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Dec 31 2014

Older, Fatter, Slower, Better: On Age and Sexuality

Published by under Life

Do we lament the crappiness inside us as much as we lament not having bigger boobs or tighter abs?

We’ve been tricked!

We’re too often body-obsessed to the point of being negligent about our souls.

It’s completely normal that younger people look physically better than older people. It’s completely normal that WE are not the most physically beautiful person alive. But that’s not the basis of true beauty. As some great theologian once said: We aren’t bodies. We HAVE bodies. We’re souls.

If my main emphasis is on bodies, then, yes, I’ll be disappointed as I get older. My body will go downhill and so will my partner’s. And it’ll make me want something (or, MUCH WORSE, someone) else. It’s a fool’s game.

Imagine a little kid who gets a present. It’s a stuffed teddy bear in a box. She opens the box and sees the stuffed animal. But she throws the bear aside. Instead, for the rest of her life, she carries the box with her everywhere she goes. She treats the packinging like it’s the present.

Our bodies are merely packages. They get banged up over time and deteriorate. They protect the important bits inside!

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
_2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬

We shouldn’t be careless with our bodies. They protect us and they’re tools to help our souls do good in the world! But today, we too often look at bodies as an end. We evaluate how big or small someone’s <fill in the blank> is. Like it really matters! How depressing! How wrong! When did Jesus ever talk of human beings this way?

It’s true that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You can have a great body and a great heart. A great body is a great help. But a corrective is needed in our society. It’s the teddy bears that are precious, not the packaging.

May He continue to do his work inside all of us and make us beautiful – most especially as time wears on! And may we be given more understanding about the nature of life – that bodies perish and souls live forever!

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Dec 18 2014

Go Home for Christmas

Published by under Poems

Go Home for Christmas: A Poem
by: andy merrick

Go home for Christmas
No matter the price
Overcome money,
Emotions, and time

Truth isn’t pretty
So here it is ripped
Mom and pops will soon
Die from falling sick

Your tire might explode
Your house go up in flames
Your brain become so weird
That you forget your name

Put aside your pride
Trust God for cash to flow
Ask for more vacation
Go “HO! HO! HO!” home!

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Dec 15 2014

When You Have Racist Thoughts

Published by under Life,Race

One of the times I see racist attitudes come out in me are when people of other colors or classes do things that go against how I learned things. 

During my entire childhood, I heard about manners, respect, suits, hand shakes, and fine foods. 

It’s not so for many people who live in other parts of our country. Their places and chances for advancement look very different than that of a middle-upper class person. 

So what happens? New living rules are created. 

Suits are sometimes replaced by sagging pants.

Smiling faces in photos (many of which are fake in the upper class, anyway) are replaced by middle fingers.

Wine drinking is replaced with smoking blunts.

Many of us look on from our perch above and shake our heads at how ridiculous we think the behavior is. It’s not. It’s very normal and understandable when viewed through the lens of sociology. 

Jesus was clear. 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
_Matthew 7:1-2

We’re all trying to impress each other. Where we grow up and who we’re raised by largely determines what criteria we use to evaluate others. Let us not despise other sub-cultures. God can very easily judge my sub-culture for decadence. 

In the end, most sub-cultures do a really lousy job of pursuing God and doing his will. It has nothing to do with race or class. We’re all human and broken. We’re just broken in different ways. May God help us evaluate our lives in the light of heaven, not the “light” of our own sub-culture. Lord, free us from any hint of judgmental racism! Fill us with all your love!

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Dec 12 2014

Why We Pray for President Obama

Published by under Politics

I’ve been praying a lot for President Obama and our elected/appointed officials these last couple days. What a hard job!

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I didn’t vote for Obama (or Romney) but it always bums me out when people hate on our president – especially when Christians do it.

“There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God… The one in authority is God’s servant for your good…”
_Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭1, 4‬

For those of us who are Christians… when we complain against Obama, we need to understand we complain against God. God does plenty of things in our lives that we don’t THINK will lead to good. But they always do. We may not THINK Obama will be good for us, but he is!!!

People protest: “He’s running our country into the ground!” Maybe he is. Maybe he isn’t. Only time will tell. We need to remember that while God has most certainly blessed the United States, our nation is but one stopover of God’s Kingdom advancing in our universe. This means our country’s policies may not necessarily serve the United States. They serve God.

“…dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”
_Psalm‬ ‭22‬:‭28‬

Pray for our brother Obama. Brobama! Pray for him and all our officials. That much good will be brought into our world through them – even if it costs us a little personally! May love and God’s kingdom advance through them!!!

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