Some people will never let go of the chains that bind them. They will never be free. They will believe what they are told, instead of looking for themselves. They will spend their lives being ruled by an invisible force and shoved in a box that leaves them in a failing state. They will always be bound in the chains they believe are broken, no matter how tight or immoral they get. They will seek to get others to bind themselves in those same chains and believe they are doing it in love and for freedom.
Me, I’m free. I went through the crazy. I was bound by the chains. I dug for the truth and my chains are no more. The truth did set me free and I am free indeed.
Christianity different sects (these are the ones documented in a book I’m reading, updates to come.)
-which has 70 separate sects of Churches
-which has 30 separate sects of churches
– 150 different sects of the Holiness Church
–Church of the Nazarene
–Christian and Missionary Alliance
Church of Christ (Scientist)
This is how many are listed, in the book I’m reading, I know there are more, but just let this set in for a moment.
When Tina Turner sang “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” I think she was sing this song for more than its surface purpose, the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. I think maybe she had a hope for her generation to move past the chaos and into a time of peace, if not, that’s what I’ve gotten from it. Unfortunately, her generation has failed and ours is rising.
Our parents generation was not able to come together because of the white races oppression of others or their contentment with that oppression. Our generation has begun to bridge the gap they left us.
“Out of the ruins, out from the wreckage
Can’t make the same mistakes this time
We are the children, the last generation
We are the ones they left behind
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change?
Living under the fear, till nothing else remains
We don’t need another hero,
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome
Looking for something we can rely on
There’s got to be something better out there.
Mmmm, love and compassion, their day is coming
All else are castles built in the air
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change?
Living under the fear, till nothing else remains.”
Reading those lyrics, I see what’s happened in our nation and in our world. We have been a race, the human race that has allowed the past to repeat itself for centuries. We can’t make the same mistakes they made, we have to be better than they were and are. We have been left with a past full of hate and pain, but we don’t have to allow that to remain. We have to a chance, because we are learning to come together as people, as the human race. We aren’t afraid to stand together in our beautiful unique rainbow of shades of human, we are willing to stand together in love and compassion for one another. That’s what makes us better and different. It’s up to us, to love each other and help each other through this time.
The evil that is leading OUR land will not and has not ripped us apart, it’s ripped the old backwards thinking apart from the compassionate loving thinking. I know we have been angry at the things that are happening in our country, I’m right there with all of you, but once these horrible men (because the majority of the ones leading this land are just that) are replace with us, with the better, we will make this land and this world a better place. I will not be my parents or grandparents generations, I will be my own. I will fight racism until it’s gone and actually is a thing in museums we can learn about, never to repeat again. We will find peace to co-exist in other ways, because we are already doing it.
We are the last generation that the hate and contempt for ourselves will be. We are the generation that will pull humanity out of the ashes that we were left with. We are the ones we can rely on to make this happen, us. So don’t let what’s been going on defeat you, just stand next to your brother’s and sisters and lock arms and keep moving forward.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26
My response to this text:
I’ve not lost my soul, for that has always been the creators. What I’ve lost or given up freely rather is the human idea that the Creator fits in a box or a book written 2500 years ago, had books removed from it, been translated and rewritten meant times, had words changed in it, has many different versions, and the one based in America doesn’t match even the dead Sea scrolls. From that I’ve gained peace and calm in myself and learned to live myself and just be who I am.
I posted this on one of my pages:
Since I was young, I’ve always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other. – (Four) Veronica Roth
I got a response from a Christan acquaintance, stating:
Maybe, if we follow our Lord…anything else is more damage…everyone has an agenda.
My response to this, was as follows:
We can follow God all we want, but it’s up to us to take action and lean on others when we need human connection and support. That’s why we have each other.
We have free will, which in turn means that God will not step in and fix all that ails us. That’s why we have each other. Not everyone has an agenda to hurt us, there are many that will stand by us and help as our brokenness mends. Some allow religion and shallow beliefs to get in the way of helping others. They value religion or how they think everyone should live over the well being of their neighbor.
For example I know a lot of Christians at least back home, because of fear tactics that are all for the ban of refugees. That’s putting religion above human life. I try to point out to them the fact that in America the majority of attacks have been by Christan extremists or whitest supremacists than any Muslims. That has been on the rise since someone lit a fire of hate against minorities a couple of years ago. Not to mention, the very Christ they worship was Middle Eastern and he was all about helping those in need and loving your neighbor.
I know I have not healed alone by religion, it was me trying to depend on religion to heal me that messed me up so bad in the first place. We may think we are healing, but the longer we leave the emotional damage in our lives, and do not take action to heal, the more it will affect our overall well being and our relationships with others. The support I’ve had since I allowed support of others in my life, has helped me get to a place of mending.
In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “we are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.”