Morning meditation 7.4.15

Morning meditation 7.4.15

Morning meditation 7.4.15

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a fourth of July parade, but it is my intention to go to the one in my hometown today. But I’m sure I will incur some wrath by those who don’t understand that I don’t say the Pledge of Allegiance nor do I stand when others do for it.

You see, I believe in ideals that are bigger than the United States of America; I pledge allegiance to the kingdom of God and all of its inhabitants therein, I pledge allegiance to doing my part ushering forth Perfect Shalom and Tikkun Olam, I pledge allegiance to not seeing the world as a bad place getting worse, I pledge allegiance to those who are deemed enemies, I pledge allegiance to those who are subjugated to torture and life in prison, I pledge allegiance to minorities social outcasts the marginalized the wounded the hurt the broken, I pledge allegiance to my LGBTQ brothers and sisters, I pledge allegiance to my brothers and sisters of all faith traditions, I pledge allegiance to my brothers and sisters for atheists and agnostics, I pledge allegiance to whoever I have wronged and whoever the church has wronged…

These are those that I pledge my allegiance and solidarity to, because the kingdom of God is bigger than flags and nations. May my pledge and my love be louder than the Pledge Of Allegiance!


Freedom of Religion in the United States

Editor’s note – I don’t want to get into political debates, discussions perhaps, but I’m straying away from politics because it’s my intention not to vote in the two party dictatorship that is voting in the United States of America. I will be addressing some things, but I’m not going to go deep because it is a deep deep hole and it’s a pain in the ass to climb out such a hole. Enjoy…perhaps?

It strikes me at times Christians who live in America advocate for Freedom of Religion and what it entails, but the thing is, they make it out to be a for Christians only issue…uh…what?

Muslims who live in America can’t practice their own religion?

Jews who live in America can’t practice their own religion?

Baha’i who live in America can’t practice their own religion?

Those who practice Hindu and live in America can’t practice their own religion?

It perplexes me that some Christians hold such views, because it is very limiting to state who can practice insert religion here and who cannot. Granted some of the things the original writers of The Constitution did try to limit certain liberties to themselves and other rich white people who owned slaves, which has been cleared up since then (thank goodness), but it seems like there’s a lot of self-imposing that is what it is…unconstitutional.
I’ve even heard people murmur that “Obama’s a Muslim” and to be honest, I don’t know his heart, only God does, but seriously? Are Muslims not capable of running a country?

That’s all I’ll say about these issues,

[Why] I’m [Probably] not going to vote for a President this year

In this great two party dictatorship of ours, we the people of the United States are no longer important when it comes to the voting process for President. As one who has had an interest in politics since ’91-92, I’ve decided to give politics a break because what truly matters will not be addressed by politicians or Presidents or candidates for primaries. There’s also the factor that I agree with (whoever said it first, I don’t know) that politicians should wear decals of the companies that “sponsor” them like inNascar.

Politics used to intrigue me, because it looked like change was happening and that there was some sway to my views being acted upon by the ones I elected into their [dis]respected offices, but I’ve grown disenchanted with it all, “meet the new boss same as the old boss” seems to be the theme, plus there’s the dynamic where behind-the-scenes people working for politicians will dredge up any kind of shit they can that they will use against the other person; as the election year gets closer this seems to be a machine working overtime, a hate-filled sludge machine.

Now some might suggest that I vote for another party apart from the GOP and Democrat, which ideally I would but the thing is the odds up to this point for someone who’s not aligned with the GOP or Democrat party are against them, if anything it takes away votes from either but that’s about all it does.

I think, I don’t know for sure, that if you had more informed voters and better odds for outlier candidates, things could start to turn around in politics for me. If I knew that a guy or gal I voted for who was, say of the Green Party, had an equal foothold in the election race, then I would be up for voting. Yet politicians strike me as smiling sharks with lots of teeth and companies to please which they spin it into “We the People”, our views our no longer valid, a majority of votes will not change the face of politics and the world at large. We need leaders local, national and even global who will standup for valid changes within our glocal (global+local) world.

I have faith in God, what he’s doing and the good things people are doing in his name…but so often I look at politics and shake my head at the messes unaddressed.

Be the change you want to see begins with me,