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When I was a child, one of our favorite Sunday School choruses was this.
Jesus love the little children,
all the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
they are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
The song still rings true, even if much of the conservative white church has added, "as long as they keep to their place and don't get uppity."

I do not say "evangelical church", because an Evangelical is one who trusts in the gospel (evangelium), the good news of Jesus Christ. That includes me.

Jesus inaugurated his public ministry by quoting from the prophet Isaiah.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
       to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind,
       to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
As I read through the Bible each year, I am more and more drawn to the Hebrew prophets.

After condemning the people of Judah for abandoning the Lord God, Ezekiel adds,
Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.
Micah point us to the right path.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
   And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.
But we have abandoned the gospel of love and put our hope in a gospel of hate.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our nation, for we have sinned grievously against you.
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rdungan1918 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Well written.  The Lord raised up the Chaldeans (Babylon) to punish the Israelites, I fear he is raising ISIS or some version of it to punish us.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Amen - these statements that resonate very deeply with me.

It is way too easy to get lulled into a feeling that 'things are OK'. Then suddenly, you realise they aren't, and universities are burning and the old threats are very real again.

From a corner of the planet where we struggle with this every day, strength.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Grant. Yes, you know the struggle well.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
"A luta continua" - the struggle continues. It becomes a way of life.
Sometimes the struggle is against something clearly definable. Sometimes the struggle is with one's own biases and prejudices. Sometimes it is with complacency. If I am not struggling, I suspect I am becoming too complacent "this side" of home.
Gary Thomas writes of "Spiritual Pathways", and includes the activist as an 'uncomfortable' one. It is, but it is necessary in this fallen world.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes.
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keight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Thank you, Steve.

This is a very important time for all of us. It is very important for all of us to be able to distinguish fear from right and proper anger; and both from all forms of hatred. This is a time to share care, consideration, and love and respect with others; that care, consideration, and love and respect may also be shown to you.

It is especially time to realize the way our system of government's three divisions, bottom line, control the excesses of each other. Take your government seriously, fellow citizens. Learn how it was designed to work, and what safeguards are still in place.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes and amen.
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ShadowRaven2006 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing this. Let us who claim the title of followers of Christ continue to act for and with justice, love, and mercy for all.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Brother Tim.
Blessings,
Steve
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meeden Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
thank you for sharing. God bless
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Ms M.
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The-Infamous-PeeGee Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Paul.
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Mocris Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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PokerMenteur Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't share at all your faith, but I understand what you feel.  gospel of hate are meaningful words to summarize your message.
I must confess that I would have preferred Mickey !
When there's nothing left, remains the laughter
Cheers from Europe
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. The laughter and the ongoing struggle.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I say.. God help us now...
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
"Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations." 

We have really been seeing this big time with the way that some of the "Prosperity Gospel" preachers have held up Trump as some sort of person ordained by God. Ugh.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Or who excuse him as a "baby christian"
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
:clap: :hug:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I tend to "categorize" myself as atheist, only for the fact that people tend to "categorize" themselves.  I don't believe there is a god, simply because I don't need there to be a god.  Some claim that (this is from Penn Jillette) "without a god, what keeps you from raping and killing whoever you want?" and to that I say, "because that is wrong, and not right.  Simply that.  That is all".

I prefer that moral of thinking rather than the "don't kill and rape, because otherwise, you wind up in hell".  I can know you understand that thinking, because the way you express your religious view here (that I've seen at least) seem rather, accurate, I guess is the right word here.

Believe in a god, that's fine and good.  Don't proselytize to me, simply try to be a good person.  That's the end.  What happens after that, who knows.  Hopefully we end up at a spot we are happy with :)

EDIT: Also yes agreed, that first song had always been lovely to me.  It's simple, yet genuinely true.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Something I have been reminding myself of: Trump didn't cause the problem.  He is just the symptom.  WE are the problem -- all of us.  And, the solution to that problem comes from above and from within, not from the White House (or the Supreme Court).

(*sigh*)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I expect this will be remembered as the great white backlash of 2016.

So the struggle goes on as we work by God's grace to change not only ourselves but the power structures.
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup.
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