Pointing Fingers

October 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Time for my first knee-jerk reaction post!

Over the past couple weeks, a lot of finger pointing has been going on, and i for one am sick of it. Especially when the finger pointing comes from Christians.

As Christians, where did we get this idea that pointing out who’s fault it is EVER helps a situation? Especially in one as large as our economic crisis right now when so many people are to blame. How does saying “It’s the democrats fault” or “it’s George Bush’s fault” fix the situation? Or does it just fan the flames of partisan bullshit that I am so very sick and tired of in this country.

My heart sobs over the amount of blaming, hatred, and pride that exists in this country, especially in the “evangelical” community, and those who claim to be a part of it. Fox news is just as bad as MSNBC and neither one is doing us or this country much good right now.

So I call upon Christians and non-Christians alike to please, PLEASE stop trying to attack, slander, blame or abuse each other. At risk of sounding like the Beatles and saying all we need is love, can’t we understand each other and realize that we are all in the same boat? We are human. We have failed. However, God looked at us and didn’t say “its your fault! You screwed it all up! It was so great until you came along, you terrible, horrible, pathetic human beings!” No! He didn’t say that! What he said was “Come, what ever has happened, what ever you or anyone else has done, I have forgiven you, and you should do the same.”

So let’s stop blaming. Let’s stop attacking. Let’s stop being so damned sure we are right and they are wrong, because in the bigger picture, we are all wrong because we are human and God has looked at us and has said “I have cleaned you. You are now worthy.”

Those are my thoughts.

Aaron

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Politics

October 8, 2008 at 4:16 am (Uncategorized)

I watched the Presidentail debate tonight and have to say I was underwhelmed. However, I expect most Americans are. We are expected to put so much hope and faith in these candidates, but the truth of the matter is that they are just humans, just like us. We have god-like expectations on failable humans. In a sense, it isn’t fair on them or us.

However, the idea of politics itself is somewhat difficult for me. The major concept behind politics, and democracy for that matter, is that the good for the majority is always what is important. I tend to take a different approach. When I watch the news, I feel overwhelmed about the problems in the world and I feel helpless. I realized recently though, that when I worry about those things on the grand scale, I am doing a job that I, nor any one human, is qualified for. What I am called and need to do is worry about the individual in front of me instead of the majority around me.

What if we all starting thinking this way? Can you imagine the revolution that would begin? What if the focus from this world stopped being “me” and suddenly became “you.” If we can focus and bless the one person in front of us who is hurting, the world would look entirely different.

This is why politics, or worrying about the majority, feels beyond me. I am sure glad that its not my role to fill, and I feel sorry for those who do.

Those are my thoughts.

Aaron

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Okay, I’m a blogger now.

October 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm (Overview) ()

Okay, so here I am.

I’ve got thoughts, opinions, and view points that I want to share. Its my right and desire as a human to let myself be heard. Not that I’m smarter or better than the next person, but I believe that, after Scripture, learning from each other is the best way He guides us.

So what’s with the name? Dynamic Obedience? What does that mean?

I refer to ideas brought by people like Peter Gomes, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and even, in a sense, Ron Paul. The basic idea is that in this world, we define freedom and the liberty to do what we want and when we want. I feel that idea of freedom is utterly wrong. Look at the economy right now, investors and CEO’s did whatever they want, and suddenly they are in a very tight place where they won’t be able to do “what they want.”

Freedom comes only out of obedience of the Law fulfilled by Christ. And at the heart of that law are too simple commandments: Love God and love others. Now, there are alot of things underneath that, but it all starts here. Love God and love others. If we obey these commandments, suddenly we will experience true freedom, and that, my friend, is dynamically different from the world today.

Well, thats me in a nutshell. This blog is not so I can update you on my life or anything like that, but to express the movements and passions of my heart. Hope you enjoy!

Aaron

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