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Peace be with you!

Hi everyone! I’m your new Gay Christian International Editor-in-Chief, Enrique Molina. I’m an Episcopal Choirmaster.

I’m here for you. I want to help you see past the imperfections of those who preach a message of exclusivity so that you can see the radical inclusiveness Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Creator. No matter who you are or who you love, God loves and accepts YOU just as you are!

Please know that I also served in the Army Chaplain Corp for 3 years. I’m certified in suicide intervention, so if you or someone you know is going through a tough time, you can come to me. You can also come to me personally with any question you might have by emailing me at molina.livingdesign@gmail.com

I’ve updated the blog with a cleaner theme and a very nice banner. I hope you like it. We’ll resume blogging tomorrow. 

Peace,

Enrique

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"However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?"

Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism

Faith without works is dead.

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As someone who was sexually abused this makes me feel ill. So now not only am I a lesbian (an abomination) I’m demon possessed! Just when i thought it couldn’t get any worse.
Jack Chick makes me want to punch something.

As someone who was sexually abused this makes me feel ill. So now not only am I a lesbian (an abomination) I’m demon possessed! Just when i thought it couldn’t get any worse.

Jack Chick makes me want to punch something.

(Source: ohnojackchick)

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The Crucifixion

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I know it’s a day late but today I want to talk about what Crucifixion is really about.

A few of you may have seen the Passion of the Christ, that is probably as close as you will get to what it is like.Most people have only seen sanitized  pictures of Jesus in a loincloth with a bit of blood here and there.

Once sentenced you were scourged. That means a whip with small pieces of bone attached to the tips of the strands. This would literally  rip your skin to shreds. The aim was to cause blood loss so you died more quickly.

Then there was the walk to Golgotha (meaning “place of the skull”) carrying the cross piece of your own crucifix.

Historical inaccuracy No.1 The whole cross was NOT carried. Your arms would be strapped  across the beam where your arms would be nailed/ tied for your execution. This not meant you couldn’t balance so would fall on your face every so often it also caused huge strain on your heart and lungs due to the position your arms are in. Imagine your back on fire as the majority of the crowd jeers and spits on you while you stagger your way to death, knowing your friends are in there somewhere hardly able to look at the agony you are in.

Historical accuracy No.2 You were stripped out of all your clothes. No artfully draped loincloths. That’s right all. Crucifixion was meant to be utterly degrading for even daring  to try and usurp Roman authority (which is why Jesus was crucified, false charges but that’s beside the point), it was a political death, which brings me to historical inaccuracy No.3 the two men Crucified on either side of Jesus could not  have been thieves. Crucifixion was ONLY for people who tried to overthrow their Roman occupiers. In most places they would crucify people in droves (particularly after  a large rebellion) along the sides of the roads. The message? “Mess with Rome this will happen to YOU.”

Historical inaccuracy No.4 The nails would not be through the feet and hands but rather between the two bones of the arm in the wrist (so there was more support for the body) and through the ankles once again to support the body and allow the victim to push themselves up to take the strain off their arms and then sag as it hurt their ankles and legs, the cause of death is a combination of shock, pain, exhaustion  and suffocation due to the way the position compresses the lungs.  Sometimes it could take up to several days for someone to die. Hence the request for the soldiers to break victims legs as it meant they died more quickly.

Jesus refused all attempts to ease his pain, the wine offered him would be laced with a drug to dull his senses and the pain but he refused.And as if it wasn’t enough, Jesus took on the punishment for every sin, past, present and future, He felt the abandonment of God that so many of us feel: "Eloi, Eloi lamach Sabachthani?

"My God….my God. Why have you forsaken me?"


And even after He rose in glory, he still bore the marks of his crucifixion. And He took it back with him to heaven. That suffering became part of the trinity  and is therefore part of God. God knows what it is to be rejected, to be alone, to be lost, to be scared.

And He shares it with us now.

Lord Jesus, help us to remember what you did for us, in it’s full horror and agony. Help us to remember that through that we know how much you love us. Punished for a crime you did not commit and punished for us so we never have to be without you again.

Amen.

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“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-19

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One day I asked Jesus, “How much do you love me?” and He said “This much.” Then he stretched out his arms and died.

- Unknown

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Do they know what it’s like?

I remember a song I used to sing at primary school (which was church run), it was one my favorites:

"Jesus love is very wonderful, Jesus love is very wonderful, Jesus love is very wonderful, oh wonderful love, SO high you can’t get over it, SO low you can’t get under it, SO wide you can’t get round it, oh wonderful love"

Does the church know what it’s like when you realise at fifteen that, that song was a lie? That they lied to me. They didn’t tell me that love was conditional. They didn’t tell me that love that Jesus gave on the cross only counted if I didn’t wake up sweaty and gasping from dreams about girls that I knew would horrify my mother, didn’t count every time I got butterflies when I saw that girl in school.

Warning for attempted suicide trigger under the cut:

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missmeaganlouise:

You know all those wonderful Conservative parents who proceed to abandon, kick out, or cut off their children for any reason (including, but not limited to a child’s sexuality)?
Well here we go:

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)

(via jof)

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The Bethel Confession was authored by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hermann Sasse, and others during August 1933, in order to oppose the false teachings that were flooding the German protestant church after the victory of the German Christians at the church election of July, 1933.

-Ian