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Easter

Posted: March 27, 2016 in Miscellaneous
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"Hey, we chocolate bunnies have also made sacrifices on Easter...deep, deep sacrifice!

“Hey, we chocolate bunnies have also made sacrifices on Easter…deep, deep sacrifice!

So it’s Easter today.  But so what?  What’s it about?  I mean, yes, for Christians, it’s the celebration of the day Jesus is said to have arisen from the dead after his crucifixion.  That’s cool and all, but what does that mean for us in the here and now, in 2016?

Bear with me, as I make no claims to be any sort of theologian.  I guess one takeaway is that if you believe this, you believe there is a path for us all to heaven.  And while there are different conceptions of what heaven exactly is, the general agreement is that heaven is pretty great and, better yet, forever.  So yay us!

But another takeaway, at least for me, is that as the story goes, the reason Jesus was in the position to arise from the dead in the first place was that he had died for all of our sins and so the rest of us may be forgiven.  In other words, he made a sacrifice for the greater good of society.  That’s a lesson that’s appealing to me, because that’s something we can apply to the here and now.  I think that’s a lesson we can take and apply, whether it’s toward public policy or toward our own actions just in daily life.  Doing good, doing the right thing, often does not benefit us directly and sometimes isn’t even free. (By not being “free”, I don’t even necessarily mean it costs money.  It can be things like time.  Or convenience.  Or security.  Or even just comfort.)  Some sacrifice for the greater good can be worth it.

I’m not here to suggest we can all be Jesus.  We aren’t perfect and never will be.  However I don’t see the harm of striving to be more like him (or the stories of him if you choose not to believe) though, even if the sacrifices and good are just small.  No reason why we can’t make the world we live on now the best world we can make it, even if our time here is temporary.

You know what else Easter is about?  Cadbury Eggs.  Lots and lots of Cadbury Eggs.  Mmmmm…..Cadbury Eggs……*droooooool*……….um, what was I writing about?  Oh….yeah…..Happy Easter everyone!

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“No Matter Who You Are….

Posted: March 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

I was going to post about another topic, but in light of the recent events at the GOP front runner’s rallies, I’ve decided to re-post an entry I wrote about 3 months ago. But I did want to add a little commentary.

In this post, I reference the rhetoric “as of late”, as if only most recently the rhetoric had gotten ugly. But that’s not really true. It has been years and years of rhetoric from politicians, radio and television talk show hosts, bloggers, etc. that has in my opinion culminated into the Trump phenomenon. Trump doesn’t happen out of the blue. For instance, when you have had years and years of rhetoric regarding the President purposely damaging this country, pitting people against one another, literally destroying the nation, then isn’t a civil unrest movement the natural reaction to that if it was actually true?

Still, Trump’s own rhetoric is definitely playing a large role, and it is disappointing to me that he seems to have decided to pour gasoline on the fire rather than to at least attempt to disarm the situation. I am fearful that somebody is going to get very seriously hurt (if not worse) at one of Trump’s rallies (if not elsewhere, as I am also worried that this is going to escalate and spread).

So finally, I will just invite all to read my earlier post. I think it’s important to remember that we are all people (as cheesy and idealistic as that might sound)….and I think we need to start holding our leaders and all of ourselves to a higher standard of respect toward one another and differing views.

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different…or where you come from, or what you look like or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God….”  President Obama said this during his prime time speech regarding ISIS.  A church I attend semi-regularly goes further, “No matter…no matter what your standing is in the community, or where you live, no matter your age, no matter your gender or race, no matter who you are, where you come from or where you’re going, no matter what you believe or doubt, no matter who you love, God loves you, and you are welcome here.”

With the horrible acts and hateful rhetoric as of late, I think it is time we try to put things back into perspective.  While we have all kinds of different experiences and circumstances, the bottom line is we are all people.  Men, women, and children.  And it’s in all of our best…

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