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The Turkey Burrito

The Turkey Burrito

Day number eleventy-nine: I am thankful for vulgar amounts of food that I only eat about twice a year, and complain about having the leftovers for a week after. Also, I’m super excited that come midnight I get to stand in the cold and compete with people for super great deals on stuff I don’t need in the name of baby Jesus.

 That sting a little? I know it reeks of me and my family practice, and really it was covered in self-deprecation, but the fact remains that it is still true, and despite the fact that it kind of hurts my moral convictions, I’m probably going to do little to nothing to change it this year, next year, or anytime in the near future I’d imagine. So why poke myself (and a vast majority of America) with a post like this? Well, I don’t know yet. Maybe that’s something that will get hashed out as I write on. This is just one of those times that the Spirit has come over me and pushed me to start plodding away on my keyboard.

 I read an article last year referring to the holiday season practices of most of us in the Christian world and it convicted me HARD. It was called “The Most Wonderful Sin of the Year” and it came in one of the daily emails I subscribe to. We get to spend little time with our family in the manner in which we should these days due to self imposed hectic schedules and modern day scheduling idolatry and mammon worship, and when we jump into the holiday shift, schedules amp up to make up for the loss of a couple days for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, on those less productive days, we indulge in gluttony that is rivaled only by celebrations like Xerxes 180 day rager he threw prior to divorcing Vashti and starting up his own primitive times version of the bachelor reality tv show. We eat, we consume, we sleep, and then wake up and repeat, in some cases quite a few times over various 48 hour periods.

 Of course, all the while we do get charitable and run in hunger races and pack little boxes of toys for folks all around the world, and that’s great, but is the holiday season the only time we should do this? I don’t think so, but it’s freakin’ HARD to squeeze that stuff into the rest of the year isn’t it? All of that “loving the least of these” stuff is time consuming, emotion consuming work in a lot of cases. It’s just one of those things that continues to knock over tables and crack whips in the center of my brain. So where’s the burrito in all of this? I don’t know that I’m sure, but go ahead and grab a tortilla, spread on some cranberry sauce, throw some sliced turkey and dressing on, top it all off with gravy and wrap it up and enjoy the time with people you love, because community is still important, but remember, don’t even pagans and tax collectors love the folks that are closest to them?

 I’ve had some pretty awesome opportunities to write for some really awesome publications, but down to the original spicy and bigness of the burrito, this is still a blog. So, rambles like this will still show up now and again, but conversation can come from anywhere. So thanks for riding along, and feel free to tangent or drill down for the sake of conversation.

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Ramblings

 

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Thanksgiving?

So, thought would lead us all to believe that based on the timing of year and season, it’d be time for me to write a lesson about Thanksgiving. Well, I would agree – BUT – I feel that you’re typical “Thank God for what you have every day, not just Thanksgiving” type lesson is not what I am aiming for. I am going to spin this a little bit differently. I guess you could say I am going to lay out a little bit of perspective on what we are “thankful” for. Let’s jump into our scripture and, as always, go from there. The scripture is from Philippians 4:4 – 7.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

A lot of people use this scripture to preach the so-called “Fortune Gospel”. Saying that based on this scripture you can ask for anything and God will give it to you if you live the right kind of life.  While it is very true that we should ask God for whatever it is we need in prayer, and EXPECT it to happen, that doesn’t mean we can expect earthly riches.  I personally, have seen healing happen, and I have seen the things that I need “magically line up” but I don’t live in a mansion, nor do I own fancy cars or have “money to burn”.Want proof? No problem. It would be safe to say that the apostles, that is the original disciples of Christ, would have had extremely wealthy lives based on what they did for God, what they did for Christ himself on this earth right? Well lets recap:

Peter, the rock, the main dude, Jesus’ right hand man – he was crucified, upside down, at his own request, during the persecutions of Emperor Nero. He said he was not fit to die in the same way as Christ himself did. To give you a little fun piece of info, the upside down cross that people that are against Christianity use when they think they are “Blaspheming God” or disrespecting Christ, it’s called the cross of St.Peter. News flash all you gothed out Black Metal kids, you are actually paying tribute to St. Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends and the guy most believe to have been the first Pope.

Andrew, Peter’s brother – also crucified – Spread Eagle.

James – Beheaded

Bartholomew – Skinned alive and Beheaded

Thomas aka “Doubting Thomas” – speared to death

Simon – hacked to death

Paul, our dude from Tarsis – Beheaded.

All the rest say they were martyred, just doest go into detail, but hey is execution ever fun? One exception is John. He died of natural causes, but only after being banished to a deserted island. Sounds like a lot of fun eh? All this simply because they chose to follow Christ. So, what does ANY of this have to do with Thanksgiving? Despite what we go through here on this earth, good or bad, we have nothing but good waiting for us in the place that Christ went to prepare for us. We should ALWAYS be “thankful” for that. Now, I’m not saying that you’re gonna die for  following Christ. You may get teased, or even beaten up at the worst, but martyred is a bit of a stretch, but remember all the same that martyr means “witness”. What I am saying, though, is that when God does see it fit that you receive the blessing of a move on the up here in your earthly world, “thankful” is a bit of an understatement for how you need to feel. Your prayer should not be full of “thanksgiving” it should be full of everlasting praise to the Lord that has provided you infinitely more than that extra 20 bucks in your pocket.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Lessons

 

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