Castles in the Sand

When the waters rise, will our castles remain?

Trump Casino in Las Vegas

It might cost us our jobs, our friends, or something else to stand up against a man who has the support of the majority of white evangelical Christians. But perhaps that’s the “vessel” God is using Trump to determine: who proclaims the name of Christ actually bowing to the god of political power, and who will trust God, defy the “king’s” command and choose to give up their life (or whatever else) rather than serve or worship any god except their own God

White rose at September 11 Memorial

I want to never forget the hope and support that came in response, as people opened their homes to complete strangers to make sure they had the most comfortable experience possible while stranded. I want to never forget the first responders who did everything they could, including risking their own lives, to save as many as possible.

Pastor speaking on a platform

We can’t afford to be vague. We can’t claim on one hand that the Bible applies to us today and have application points at the end of each sermon while on the other hand try to close our eyes and ignore its impact on the single most powerful secular institution in our nation and lives.

Silhouette of hands raised with the word "Jesus" in the background

A couple issues with this. First, among all the different sects and communities of self-proclaimed (because, as I mentioned above, a lot of them clearly aren’t real) Christians, a lot of these focuses aren’t universally desired. Second – and most importantly – I actually don’t find any support for almost any of these in the words and deeds of Jesus. And if the “Christ” in our term “Christian” is supposed to be Jesus, shouldn’t His words and deeds warrant at least some consideration?

Silhouette of a pastor delivering a sermon

Leaders will be held to a higher standard. And for good reason, because people trust them to provide guidance. Jesus and James warned us of this fact. And even though I’m in no way a formal church leader, that truth terrifies me. Because I know people do look to me to represent Christ, I recognize that I am a leader. And I have been complicit for far too long with a bastardization of Christ’s love.

Handgun in holster on American flag

By all means, let’s keep access to guns that fit the needs to provide personal security. Assault rifles are not part of that category. The goal of the Second Amendment is defense, not attack, both on a personal level and on the level of protecting the nation from tyranny. The presence of these military-grade weapons in our nation are actively undermining our security, costing lives of so many innocent people.