Studying Taoism in my Hon. World Religion course so I thought no better time than now to break out Hieromonk Damascene’s prolific work, “Christ the Eternal Tao.”
"In the beginning was the Tao, and the Tao was with God, and the Tao was God."
—A Litany of Resistance
Finally converted this to audio. Start your day off right.
Today we pledge our ultimate allegiance, to the Kingdom of God
To a peace that is not like Rome’s
To the gospel of enemy love
To the kingdom of the poor and broken
To a king that loves His enemies so much He died for them
To the least of these with whom Christ dwells
To the transnational church that transcends the artificial borders of nations
To the refugee of Nazareth
To the homeless Rabbi who had no place to lay his head
To the cross rather than the sword
To the banner of love above any flag
To the One who rules with the towel rather than an iron fist
To the One who rides a donkey rather than a warhorse
To the revolution that sets both the oppressed and the oppressors free
To the way that leads to life
To the Slaughtered Lamb
WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE.
Anonymous asked: What does "grace" mean to you?
I could give you a theological definition, but I don’t feel like doing that today. This is what Grace looks like to me.
Grace is the defiant sunrise over a violent battlefield.
Grace is the realization that “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well” despite our best efforts to hinder that vision.
Grace is me not turning out like my father.
Grace is why I’m here and alive today.
Grace is change and discomfort.
Grace is Redemption taking place around us every day in the face of evil.
Grace is “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” even when they do know what they do.
Grace is the resurrection from death and sin.
Grace defies reason and stands up to the Evil in this world.
Grace is what happens every time I manage a half-hearted prayer.
Grace is the couple getting married after equality passes in their state.
Grace is the anger at injustice.
Grace is what happens to those who accept God.
Grace is what happens to those who reject God.
Grace is what God shows the whole world.
Grace is when our rebellion will never have the last word.
Grace is when God gets what God wants.
Grace is healing. Wholeness. Renewal. Justice.
Grace is unexpected good.
Grace is undeserved good.
"But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more”
(Romans 5:20 NRSV)
If you feel oppressed, go into a dimly lit and quiet place, lift both your hands up to heaven, make the sign of the cross over yourself; then lift up the eyes of your soul towards God. The oppression will leave you.
I mean I see what he’s trying to say.
But I still am not legally allowed to marry, can be denied employment, fired, denied benefits, can’t donate blood, face everyday prejudice and must keep many a things to myself to keep from offending anyone’s delicate homophobia.
And don’t even get me started on what black people go through in this country.
Go into your room, cross yourself. Look to God. AND THEN DESTROY THESE MANMADE SYSTEMS THAT PLACE POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE FEW.
Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church, Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise.
"Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.
He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.
He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change.
He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.
He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.
When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.
“We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.
The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him.
He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.
He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”
He then dismissed service until next week.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.”
Be a Christian all you want, but at least follow the teachings of Christ if you’re going to claim the title.
I’m not a Christian but I have a massive respect for those who truly follow the creed of love thy neighbor. Major props- this pastor has balls.
Come Thou fount of every blessing tune my heart to sing Your praise. Streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it the mount of Thy redeeming blood. Oh to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be. Let Your goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it seal it for Thy courts above.