O great puller of the thread of time
That connects us all
Into your future
Inspire us to grab on and join in your stretching
Of our human fabric
Help us to help our kindred
As we find our collective way home
Into your perfect peace
Into your love of loves
Into communion with each other
We believe you are changing us
We can feel the stretching
in our very souls
Like the echo of every beautiful thing we have seen
Like every breath that has been slow to come
When we are trying to prolong a moment
Like the stillness we try to keep
When we breathe in the splendor of a sleeping baby
Or the overwhelming forgiveness in the eyes
Of someone we have inexplicably injured with a blow to their heart.
We taste you Jesus and we know with a knowing we can’t quite explain
That you are good
And all that is goodness in us
And outside us
And around us
O great puller of the thread of time
This is why John Stewart is hilarious and brilliant. So without further ado, my own Good Thing/Bad thing post:
As many of you know (aside from posts about my blog) Kent and I are smack dab int he middle of a Facebook fast. Ah the Facebook fast is it a “good thing or a bad thing”? “Do I put it in my sad bag or ma happy bag?” as John Stewart (or was it Wolf Blitzer) so eloquently said. I knew it would be hard but I was completely wrong about the reasons. why. I thought I would miss it simply because I have grown accustomed to looking at it. You know habits and all that. At first it was just that. I found that at the times I would normally just mindlessly check it because I was bored in line or bored waiting for the kids in the pick up line at school I would hit the app button without even thinking and I would immediately close it again. Then I would laugh at myself and think this was a good idea. Kent had a great idea, he moved his app to the last page of apps on his phone so he wouldn’t do that. That has worked well for me too. I have to say for the first several days, I didn’t really miss Facebook. But then it started really getting tough. Here are the real issues I did not anticipate when I agreed to this fast.
- I didn’t realize how much I rely on FB as a productivity tool. FB is how I invite people to events. FB is how I remember people’s birthdays. FB is a way I get business and make connections for my writing. FB is how I let people know about job opportunities in our community and how I ask for help for friends in need. A simple post of “Hey, anyone out there have an extra air mattress?” actually garnered offers for about 50 (seriously) air mattresses I could borrow or even have.
- You guys provide me with sources of inspiration for my writing. You point out awesome articles, alert me to breaking news, remind me of the beauty of life and restore my faith in humanity.
- You keep me sane. When I am frustrated or angry or just need a friend. I can count on you all to listen and offer support and love, even from far away.
- I am an extrovert and even though I spend most of my weekdays by myself, logging on to FB when I have a down minute is like having a friend or 700 with me in the van. We laugh, cry, pray, read, share and just hang out together. People say FB can’t provide real community. I whole heartedly disagree. Does it have its limitations? Of course. But does it provide real relationship and community? Of course it does.
- FB is the only way I have to contact some of you and let’s be honest, I can’t call or visit or even email all of you in a single day, week or maybe even a year. However, when I stop by Facebook for a few brief minutes I can see Kellie Herrings beautiful kids in Virginia and hang out with my friend Eddie in CA and hear his latest special music performance at church. I can have my views challenged by friends who disagree with me and support my new friend who is struggling on the anniversary of her three year old son’s murder.
So yeah, Facebook fast: Good thing or bad thing? I think both.
Good thing: It has made me more aware of how and when I am looking at FB.
Good thing: It has given me more time for reading, praying and being “in the moment” even when that moment is just being still and doing nothing.
Good thing: This fast has made me thankful for all of you and what you add to my life. You my FB family are real and I love and miss hanging out with you. Thank you for being there for me.
Bad thing: I miss you all! I feel a little disconnected from about half of my friends.
Bad thing: I am missing people’s birthdays and events. Sorry everyone and Happy Birthday! I hope your special days were filled with family and friends, love and adventure.
All told, were I doing this again, I think I might have opted for a shorter fast. So with that said, I thought I would share some things that you have missed from my life these past two weeks:
Because the universe was mocking me on the first day of the fast this happened…
I come home to find a package on my front porch so I figure Kent ordered something from Amazon. Upon further inspection I see it is actually from a store called the Sierra Trading post. Intrigued, I open it up. Odd. It is a bath mat. Just a plain, white cotton bath mat. So I’m like, why the heck did Kent order a bath mat? We don’t need a bath mat. So I look for a packing slip. The bath mat is actually a gift…for Kent…from some guy named Patrick DeVine of Cleveland, Ohio. Now I am just perplexed. So I text Kent, “Do you know someone named Patrick DeVine?”
“He sent you a bath mat.”
“What? Is this a joke.”
“No. It is not a joke.”
I looked and looked but there was no gift card; no explanation whatsoever. Just a $12.76 bathmat ($19.88 with tax and shipping).
Kent and I have decided this will go down as the single strangest mail ever received in the history of our marriage. If they ever turn it into an Encyclopedia Brown story it will be called, “The Sierra Trading Post Bath Mat Mystery.”
Day 2: The mocking continues…
On day two we sat one row behind and to the left of this guy at the Mavericks Game…
Sometimes it amazes me that there are so many freakishly talented people in the world…
27 Stunning Works Of Art You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photographs
Best Use of Tattoos (WARNING: photos of topless Breast cancer survivors)…
You Might See Tattoos In A New Light After You See Them On This Woman
This Aerobic Video Wins Everything
Most likely to give you all the feels…
I Have No Idea What to Title This. I’m Not Even Sure You Should READ It. Nets. We’ll Call It NETS.
Most likely to disarm the combatants in the battle of the sexes…
On Labeling Women ‘Crazy’
“At its base, calling women “crazy” is a way of waving away any behavior that men might find undesirable while simultaneously absolving those same men from responsibility.”
10 Spectacular Fall Soup Recipes
Saddest/Best law enforcement victory…
Nearly 400 children rescued and 348 adults arrested in Canadian child pornography bust
“Among those arrested were 40 school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors and priests and three foster parents.”
Most likely to make you want to get a pertussis booster shot (also most likely to annoy my anti-vaxer friends)…
I’ve Got Whooping Cough. Thanks a Lot, Jenny McCarthy.
“At this writing, I have been coughing for 72 days.”
Because friction doesn’t have to mean division (Also see the one about labeling women crazy it has particular relevance here)…
On being divisive…
“And I wonder if it begins with acknowledging that friction doesn’t mean division.
We Christians suffer under this rather fanciful notion that no one in the early church ever argued about anything, that the first disciples of Jesus sat around singing hymns and munching on communion bread, nodding along in perfect agreement about how to apply the teachings of Jesus to their lives.
But the epistles would suggest otherwise. The epistles would suggest that when you throw together a group of people from vastly different ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds there is going to be some serious friction. Within the early church raged debates over everything from the application of the Mosaic law, to whether Christians should eat food offered to idols, to how to handle the influx of widows in the church, to disagreements around circumcision, religious festivals, finances, missions, and theology.”
What Would I Say.com
“Just in Creation, to love and things.” - Michellebot
“DOMA is wearing the hat, of course!” – Michellebot
“630 includes dinner and of course, Ashley Judd’s amazing article.” – Michellebot
Best Use of Satire…
How Feminism Hurts Men
“Because of feminism, men must fight for a voice in the public sphere. In issues of theology, politics, science, and philosophy, the female perspective is often considered default, normal, and unbiased. Male perspectives are dismissed for being too subjective or too emotional. When we speak up, we are often dismissed as angry, rebellious, subversive, or dangerous.”
Have You Been Smoking Pot? Denver Police Have a New Way to Tell: The ‘Nasal Ranger’
“Denver police plan to use the “nose telescope” to enforce the ordinance.”
The Richardson Independent School District in north Dallas apparently thinks you should. Yesterday the RISD brought in “motivational speaker” Justin Lookadoo to talk to its high school students about dating and relationships. In their defense, Justin is scheduled to speak at schools all over the United States and Canada this year. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY APPALLING.
You see, Justing has some very outdated, sexist advice for our young people.
Mr. Lookadoo is unabashedly christian (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As you know if you have been here very long, I am a follower of Jesus) however he leaves Biblical references out of his public school presentations. If you go on the Texas Speaker’s Bureau and look up Mr. Lookadoo you will find this description:
- Top Texas Student Speaker
- A high-energy, relevant message for the A.D.D. Generation
Justin Lookadoo is a top Texas school speaker. He was a Juvenile Probation Officer, and spent nearly six years as a Crime Prevention Specialist. He knows students have it rough, and understands where they are coming from. Justin is bilingual, offering programs in Spanish and English. Justin loves to talk. Go figure! He has been speaking to groups since 1989 and is excellent at what he does. To date, he has given over 3,000 speeches nationally and internationally. Just like Michael Jordan has the gift of being a great athlete, Justin has the gift of being a great speaker. And he works hard at it too! He is always researching and finding the edge that will make his programs current and relevant. Justin is a #1 bestselling author for his book Dateable and has had three other studient-oriented self-help books on the bestseller lists. Two of his books have been nominated for the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and he has sold over 275,000 books nationwide. Not bad for a kid whose two worst subjects were reading and writing.
Judging from this description, as an administrator I would think, what’s not to like? After all, he is to public speaking what Michael Jordan is to basketball. (*eye roll alert*) HOWEVER all one needs to do to find out this is a potential disaster is to search The Google and look up his books on Amazon.com. Without even reading the reviews you will find out on Amazon that the back cover of “Datable” has these fun facts:
Girls, did you know?
- Guys will lie to you to get what they want
- If he’ll do it for you, he’ll do it to you
- If he doesn’t call it doesn’t mean he hates you
- A guy will treat you like you are dressed
- You might be talking too much
- He doesn’t want sex with you because he loves you, he wants it ‘cuz you’re a girl and you’re willing
- Guys love a mystery
Guys, did you know?
- If you’re too scared to ask her, then you’re not man enough to go out with her
- Girls will lie to themselves to get what they want
- Girls love it when you plan things
- You control how far you go
- Girls have their own kind of porn
- You can be a “real man” without becoming a “bad boy”
- Girls don’t understand you
On the Google you will learn that Lookadoo has a website (which was made available to the students) called rudatable.com (are you datable?). There you will see that there is a second book called “The Datable Rules” in which guys will learn to “live the adventure and to risk it all for God” and girls will learn “the importance of mystery and the power of subtle beauty”. Oh great, once again the boys get to have adventures and excitement. They get to write the script. And girls get to learn how to keep quiet and not draw too much attention to themselves. At this point I have to ask WHY? Why in the world would any public school have a man in to teach the students about dating and relationships whose book comes down to, men are the architects of their own lives and women are the furnishings. Please excuse me while I bang my head against the wall.
If you are so bold as to continue on at rudatable.com you will find that you are invited to take a quiz to see how datable you are. Apparently if you buy the book you can actually determine your datability rating on a scale of 1 to 5 stars! Justin himself has a 4 and a half star rating. If you make it through the silly true/false quiz and come out datable on the other side you will be encouraged to commit to “the list”. What list? I’m glad you asked. It is the same for both genders: 1. Be respectful at all times. 2. Treat your date like you want to be treated. 3. No means no. Oh wait. Snap. Wrong list.
The girls list says: (my comments in parenthesis after)
As a Dateable girl I will:
1. Shut up and be mysterious (in other words STFU, no one cares what you have to say or if you want to say it, no one like a girl who talks to much…sorry this one hits a little close to home)
2. Not lie to myself (I learned the rest of this is “girls lie to themselves to get what they want”)
3. Keep it covered up (What is it? Where is the line? What if I don’t? See my many previous posts.)
4. Remember that I’m not one of the guys (What the hell? What is wrong with being “one of the guys”?)
5. Know that it will not last (What won’t last? This one just confuses me.)
Write your prayer below: (Dear God please help me stifle who I am to get a man. Goodness knows no one will like me for who I am or if I have too strong/too many opinions. Amen.)
The boys list says:
As a Dateable guy I will:
1. Stand up and be a real man (WTH does this mean? Who sets the definition? I am sure he will tell me in the book.)
2. Not lie to you or for you (Guys, he says, lie to you to get what they want. Also, girls apparently will want you to lie for them. Why? I’m not sure.)
3. Control how far we go (So it is up to the guy alone to determine how far things go physically? Hmm. Shouldn’t that really be a shared responsibility? Also see “no means no” above.)
4. Open doors and pull out chairs (Nice gesture.)
Write your prayer below: (Dear God, Please help me be a “real man” even though I am not sure what that means. Amen)
A few more nuggets of wisdom I learned with minimal research:
“Men of God are wild, not domesticated. They don’t live by the rules of the opposite sex. “
“Datable girls know when to shut up.”
Datable guys know…”They know they are stronger, more dangerous, and more adventurous and that’s okay.”
“Please, PLEASE don’t tease us. To show us your hot little body and then tell us we can’t touch it is being a tease.”
“Dateable girls know that guys need to be needed. A Dateable girl isn’t Miss Independent.”
“Accept your girly-ness. You’re a girl. Be proud of all that means. You are soft, you are gentle, you are a woman. Don’t try to be a guy. Guys like you because you are different from them. So let your girly-ness soar.”
I think this whole line of thinking is damaging not just to girls but also to boys. I cannot for the life of me figure out why schools (and before you say, oh well Michelle, you live in Texas blah, blah, blah… This dude speaks all over the country. In public schools. At camps. At Juvenile detention facilities. ) would ever dream of inviting this guy in to speak. Don’t even get me started on what kind of message this sends to LGBT youth.
Sadly, it takes the students themselves to tell it like it is. Wednesday in Richardson #lookadouche was trending on twitter (today it is trending everywhere). Here are a few tweets from the students of the RISD:
A man gets to tell us what women can and can’t do. I don’t think so. Not at RHS. #lookadouche
As a woman w/food allergies, I love that Justin Lookadoo thinks we should suffer in restaurants instead of telling our dates.@irishfries13
still shocked at @JustinLookadoo ‘s presentation, gender stereotypes all around #lookadouche
- Texas High School Holds Assembly Featuring Misogynistic Christian Speaker, So Students Complain on Twitter (patheos.com)
- Awful Motivational Speaker’s Sexist Advice: ‘Dateable Girls Know How to Shut Up’ (thedatereport.com)
- Texas Students Aren’t Buying “Datable” or Justin Lookadoo (makemeasammich.org)
- The Quiz You Will Gladly Fail: A Breakdown of Justin Lookadoo’s Dating Quiz (ecollins92.wordpress.com)
- High school brings in Christian misogynist to lecture students about dating, students shut him down (salon.com)
He was the first truly evolutionary theologian. He publicly sought to reunite science and religion. What has become embraced by many was first lauded by this man, and like most geniuses, he was not understood and was even ridiculed at the time. I have just learned of him today and I am utterly mesmerized. Consider this:
The conflict dates from the day when one man, flying in the face of appearance, perceived that the forces of nature are no more unalterably fixed in their orbits than the stars themselves. But that their serene arrangements around us depicts the flow of a tremendous tide. The day in which the first voice rang out, crying to mankind peacefully slumbering on the raft of earth, “We are moving! We are going forward.” It is a pleasant and dramatic spectacle, that of mankind divided to its very depths into two irrevocably opposed camps, one looking toward the horizon and proclaiming with all its newfound faith, “We are moving!” and the other without shifting its position obstinately maintaining, “Nothing changes. We are not moving at all.”
To quote my friend Steven Baxter, “Holy shit you guys!” This is amazing. It makes me want to go out in the street and yell, “We are moving!” It is a revelation and a truth that stirs my soul. This is not how it ends. The beginning was just that the beginning and the whole of humanity and creation and time and space is moving. Isn’t that exciting? We started out moving and we are still moving. Lovelies, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I think our new friend might even take that a step further and say, “The arc of the entire [moral, spiritual, relational, emotional, physical] universe is long and it moves toward justice [all things made right].” I believe this with all my heart. It makes me feel alive.
I was having a talk with my friend Josh Mitchell the other day about tattoos and we were saying how if either of us were to get a tattoo that it would have to be words. Words that meant something. Words that were personal. Words we didn’t want to forget. Today, if I had to pick, I might choose, “We are moving!”
Jesus was continually pointing people toward the future. He called it, “The Kingdom of Heaven“. The teaching carried with it the idea of already but not yet. Jesus had come, history and evolution and movement had brought people to the moment of being brought face to face with Jesus. Both man and God, he declared that the Kingdom of heaven was at hand and that also it was yet to come. More movement, more evolution, was and is required.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
This post is part one of a review series I am starting. I will be reviewing Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith. Each of the 7 sessions is 20 minutes long, and I will be writing one post about each session. After viewing session 1, I am very excited to be sharing this experience with you. The makers of the series, Living the Questions, produced the series in order to celebrate and explore the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality.
The first session begins with the suggestion that like tectonic plates, the realms of evolution, religion and science often butt up against each other causing philosophical earthquakes, tsunamis and dramatic changes in the intellectual and spiritual landscape. Ironically, this is an evolution all its own. When some new reality in science collides with our beliefs about God, religion and the origins of the world, “something must eventually give way or merge” in order for a new landscape to emerge.
Evolution. What immediately comes to mind when you hear that word? Biology? Survival of the fittest? Charles Darwin? The big bang? What about personal, psychological, emotional, relational, culture, language, belief systems, political and economic systems? When we think about these areas, we find evolution is simply a fundamental universal reality.
This video series proposes to address how people of faith can engage difficult questions about science and faith in ways that decrease conflict and may even benefit us with new and challenging understandings. Questions like:
How are Christians who work in the disciplines of the sciences and technology able to accommodate and even embrace evolution?
Is the voice of the Scriptures somehow diminished by descriptions of a cosmology that no longer serves?
Is the Genesis story of creation voided by descriptions of a creation no longer seen as complete but rather driven by evolutionary processes that embody randomness and mortality, mutation and adaptation? Or is the Genesis story deepened each time we discover more and more about our universe, about the amazing complexity of species and life that live on this planet?
How can people of faith engage such questions in ways that decrease conflict and even may benefit by new and challenging understandings?
The session titles are:
- Toward Healing the Rift
- A Renaissance of Wonder
- Getting Genesis Wrong
- An Evolving Faith
- Evolutionary Christianity
- Imagining a Future
- An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism
The DVD series features over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers including:
- Philip Clayton
- Michael Dowd
- Rachel Held Evans
- Matthew Fox
- Catherine Keller
- Megan McKenna
- Michael Morwood
- Jan Phillips
- Barbara Rossing
- Bruce Sanguin
- Bernard Brandon Scott
- John Shelby Spong
- Gretta Vosper
To learn more about Living the Questions, Painting the Stars or to purchase the DVD, click here.
Just heard that the 20/20 story has been postponed. This may not be news to you all, but I've been away from the Internets for a bit. Anyway, I'll let you know when it will run as soon as I know.
So, the Manosphere: It’s a thing and they would like you to swallow the “Red Pill”. Yes, like in The Matrix except not like in The Matrix. The bros of the manosphere have appropriated this phrase from the popular film franchise and use it to refer to waking up to the “truth” that it is men who have gotten the short end of the stick throughout history. The manosphere is an online community of loosely affiliated blogs and websites that guide you through life after swallowing the “Red Pill”. Most of these sites encourage men to become dominant “Alpha” males and develop “game” by which men will be able to have the most sex possible and/or that through dominating, shaming and gaming women you can get what you want, the world will be saved, women will actually be happier and families will stay together.
To hear them tell it the “Red Pill” is the new cure all wonder drug for men.
Until recently I didn’t realize that this corner of the internet existed and because of it I am experiencing a new appreciation for the phrase “ignorance is bliss”. However, remaining ignorant will never bring change. If we do not know we have walls full of vermin we will not call an exterminator. (No I am not advocating exterminating anyone. I am advocating extinguishing a damaging dogma and replacing it with love and respect.)
Tonight at 10 EST on ABC’s 20/20 they will be running a piece on the manosphere. My DVR is set. Perhaps after that I will do a follow up post. We shall see. In the mean time, if you would like to educate yourself on the inner workings of the manosphere you can check out the links below. I will try to divide them into their different focuses. You may want to have a puke bucket for when you feel nauseous, a stress ball for when you feel frustrated, a tissue box for when your heart breaks.
This is by no means an exhaustive list.
PUA (pick up artist)
claim that by responding to natural cues women give off signaling what they as women actually do want, men can gain great power to seduce women
Men’s Rights Activists
emphasize the injustice against men in areas like: anti-male bias in family law, and draconian domestic violence legislation that women demonstrably use as a strategic tool to attack innocent men, and how the misguided assumption that males are privileged contributes to men’s significant legal disadvantage
Red Pill Traditionalist Christian
focus on using Red Pill concepts to empower women to protect themselves from feminist propaganda that will lead to unhappiness
Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW)
claim that the anti-male injustice is endemic to society and can only be addressed by its collapse, or simply that the emasculation of relationships with women in a feminist society, and the risks of marrying, having children, or even in some cases engaging relationships with women in a society with feminist laws are not worth the rewards
Female Manosphere Bloggers (yes, this is a thing too)
Red Pill Marriage
run by men who provide instruction on using the techniques of Game/Seduction to build and maintain attraction within a marriage
There is a blog called The False Rape Society. The Southern Poverty Law Center offers this description, “The False Rape Society is an Internet news aggregator, subtitled “Community of the Falsely Accused,” that features stories about allegedly false rape accusations and “feminist”-crafted “anti-male” legislation. While the site focuses heavily on news stories about false rape allegations, it frequently veers into such posts as the New Year’s Day item attacking a female supporter of then-presidential aspirant Michelle Bachmann for telling a reporter, “It takes a woman to get things done.”
Alcuin in Wonderland is a site that has gone private but you can read about them here.
What Others Are saying
*credit to Wikipedia for my category descriptions
Today is Blog Action Day and this year’s theme is HUMAN RIGHTS.
According to the ZenPencils website, who designed the above poster:
After the horror of World War II, the United Nations was formed in 1945. The UN charter’s main two objectives are ‘to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ and ‘to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights.’ In 1946, the UN Commission on Human Rights was established. Chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the commission drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it was adopted by the General Assembly in 1948 ‘as a common standard of achievement for all people and nations’. Today, it is the job of the Human Rights Council, an important body of the United Nations, to promote and protect people’s human rights around the world.
When I read the rights enumerated in the Declaration, It strikes me as sad that it is called a “Universal Declaration” rather than a Universal Statement of the Obvious. Sadly, in the world today. I don’t know of any country, including the United States, where all of these rights are fully embraced. What is perhaps even more overwhelming is that even in countries where most if not all of these rights are embraced, many people who will claim these rights for themselves, deny them to others in their heart.
I would like to propose that these rights, listed above, represent the famous line from the Lord’s Prayer, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
In the scriptures it says in Ephesians 1:
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
This passage says that because of God’s grace, he makes known to us his will, which is to bring everything into unity with himself. When we embrace the rights enumerated in this declaration, we participate in God’s plan to bring peace, love and hope to every corner of humanity.
Today I embrace what I like to call the Universal Right to Be Human. Isn’t that really the core of the issue? We each have a right to be human. To be seen by the other as equal. And isn’t that where the breakdown occurs? When people see the other as less human, less valuable, less equal than themselves? When you see someone else as less human/equal than you, it is much easier to mistreat them or deny them the same rights you enjoy. You and I have a right to be fully human and to embrace the freedom that comes with these rights. And, as we all know from Eleanor Roosevelt, “With great freedom, comes great responsibility.” You and I also have the responsibility to see that these rights are afforded to everyone we come in contact with; personally, locally, federally, globally and universally.
I know it is a big ass job. I know that sometimes it seems like an impossible task. But I for one am willing to use whatever voice I have, including this blog, to further these rights. As I said in a previous post, where I likened the dawn of change to the unfurling of a giant flag at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies where people grab a loop and run across the field revealing the banner:
Now, imagine all of us, men and women, young and old with Jesus in the middle, our hands on the loops of the terminator of history running like hell for the horizon pulling the light of the new dawn across the whole surface of the earth. Do you hear us? Shouting and singing and proclaiming justice for the oppressed and freedom for the captives? C’mon. Grab a loop and run with us. And look! He is making all things new.
Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, I invite you to stand with me as we proclaim the right to be human in every corner of the world. For me my faith compels me to speak justice, to love mercy, to proclaim forgiveness, hope and freedom. If we pray his will be done and then do nothing to see it happen, what good is that? Are we not his hands and feet?
- 134. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (zenpencils.com)