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Define Christian

In the past few weeks I’ve struggled with what it means to be Christian.  I know, trust me I know, Christian means to be Christ like. (If you’re a Christian that’s the definition) But it felt/feels like I want a definition to the definition, but not just “well He was kind, generous, helpful, loving…” ect.  

Maybe what I’ve been wondering is how does being a Christian pertain to me by definition.  I think because the bible is “living” a meaning can change based on the person and the circumstance.  To me this new self revelation of sorts has came through a week of detox from the world.  We cut out all tv, all social media (with the exception of Facebook Pages for our business), 95% of video games on out tablets.  At the end of all of this I’ve realized 3 main points about being a Christian.

  1. It’s Hard: I think it’s osmosis of sorts being in the world and having parts of the world creep into your life.  But really, isn’t that part of being human? Completly eradicating the world from your life would mean you’re perfect, which you can’t be.  This week I accepted for my self that I wouldn’t always be able to catch every sin before it happens and more times than not I wouldn’t see it until after it happens.  All together with that, I’m not sure if it is because there really that much sin in my life or if separating my self from parts of the world has made it more evident by default, this week it really seems like it’s been one big failure after the other.  I honestly believe that detoxing the world is the equivalent of pulling tint off a car window, before hand you can see a tinted reality of your life masked by your own bias of your self then after you can see a clear reality of the sin stained wretch that you really are.  In other words it’s enlightening.
  2. It’s Enlighening:  I would be remiss if I acted like any opportunity to drop parts of the world out of my life wasn’t beneficial.  This week has brought a lot of realization to my life, things I need to change and other things I just need to drop all together.  The most influential thing that I learned this week is freedom.  Through out my life I viewed Christianity as restrictive, dogmatic, and more recently parts as legalistic.  Restrictive because you couldn’t fully live (in this world), dogmatic because there’s a series of rules to live by and worship by (found in many Christian mindsets), legalistic because of the “rules” to gain salvation (most people when asked would deny this but all to often it’s really there).  This week I’ve realized the former gangsta can worship in a different way than the redneck out in the country and still be worshiping the same God.  I’ve realized that making a mistake is ok and as a human we might make it over and over and over, and although it isn’t ok to be complacent it is ok to make mistakes.  The mistakes we make no longer define us once we get saved.  I’ve realized something about music on a side note.  There is a lot of really good worship songs in the contemporary Christian genre, equally there’s a lot of good worship songs in a lot of Christian genres and I think we (me included) tend to forget that.  In the end it’s freedom.  God can reach anyone on any platform with in the culture they grew up in.  Knowing that is more than fulfilling.  
  3. It’s Fulfilling:  For once my thirst for God is at its apex, the more I experience the more I want – the deeper I want to go.  The relationship I have, I want more.  This week has been one of if not the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had with and for God and my wife.  On the one hand I feel closer to her than ever, and I feel like our relationship is closer to God.  That to me has been worth it all.  

    In closing I’ve wondered.  Why does this for me have to stop this week?  Why can’t I reach for more?  I don’t like Facebook, I have played enough useless video games, it just seems like such a waste.  Should I let it stop now?  Go back to how it was?  I don’t think so.  This is…just the beginning.  Being a Christian doesn’t have to be restrictive, but by definition I truely believe it would be summed up like this:

    A christian is one who is’t sep’rates himself from the w’rld to beest clos’r to god
    Seperated:

    Matt

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    Th Alt-Right Misnomer

    I’ve debated for quit some time whether or not to write this post.   I’ve even kept some of it a mystery to even my close friends because I hadn’t really read and studied, nor did I even really ask my self: What is the Alr-Right.  I will admit that I never liked the Alt-Right movement, but it was more of an inclination not filled with any factual information.  The Alt-Right by definition and in summed up fashion is a movement that gives the conservative an “Alternative Right” platform as opposed to the “Mainstream Right” or “Mainstream Conservative”.  Basically I’m not even sure how to organize and explain because I do agree with some of what they believe but as a general whole I do not like the general aspect of what Alt-Right originated from and in the end has become.

    I want to remind you that we had an Alt-Right option all along.  We had Ted Cruz, we had the strong conservatives, we had someone who was against the “evil” republicans.  I lump Cruz in there only because they (the Alt-Right or AR) movement does.  The people they describe as a whole as evil conservatives is not even who Cruz was or is, just like their leader Trump, the AR crowd has managed to take an opinion (very off base opinion at that) and attempt to turn it into a fact.  Let us not forget the Tea Party, the original alternative to the actual evil republicans.  It’s assanine to me that Cruz made it into the evil category because of his diligence towards the tea party beliefs.  So basically in starting I’ll assert that anything I’m saying is in comparison to the tea party verses the AR.

    Limiting immigration.  Nothing is more anticonservative or antiamerican than saying we need to limit immigration.  Let me rephrase. Nothing is more anti-right than saying we should limit legal immigration.  Legal immigration is the backbone for diversity and the building block of this great nation.  The left, not the right is one of the leading reasons our immigration policy got shafted in the first place.  If we taught in our schools the history of why we have immigration laws, the youth who want open boarders would see how antiamerican illegal immigration is.  If America is so great and we need to make it great again, teach why you should be proud to be an American.  The AR believes in shutting immigration down all together for “national security”.  We already had a massive vetting process, it was and still is the 7 years you need to be a legal alien before you can become a citizen.  We didn’t let known terrorists or people with terrorism in their general vicinity become legal aliens, many times apprehending them and deporting them back if the did make it here illegally.  I do, as did many tea party patriots believe we needed better border control, the tea perry already suggested we build the wall at the Mexican border.  Guess what the AR crowd claimed back then, the wall wasn’t important. Now no, I know AR wasn’t around then, but the people who aren’t racist and in the AR are the very people who are the front runners there in.  So building the wall and border security, agreed we need it…but stopping legal immigration?

    I’m really only making 3 points here I think but the second.  The free market.  Many trump supporters are for the free market.  Blindly not realizing that trump is an oxymoron (emphasis on the latter half) because he is calling for American workers, while his company is massively ran by green card holders.  The free market was, is and will be the building blocks for America.  The free market, or capitalism is America economically.  Do I blame a businessman for hiring an immigrant at a lower wage to save the cost? No.  Which is ultimately a failure to the last paragraph.  Secure legal immigration and you’ll fix this problem.  AR, like a bunch of butt hurt pansies don’t the the free market is valid.  Wait, what?  AR believes it’s more important to secure the Western Culture that save the free market.  Yes, Palm to forehead.  The western culture was built by the free market, how can you dismantle the very thing that created the other thing you’re trying to save?  The tea party had a better solution, free the market up again.  When you free it up, mom and pop places can reduce prices on their goods and better profit in the end.  But many will say this isn’t Donald Trumps mentality. True you are, if you believe he’s telling the truth.  This contradiction with trump and the AR was almost the main reason I’m against them, except one other small factor.

    Until….Breibart defined what the AR stands for with in multiculturalism.  The western culture in laymens terms is a culture built on many cultures, aka multiculturalism.  America is built on multiculturalism.  Think about it, Anglo-Americans, African Americans, Chineese Americans, Mexican Americans…ect. We all make up the parts of America.  We are a multicultural society, and it’s beautiful.  It’s America.  I do not disagree it’s part of what makes America great but a culture is something that is ever changing.  Look at the southern culture of today verse the southern culture of the 1950s.  The African American culture of the 1980s verse the African American culture of today, it different.  The individual is who defines the culture, wait…what?  The individuals of the culture are who keep the cultural traditions alive or let them go dead.  Some of our cultures mesh together to form new or “improved” cultures.  Its multiculturalism at its finest.  It’s being a true American.  Ask my fiancé though…she will tell you I’m a strong believer in preserving some of the various cultures because of the historical significance.  Breibart defined the ARs stance on this in a way that I must say…is racist against all races, white, black, Asian, any of them.  They said “seperation is necessary for distinctiveness”.  Stop. I can’t even type what I’m feeling because of my outrage.  Seperation?  Rewind, hitler said seperation was necessary to preserve multiculturalism with in Germany, before he escorted the Jews into the gas chambers.  The racist groups said separate but equal, and now so is the AR.

    On this last point alone, I am Calling out trump as a racist.  He proudly claims to be AR, in spite of things like this.  If you think seperation to preserve culture is the best way than you’re racist.  This mentality goes back to the days of the Native Americans. AR claims that we should have intermingled into the Native American culture.  They believe we should have staid separate.  Maybe you agree but it wasn’t the mesh that caused the rift, it was the lack of respect for that culture that did.

    In closing. Trump is a proud AR. When he loses, a third party will erupt the scene.  I think they’ll be called the Alternatives haha but hopefully not.  These three points, define my reasons for not voting trump and not voting for the AR.  American structure, American free market, and American multiculturalism.

    How Watered Down Are You?

    When was the last time you pulled an audit on your self?  When was the last time you pulled an audit on your church? Home? Family?  I asked myself this just a few minutes ago when driving home from Kendra’s house.  Then I asked myself, how watered down are you?  Watered down Christianity is like an epidemic plaguing our churches and the biggest conundrum and deceit, satan is the producer.  I’ll repeate that because later it will be important, Satan is the producer.

    We as Christians stopped holding ourselves to a higher standard.  We are the text book definition of carnal, we sin then pray for forgiveness, sin then pray for forgiveness, then sin again.  We literally play Russian Roulette with Satan the only problem is the chamber is full so every time we pull the trigger we are killing our testimony not to mention nailing Christ to the cross over and over.  When did we lay down our shield and stop protecting ourselves from the world?  When did worldy pleasure out weigh our spiritual gain?  It started when we allowed Satan a foothold into places he never should have been.

    If you go back 100 years and look at the church do you think it’s mirrored in the church today?  Of course not.  But why not?  The is a fast food generation,  people want instant gratification.  Churches fail to wait on God, so they go out and do what they think is best.  They add these new things in to “Attract” new members.  But what kind of new things?  New music, new lighting systems, new attractions, new preachers, new screens, new new new new.  But what was wrong with the old?  “Well, people just don’t like the red back hymnal, they like the light shows, the big screens, the new age preachers.”   It’s because it appeals to the senses, but senses are worldy.  I used to walk into this local church I loved it, it smelled old, the pews were ugly, the songs were old…we didn’t have the new…in fact even the carpet was old.  I remember when I was a kid sitting under the preaching of a man who God brought fire through.  Preaching that would scare a kid but make him feel blessed all at the same time.  Preaching that 20+ years later rang true in my ears and seeds from so long ago God brought to harvest.  This same church fell apart when Satan came through the doors, this same church scrambled to bring back true worship, and by true I don’t mean the make you skin tingle and goosebumps come up on your arms.  Worship, I mean you feeling it deep in your soul making you realize you’re nothing but by the wonderful grace of God I’m saved kind of worship.  To this day, I’m unsure about this church and many others.  Did God tell you to, or did you decide to add in the things of the world.

    We bring this stuff in and we water it down.  Our preachers have to look cool so they don’t wear their Sunday best, might I add losing all reference to the pulpit.  We have massive bands to preform for the audience, light shows to get you in the mood, and coffee bars to help make it a little more like home.  But for what?  New members?  I’d rather have a congregation of 10 solid believers that a mega church of lukewarm watered down Christians.  What would our forefathers say?  It wouldn’t matter our church would call them legalistic for thinking women should dress in modesty, men should be leaders, children should obey their parents, and preachers should preach the truth.

    This is our modern church.  This is what’s become of our heritage, passed down from generation to generation.  God, to many has become a vending machine, churches a social gathering, and who produced it?  None other than Satan himself.  These entertainment centers we call church are little more than feel good Satan domes where everyone is saved but no one wants to address their sinful ways.  The kicker is what’s coming next.

    Next, God is going to pull back.  Next, God is going to say, you didn’t want it my way so you have it your way.  Next, the Holy Spirit stops manifesting in the church.  But the bad thing is, fast food entitled Christians won’t even know the difference because it’s been so long since they let God do what God does, they won’t even know he’s gone.  Call me legalistic, call me old fashion, tell me I’m wrong that your churches aren’t production facilities.  But I want a church where God is the reason for every season, a church that is more than a social gathering, a church where the Holy Spirit is there every Sunday.  And I want to be a lion among the sheep.  I want to be a man of courage, a leader, a friend, a co worker, a husband after Gods own heart.  I want God to say step and then I move.  But most of all I want to be on fire, not like warm and watered down.