Category: Faith


In recent days it has been reported on various media outlets about the statement made by Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler in regard to Christians and Yoga.  Mohler makes the following statement in his article: ” When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral”. When I read this I had to post about this because I now have the “expertise” to make a comment about yoga because I just started taking it and I have been a Christian for many years so this makes me more of an expert than Mohler.   I know Mohler did not say taking yoga can send you to hell, but I title my article this way to get your attention and to point out how ridiculous this statement is.

Not once in my Yoga class have their been any “Eastern Spiritual” influence.  My whole concern during the yoga class is just trying to maintain my concentration and stamina to make it through and at no time have we talked about Buddha or some other eastern religion.  I for one am tired of this kind of rhetoric from these so-called “religious leaders”.  This is a perfect example of why the founders of this nation did not want the government establishing a religion.  Because rest assured if somehow this country had allowed Theocracy to develop people like Mohler would be in charge and it would be just like the Taliban!!  No music, no dancing, no wine with your dinner!!  The religious police would be out like the Taliban hitting everyone with their “correction” sticks if you were found violating the rules.

I for one have no fear that I am disappointing God or contradicting my faith by taking a Yoga.  Maybe Mohler should write about how Baptists expect you to be at church 5 days a week teaching, serving on committees and doing other things while Christian families are falling apart.   I don’t see in the Bible where it says I have to attend Church 5 days a week to be in good graces with God… Maybe this is contradiction that should explored!!

Below are several articles I have linked to:

 

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/yoga-what-is-it-exactly-2398028/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/20/the-subtle-body-should-christians-practice-yoga/

 

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I have been following this story and was not sure if I would post about it but my thoughts have turned back to it and wanted to put another perspective on it.  In recent days leaders from all over the country have come out against this burning for reasons that are obvious which is; not in line with American values, inciting Islamic radicals, and placing our troops in harm’s way.  While I do not disagree with these issues I have not read or heard anyone talk about Christianity and what it is supposed to stand for based on the teachings of Jesus or even the Apostle Paul.

This church is a representative of Christ and I believe this pastor is giving Christianity a black eye by insisting on the burning  of the Quran.  In my reading of the Bible I find nowhere that would give any indication that Jesus would condone this type of behavior from His church or Christians and I don’t know how this pastor justifies what he is doing by being a follower of Christ.  While we are all sinners and not perfect by any stretch, I believe Jesus would be very disappointed in this church for wanting to do this and the Westboro Baptist Church that protests at the funeral of American soldiers.

I believe this pastor is misguided and should restrict his business to ministering to his community and Church.  I am reminded of a bible verse that may apply and I have quoted below:

22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

I am not his pastors judge or jury nor do I want to be.  I just think he should not burn the Quran based on what his faith should be about and that he is a representative of Christ and His Church.

Article located at yahoonews.com (Even pastor’s old church condemns Quran-burning)

I have posted about our dance lessons and meeting new people and how fun this and got me to thinking about this and how we have been treated by some church members in the past in comparison to how we have been treated by our new relationships in the last few years.  For starters this is not a slam on the Church as I am a Christian, served on committees, attending regularly etc… all my life so my view is from extensive experience.  When we began to take our lessons and go to the local “honky-tonk” several people came right up to talk with us, within a few months we were invited with the group to a cookout, we went to the gun range together etc… and have made some good friends.  A few months later we met a different set of couples and within a few months they were inviting us to go on their out-of-town dance trips they had been taking together for several years and accepted us into their group which I thought was awesome.

In comparison to some church’s I have attended there are group’s already established and they do not want to let you in. Or, some people are self-righteous because they think you don’t attend enough and judge you for it.  Of all places where you should be included and not judged for things out of your control is in your Church!! I hope people who call themselves Christians really think this is ok?? The Church is not a country club for certain people to decide if they are good enough to be included or not.  It is sad that I can meet people who are not regular church attenders treat me better than some I have gone to Church with and it should not be this way. Then some wonder why Church attendance is dropping in this country and can’t figure out why.  We all can make mistakes and not realize what our attitude can do someone else, but if you did make an honest mistake then own up to it and try not to do it again, but don’t continually have a sorry attitude towards someone else especially in Church and if you are a Christian.

I had left off with my dad coming back to my state from California and staying at my half brothers house and then my mom moved him back in with her. She was in the upstairs apartment in our complex and me, my wife and son who was a baby at the time living in the downstairs apartment.  This was about 20 years ago, but the best I can remember he stayed there about 6 months.  We would walk up stairs and visit and had my dad down to my apartment for dinner.  While he had not been part of my life I was willing to try to work at some kind of relationship but he was still an alcoholic so any chance at a relationship was small, but I was willing to try.

I don’t know all that happened while he stayed with mom, but I could tell things were not going well, he was still drinking and becoming belligerent like my mom said he was when they were married.  I tried to talk to him about my faith in God hoping this might make a change, but it was hard to do as we did not have a relationship so I just left my bible there hoping he might read it.  My mom told me after he moved out that he had told her he has two sons “one that is a Jesus freak” (that would be me) and another “son that is a drunk” (this would be my half-brother). I never thought I was a “Jesus Freak” but I have a faith and hope in God and willing to share for what He has done for me and the mercy He shows me as well and I was trying to do the same for my dad.

Right before my dad left he and my half-brother had been to the track and apparently been drinking and fighting and had come back to the parking lot of our apartment complex. He and my half-brother were in the parking lot fighting and someone called the police and I came out to see what was going on. My half-brother left and my mom went back into the apartment so that left me out there with my dad and the police and now he had nowhere to go. The police said if he doesn’t go somewhere they would have to take him to jail. To me know matter what he had done by leaving us or being a drunk I couldn’t let him go to jail so I told the police I would take care of.  I drove him to a local motel and said mom does not want you back and you have to leave.  I didn’t like telling someone who no one wants them as I think this would be a horrible way to live but I had to say it.  I had a test the next day so my father in law gathered up his clothes and his car and took them to the motel where he was staying.  At this point my dad left town and stayed with his mother for a little while before making his final stop to stay with his brother in Florida.

Again, I tell this story for a little background on my current family dilemma.  I hated that things turned out the way they did and that I could not have a dad to count on or ask advice about things as I got older. Some things in life are just common sense and you know what to do, but other times you need another man to bounce things off of that you can’t ask your mother and this is what I missed.  I have had to forge ahead and to the best that I can and do not want to dwell on the past as none of us should because you can’t do anything about it now.

I will post more of the story in my next post.

I have not been able to post for the past few days for the reasons listed in the title of my post.  I had a small place appear on my face and before I went on vacation I had a biopsy and while on vacation I get a call from the dermatologist office that I have skin cancer and need to have Mohs surgery.  I received the paperwork in the mail explaining how this is done and also did research on my own.  The doctor removes a layer of skin and has it biopsied while you wait, if it is clear then you are stitched up and sent home. If not, then another layer of skin is taken and another biopsy performed and this is repeated until the cancer is removed.

Thankfully, for me it only took one procedure and the biopsy was negative so I was stitched up and sent home.  Even though this was very minor and caught early it is sinking in that I had cancer!!  Just makes me pause as I have stated previously that our lives can change in a moment and when it does everything we have known can be completely turned upside down.  None of us are prepared for that, but the only way I can have a peace about it is to trust the God in heaven to help me through.  Whenever the time comes for my world to be turned upside I do hope I rely on God to give me the strength to endure it.