Free Will

“Aligning any political regime with the divine realm is called “civil religion.” Though common in American politics, biblically speaking, civil religion is bad. Way bad”.-Pete Enns
Read the full blog here: http://www.peteenns.com/is-it-ok-for-christians-to-protest…/
I used to think every time something happened that I couldn’t explain, or struggled with it was God’s will.
Even when everything was going my way I would attribute it to God’s favor on me. I was being blessed. There isn’t anything wrong with that, I love when life is “going” my way, I do try very hard to have a heart of gratitude.
But when I woke up the day after the presidential election I was stunned to find out that Donald Trump had actually been elected. I was not one of the reveler’s. I was sincerely shocked. The shock has not worn off. Gratitude was at a premium right about then.
Voicing my stunned disbelief at this presidential outcome has often been meant with comments like “It was God’s will that Trump is president”
Or “It’s over, time to move on”.
But my recent fav is this, “You’re a snow flake”. (A snow flake? I’m ok with that, I love snow, I miss snow, since the average temp in Tampa Bay hovers around 75* in January, call me a snowflake)
I would love to move on, really, I would!
I just don’t see that happening in the next four years. I would be thrilled to be wrong about DT, to be surprised by the president elect. But I’m not holding my breath. And I will be happy to eat crow, if I am proven wrong!
Political disagreement is one of the greater aspects of living here in the US. We can agree to disagree.
With that said, I don’t for one minute believe that God put Trump into the white house.
We the people did this and our electoral college sealed the deal.
It was not divine intervention on God’s part to keep Hillary Clinton out and put Donald Trump in.
Slinging around bible verses to support the “God’s will theory” is disingenuous at best. And at worst it makes God out to be a bully. (I don’t believe God is a bully. A mystery, yes, a bully, no).
If God put any one into ANY political office it would negate the much touted “we all have a free will” argument of many fundamentalist religions.
The “free will” discussion that I have with many lovely, fundamentalist friends is this:
“God does not send anyone to hell, we send ourselves to heaven or hell”.
This is a very traditional, fundamentalist view of salvation. By saying a certain prayer a certain way, in a certain order we choose to send ourselves to heaven.
And if we don’t say the prayer, we send ourselves to hell. But, even that has evolved somewhat into God will reveal himself to everyone. (Cool, but, that is another discussion).
My point is this” If we have a free will, we have it in all situations, we made a choice. And somehow, some way, the choice was Donald Trump as the president elect. God help us.
Peace.

Food: Pizza with Artichoke, Lemons and Spinach

Yummy! A must try.

Every week I search for new ways of making a meal from the old – if you know what I mean. I shop at Trader Joe’s every week and buy the same things –  the proteins, fresh organic veggies and fruits, and not so much starchy products. At most dutch potatoes. So I get online and search for recipes to try and I have to tell you my mouth was watering at the thought of this recipe:

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I’m sorry my homosexual lifestyle triggers your heterosexual privilege

So if you’ve been hanging around my blog or Facebook page for more than a minute, you’ve likely seen one of my homosexual lifestyle posts. Sometimes they show up as a homosexual […]

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Never Follow Any Pastor Blindly

Very important stuff here.

Flee from Christian Fundamentalism

I am deeply troubled and feel deeply moved by a recent episode of The Hunt with John Walsh, which I just finished watching on the Cable News Network (CNN) tonight.  It was a powerful presentation—powerful almost beyond belief and hard to put into mere words here. Unfortunately, I cannot direct you to a video showing the entire presentation because one does not exist on-line at this time.  If you ever get a chance to see it on CNN, I would urge you to just drop everything else you are doing, sit down in the nearest chair, and watch every second of it. It highlights one of the most dangerous aspects of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism in the United States today, and it beams a spotlight on the awful places one can end up personally and spiritually as a result of applying it in one’s own life. What is this…

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Chicken, Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Hearty and comforting, this Chicken, Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup is a crowd-pleasing favorite!

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I have moved to FL recently. So I can’t really say I make soup due to the chilly weather. What chilly weather? So I am making this soup for the shear deliciousness of it!