Losing my religion

Sometimes losing our religion is the best way to live our faith.

Rubik Cube of Mim

This song is awesome. Most of REM songs are awesome. This post is not about REM.

This post is about losing my religion. ‘Losing my religion’ is, according the REM, a phrase which means ‘to lose my temper’.

The idea is, if you get angry about something, if you lose your temper than you have forgotten your religious values (mostly Christian values (as this is an american deep south saying)).

However, I think there is something to be gained by anger. In some situations the only correct response to it is anger, is losing your temper. When Jesus saw the poor being persecuted in the name of God, his response was anger. When we see the poor being persecuted in the name of God, in the name of progress, in the name of tradition, our response should be anger. When we see minorities being denied equality, we should be angry. And the…

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This is not love..it’s abuse

He’s been my ruler since we were sixteen.
We’re always together. Our future is the same.
He’s got it all.
He says I am the only one.
My parents love him like he’s their son.
He knows that everybody wants to steal me.
He knows everyone is trying to take me away from him.
He wants to keep everyone away from me because I belong to him.
I belong to him.
He thinks other men are attracted to me when I wear those jeans.
He says that he is nothing with out me.
He says that the sun doesn’t shine without me.
He says that the world won’t turn without me.
I know that he’s never going to let me go now.
I belong to him.
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Based on One Direction: Steal my Girl

‘She had the most beautiful nails.’

I went to visit some children in school. We chatted about life, the universe and everything from the importance of teeth brushing to the ‘music’ of One Direction.

Today, I spoke to their mum who said ‘They said that a lady had come to see them and she had the most beautiful nails.’

It was funny that my nails is what they had remembered because in our wide ranging conversations, not once had we spoken about my nails or any nails.

It has made me think about how sometimes it is not the things we say or the way we act which are remembered but just something about us which is the most important thing to the person listening.

When we share about our faith it isn’t just about having all the big words, all the answers. It isn’t about having awesome power point presentations or dramas or worship groups. The things that are important, that are remembered aren’t going to be the things which are planned or spoken about or even thought about.

Often it will be the things other people are seeing when you don’t think you are being watched.

We’re not doing enough

There are a hundred people dying each day from Ebola. The UK government ae in the process of building a treatment centre with a hundred beds.

The UK government has pledged to stop ISIS and has authorised military action while people leave everything they have ever known to survive.

Every day children are born into families where through ignorance or circumstances they will be neglected, abused – emotionally and physically.

Every day children are removed from abusive families and then moved from placement to placement because there are not enough adopters.

There has to be more that can be done. Money and bombs are a reaction to a problem but they don’t fix the problem. They don’t prevent the problem.

 

 

 

Appreciating Doubt

‘Appreciate that doubt and questioning can also lead to spiritual growth and to a greater awareness of the Light that is in us all.’*

Often people talk about doubt as being the opposite of faith. If you have faith then there can be no room for doubt.

However, by denying doubt and questions we limit the depths of our faith. Faith that cannot deal with uncertainty isn’t faith that will support us through the uncertainty of life.

There was once a squirrel who believed that she had found the ultimate nut. Just one nut would sustain her throughout the entire winter. The other squirrels were busy collecting and burying nuts ready for the winter. They were amazed that the squirrel was not collecting any more nuts. They asked her ‘How do you know that that one nut is enough?’ The squirrel just smiled and shook her head. ‘I have faith. I only need the one nut.’

*The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain. Advices & queries (Kindle Location 64). The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain.

We should never underestimate the cost of daring to be difference

Daring to be different, to be unique, to stand against the norm is costly and it is difficult. By not going with the flow, those who are different, cause others to consider their own views, their own way of doing things, themselves. That leads to fear and fear leads to anger often. By standing  apart, you could be seen as standing in the way.

But we are called to be different, called to stand in the way of the normality. We are called to look at what is being done and see it by love….is this action, the action of love? Will the outcome of this action be a demonstration of love?