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8 May

I think the education system needs some massive reform. I mean a significant overhall, not just an increase in funding or something minor like that. We need to get more students into math and science career fields but we’ve been going about it the wrong way. The current method essentially perpetuates a cycle of students being forced to settle for less after building them up with lofty hopes in their early ages. In other words, we take great lengths to encourage children to want to be a Doctor or engineer (for those into robotics and the like) and perhaps the largest of all is the Astronaut. If these students find they are lacking in these areas we will berate them and assert that they “don’t want it” enough or “they should try harder”.

Once they try as hard as they can, and STILL barely make the scores necessary in the math/science based classes we then tell them to “pick something else”. Which leads to the high number of college graduates with “under water basket weaving” majors (ie: the 99%). Despite the fact that these students pick “easy majors” because they are encouraged to, they are still berated as lazy for not going into a science based career field. And thus the cycle continues with the next generation. I was disappointed with the sheer number of “smart people” from my highschool graduating class all flocking towards Film and Video studies in college. They got to a point where they determined that hard work doesn’t always transfer to GPA and so they took another career field that “matched their strengths”.  

I would argue that we need to eliminate choice in the school system. In order to get more students in to science based career fields we should streamline the K-12 curriculum accordingly. I’ll go into more detail in my next post.

Christian LGBT allies, we need some intrafaith dialogue.

6 Mar

If you read my first post it would be pretty obvious that I’m a Christian. I’ll “come out of closet” here and say that I’m pretty conservative with my faith as well. While I do research the context and the settings in which the Bible was written, I believe the Bible is the primary source of being a Christian (what other source is there beyond God himself?). As such, to remain objective in a Christian paradigm, I will not accept anything less than Biblical doctrine as “evidence” in a Christian discussion. Needless to say I believe the Bible (and therefore Christianity) teaches against homosexuality, however I am perfectly willing to consider the viewpoint of a Christian who does. Please note: my Christian viewpoint is different from my political one; I realize that not everyone is a Christian and therefore Christian morality cannot be imposed without the proper context.

Unfortunately, whenever a Christian LGBT ally attempts to explain their viewpoint they generally follow this self-defeating formula:

1. Deconstruction of the Bible “You/We don’t follow everything the Bible says anyways”

2. Personal ancedote (and/or) pleading to the anti-LGBT Christian/s that they abandon the “hate within their hearts” or self elevation “God told me/sent me on a mission”.

-The “God says so” argument ironically puts the pro-LGBT Christians in the same logical position as the Church during the Crucades.

3. Conflicting reaffirmation of the Bible: usually quoting John 3:16 or attempting to “connect the dots” between Jonathan and David.

Not much is done in these steps to actually build a pro-LGBT theology. Countering or challenging an argument isn’t the same as making one. Deconstructing the meaning of Sodom and Gomorrah (for example) doesn’t create formulate the basis of a pro-gay Christian argument. The burden of proof is on them, they have to provide reasoning behind what they say. Particularly the one’s who attempt to compromise (ie: those who promote same sex couples “remaining pure” until marriage or the ordained homosexual priests who still need to parttake in the centuries old rituals and rites during their services.) Speaking for myself of course, but I think anti-gay Christians are more willing to at least listen than the pro-gay Christians tend to think. However the pattern that’s been used just doesn’t work logically, and it deepens the dividing lines that already exist without the political conflicts. We need to discuss the issue as fellow believers, accept the fact that both sides have good intentions and plead our cases to each other. However the pro-gay side needs to take on the initiative here, as I said before the burden of proof falls on them.

What happens after “works”

6 Mar

 

 

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:14-26

<Side note: This is my first blog post and, though my future posts will be a bit more diverse than this, I thought it would be a good idea to start this blog off with a Faith-based theme.>

The scripture I posted above is generally summarized as “Faith without works is dead”. It generally represents the personal responsibility aspect of Christianity. Simply believing isn’t enough; you have to prepare yourself for what you are believing is going to happen. However, there comes a time where you really can’t apply any works to the request or desire you imparted on to God. At that point there isn’t really much you can do except believe that God will take care of it. This is where we as Christians make the mistake of “preparing for disappointment”, we ask God to take care of the situation that we’re dealing with and we “mentally prepare ourselves” for the potential moment God might “let us down”.  Think about that, you claim to be in a relationship with an all powerful being and you prepare for him disappointing you? Not getting what you want isn’t necessarily a disappointment (this is something I struggle with as well), it generally means one of two things:

1. You’re not ready for it (this pill is harder to swallow).

2. God has another BETTER purpose for you life.

 

Both possibilities are essentially a matter of patience on the part of the believer. At either point I would say that our Faith becomes a “work”. We have to focus on what God has already done in our lives and (dare I say) blindly believe he is going to take care of it.

As a personal ancedote, I’ve noticed in my Christian walk that “fortunate people” tend to struggle with Faith more than those who are in need. A relateable example could come from the recent episode of the AMC thriller “the walking dead” Judge, Jury, and Executioner. In the episode Carol (the mother a zombified girl named Sophia) attempted to console her playmate (Carl, the son of the Protagonist) that her daughter was “in a better place”. Carl said that she was an “idiot if she believed in heaven”. Now here’s the relevance of my example, Carl’s father essentially came back from the dead and miraculously found the group that he was staying in. Carl himself was even healed after getting shot in the heart by a hunter. On the other hand, Carol lost her (albeit abusive) husband and (as mentioned before) her daughter yet she was the one who had Faith in light of the situation. Carl, with his silver spoon, did not. Often times we find ourselves in Carl’s shoes. We take for granted what God has done for us due to a fear that it could be taken away. Sometimes being in a fortunate position we can feel vulnerable. Where as a person who has little essentially has nothing more to lose.

I’m currently working through a Carl-esque situation (to a lesser degree, of course). I’m going to be graduating with my Bachelors in Psychology soon, and during this process I’ve been blessed financially to pay for this academic endeavor as well as a family to support me and a house to live in. That being said I’m not sure what I’m going to do afterwards. I have a test result coming up later on this week that (from my limited perspective) will influence what my next step is post graduation. For the past few weeks I struggled to appreciate what God had done for me thus far because I was focusing on this particular test. And to be perfectly honest, I’ll still struggle with what God has in mind for me if the score is less than satisfactory. Regardless, we need to remember to have faith despite the circumstances keeping in mind that God has already brought us through a lot, and will continue to do so as long as we walk according to his will. (And sometimes he’s gracious enough even when we’re out of line).

~Psalms 23:1-6~

The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not  want.He makes me lie down in green pastures,He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil, for You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.Amen.

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