Malnourished Spirituality

The health implications of malnourishment are obvious to the onlooker. When one sees a person who is malnourished it becomes abundantly clear based on the signs seen when watching. The person who is malnourished becomes week, frail, and seemingly ill. The body does not work properly and fatigue sets in quickly. I am not a physician, but I have in my profession encountered people who are purposely malnourished due to an eating disorder. The side-affects are obvious to others, but no so obvious to the one experiencing them, nay, they are in denial as to the reality of their condition. Given the current status of our nation, it is easy to see that we are malnourished. It is obvious to the rest of the world that our malnourishment does not come in a physical form, as we eat better than most people around the world (and it shows). Our malnourishment comes from a spiritual dimension and our disconnection from our Creator in a contemplative reality. Continue reading “Malnourished Spirituality”

The OTHER Prosperity Gospel

I have heard a great deal spoken about the “Prosperity Gospel” and its heresy. I agree with this statement to the fullest degree. However, I believe that there is another “prosperity gospel” that is not as visible and openly preached, but more accepted in the evangelical church in the west. One may not believe that it is a gospel of prosperity, and essentially it truly is not, however, it has taken the gospel of Jesus Christ and at the very least tarnished it. I believe that I written in a little more depth about this in a previous post. Part of what I call the “other prosperity gospel” is the capitalization on God given wisdom and knowledge with the intention of getting wealthy. More and more people in the evangelical Christian churches in the west are standing with one foot in the Kingdom of God and the other in the world of business and wealth.  Continue reading “The OTHER Prosperity Gospel”

The Direction In Which We Are Headed

There has been a lot of “chatter” on my social media news feeds about the current condition of our country and the church, and how we as followers of Christ are to feel or even act in light of the obvious turning away from the foundational principals that our country was built on. I intentionally stay away from such conversations due to my unwillingness to engage in meaningless debate about issues that neither party is willing to consider in terms of opposing views. Also, I have never really considered myself a very patriotic person. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country, because of what it stood for, but not necessarily proud of what it currently stands for. I am very much in love with what our founding fathers built this country on, and believe that the Lord of all had a part in the development of our great nation. I do not believe that any nation, especially such a young one, can become such a world power without the hand of the All Might. Herein lies my concern, and the whole point of this post. The current condition of this nation (which I believe), having been formed by God for His purpose, brings me both distress and anticipation.  Continue reading “The Direction In Which We Are Headed”

A Lie to the Church

There is a group of people out there who have made a lot of money through what is called “motivational speaking.” These people have gotten wealthy by telling people they are able to accomplish all that they themselves have accomplished by believing. Not by believing in God, but by believing in themselves and their own willpower. They instruct people to invest more in themselves than in anything else, put together “dream boards”, find people to look up to and adopt their behaviors. They instruct you to put aside the “trash” of the world and only take in information that motivates you to gain more. It is even common to hear them instruct you to get rid of relationships that are not bringing you towards your goals for more. Some of these things aren’t bad ideas and might even be good things for everyone to adopt, however a lot of this is contrary to the word of God and the teachings of Jesus. The biggest problem with all of this is not that these people exist (we expect the world to act like that and value these things), but that it has crept its way into the church.  Continue reading “A Lie to the Church”

Independence Day

Happy 4th! I chose today to launch this blog because of the significance of the hour. In 1776 a group of men, leaders, tired of serving a tyrannical government decided to stand up for the rights that they believed were given to them and all mankind by the Creator of the universe. We celebrate this day when those brave men decided they would stand up against injustice and right the wrong in the name of God. Oh to be in that room on that day! I wonder the emotions and tension in the air. I don’t envision an immediate roar of applauds, but a moment of silence as the reality of what was to come set in. Then, after all is said and done, the celebration commences. John Adams writes to his wife the following: Continue reading “Independence Day”