Month: January 2017

Jesism’s Take on Being Gay, Trans, Gender Fluid, Etc…

As Jesism has become more widespread, we’re getting more questions about our “official” stance on certain issues. One is about LGBTQ issues, since the more traditional Jesus people tend to be so conflicted on the issue. So we wanted to address that question here today, even though we try to be very limited on the “official” stances that we take as an organization. So here goes:

There is no issue as far as we are concerned. Everyone can be who they want to be when it comes to gender and sexuality, and other people don’t need to have an opinion about it. If the Bible does say anything about sexuality and gender, it is only the opinion of the writers based on the culture and biases of their day. Jesus was never recorded as having spoke about it, so it must not have been a big thing to him. If someone has a problem with another persons gender or sexual identity that is on them, and it means they need to grow deeper in their theological and world view.

In fact, to bring the whole thing around full circle, when many LGBTQ people are asked how they identify their sexual identity, they simply respond “I am”…

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Finding Peace

With so much going on in the world I’ve noticed lately that so many of us are worn out, worried, and anxious about the future. And while that is perfectly understandable given the circumstances, I think for some of us a little boost is needed to take on 2017 with everything we’ve got. In order to do that, we need to center in again on our peace and strength. We can’t help others and fight the good fight if we are depleted and defeated ourselves.

We hear the words of Jesus cited often, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” We might call that a very early way to say “be in the Now.”  But how’s a person to do that?

Point one is to manage that little thought cloud that follows us everywhere. As most of us already know from experience, when we have idle time on our hands, we often spend some of that time worrying about things – and that worry can be the greatest thief of our joy and peace in life. It can just wear us out… And also render us pretty ineffective.

Think about it.  How many times have you had time on your hands to think (in the shower, driving, in bed before falling asleep, meditating) and find much of that time being spent worrying about the regrets of the past and fears of the future? Our inherent human nature is to be worrisome; hence why so many of us do everything we can throughout the day to stay plugged in to a distraction (TV, Ipod, phone calls, facebook, reading, work, texting, going out, and uhm… blogging, etc…).

There is an old saying by Lao Tzu which goes:

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