Posted on Election Day: November 6, 2012
Four years ago I was sitting in my friend Shawn Bruffett Elessawy's apartment with Scott Manning, and Trent Redmond watching the election results in Tampa, FL. I was so sure of an Obama win. And then Florida went blue. I remember that night like it was yesterday. Tears, hugs, cheers, and all manners of delights.
This year, I live 3100 miles away in Seattle, WA. The world is different, the country
It's actually quite scary to me. Having once been staunchly conservative and now having left those rags behind me in favor of a Spiritual experience that is far more evolving and creative in finding many ways to express the universal law of love, I am deeply saddened how I once believed so small and so limited.
To my counterparts that have yet to make that process I challenge you this: live some place for a while away from your conservative roots. Don't worry, you won't shrivel up and die. Befriend someone who has a far different story than your own, who might be of a different race, a different religion or spiritual path, a different sexual orientation, a different gender, or from a different part of the world. Open your mind (yes, I know that is a challenge for some of you). Associate with someone from a different country that sees things quite differently than yourself.
For those of you out to save the world in Jesus' name, please talk less and listen more. Having been in your ranks I can tell you that you have often done more damage than you've done for good. Read a book that challenges your views. Be open to the possibility of being wrong. Realize that there is no one right way to live. Acknowledge the privileges that have been afforded you in your life that others may not have. And don't be so quick to assess and judge a situation just on the basis that you yourself would "never" do it. Never say never! Become an ally with someone who's rights are impeded upon. Stand by someone who's struggle you may not necessarily relate to but who is trying to do and gain rights for their people (whoever their group is).
Look at issues that you have a hard-line stance on and honestly talk with those who are dealing with these situations. Be it immigration, gay rights, civil rights, abortion, healthcare, etc. These are not black and white issues as you once thought. Wrestle with it. Walk a moment in their shoes. STOP TRYING TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS! Just listen to their stories. Seek to understand before you are sought to be understood.
And for goodness sakes, don't stop trying to educate yourself. Do your research. Reject group think. And yes, take a sabbatical from church once in a while. There is such a thing called tunnel vision and over time it does affect intelligence. God gave you a brain, USE IT! Hone it. Sharpen it. Don't wait for someone else to do it for you!
Seek the truth in what you oppose and the fallacy in what you espouse. Then and only then can you declare the truth you espouse and the fallacy in which you oppose.
Remember that we are all connected. The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. Discover what true love actually is! Judge not lest ye be judged. Remember that Jesus did not stone the woman brought to him in adultery although he was lawfully supposed to. SHOW COMPASSION (to suffer alongside another human being).
Remember that each action has an equal and opposite reaction, what goes around comes around, you reap what you sow, and Karma. These are universal principles. The rights you vote to eliminate now you will one day have to give account for. Justice always marches forward. Don't be so blind to think you are immune. Judgement will always come to the church first. ALWAYS! In the end your walled edifices will not save you if you crush bruised reeds with demands, hypocrisy, and injustice.
Injustice for one is injustice for all! Conquer fear. Embrace love. Accept difference. Create abundance. Use Wisdom. Embrace change. Be a producer not just a consumer. Be real, be human.
And always remember, in unity there is power. How you use that power is up to you!
Posted on Election Night, November 6, 2012
This is what I've seen. With this win I believe it marks the end of the current incarnation of the Republican Party. We are seeing its death right at this very moment. By 2016 the country and the world will look VERY different, racially, economically, civil rightly, etc. Next time we have a Presidential election, we will see some very different dynamics leading us into 2020.
I believe this is the end of a political era in this great nation!
Posted on November 7, 2012
Tonight we took a major step forward in our evolution as a people. I do not see us going back. Our father's and grandfather's politics are fading away. And in many cases we are finally joining the ranks of some of the other 1st world countries of Europe in our civil rights.
The pendulum might one day swing back, but it won't be swinging back to anything we've ever seen before. Conservatism, after tonight, almost only exists in fiscal matters only. More and more we are refusing to tolerate Social Conservatism in our homes, our bodies, or in our beds.
I'm sorry Social Conservatives, your Jesus is dying on the cross again. This time He's not coming back. I like the tone of Social Justice Jesus better anyway!
May the Spirit and Law of True Love Reign!
Posted on November 8, 2012
(This post goes very well with my essay "Poisoning the Well" written back in 2007).
The more I read the more furious I get!!!
Here me, all you Evangelical, self-proclaimed born-again, rapture ready Christians. And here me well!
I have once been in your ranks and no more! I speak your language, but I do not hold your flawed tactics. I have witnessed you destroy the lives of sane and beautiful human beings in your vile judgments and hatred of what "you" thought was unholy. I have
You have stood in your bully pulpits and spoke against those who often love much more rapturously than you do in your 50% divorce rate! You tried to coerce, persuade, threaten those that may not be like you to change, only for them to become worse than when they met you. The help you offered came with strings attached. You have repeatedly claimed that America was failing, that it was slipping to hell, that it was crumbling, but it was YOU, yes YOU and your thirst for war and powermongering that led us to the brink of economic disaster. While claiming on one hand that we should love our neighbors, on the other hand you tout that every man is on his own! You have greatly influenced a party that has led us into war again and again while also cutting the help to rebuild the lives that litter your own shores! And the list of your absurdities continues onward and upward. You have tarnished what was supposed to be "Good News," and coupled with your inability to accept common truths about the world, common facts about how the universe works, and obvious scientific advances that exalt the very mind that God created, have threatened to plunge us back into a dark age of small thinking, limited potential, crushed freedoms, and fear.
I say no more! By now you have seen that others have stood up to reclaim their freedoms. You are afraid.
And you should be!
Your influence in the political realm is waning. It was never supposed to be there. And now I witness the reeling and hurling of insults at Obama, one that beat you at your own game; a game YOU thought was rigged in YOUR favor! I watched your convention. I saw how you called on the name of God to right what you thought was so very wrong; to right mistakes you helped create! You like to invoke the name of God upon your mess and then think that it will be honored and blessed. NO!!!
If you live by the sword, you shall die by the sword! A fool and his money shall soon depart! And we are all watching your finger pointing and your internal tumults. There is a saying that when evil destroys good (or attempts to and fails) it then turns on itself. Your house is filled with vipers, thieves, and robbers. May you consume yourself as you have tried to consume others!
Posted on November 10, 2012
I don't think we should lose sight of what has happened this week! We were witnesses to history yet again. In 50 years this will be taught in our schools to our children (of course, also sooner than that). The shift has happened. It didn't
A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have been shed for this moment. And a lot of lives lost. But justice marches ever forward.
I know some of you would rather put all this business behind us, but realize that in 2015 we will be doing this all over again. With even GREATER ramifications for this country and the world! (It'll only get bigger from here on out folks) Things have forever changed. I'm just glad that in my lifetime I will see some of the most amazing political, social, and civil shifts this country has ever known!
Posted on November 13, 2012
Several years ago (back in the 90's) my mother used to subscribe to "Essence" magazine. I remember on one of the covers was written, "Why are white people afraid of black people?" I always found the title very interesting and profound.
Fast forward two decades later and we have a black president and a massive uproar. I, honestly, can not think of how Obama has made our country any worse than Bush
Pictures of the word nigger, monkey, coon, of Obama with a noose around his neck, etc. is forcing me to accept that perhaps this really is primarily about race. I see white people on the TV astounded that he won, I read twitter posts of white people calling Obama all manners of hellish things. I read of white people signing petitions to secede. I just see white people doing some crazy ass shit!!!
I know this post is probably speaking to the choir but I really want a conversation about this.
What is it about minorities (blacks in general) that these white people hate so much? And what does that say about our country? And what does that say about white people? When I hear people say they are post race and that they don't see race, I think that's a bunch of bullshit! Obviously race is a major factor.
So, is there still some historical deep seated ideology that the slave never should have risen to such prestige? That we were still meant to be nothing more than entertainment on the fields, courts, and television sets of America and that we should have always stayed below and at service to the white man?
Although I believe in freedom of speech, freedom of speech often has a cost. That cost often leads to death. We've lost some amazing shakers and movers in the world due to the language and antiquated ideologies that some people held.