Christian Author, Novelist, Poet & Blogger
SO, WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR REASONS FOR NOT ACCEPTING JESUS “
The above article and message has appeared on LinkedIn and I felt that site not appropriate for a career related site so I chose to publish my response this on my web site.
First of all, I am not a Christian hater but I feel many of the ways they approach recruitment to be unhealthy.
I resent this being published on a work recruitment site
I was born and raised as a son of a Church of Christ preacher where we attended church three times a week, went every night at meetings and read the bible at least once a week so I come with some experience.
My earlier childhood was an attempt to control me based on fear and guilt. It appeared I was headed for a church-filled life and at the age of 11-12 was already doing a little preaching. Around 13-14 I went through much emotional turmoil as I became sexually aware and again guilt/fear was used to reinforce my parents’ restrictive approach to sex, dancing, cursing, etc. I lived in constant fear and felt unworthy of god and my parents.
Then I became angry as I realized I was brig manipulated and refused church at the age of 13. I have spent a good part of my life in therapy dealing with guilt, fear and feelings of unworthiness
I watched people like me return to their church but, as a result of therapy and a life time of personal contemplation I increasingly moved in the other direction. I deem myself ready to respond to above.
First of all, my question to the question why aren’t more people Christian? I believe a simple definition to a Christian is “a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ.” People groups claiming Christianity include Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Seventh day Adventists, Mormons, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Pentecostal, Baptist including Southern, Nazarenes, Church of Christ, Methodists, etc., etc.
Many believe the path to redemption, and heaven can be achieved only through their sect. Some…Methodists, Episcopalians, etc. take a less rigid approach to the have-to’s. Some even question the divinity of Jesus.
Christianity has, first, a history of being persecuted and struggle to exist. Then Constantine became a Christian and away we go.
It’s sordid history include the decadence, incest, and general power of the middle ages popes. The graft, atrocities, immorality, are many. Then we have the inquisition, the holy wars against Moslem influence and to take back the holy land, etc. Then the Spaniards come to the new world and with extreme cruelty and force, turn the southern hemisphere to Catholicism. In all cases indigenous people are subjugated and decimated by war, new diseases, including STD’s small pox, influenza, leprosy, and general removal. This is all done under the auspices of saving their souls .
My belief is we took many beautiful groups of people who had achieved a state of harmonious living with the land and life they occupied and removed their self-esteem and purpose as a key to their environment.
Some years back, partly as a result of my personal struggles and studies, my concept of god began to change. First, I went through an agnostic period with lots of anger at a deity who, at a whim, let someone die, acquire terrible diseases, etc. Then I professed atheism for a while and now I’m a religious mongrel who believes if there is a thing we can really name ( I am that I am, Yaweh, etc. it must be a moving, ever evolving, ever changing force that we and everything else is a part of. But, this way of living leaves the work and responsibility with each of us. It kicks us out of the nest.
James Cavanaugh, in his poem. “My Easy God Is Gone” says he once knew what god wanted and expected and now he is alone with his choices. The question….are you tough and free enough to go to the intuition in you or do you need an outside god?
Here I stand, a new earthly inhabitant and in immigration I am presented with a catalog, Current Available Religions of the World , must pick one or check “undecided”. There are representatives sitting around the large room. In one corner sits a Buddhist monk meditating in the lotus position. At the opposite corner a Southern Baptist Church minister points his finger at a cowering immigrant…”if you don’t do these things you’ll burn in hell!”….hmmmmm, which to pick…?????
Your touch, a hearty slap on the back.
Your touch, a feathery touch on the arm
May send electric passion through the lines
Your touch, a brush of lips on lips
Sends me through heavens doors to adore
Intimacy new in your feelings for this man.
Gentle touch of a new born child’s hand
Hope for tomorrow in this troubled land
Perhaps a new consciousness across the span
Time forgotten, time where man did not plan
A new respect for the land on which we stand.
A new touch, spreading can begin again
A touch of the human heart spirit and soul.
Oneness with all life, cast the seed to the winds
A connection, new awareness, life we know.
The End of the Day
As the Earth gathers the light
Bundles harvested for another
Day of living and loving or will
Fear steal your heart, a thief of
Security, hope, warmth, love?
Will I see you, silhouette in the door?
Will your heart bleed guilty tears?
Will you flee to someone instead?
With promises no heart ache led.
In lies of the hearts of men who
Care not if your grandmother
Died yesterday, nor cry with you
On your dead brother’s birthday
Love , sincerity of the heart a
Willingness for a brand new start
I stand before you ready to love
A day timeless in our lives where
We work together, hold hands
Lost in kind warm eyes of desire
Alight in sunset, new day on fire.
There Are Those
There are those who amble through life
Ever observant of where they live each
Moment a new chapter in the soul within
Each encounter a new friend to gather in.
There are those born a seamless transition
Into the world we know for it was theirs
Everyone was told on a higher plain that
Already knew the sweet refrain we, in vain
Searching all our lives for a part to sing
In harmony he already knew his part on earth
Gladly his heart was open for anyone to see
An ambassador of the earth to show to heal
His essence is the earth, rock, soil, water with-in
While tears given to pay his respect do not neglect
Yet I think Dave was born to a brand new world as
Setting in our West his new East began, again
Perhaps he’ll honor with a memory of you,
me, we together on a wave trying to help a few
Souls ferry effortlessly over a new riffle
His kindness will sooth you and his gentle
Mist of morning will lift your heart to sing
In memory of Dave Sturtevant
While We Weren’t Looking
The Dalia Lama looked at Obama, took a half bow and the lights went out with a bang! A shadowy hurtling object heading at Obama who yells Hai! and the lights snap on to the scene of Obama in a skin-tight black Ninja suit standing crouched on a 4 foot window ledge twirling upchucks.
- Bravo! Bravo! applaud the Dalia Lama and suddenly a brilliant sunset hits him square in the eyes and the harsh worse “Slap Leather” and a colt 45 lands in his hand twirls twice and shoots the vase off the mantle and they both say in Unisom “how bout that baaaabee!”
- Both examined their weapons ands Obama says wonderingly Bruce……???”off cause! explains Dalia. In tune…Wyatt Up?” oh yea!! look at the notches.!” So what do we watch with our eggs roils tonight? Obama held it proudly. Ah! The Goot the Badt and zee Ugry!”.
- So Obama, no work! News men taking care of it. The Chins are thinking you have convinced North Korea to become Buddhist and Putin thinks you’ve developed some new anti gravity machine. Dalia smiled broadly and said vatch! and he gently rose 6″ off the floor in the lotus position. Obama’s eyes gleamed as the Dalia raised his robes to many twirling fans, “Vant ta buy a vatch?” he smiled broadly
So when will we excape andt well eeet be by motorcycles? Is the launch ready? Everyone iss ready So everyone we invited is going? Everyone important. The island ready? But of cosse! IS the ship ready? of course. Let it be so!
This will be the largest misapropriation of Chinese and American funds ever known!
The end, or beginning.
I am in the process of collecting, sorting, and identifying my poetry into, hopefully, two books. One will be a black/white photography/poetry book similar to the Aux Arcs book with more poetry and the other will be in color using my photography. If you read my poetry I would like you letting me know your favorites