Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Day! (Not YHWH Day, or God Day)…
WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do)?
(I may be “preaching to the choir”…)
Our Nation, and especially those of us in border cities, may be wondering about Mr. Trump’s directive that the Wall be built. When pondering our answers, we can ask: WWJD? What Would Jesus Do?
Give ourselves and others permission to process the answer without judging, without being preachy, recognizing that we do the best that we can with the information that we have. It is important to allow ourselves and others to recognize that a culture of fear is taught in history, and emphasized in advertisements and news reports.
The challenge to helping ourselves, and others see other perspectives is exasperated when leaders of churches believe they are preaching the Word of God, but stay in the Old Testament.
Some preachers/pastors, and Christians, choose to ignore teaching (or have never heard) the stories in the Book of Matthew of Jesus eating with the prostitutes (Mark 2:13-17); they ignore that Matthew was as tax collector and one of Jesus’ apostles (Matthew 9:9); they ignore that the Holy Spirit lives in each of us through the Trinity (1 Corinthians 3:16); they ignore the teaching that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corithians 11:14); they ignore the story that Jesus broke up the mob of people trying to stone the woman who they considered a sinner (John 8:1-7). They forget that not everyone who thinks they are Christians are actually Christians (Matthew 7:21). They forget that God did not give them the spirit of timidity or fear, but the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). They forget about the Pharisees and Sadducees.
The influence of church leaders is strong. Religious abuse, manipulation, and coercion are very real, therefore it is important for each of us to learn the language and stories of Christians, and to be able to debunk the lies that we and others may believe, because that is what we and others have been taught to believe.
Unfortunately, many who have the power to implement policies and budgets believe they are doing the best for our communities, by requiring a separation of Church vs State. In reality, they are promoting and permitting the practices of abuse that have been passed down from family member to family member.
This is why it is important to update educational, legislative, and administrative policies and budgets.
Merry Christmas. 🙂 WWJD?
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