Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones is a poor house cleaner with questionable citizenship status. Her father is murdered before she is born, and her mother becomes a harsh workaholic. Despite her humble lifestyle, Jupiter can't help but sense that her destiny involves something greater. She is correct.

Her destiny involves something far greater than she could imagine. The fate of every living, breathing soul on Earth rests in her hands. Due a one in a million coincidence, she inherits the entire planet. During a very well paced series of events, Jupiter learns a great deal about the purpose of Earth and its inhabitants.

She then embarks on an incredible journey through space to save the planet from its gruesome fate from the family of evil beings who would seek to "harvest" the humans. They use human DNA to keep themselves immortal, and these beings would do anything to harvest the millions of lives on Earth to stay that way.

However, no amount of bribes or threats will sway Jupiter Jones. Her tragic and humble background teaches her that all lives are sacred. She does everything in her power to save the world, even at the risk of her family. For we are more than a rich boy's anti-aging cream. We are more than, as Jupiter's uncle gently points out, a chicken. Each and every one of us is a beloved child of God.

Genesis says, "So, God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

I absolutely adore this film. It is refreshingly original, and it is filled with a balanced amount of sorrow, humor, romance, and action. Most importantly, it bares an incredible message about love, life, and humility.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Christ, the Humble

Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

There are days where I am very ashamed and embarrassed to call myself a Christian. The behavior associated with the Christian name is appalling. I hear it everywhere. There are websites dedicated to it, including one called Sundays are the Worst

As a customer service representative, I have seen this behavior first hand, and what I have experienced is unbelievable. People claiming to be Christians lying and cheating with an unbelievable self-righteous, entitled attitude. If I hadn't been saved already, I would never want anything to do with the kind of god associated to them.

I wish I could say it was exaggerated. I wish I could say the media loves to report nothing but horrible things about the church. I wish I could live with the comfortable ignorance that this kind of behavior didn't drive lost souls away from God, instead of saving them.

However, my own personal experience has taught me different, and the non-believers I've encountered have every right to be angry and not to trust me. Every time I encounter a non believer who wouldn't listen to me, even if Christ himself entered the room, I find myself wondering why. 

Why did the "Christian" who drove you to this impression give him/herself the right to ignore their calling, all for the sake of some personal gratification?

It violates EVERYTHING that Christ called us to do.

In Mathew 28, He commands, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

To those doubtful nonbelievers, I can assure you. You are not alone. The same Christian who look down your nose at you have also spent a good deal of time looking down their nose at their fellow Christian of a more liberal nature, including myself.

How dare I wear that swimsuit.
How dare I wear jeans to church.
How dare I work on a Sunday. 
How dare I enjoy, let alone watch, this or that film.
How dare I support my Reverend mother.
How dare I associate myself with someone running such an "inappropriate" facebook page.
How dare I write down my own personal thoughts.
How dare I be anything else than what they expect me to be.

For this, I say to them, how dare you. 

How dare you for not following calling given to you by Christ himself.

Shame. SHAME. SHAME.

The very definition of Christian is "one who follows Christ."

If you are not using the gospels to guide your daily life, than you have no business calling yourself a Christian.

So, who is Christ?

Christ was a poor, humble, selfless man. He never judged, only taught and forgave. Even knowing he was the son of God, he remained humble before the Lord. He threw himself at the mercy of God, the Father, when he prayed. He resisted Satan's offer to rule the Earth. He took every opportunity to show people God's forgiveness and unconditional love. He dared to associate with society's outcasts. He touched the untouchables. Above all, he lived what he preached.

So, I ask you, my so-called fellow Christians. What have you done to follow His example? What have you done to embody God's unconditional love? What have you done to earn the trust of our lost fellows?

If your answer is nothing, then you need a new approach.