Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I am not offended

These days, so many Christians are up in arms about these things that in my opinion should not be the focal point of our lives. Instead of fighting poverty, or caring for Widows or ending unwanted pregnancies, so many Christians are angry about things like Twilight and Bill Maher's anti-Christian tyrades.However, honestly, alot of that stuff does not offend me. I kind of expect the world to be like that. Romans 1:18-19 says "18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them." The will not understand it unless Christ reveals it to them. The best thing we can do is pray for them.But in the end, we are so upset with how these things are so anti-Christianity and so "immoral" when we, the church really need to take a good look at ourselves. In a sense, born again Christians have become the bloated, overpaid rich church that they so despised in the Catholic church. We have become so obsessed with the ritual and the church that we have forgetten our way. Because of that, we make pretty easy targets for movies and television. In my opinion, we should not see these as insults and attack the media itself. Instead, we should see it as an opportunity to prove them wrong. We should be mobilizing in the streets, loving our neighbor as ourselves. In this economy especially, people need Christ to know that they are safe. Yet instead, we become more sequestered. I don't see many of these things as offensive. Rather I see opportunity. In Genesis 50:20, when Joseph encountered his brother in Egypt, he says "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Instead of being angry about these things, they should motivate us to be better Christians, and therefore, save souls for Christ.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

There is a saying out there that goes "confidence is a funny thing; not enough and you think you are a fool; too much and you are the fool." It seems like that confidence is what it is all about. It seems like in today's society, we are so afraid of being vulnerable because if we are vulnerable, we let people in. And to let people in is to let them be able to hurt you. That alone is why we seek this elusive figure called confidence.If you do not believe me, then tell me, why do you own the things you own? Why do you do the things you do? It's because it makes you feel good. We put on these clothes and drive these nice cars and listen to the trendiest music so that we feel like we belong and that we aren't "strange" or "different." Yet the strangest thing to me is the avoidance of being strange. The most different thing is not accepting that you are different. We have been told by society that we must be monolithic and have our next shopping lists of clothes and cars and entertainment dictated to us by the magazines and the televisions.In the end, this rat race drives us mad. It is scientifically proven that people in more prosperous nations are less happy. Why? Because they have saturated themselves with too much stuff and not enough time learning how to be happy. However, I say it is time to be happy. I say it is time we stop wearing clothes because we are told we have to. I say we drive the car that makes the most sense to us. I say we listen to the music that we want to listen to because it sounds good. And I know that it may sound weird because it seems so obvious but everything is so topsy-turvy. We have become so stupid that we really have to do this stuff.Also we got to stop trying to find comfort in the stuff we have and find more comfort in the things we can't put on credit. Spending more time with God and with family. Instead of being worried about losing you money or stuff, why not tithe, or buy a homeless person a meal? Or why not take your family to Disneyland? I guarantee you will be happier. So I say, stop fretting and feel confident with who you are, not the mold that society tells you to be.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My first blog on this thing

I usually blog on other websites, but welcome to my official blog, the Philosophical Bluesman. Here I will show my thoughts on music, politics, and religion and show some of my terrible poetry. Let's get started:

Woodrow Wilson once quipped about the point of college being to help young men not be like their fathers. Well if that is true, than the point of high school is to be the least like yourself and the most like everybody else. Everybody says that high school is about finding yourself and whee you fit in the world. That's a load of crap. High school is about conforming to what society wants you to be and then knowing your place. You are then forced to fight throug these idiotic cliques in order to fit in, while they strip you of your individuality in exchange for acceptance by your peers. In other words, it's the perfect training facility for corpoprate America.

But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if somebody tried to go against the grain and chose not to worry about fitting in. What if they just chose to be themselves and see if the world would accept them and if not, screw it? What if we stopped going by what we are told to think and feel and instead went by what we actually did think and feel?

Of course, I say this because such a travesty cannot happen in this little microcosm we call high school. People who have morals and values realize that there has to be compromise and wind up drinking on the weekend. The kids who party hard realize that they must be presentable in some way or shape, so they go to church and become involved in student government. Then the losers realize they do not belong in society and choose to sequester themselves from the world and do not even try to interact with others because they are essentially the lepers of high school society.

In the end, there is no hope for high school life. In truth, the best way to find yourself is to live outside of high school while in high school. Then and only then can you be your true self.