Hitler Has Been Reincarnated…

  • Our country used to be great. I will make it great again!
  • No, we don’t hate those people. They hate us even though we haven’t done anything!
  • We have a labor problem in our country – I will put people to work!
  • Many of our problems come from those people who are here in our country. THEY are to blame!

Sound familiar? So you tell me.

Donald Trump?

Or Adolf Hitler?

adolf-hitler-147179_1280“I consider Bolshevism the most malignant poison that can be given to a people. And therefor I do not want my own people to come into contact with this teaching. As a citizen of this nation I myself shall not do what I should have to condemn my fellow-citizens for doing. I demand from every German workman that he shall not have any relations with these international mischief-makers and he shall never see me clinking glasses or rubbing shoulders with them. Moreover, any further treaty connections with the present Bolshevik Russia would be completely worthless for us. It is out of the question to think that National Socialist Germany should ever be bound to protect Bolshevism or that we, on our side, should ever agree to accept the assistance of a Bolshevik State. For I fear that the moment any nation should agree to accept such assistance, it would thereby seal its own doom.” ~ Adolf Hitler, 1937

 “The German people did not feel any kind of hate against the French or the British. The French people, the British people – the German people wanted only to live in friendship and peace with them…. The German people has never learned to carry on hate. Then in Britain, certain circles began their impertinent, intolerable assaults. And then came the moment when I had to say to myself: I cannot watch this anymore, I have to answer to this agitation. For we do not educate the German people to hate the British. We do not educate it to hate the French, while in France and Britain the agitators day after day bait the British and French peoples, through the press and at rallies, to hate against the Germans.” ~ Adolf Hitler, 1939

“And our enemies, today they cry: ‘Germany shall fail!’ And Germany can give only one answer. Germany will live, and therefore Germany will emerge victorious!” ~ Adolf Hitler, 1939

And then some verbal gold from The Donald…

celebrity-986838_1280“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal?….

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists….

I will tell you this, and I said it very strongly, years ago, I said — and I love the military, and I want to have the strongest military that we’ve ever had, and we need it more now than ever…. Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the way, and we as a country are getting weaker….

I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again. It can happen. Our country has tremendous potential. We have tremendous people. We have people that aren’t working. We have people that have no incentive to work. But they’re going to have incentive to work, because the greatest social program is a job. And they’ll be proud, and they’ll love it, and they’ll make much more than they would’ve ever made, and they’ll be — they’ll be doing so well, and we’re going to be thriving as a country, thriving. It can happen. ~ Donald Trump, 2016

Xians need to wake up. We should not stand for this kind of rhetoric. It is dangerous. We’ve seen where it can take the world….

Spread the word….

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Are you an #Americhristian? Here’s how you can tell…

Those of you who know me know that I’m quite fond of hashtag parties. I like to participate in them. I like to start them.

I was really tickled yesterday with the hashtag party for Americhristian. You see, I wasn’t even trying to start a party.

I was simply ranting.

Last year after seeing many Xian folk treat religion and patriotism as two sides of the same coin I became a bit irate. I coined (at least I thought I did) the term “Americhristian.”

Yesterday I saw a bunch of tweets regarding Memorial Day, America, blah blah blah and it brought up the same feelings. So I brought up the word again. It seemed to resonate with people.

There were a bunch more, but you get the idea. Turns out that other people use that term as well.

I even found a group called “The Americhristian Group

Americhristian

As far as I can tell this group is a not a hoax, but does seem shady. They want to save America for Christ through “Praise, Partnership and Prosperity.”

THIS IS THE EXACT KIND OF NONSENSE I’M TALKING ABOUT!

When we place emphasis on our national citizenship instead of our heavenly citizenship we’ve got our priorities backwards. Ed Stetzer once wrote, “When you mix faith and politics you get politics.”

Regardless of our political views we need to have Kingdom emphasis first.

We align with Jesus, not with political ideals.

We serve Jesus, not any political platform.

And we know that Jesus is Lord of all nations, not just ‘Merica.

Don’t be an Americhristian.

Racist Old White Dudes and Their Black Girlfriends

Donald-Sterling

By now most people have heard of the drama regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his racist comments.

We should be outraged, but we’re being outraged by the wrong thing.

We shouldn’t be outraged by his racist remarks. His racist attitude wasn’t a secret. People have known about it. Racism isn’t new to this country, and it certainly isn’t going to disappear any time soon.

In fact, the whole idea of freedom in this country is that people are allowed to believe and speak what they believe without fear of punishment. That means you can believe any idiocy you want to believe. You can share that idiocy with others, and you won’t have action taken against you.

Is Sterling an idiot? Clearly. He has a fight with his 1/2 Latina 1/2 African American girlfriend about his negative feelings towards minorities. As the owner of an NBA team he doesn’t want his girlfriend to be advertising that she hangs out with brown-skinned people. Yes, this man is an imbecile.

But that’s his right!

Stop calling for his team to be taken away from him. He owns it. You can respond by not buying Clippers merchandise. You can refuse to attend games. But don’t threaten punitive action for someone’s personal (even though idiotic) beliefs. It opens the door for action against faith groups – it’s a dangerous road to walk.

That’s not what we should be outraged about.

What we SHOULD be outraged about is a married man who has a girlfriend on the side. But nobody is saying a word about this. Why are we not upset about this man flagrantly living an adulterous life?

We seem to have selective morality here. We’ll ignore the girlfriend part but, WHAT’S THIS! HE MADE RACIST COMMENTS?!? CRUCIFY HIM!

As a white man married to a brown-skinned woman, I found his racist comments to be disgusting. I couldn’t even listen to the whole audio clip. But I’m not gonna change the opinion of a racist old white dude. His opinions are his to own. That’s his right.

I just wish we would get outraged about the right things.

American Jesus Madness Bracket Update!


While the voting will continue through the night, it seems plausible that we can call a few victories in the American Jesus Madness Bracket. While we wait for the official call from Zack Hunt, here’s what seems to be happening:

Diogo Mordalo (Son of God) DEFEATS Jeffrey Hunter (King of Kings)

Willem Dafoe (The Last Temptation of Christ) DEFEATS Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth)

Ted Neely (Jesus Christ Superstar) DEFEATS Brian Deacon (Jesus, 1979)

Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) DEFEATS Jeremy Sisto (Jesus, 1999)

Integrity DEFEATS Mark Driscoll

Rachel Held Evans DEFEATS Every Calvinist Dude on the Internet

Mark Sandlin DEFEATS Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

Gay Wedding Cake DEFEATS Christian “Persecution”

Pope Francis DEFEATS Every Pope Ever

Stephanie Drury & Matthew Paul Turner DEFEAT Christian Culture

Coloring Book Steven Furtick DEFEATS Real Life Steven Furtick

Nadia-Bolz-Weber’s Tattoos DEFEAT Albert Mohler’s Suits.

Reality DEFEATS Ken Ham

STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL:

Christians’ Old Love for Duck Dynasty VS. Christians’ New Love for Matthew McConaughey

Greg Boyd VS. Assault Rifle Jesus

Nicolas Cage’s Left Behind VS. Kirk Cameron’s Left Behind

If you have not yet voted, go on over to theamericanjesus.net and cast your vote now!

Criticizing Jesus

Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a guest blogger who goes by the handle TorturedYouthPastor (@AbusedYM). He’s a newcomer to the Xian Anon scene. Take it away, my man…

Buddy Christ, courtesy of "Dogma"

Buddy Christ, courtesy of “Dogma”

I’ve seen quite a frenzy going around about the new ‘Son of God’ movie, mostly from Christians. I’d like to add my input if I may.

From what I’ve seen on social media outlets through friends, friends of friends, and comment sections from web articles, it’s become clear that the lack of 100% accuracy in this movie leaves many believers feeling short-changed. Understandable. We wait decades for Hollywood to give us a movie worth seeing and then we get a less-than-totally-accurate depiction of Christ. So then the moral grandstanding begins.

Now before I start offending let me first say I’m just as guilty as anyone of moral grandstanding from time to time myself and appreciate when I’m brought back to the reality of my own inconsistency. So with that premise, let me begin.

Many of the comments I’m seeing are are, “I’m not going to financially support this due to its inaccuracies”. Some argue, “He’s been mellowed out” and some argue, “He’s been too Americanized” (casting issue), that “parts of scripture are altered, embellished, or flat left out”. Many conclusions is that, in one form or another, this is blasphemous to who Christ is.

I’m encouraged that believers are concerned enough to say something about these issues, however I have 2 issues of my own with how we are handling it.

#1 – Rather than taking a stand and ranting and raving on social media about how we haven’t seen it nor will we see it, why not watch it then take the time to explain to those who don’t claim Christ as Lord and Savior how Scripture differs from Hollywood’s portrayal? It was #2 in the box office opening weekend. I have to believe non-believers saw it too. So rather than fighting in house for the whole world to see about a movie, why not take the opportunity to make it a tool for discussion?

#2 – If point number 1 means nothing to you and you still want to make a moral stance on not watching it, that’s fine. No one is going to condemn you to Hell for not watching it. But at least be consistent. If you’re not going to watch Son of God because you feel it is blasphemous, then be consistent with all of your movie watching. Don’t have the attitude at the theater about not watching a “blasphemous” movie about Jesus and then walk in to the next theater that’s playing ‘Non Stop’ which takes The Lord’s name in vain 12 times, 6 of which are the big “GD”, “3 Days to Kill” which takes his name in vain 15 times, or “Ride Along” and “Robo Cop” which take His name in vain 7 times, respectively. I could continue listing movies but I think the point is made. At least be consistent.

Let me throw in one last point… Has any movie that’s been made based on a book (Harry Potter, LOTR, Hunger Games, etc) ever been 100% on par with the book?

So there’s my 2 cents on the matter.

Jesus Loves Dinosaurs!

Dino Jesus

In honor of the creation debate last night I thought I’d share a piece I wrote not too long ago about the Bible…and dinosaurs…but mainly the Bible.

I’ve never written on dinos before, and I thought it would make for an interesting experience. Oddly enough, one of the most frequently asked questions about the Bible is about how dinosaurs fit into the picture. This brings up a whole bevy (I’ve never actually used that word before today!) of arguments from Christians, scholars, scientists, and everyone in-between. Here’s my take on it.

I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I believe that it is how God has revealed himself and his will to humanity. I believe the Bible is supposed to draw us into a richer spiritual experience and understanding of God.

Buckle your seatbelts…here’s where many Evangelicals and I part company: I do not think that the Bible was written as a scientific textbook.

God never intended for the Bible to be the end-all resource for understanding geology, astronomy, archaeology, botany…the list goes on and on. The Bible isn’t about science – it’s about faith. The Creation narratives in Genesis are not about telling us the scientific method and model of God’s activity – it’s telling us THAT GOD HAD ACTIVITY!

He created. Life in the universe has a point, a purpose, a reason for being. God did it. He created us to be people in relationship with him. He created us to be people of worship. That is the overwhelming story of creation. When we look at the Bible as a textbook we lose sight of the big picture of God’s activity and design for humanity. We get bogged down in the nitty-gritty details of the text and try to “figure out” how the text jives with empirical data.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter how the empirical data lines up. Even if archaeology did not support the biblical narrative (yes, archaeology DOES support much of the biblical narrative) the science is not the point. You cannot move someone to faith through science. Science touches the head. Faith moves the heart.

The Bible is a book of faith, designed to move our hearts closer to God’s heart.

If we actually stopped to think about it, science and faith are not enemies. They are different ends of the spectrum. Science measures what is there. Faith is about what science cannot touch. It does not damage my faith to hear people talk about the earth being millions of years old. I don’t have to take the six days of creation as scientific fact in order for me to know in my heart that there is a Creator behind the Cosmos. As Genesis 1:1 says ~

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Don’t get so consumed with scientifically proving God that you miss the bigger picture. In the end it’s not our factual recognition of God he wants. The New Testament writer James says even the demons recognize that there is one God. No, he doesn’t want your assent – he wants your heart.

So, coming full circle, did God create dinosaurs? Probably. I don’t think the bones and fossils manifested spontaneously. 😉 Does it damage faith to believe in dinosaurs? Not one bit. In fact, when we learn to let go of looking at the Bible as a science textbook we are freed to expand our faith and see the mystery of God at work everywhere.

Besides, how can you look at Jesus holding velociraptor and NOT be moved? 🙂

The Qualities of a REAL Man…

Centerpiece from the Men's Pancake Breakfast

Centerpiece from the Men’s Pancake Breakfast

Our culture sure does love to come up with idea of what a “real” man looks like, sounds like, acts like. Some of the funniest jokes play off of society’s notion of masculinity. So here are some of my all time favorite video clips that play with this idea of what makes a “real” man.

From the hilarious but not really “family friendly” Robin Hood: Men in Tights…

 

From one of my favorite Old Spice commercials…

 

From one of my favorite Doritos commercials…

 

From Bluefish TV: Man Candles = MANDLES…

 

And finally, from comedic duo Rhett and Link – an epic rap battle about manliness…

 

Our church had a men’s pancake breakfast this weekend and we had the chance to talk about what makes a man. I asked our men to come up with some characteristics in line with biblical behavior that are a better gauge of “what makes a man.” Here are 5 qualities they came up with:

1. A real man takes care of his family
2. A real man serves others before himself
3. A real man makes himself accountable to others
4. A real man hears both sides before making evaluations/judgments
5. A real man is charitable with his time and resources

Notice that what these men came up with have nothing to do with athletic ability. They have nothing to do with engineering, handyman, or mechanical ability. They have nothing to do with fashion sense or artistic taste.

This world is often so obsessed with what makes a man but we limit our understanding to shallow and superficial qualities.

We can do better.

Let’s look beyond the surface.

What about you? What would you add to the list? What makes a real man?

That’s all I’ve got today. I’m gonna go eat bacon and watch ESPN.   😉