Fear of a Brown Nation

Fam,

“Tis the season” – “Deck the Halls” – “Jingle Bells,” are all songs representative of what most deem as the most wonderful time of year. But for many, the words, “Jesus is the Reason” express their beliefs regarding this season. This Christmas season rings different for us for many reasons, but the one we discuss in this podcast has been a large part of discussions everywhere for these past two years. However, the rhetoric these past few months has brought something out in a surprising group of people.

See, the very basis for this season, according to Christianity, is the birth of Jesus. However, the question we ask is, “Are Christians really honoring the one they claim to follow?” I am reminded of the fights over saying, “Merry Christmas” and the screams that “they” want to take Christ out of Christmas. From where we sit, it looks like Christ has been removed from everyday life.

How many Christians remember the story told in Matthew 2:13-18? Here’s a short reminder. Herod, the King of the Jews heard that a new King of the Jews had been born. He wanted the new king dead so Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt. An angel had warned them and told them where to go. They went as refugees seeking asylum because their lives were at risk.

This is what we see from the caravan of migrants headed to our border. They want asylum. They need safety.  It seems that all anyone can think about are the so called jobs that the members of this caravan will take. Or the violence that they seek to perpetrate on the innocent Americans.

I just have a question for these Christians. Where would you be if Egypt had responded to Joseph’s little family the way you are? What if they had been met by a military force with teargas? What must Jesus think of those who claim to follow him?

We must be honest enough to face the fear that is creeping into their hearts and minds. There is no shame in admitting that you are afraid. But your behavior based upon that fear is very shameful.

This is the final show of the year as we are going on hiatus for a few weeks. Please take some time to listen to our past episodes. We wish all of you the best this holiday season.

See you in 2019! Peace and blessings. S.S. & M.T.

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Cognitive Dissonance

Hey Fam,

We have discussed cognitive dissonance before. However, because of the times in which we live, we feel that we need to revisit it. Merriam-Webster’s definition of cognitive dissonance is psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously. In psychology, “Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance, etc.”

When we look at what is going in this country regarding marginalized people and their rights and the fact that so many “Christian” people voted and still support 45, we have to wonder “why”? Cognitive dissonance is one explanation. How else can you explain someone who says that they believe in and follow Jesus, not only behaving but also approving of someone’s bad behavior just to get what they want. So does the end justify the means? It must in their minds.

Matthew 22:36-40 states:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I would recommend that these who purport to be followers of the Christ actually study him.

There are also those who are part of the marginalized groups who support 45 and his policies. I don’t know what that is or what drives it. I do know giving power to those who don’t have your interests at heart is insane. I hope that their minds clear and they come out of the fog.

Peace and blessings. SS & M.T.

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cognitive%20dissonance

https://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive-dissonance.html

ttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22%3A36-40&version=NIV

 

Crazy or Controlled?

Hey Fam,

So many things to talk about…where shall we begin? Well, we began with a quote that has been attributed to Franklin Graham. However, because I was unable to locate any proof that he said it, I ventured to Pat Robertson. This so-called preacher is known for being homophobic and self-righteous. Oh, he also thinks he can control the weather!

We then traversed to Ye land. This is where the normal is not so normal. In fact, it teeters on crazy. Mental health is a touchy subject. But it needs to be brought out of the closet. What the whole world saw, was an embarrassment to those of us who he says he cares about. Being honest, there would have been good points if he had been lucid.

There is much more in the discussion but you have to listen to find out what it is.

Question: Do you think Ye is crazy or is he being controlled? Are we all in the same boat?

Until next time…Peace and Blessings. SS & M.T.

P.S. I promised a link to Bart Ehrman’s information, so here it is.

https://www.bartdehrman.com/barts-biography/

Time to Put the Gloves On

Hey fam,

So good to be back! This show is absolutely about power. We have some very important elections coming up. There are people running for office in our states and both of them are red. We have to do the homework people. There is nothing good about some of these candidates. Rights for LGBTQ folks are on the line. If they can’t take them away, they surely will not give any new ones.

I have a few new heroes. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Dan Reynolds. The first two are my heroes because they gave Brett Kavanaugh all he could handle. He did/would not answer any questions regarding his thoughts on LGBTQ rights, race and Native rights.

With 45 f-ing things up, we have to come through as the champions we are.

As always,

Love & Light…SS & M.T.

This is America

Today’s America looks very different from two years ago. Speaking on behalf of the LGBTQ community alone, the difference is staggering and bordering on being dangerous in way to many cases. This America has a leader that has embarrassed her citizens before the world. This person has kissed a foreign enemy’s a** and called our intelligence agencies liars.

Because we are entering voting season, M.T. wanted to discuss what would be her policy issues were she to run for political office. They are:

  1. Native Americans would be invited to the political table. No one deserves to be there more. Inviting them to be a part of a council that would look after the earth is a no-brainer. Despite all that they have endured, their love and respect for Mother Earth is undeniable.
  2. A new way of training for police officers. A-T-M: Ask-Tell-Make is how police are trained to approach situations. This does not work in many circumstances. The better option would be to Ask-De-Escalate-De-Escalate. Police need to be able to better communicate with those they serve. Training + Accountability = Big Changes
  3. Hate groups are coming out of the woodwork. There is no more shame in being racist. How could there be when the leader of the country is comfortable showing his racist behavior? Hatred must be called out and squashed. Hatred breeds hatred and if it continues the way it is, the citizens of this country may find it very difficult to get along with each other.

Spiritual Studd offered insights on these three points.

  1. Native Americans may seem to have been forced into a space of almost non-existence. Those who go to casinos may think that the casinos are all Natives are known for. However, many Natives came to out to fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. It is evident that they do still have the heart for this land. They deserve respect and a place in government. With social media, their feelings and thoughts are being made known more and more.
  2. Police do need different training. However, videos of white officers in conflict with white people show that they are very capable of de-escalation. The problem in working in areas where people of different backgrounds, nationalities, and races live is that the police are often afraid. To be honest, those considered as minorities have been portrayed in the media as something less than human and many people who have never been around them believe it. It is important that training be developed in which the fear can be discovered and if it cannot be conquered, then that officer does not need to police that area.
  3. The biggest complaint heard after 45’s election was that some people felt that they were not being heard. Now, all many of us hear is the hatred. It’s unfortunate, because many evangelicals are part of the noise. The hypocrisy is so loud. They may destroy the very thing that they think they are working for. All I can say is, for me, I don’t see the Christ of the bible anywhere in this.

“I think that everybody wants to be heard, and the easiest way to be the loudest is to be the hater.” – Tavi Gevinson

The Cult of 45

M.T. and I have been watching a series on A&E called Cults and Extreme Beliefs. If you have not watched it, let’s get you up to speed. It’s an investigative series hosted by Elizabeth Vargas that focuses on why and how people get involved in cults. It also covers some that may not be cults but hold extreme beliefs bordering on cults.

Webster’s definition of a cult is great devotion to a person, an idea or a movement. Another definition is a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. M.T. noticed that there seems to be a mindset among 45’s followers that are like those in a cult. A cult does not have to be a religion. One thing that has been shocking about those who follow him is that most- if not all – claim to be Christians. However, the very things that Christ stood for, compassion, caring for the poor, empathy for immigrants, basically love, is missing. Also, he has been able to do whatever he wants and they turn a blind eye. They make excuses for him. Why? Because they are getting what they want. They are looking forward to the end of the world. I guess the end justifies the means in their eyes.

The problem with that is while people are looking up, the world around them continues to crumble. You know the old saying, “They are so heavenly bound that they are no earthly good.” Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached that point.

As for those within the LGBTQ community who voted for him and still support him, I would like to point you to an article that reveals the truth. Please take time to click the link below.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/07/sean-spicer-confirms-trumps-pro-lgbtq-stance-convention-speech-scam/

Here We Go Again!

Another school shooting. The words I attributed to the governor of Texas were actually from the Lt. Governor’s mouth. This guy is a real winner.  Here’s a link to view those words.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/20/us/texas-lieutenant-governor-dan-patrick-reasons-for-school-shootings/index.html

How many times are we going to hear that the shooter was bullied? Those of us of a certain age were bullied, but did not shoot up the school. We had to walk through it. It was difficult, but it helped us to grow stronger.

45 has also raised his ugly  pen again and wiped out Obama’s protections for Trans prisoners. Now, their biological sex will be used to determine where they will be housed instead of their gender identity. How much more damage will this administration cause  our community?

 

Family Ties

This show was inspired by a story about parents who are supporting their children who happen to be LGBTQ. We within the community have all heard that God does not love us or we cannot be gay and Christian. It is so important that parents support their children who are beginning to accept who they are. Self-Acceptance is the beginning of a healthy life.
Just My Opinion is a podcast geared towards that LGBTQ community. It was created as a way to reassure those within the community of God’s love for them. It is hosted by Spiritual Studd and M.T. and has grown to include discussions about many other controversial topics.
Links:
Survey for Kansas City residents
l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%…6QXkcHtU2tVLA&s=1

WHOSOEVER:
www.facebook.com/groups/2207659776127382/ 

Safe or Safer Spaces

Fam,

Thanks for joining us this week. We discuss safe spaces and what actually constitutes one. Life can be difficult for those of us in any “minority” group. During this time, we are facing increasing violence and hatred. There are people who feel free to let the hatred fly.

So, of course, we seek safe spaces. Places where we can be ourselves are sometimes few, depending upon where you live. The question that some find themselves asking is, “Are there really any safe spaces?”

By now, many of you may have heard about the middle school teacher who is also a white nationalist. If you have not, she is the topic of the Shock Report. The link to the story is posted below.

As always, thank you for listening. We love and appreciate each of you!

Light & Love…SS & MT

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-school-removes-teacher-who-hosted-white-nationalist-podcast-n853096

Time to be Real

Hey Fam,

It’s that time again! We are so happy to deliver a new episode. The news gods have been good to us. The “Shock Report” has become one of our favorite parts of the show. We are making every attempt to improve the show in it’s entertainment value as well as spiritual and newsworthy stories.

In this show we discuss Pennsylvania pastor George Gregory, who was caught in the back seat with a nude man bound with rope sitting in the front seat. How many times has this same story played out? When will you learn?

There is a 12 year old trans gender fluid athlete that has been kicked off of the boy’s football and basketball teams. This kid is the best athlete on the teams and has been told that the only teams that he/she can play on are coed or girls. The link to the story is posted at the bottom.

Of course, there are other stories and its our pleasure to offer our opinions. Thank you all for continuing to listen. If you enjoy them, please like our Facebook page. If you watch the videos, please like them as well.

Light and Love…SS & M.T.

 

https://www.outsports.com/2018/2/8/16989304/junior-white-trans-athlete-football-basketball

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/14/pennsylvania-pastor-says-he-counseling-naked-man-tied-up-his-car/336309002/