Churned Butter

I’m sitting here looking out my window, listening the Willie’s Roadhouse and thinking again.  Warmed by the sun and feel good country songs, I’m sipping my tea and thinking pleasant thoughts. You see my life has been fully lived and the abundance of blessings I have received is humbling. At present it is difficult to think I could have any complaints. Because I don’t.

Yet often my mind turns to others and my butter gets churned. “How can they think that way?” I ask. Did God forget to give them sense? And even for the ones that have it, I would think they would get tired of visiting the ole Hangover Tavern? You know, that place that promises a solution to their problems, but ends up just making them feel sick. Then there are those friends with whom I mostly agree, but on certain matters cause me discomfort or even distress. (Why again are we friends?) For now the view out my window seems a much better friend, especially when it’s sunny in Montana.

But then again there are people who would for sure have their troubles solved if they would only follow my advise. The kind of advise I’m convinced they have been told time and time again. Advice like, learn to be kind, communicate well, and develop some skills and these will make your living not so hard; and stop depending on politicians and judges for your happiness; stop jumping on every popular race baited bandwagon; and for your own sake start reading your bible everyday, your worldview will change for the better.

These truths go for christians too! These christians, are actually my biggest source of consternation. You know the ones I am thinking about. She’s the blue blood who thinks President Trumps twitter feed is too base and reposts “woke” criticisms by that progressive Christian News feed. She’s hoping the President will be replaced by the radical left’s puppet, “Sleepy Joe.” The guy who she hopes will bring the civility of a type of Obama in exchange for expanding antithetical Christian doctrines and postmodern liberal theology. All because to her, “feelings” are more important than policies.

In unmuted defense there were also times in my life when I was unable to find the scent and continue chase. I hope and pray this is her case too (“she/her” is figurative, not a real person). For I too have been wayward, and at one time very lost lost.

Recently, I have found disconnecting from our television, radio broadcasts, and even avoiding many Facebook posts refreshing. While here I am writing on social media, it would probably do you best to stop reading and follow my example rather than continue reading; you know I’m right! I know I’m right!

But for our gluttonous desire to be “in touch” and learn all we can about the ways of the world I find more desirable getting up early, reading my bible, attending church, doing some physical work, eating well, being kind to my neighbor, having some fun, and loving on my wife is a healthy way to live. So not knowing what is being promoted minute by minute by the media is living life blissfully ignorant.

Still, I cannot help imagining what the media is portraying about Trump. Don’t tell me! But I can be almost certain they are talking about his racist behavior, incompetence, about his response to coronavirus, or about his upcoming “stupid” rally. You noticed, I could not imaging anything other than what they are saying about Trump. He is their obsession. It is their goal to ruin him. And this is all that is being promoted in the news. It is why I have shut them off!

My Morning- Not The News

With a sharp aim there can be another way. If we read our bibles and pray for our friends and enemies, well, then you would know it’s wrong of them to do this evil and forgiveness is a healing balm. And how wrong it is to dwell on such things? God, I think, wants us to live a quiet and peaceful life, He actually wants us to be clueless about some matters. Today this is exactly what I’m doing. It’s time to go haul some brush, eat some pizza, visit some friends, love on my wife, and thank God for my  family and my many blessings.

The Imperfect Donald J. Trump

There is an imaginary creature present in Christianity that has troubled me all my life! He is the ideological “perfect” bogeyman. The creature who crawls out from under my bed at night to scare me into ecumenical perfection, or at least that is his intent. But, sadly, this is not an imaginary creature. He is the Christian who insists I need to be free or as free as possible from all my flaws to be used of God! This so called “friend” is the one who says of my behavior, “you are not acting like a mature Christian” and focuses on my every fault, not on how far I have come. The spooky thing about this creature is that I too played the bogeyman as a young believer. I was not a mature Christian, but I was a zealot. I assulted every bad behavior in my friends and family as if they should be aspiring Archbishops. Thank God I no longer have these nightmares.

The bogeymen I find scary today are those who call themselves Christians and sleep with bogeymen. They are always happy (not to say Christian’s should be unhappy). You may know these I’m writing about. They have the same bubbly dispositions as Moody radio hosts or NPR broadcasters who in perfect monotone voice fake their superiority to entice us to accept cultural longings over scripture. These are the kind who seem to live in the perfect home, go to the perfect Church, and usually have a lot more money than you do! They are often the executives who end up as board members or wives of church elders because of their status in their communities not for their godliness. They are the kind who look down on your youth. They say your immoral words and indiscrete behavior tells them you are no good, you are not good enough to go to college or be President! I suspect they would even say you are not good enough to be a plumber in some cases! They confuse your position in life with one’s position in the church where “beyond reproach” matters much more. So what happens if you are just a jock, a landscaper, a middle manager or even an ambitious rich guy trying your best to do right by God? Are you disqualified from living or just in need of sanctifying redemption? In our cancel culture some Christians have been quick to judge and slow to question the accusations against you and President Trump. In my opinion the accusations are little more than subjective opinions, yet, whether these accusations have merit or not, they are being used to rid Christianity of sinners before the cross and the embarrassing Donald Trump from being President, all to protect God’s good name. How arrogant!

If you have not guessed this is my response to the irrational and biblically ignorant opinion piece in the recent Christianity Today article which calls for the impeachment and removal of President Trump!

Let’s face it, some Christian’s don’t trust people unlike themselves; unlike their tribe or the teachings of a particular church, parish, pastor or Pope. Distrust goes beyond politics!

The article, and those who agree with its premise, say, “Christian’s justify President Trump’s bad behavior to the unbelieving world by supporting him.” This mismatched truth holds true if Trump were aspiring to Church leadership or that Archbishop job, but I’ve (surprisingly) not heard him being accused of that! He is our duly elected President and if they did not know already, the grace and redemptive work of God works in imperfect people (I could say the same for Obama).

Regarding government, remember the blessings we derive from Christ are spiritual. The kingdom of God does not consist separately in the wishes of democrats or republicans. Neither does freedom in Christ exist in Christian’s and not civil government. In other words whether we live under the civil laws of God or secular man we still have freedom in Christ. Freedom to worship Him exists no matter who leads our country. Therefore it does not justify us to suppose that President Trump is a polluted human and we should have nothing to do with him. With little justification for impeachment other than an insane eagerness for hurt and revenge, both ignorant pagans and Christians persist with implacable obstanacy, even for the ruin of their false adversary! How Christian is this? They use and support judicial proceedings as a defence of their own perverse conduct. That’s impeachable!

As for me I have personally drawn and quartered the bogeyman under my bed by understanding God’s ways are higher than my ways, and the realization that even people as imperfect as myself and President Trump can be used of God! He has millions of people praying for him, I’m one of them! President Trump is the elected and duly “ordained guardian and vindicator of public innocence, modesty, honor, and tranquility. He, as president, gives aid and protection to the oppressed, he arms with power our military to curb manifest evil-doers and criminals, by whose misconduct the public tranquility is disturbed or harassed.” He feeds the poor with economic policies and restrains licentous behavior with judicial judgements. He avenges the afflictions of the pious at the command of God! All in obedience to the authority of God! This is the role of government, for all mankind for all leaders. If he, like others, is guilty of anything it is that presidents do more than what God asks of them. Chase the monsters away and look for the works of God! Praying for authorities over us is biblical.

So your question is this—which party, which coalition, which collection of leaders and influencers will uphold God’s design for government?” The answer is obvious! The imperfect Donald J. Trump!