Wednesday, August 29, 2012

May This Circle Be Unbroken

One of the things we need to question in our evangelical quest to “save as many souls as possible before all hell breaks loose" is, who, how and why.

But I keep going back to what Jesus said about himself and the Father. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:44

Well, that’s fine and dandy, except, what if the Father never calls this person?  What do we do then?  I suppose we tell them “Tough luck kid, I guess you’re going to be punished in hell for the next zillion years even though you didn’t have a chance to begin with!” (There is a Christian denomination that thinks this way)

That doesn’t seem to be fair, especially from a loving God and for such a short, miserable life this person had. And how would we ever know if God is calling them later or not?  Should we give up? Try to save them ourselves?  Wait on the Lord as some would say? (Waiting is not a bad idea by the way)

But we are still in panic mode trying our best and hope to God that all these otherwise nice people don’t go to hell.

What work we do! What love for these people we must have!  What commitment, zeal…and full of ourselves!  What a waste of time! And God seems to be doing absolutely nothing unless we act!  We say "We are doing the work for the Lord" as if the Lord asked us to do the work for him.

Seems foolish to me, considering how weak and broken I am.  So I am reminded of the foolishness of God which is still far wiser than mans wisdom. 1Cor. 1:25  Maybe we are missing something here.

Because there is another verse which seems to contradict the first one, where Jesus said, “No one can come unto the Father except through me" John 14:6

Stop the car! Pull over! Let’s pull the map out and read it again!  First, we can’t go to Jesus unless the Father draws us to him, and we cannot go to the Father except through Jesus, whom we cannot go to unless the Father, (which we cannot access without Jesus) draws us to Jesus!! What gives?


If the only way we can access the Father is through Jesus and the only way we can access Jesus is from the Fathers invitation, then we can only assume we are already in contact with both, Father and Son!  Or, we have no chance at either one!  How then, can we we resolve this circular puzzle? By the Holy Spirit that was sent by the Father through the Son!!  NOW we see the connection!   Because the Holy Spirit was sent to earth (and by default, to humanity) by Jesus on the day of Pentecost, we are complete in Jesus if you understand that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity as God, (Emanuel; God with us).  This was done already a long time ago!  There is nothing we can do!  If we try to save people thinking they have no access, then we are bypassing what Jesus AND the Father AND the Holy Spirit has done already!  We were not told that we can come to Jesus through evangelism, though by evangelism, we come into the knowledge of our existence in Christ. 

Either we are already in Jesus because of what he did, or there is absolutely no hope for humanity: saints and sinners!

Now what is the evangelist to do? Or have we misunderstood what we are to do?  We think we are called to save souls.  Well, to a limited understanding, yes, but for what, and for whom?  It isn’t a matter of saving people from, but for.  Isn’t our main priority to announce the Good News (Gospel) of God’s Kingdom which, if I’m not too far mistaken, Jesus is King of right now?  If Jesus is the King of a Kingdom, then we can only assume there are subjects (citizens) of that Kingdom. And Jesus’ Kingdom includes all of who the Father called unto Himself through Jesus. So the real question is, what are we “saving” them, or better yet, leading to them understanding, for

All we are called to do is to announce the Good News of this Kingdom and teach all nations to observe and learn their role in this Kingdom! To be disciples. And to help people see who Jesus is, who they are in Jesus, and to help them receive (not get) salvation with understanding (via Holy Spirit) and accept the “already done” into their daily lives.

John 4:35 "Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."

Either we are going round and round trying to save people (just in case Jesus missed a few), or God has already resolved this circular puzzle.

May this circle be unbroken.

“Lord, please open our eyes to your Kingdom already at hand”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ecologically Sound


How much of your Valuable Time, Money and Earth Diminishing Resources are spent on hot, dirty, uncomfortable clothing? Could clothing cause and spread pollution, germs and sickness? Is clothing really worth all of that trouble?


Ecologically speaking, Naturism (living nude) Is Better.

 Why?

Someone once told me that I go through a lot of trouble to go nude.

Well, here is my answer: What does it take to go nude? Nothing! Just don't wear anything. Then what does it take to wear clothes? Just put some on.

Right?

Are we sure?

Then where does a lot of our clothing come from? How much time, money and other resources does this consume? What financial, physical and emotional effort do we put in just to keep clothes on our bodies? What trouble do we go into just to keep someone else from seeing our bodies? How does this effect our ecology? How does this affect our well being?

We plow hundreds of thousands of acres of land of grain, grass and trees under for cotton. We have worked and literally enslaved people to work these cotton fields for cotton. Why? For clothing. Cotton, because of it not being raised for food, is one of the most highly insecticide laden fields we have. Chemical fertilizers and other pollutants are added to cotton. Then we gather it with huge cotton pickin' machines that were created by farm machine companies who also plowed up land for their manufacturing companies to build and sell farm machines. Sale lots also take up land. That's a lot of trouble for clothing.

But wait, there's more! Behind curtain number two, (which was made of cotton) are the cotton mills. Yes, cotton must be turned into yarn and thread. From which is made into cloth. It is also cleaned and dyed as well. That takes lots of water and energy. (Ooops, I forgot the millions of gallons of water to raise the cotton and cause a top soil run-off didn't I?) The water is then run back into our streams and waterways. These mills are large. They take up many acres of land as well. Don't forget the "free parking" the employees are blessed with. That takes up a few acres. And we are talking about a LOT of manufacturers and mills and farms around the world. Accumulate that for acreage!

Now for the clothing manufacturers. Do the mill thing again only replace it with making clothes and using up land in other areas. These manufactures are all around the world, and many countries practically enslave their workers and children to make these clothes cheap! We like that because it gives us more clothing cheaply so we can feel justified and proper! Warehouse these items. More buildings and land.

By the way, all of these items previously and after this are being hauled by large transfer trucks across the country and by ship around the world. Add that to the fuel consumption and pollution.

Now to sell these clothes. Uh-oh! I am afraid that this will step on a few toes of those people who just love to go shopping. In fact, that love has inspired more stores and parking lots and malls than there are manufacturers and cotton fields combined! Everywhere from Large malls with parking lots that are larger than the malls themselves, to yard sales and used clothing stores, people are buying and selling clothes. Expensive clothes. Underwear averages to about three to four dollars each. Multiply that by God knows how many people in the United States alone, not to mention the rest of the world, and that is only underwear (made with cotton).

Whew! Tired yet? Now we got to buy it! But wait! That stuff was not just lying around in a big store just any-ol'-way! It was packaged and labeled and yes, advertised by million dollar advertising agencies that use magazines and newspapers and TV for ads, but we won't go there this time. I'll just let you use your imagination. OK, I'll give you a hint. Trees. Back to the stores. Packaging, more package and boxing companies who use trees and plastics to package these things and bag them. The plastic bags, as tree saving as they are, are also manufactured, using oil products and causing more pollution. (See above for manufacturers.)

Now I am getting tired. But continue we must!

Now we spend hours of our precious family time going to these stores in our big cars (see manufacturers and pollutants), to buy these expensive under, and not yet mentioned, outer wear. Styles. We gotta have today's styles. More hours of buying. (Try getting your kids to re-wear your styles. Good luck.) More hundreds of dollars a year per family. Then next year, all this is out of style again! (Warning: You will find yourself repeating this paragraph for the rest of your life!)

Then we ruin our clothes at our manufacturing jobs, playing, wear and tear, and at the local laundry. Oh yeah! We got to buy clothes for different reasons. Clothes for work, play, church, casual, dress up, dancing, sleeping, vegetating in front of the TV, and swimming! Have you seen the prices of swimwear??? GASP! They are smaller than underwear and tens times as expensive! And we got to watch our weight so we can fit into these miserable sand traps. Weight programs ($$$) to fit into clothes. And if we do lose weight, we have to go back to the store and buy clothes that do fit (more time and $$$). See link to article at bottom of this page.

Now to take care of these clothes. Wash and wear. How simple. If we don't have a washing machine at home, we go to a laundry mat. (Building, parking lot, yada yada.) These machines (see manufacturers and stores that sells washing machines and dryers) use lots and lots of water. Precious drinking water. And that is only one machine of many in one laundry mat of many in one town! Not to mention homes with the same machines. Billions of gallons of polluted water. And of course we all just LOVE to go to a laundry mat and spend hours of quality time there and spend more money! What do towns that are going through water shortages do? Wear dirty clothes? Or allow nudity? Don't water your lawn or garden, but go ahead and wash clothes, we must have them!

How many hours of our time do we spend a year deciding what to wear that day, then iron these "wash and wear" outfits? (they had better match). Now of course, we want to impress our neighbors and friends with our clothing too. Yeah, right. They're too busy trying to impress us!

I'm sure you can think of more to add to this. Now I am tired!

Naturists, however, just get up and do whatever it is people do through out the day and none of the above matters. And you say that WE go through a lot of trouble??? Now don't get me wrong here, I realize that I just gave a good economically sound reason to wear clothes. Job's and money. (We do spend $billions on cleaning up pollution, great job creator here) And cotton is used for more than just clothes. Clothing in itself is not wrong. It is needed for warmth and protection in the winter and for jobs that require safety standards and yes, I realize that some are allergic to the sun and need the protection. However to do all this just to hide our bodies and force others against their will to comply (as if we were slaves), is to say at the least, a lot of trouble and aggravation! Nude is so simple, so clean, so non-polluting and so very cheap.

God had it right the first time!

This original article, which I wrote back in 1997-1999 is posted at http://bacn.bravehost.com/naturism_ecological.html but with some editing by original author for this blog.
For additional reading:
 Nudity is Healthy for Brain and Body