Running in Circles – It’s not all Bad

The other day I was at the playground with my 4yr old boy.  We were not alone.  There were several other kids there, and pretty soon they decided to play hide-n-seek.  Well unlike many homes or church buildings, a playground is not really designed to be chock full of hiding places.  But that didn’t matter.  These 3 little kids played anyway.

My son was the youngest, and soon it was his turn to hide.  The count-down started, and he took off running, then he stopped and turned around and ran in another direction, turned around again, and again,Image and again.  He couldn’t figure out where to hide.  But that didn’t stop him.  After a few revolutions he dove behind a pole.  Which for some reason just couldn’t hide his big silly grin.  This same process went for several turns. For some reason, I’m not sure it was his amazing hiding skills.  He was always the last to be found.

So often in our culture, when we say someone is running in circles, it’s understood to be a bad thing.  We are so driven to reach a goal, have an end project–so result oriented, that we miss the point of just doing or being.  Within our prayers, within our church we need to remember that running in circles is sometimes what we need to be doing.  We need to be spending time in prayer of centering; we need to be spending time sitting together around tables, and in living rooms.  We need to be able to just smile because we are playing as God’s children.

Prayer or Pill and Religious Freedom

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Prayer banner in a public school

This is more of a threat to religious

freedom than

This

Yup. That’s right. I a pastor am certain that religious freedom is threatened more by a prayer than a pill.

We are talking about religious freedom. That is the freedom that the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  This gives us the freedom to worship (or not) as we please.  The  government is kept from establishing a religion–any and all religions. That prayer banner hangs in a public school, thus it is endorsing and establishing that form of belief as the norm. Some people in support of the banner are suggesting that it is not religious. First of all, how can a prayer not be religious?  But if that’s the argument, change the language to “Mother Earth-Goddess” or “Allah” or “Shiva” or even “Satan” and let’s see how loudly they shout to allow it to remain. That banner is only there because the majority is currently and happens to be some brand of Christian. However, the supposed Christians who are fighting for that banner including the ones who are vilifying the young woman need to re-evaluate their faith. Christians are to act in love. Love doesn’t call people names and love doesn’t use force. Love does not endorse might equals right.

Now in regards to the administration’s push to mandate organizations connected to churches to provide coverage for contraception. This is not a war against religious freedom. Every individual is able to worship as he or she believes. However, it is a health care issue. Every man and even every woman can receive the health care he or she requires. If church leaders are so upset that their dollar is being spent in this way, why are they not upset that their money is spent also on building tanks, drones, guns, bombs, child labor and massive destruction of the environment, etc. and so forth.