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Pentecostals & Secular Politics

"Daniel answered and said: 'Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings.'" - Daniel 2:20-21a (ESV)

The depth of anger which has been manifested openly and without restraint during the 2016 United States Presidential election cycle perhaps has been greater than at any time in a generation or more.  At the center of the debate for many people has been the religious beliefs of the candidates or, perhaps more accurately, what people believe the candidates believe.  On the Democratic side there was an ethnic Jew named Sanders who teeters between agnostic and atheist.  And, though he did much better than many expected, the Vermont Senator fell short of gaining the Democratic nomination for President.  Instead the laurels fell upon Hillary Rodham Clinton, a self-described follower of the "Methodist Tradition," who laid the blame for t…

Pentecostals & Gay Bashing

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)

"You really feel like it's your right to look down your nose at me, don't you?"  That was the statement made to me by a very angry homosexual male.  It was my first time to meet him and the discussion up to that point had been completely neutral and far from any conversation about sexuality.  It was not until the subject of marriage came up that he informed me he was a homosexual.  As more time passed in our conversation, I asked what he did for a living.  He told me and asked what…

Pentecostals & Body Shaming

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." - Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

"Body shaming" is a term which, quite honestly, I was blissfully ignorant of until the past year.  Growing up as an overweight child with thick glasses and all the athleticism of a three-toed sloth, I was constantly bombarded by snide remarks and rude comments in regard to my size, blindness and bumbling ways.  I can't remember ever coming home from school crying because of what other kids had said to me.  I guess I didn't really care or was accepting of the fact that such is what kids do to other kids.  It was in a time when kids didn't commit suicide on LiveLeak beca…