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People often ask me why everything I say has to do with the gay community. I am straight and a Christian but discrimination makes me angry. I can’t believe in 2010 if you are gay you can’t defend your country, you can’t marry the person you love, but you can be fired from your job just for being gay. I can’t believe that kids are being bullied so much that they think the only way out is suicide. I know it’s not just kids either.

Any of these things would make me want to speak out against the injustice but the thing that made me an activist and to not be able to shut up about it is the thing that bothers me the most. Christian’s, and I’m sorry to say I was one, using the bible to make people think that God doesn’t love them. I see the most hateful things everyday from people who say they are followers of Christ. They find ways to do away with the thing that Jesus said was the most important. He commanded us to LOVE GOD and to LOVE OTHERS. So take your favorite Leviticus verse and put it in line behind the COMMANDMENT. LOVE!

If you are gay please don’t listen to anyone who tells you that God hates you. God is crazy about you. Other people love you too. Things are going to change in the near future.  🙂

Here is a talk divided into 5 parts. Each start where the last left off. I don’t agree with everything that the Pastor says but I don’t think I agree with everything anyone says. I think his heart is closer to the heart of the guy we claim to be following if you are a Christian. It doesn’t really matter whether you think homosexuality is a sin or not, we are all sinners in one way or another. I dare you to watch the videos and then let us know what you think.  🙂 m
These are from a pretty cool place called Mercy Church in Kansas City.
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The last to videos are a news clip on them and a behind the scenes at there God Loves Gays Rally.

 

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Posted: October 15, 2010 in Mike Adams
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I was stunned at how much more like Jesus this video sounds. It sound much more like Him than the words coming out of many christian’s mouths.

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Please don’t listen to anyone who says God doesn’t love you. He is crazy about you. Other people love you too. Stick around and see that it does get better.

Bishop Gene Robinson

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns

President Obama

Google Employees

Dan Savage & Terry Miller

Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet

Tim Gunn

Kathy Griffin

Governor David Paterson

Neil Patrick Harris

Ellen DeGeneres

Adam Lambert

Star Trek’s George Takei

Glee’s Chris Colfer

Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe

The Trevor Project Website

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Posted: October 8, 2010 in Mike Adams
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I saw this and wasn’t sure at first how far I was going to go with this but decided to go all the way. I’m not trying to offend the tender eared ones but this is important.

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This is the first in a series of set of images to cause you to think, discuss and act.

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EXPELLEDBefore we start know that I don’t want to fight. I am just going to the place that I believe God wants me to go. It’s ok if it isn’t the path for you. 🙂 You have your path.  I just ask that you have an open mind.

Alright. I posted this on my Facebook profile and have taken a bit of heat for it. “We believe that we can overrule Jesus’ central teaching of LOVE if something we view as SIN is involved” I got the idea from a book I am reading called “Jesus, The Bible and Homosexuality” by Dr. Jack Rogers. He talks about it wasn’t very long ago that the Church believed that slavery was not only acceptable but was God’s will. They even were able to provide scripture to back it up. It wasn’t very long ago that African Americans and women did not have the same rights as white men. We are talking about the 60’s and 70’s not the distant past. The point is that the church thought it was right, biblical and in God’s will, but it wasn’t.  I think we need to be very careful how we behave toward the outside world. We have caused a lot of damage. It seems we ought to known as a people of love and grace but we aren’t. We are seen as judgmental and unloving. Our priority should be Loving GOD and Loving People. It’s really what Jesus said was the most important. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 niv We really like to classify sin. Even if you are a Christian you still sin. We all sin. (If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 niv) We just think some sins are worse than others. Sexual sin is the biggest. So you aren’t attracted to members of the same sex, does that make you better because you aren’t tempted? What are you tempted to? How do you do with that? “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-3 niv. Sin doesn’t send someone to Hell, it’s your relationship or lack that picks your final destination. Jesus said LOVE. Please lets LOVE. If I’m not a Christian and society says its ok to sleep together before marriage (and it does) what can I possible say that will make someone think sex before marriage is wrong? How about if a person is Gay. Society says its ok. What could I possibly say that would make them not Gay? Nothing. I could say a lot that might make that person think I’m a jerk and even worse than that that God is a jerk. The whole conversation would shut down. I want to introduce them to the God that loves them and died for them even while they (and we) were sinners. He is able to fix whatever he wants. He’s changing me.

Here is a more in depth article if you want to go deeper.

http://www.soulforce.org/article/homosexuality-bible-gay-christian

I really do know all of the arguments that you are going to use to dissuade me from believing / acting as I do. I don’t want to argue with you about it. If you are offended and don’t want to read anymore please don’t. I LOVE ya! m

Make sure you read the comments on this blog, we go a lot further with this topic. (the link for the comments is at the top). Also please take the time to do our poll below. It tracks answers not who said what. 🙂

LOVE the Greatest Commandment

unicorn I have always been a big movie guy, if you know me well you know this. Over the past few months I have started to hear things about having expectations versus the real outcome. We expect things to go a certain way and when they don’t … disappointment. Jesus’ followers expected He was going to overthrow the Romans and rule but He got executed and they were shocked. So they quit the ministry and went back to fishin’. It’s not what they expected.

What the heck does this have to do with movies, being ripped off or freakin’ unicorns? It does. As many of my mind changes involve the author Donald Miller (see previous posts if you don’t know what I’m talking about). We went and saw him last week and learned some stuff. Films are all about Story. You need to have a likable  or at least interesting character, you need to have conflict and then you need resolution. So the rip-off comes when we watch the film and Meg Ryan kisses Tom Hanks on the Empire State Building and they live happily ever after. Rocky Balboa calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As the ring announcer declares the fight for Apollo Creed by virtue of a split decision, Adrian and Rocky embrace while they profess their love to one another, not caring about the results of the fight and everyone lives happily ever after. The thing is nobody lives happily ever after. Don Miller said he thought that if he had a bestselling book and fat stacks of cash then he thought he wouldn’t have any problems and would even be able to talk to animals. Sounds silly but I bet you think there is something out there if you had it you would be happy. There isn’t and you won’t. Our story will resolve someday, and we’ll be dead when it happens.

I heard that we spend 67 billion dollars on foreign aid, helping people who don’t have enough food and water, get food and water. Sounds like a lot of money huh? Well somebody spends something like 280 billion on advertising. Trying to get you to think you need things you don’t. If you brush with this toothpaste people will like you, if you drink this beer you’ll get laid, if you don’t feed your baby this you are a bad parent. But if you do buy all of these thing you will live happily ever after and be able to talk to animals.

So what should we do? I’m going to still watch movies and TV but I’m going to try and not be looking for this fulfillment that I’m not going to find. If you want your life to be a great story that has a great resolution at your death then make a great story. You are really in control of your story. Love others, help people, serve , give, sacrifice, and be a blessing!

Live Loved! m

So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore

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Much of these ideas came from the book “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore”. You can download it and read it for free. Here:

So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore

Here are some of the things I am chewing on this week:

Does Trusting God to do what I think is best really trusting Him?

Trusting God is to allow Him to do whatever He desires. If I focus that trust on a specific outcome am I just trying to manipulate Him.

Don’t just think of the ways I can fix something, in hindsight it is rarely my idea that He uses.

Day to Day, I can do whatever He puts before me. Savor it without striving and trying to make something happen. Enjoy the process. I can trust His plan. I’m not really in control anyway but I can trust Him.

God meets your needs day by day.

In the moment celebrate what is before you.

Don’t defend yourself.

singing is not Worship, attendance is not Fellowship and rule keeping is not Relationship

Jesus didn’t leave us with a system but a Spirit.

We don’t want ONE to become a less controlled replication of the same institution. Don’t try and get from each other what should come from God.

Lets not try and figure out the best formula to “do” church. Just do life, talk about what is happening and get to know Him more.

Our participation in the Body should be much more than just here.

We will do whatever He gives us to do whith whoever He gives us to do it with.

Equip people to know Him first.

Intentionally walk together as an expression of community, Listening to God together. Sharing lives and resources. Encouraging and Caring for each other and doing whatever else God might ask us to do.

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It's really been less than 5.

My mind keeps having to change and it is becoming more open. I really believe that as a follower of Jesus there should be a bunch of paradigm shifts (A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality) I think I’ve spoken of this before but heck I’m 43 now and my memory isn’t the best so I’ll go over it again. Once again we should have serious mind changes. You see we don’t have it all figured out and if we are becoming better then we have to change our mind. I’m different than I was 5 years ago and I’m different than was 5 weeks ago. So here are some things I have heard in the last few weeks that changed my mind …

I’ve been chewing on this one for a while. Churches I have been a part of have often really been down on people with obvious sin in their lives. I don’t think God really quantifies sin like we do. We have real problems with specific “sins”. Sexual sins always cause the most anger. So if you have an obvious sin in your life we are likely to think less of you. So the less obvious sin in your life the more the church exalts you and you can serve and move into leadership. So does this mean you don’t have sin. No! You sin and if God doesn’t quantify sin then should we? No. So imagine that society has told you all your life that it is ok to live together before marriage. What am I going to say to you that will change your mind? Nothing. What might happen if I beat you over the head with my beliefs? I will be less likely to be able to introduce you to the real God. Not the one we have made up. So imagine you are Homosexual. Society has, once again, said for your whole life that Homosexuality is acceptable. What could I possible say that could make you no longer gay? Nothing. Could I beat you over the head with my beliefs and lose the opportunity to show you what Jesus was really like? Yes. Which is more important? Proving you wrong or representing God correctly. We should introduce people to God and then trust Him to change the things he wants changed. He is working on plenty of things in me and I don’t have time to fix you. I can’t anyway. This doesn’t mean I don’t care or that we shouldn’t try and assist each other but it does mean that you had better really love someone before you try and correct them.

Walking toward God is walking away from sin.

We Don’t want to try and teach people how to “Act” christian we want to introduce and foster a relationship with the real living God.

I’m not talking about moral relativism. Truth is truth, if it is true for me it is true for you but I am talking about allowing people to discover truth at a different pace and in different time frames.

You cannot squeeze a caterpillar into a butterfly mold and make it fly. That kind of transformation happens from the inside.

Supposing We Really Found Him – It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. ‘Look out!’ we cry, ‘it’s alive’. And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back – I would have done so myself if I could – and proceed no further with Christianity. An ‘impersonal God’ – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘Man’s search for God!’) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? – C.S. Lewis from Miracles
Supposing We Really Found Him – It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. ‘Look out!’ we cry, ‘it’s alive’. And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back – I would have done so myself if I could – and proceed no further with Christianity. An ‘impersonal God’ – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘Man’s search for God!’) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? – C.S. Lewis from Miracles
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