Stop Church Bullies

Stop Church Bullies


Church bullies.

Church bullies have become the public face and shame of Christ.

Church bullies are haters.

Church bullies hatred has spread quickly and wildly like a fungus.

Church bullies torment:

  • our Muslim siblings,
  • our siblings of color,
  • our LGBTQIA siblings,
  • women
  • and all of our other marginalized siblings.

Church bullies declare themselves righteous despite their own sins of

  • pedophilia,
  • adultery,
  • racism
  • and hatred.

 

Where is the rest of Christ’s church?

We hide in our pews.

We are polite.

We are silent.

 

Christ did not call his church to become a place of division, hatred and anger.

Christ did not call his church to be silent.

Stop looking away as they grope our Lord, mock her, take pictures of their evil deeds and toss her into the prison of shame we built for her.

OUCH! She cries out.

The Lord hears her.

She delivers her.

Psalm 34:17

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

Our siblings cry out.

We hear her cries.

We are the body of Christ.

How will we respond?

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

We hear our siblings crying.

The Holy Spirit shakes us.

We hear her voice.

She says, “Wake UP!  Your sister is crying.”

By oppression and judgment she was taken away. Yet who protested? 

Isaiah 53:8

I protest! Do you?

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

Our siblings cry out.

We hear her cries.

Let our love mushroom

Almighty Mother, thank you for your warm embrace. Wake me from my white cocoon. Guide my voice, my steps and my message to create a safe gathering place for everyone to worship you.  A church. Your church. Christ’s church.  We are the Church.

Mama, do not forget the helpless.   Be with and wipe every tear of my sisters who have been raped, bullied or abused. Do not give the wicked the last laugh. We seek your justice. Amen.

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Keep Your Honk to Yourself

Honk. Honk! HONK! HONNNNNKK! Commuting to the city is noisy.

I imagine every tenth car has a shredded horn while mine is rarely ever used.

Why does someone ten cars back feel the need to put all their weight into their horn until their wheels finally start moving?

Either their wrists really hurt by the time they get to work or their cars are automatically wired to honk whenever they stop moving.

Please exercise your road rage in therapy or at the gym because your horn isn’t getting you anywhere.

Have a nice day! Honk. Honk.

 If I HONK without love, I am just plain noisy!

1 Corinthians 13:1

A Grateful Reformation Heart

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who protested? 

Isaiah 53:8

Christ dwell with us as we teach and disciple each other with all the wisdom of the psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude  in our Reformed hearts. 

Colossians 3:16

Great Reformer, 

Thank you for your WORD, your FAITH and your GRACE.

We pray for continued understanding of WORD alone, FAITH alone and GRACE alone as we embrace and love our Muslim siblings, siblings of color, LGBTQ siblings and other marginalized siblings. 

We lift up and pray for our siblings that struggle with embracing your children who may look, pray or love differently. Continue your Reformation in us to end Bullying.

AMEN

#500Reformation

Ash Jumping

Ash Jumping


Forgive me Lord,  I sinned against you, my neighbors and myself.  I have not loved my sisters or myself as you love me.  I’ve sinned.

I am ashamed, have shamed and been shamed.

I’ve been proud and boastful.

Thank you for pulling me out of the ashes.  You never hesitate or deny your love. Thank you for gently dusting me off. Thank you for kissing my ash-filled head and wiping my tears. Thank you for loving me despite my sins.screenshot_20170301-105529

We journey to your cross. Cast our burdens upon your alter. Our sins a pile of ashes.

Praying for a new day, weeping as you sacrifice yourself. We failed your commandments. We failed you. Looking forward to your empty tomb and the promise it holds for everyone you love.

I feel wrapped in your love and forgiveness. Thank you. Amen.

I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:6

Friendly Reminder: How to Treat Refugees

Friendly Reminder: How to Treat Refugees

muslim-girlsThe Christ-like response to refugees:

I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

~ Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

 

The American response to immigrants:

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Reminder: America prides itself on the first immigrants  ‘found’ this already inhabited country.

Do you need help resetting your automatic response to refugees?

Find out how:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

American Civil Liberties Union ACLU

ACLU: We’ll See You in Court: Why Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees Violates the Establishment Clause

This is what Democracy looks like!

Miracle in a Manger

babyWhile in Bethlehem, the time came for the baby to be born, and the mother of God gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them with family or friends.

Luke 2:6-7

Lord, wrap us in your comfort and love. Make sure there is always room in your heart and arms for us to rest. Amen

 

How does Christ comfort you?

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving Blessings

Let your gentleness be evident to all. 

The Lord is near

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

The peace of God, will guard your hearts and your minds.

Philippians 4:5-7

Master Chef,

FEED us

Break the chaotic chains of injustice
Untie the cords of persecution
Set the oppressed free
Break our shackles of prejudice

FEED us

You love everyone regardless of
Race
Faith
Gender or
Who we love and embrace

FEED us

Let your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing gravy flow

FEED us

We cry
You are with us

Break the chaotic chains of injustice
Untie the cords of persecution
Set the oppressed free
and break the shackles of prejudice

FEED us

We lay our anger and pain on your alter.
We seek your light in the darkness

Lord guide us – always

Sharing our food with the hungry
and the poor with shelter—
We clothe our naked brothers and sisters

Loving everyone the way you love us
regardless of
Race
Gender
Faith and
Who they love and embrace.

Wrapped in your love, we give Thanksgiving for feeding us your comfort and grace.

Amen