom of religion, they are going about it the wrong way. 

[NOM is the National Organization for Marriage.]

I'm experimenting with not using any inflamatory keywords in my post titles and the first few sentences of a post. This is so they can be posted at the new Facebook page which is going to be keeping a very low profile so that people who don't dare use the more forthright FB page can use it.