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Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Safe in the church??

posted by Ruth Graham

Speaking of “safe places”…Would you put the fish bowl down on the floor in front of a cat? Would you put a martini in front of an alcoholic?

The Catholic Church has been plagued with scandals of sexual abuse. Young boys have been sexually abused by priests for years. It has nearly torn the Church in two.  It has left the young men confused, scared and living in the shadows – for years. They were horrible crimes against these young people by the ones they were taught to trust. The priests were in a place to teac impressionable minds about the ways and nature of God. Their trust was betrayed.

And now the Pope says he is willing for those with homosexual tendencies to in serve in the priesthood. Does that make sense to you?

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He says he isn’t the “one to judge”. He is in a place of authority – he should be, maybe not judging, but discerning what is wise. The whole of catholicism looks to him to have good judgment.  Putting homosexual-oriented men in the priesthood seems very foolish and dangerous to me.

I am not saying that every homosexual priest is a predetor of young men. But it is putting temtpation in the way.

And I understand he is saying men with homosexual tendencies but are celebate and living in purity, should be able to serve. Putting them in the priesthod would seem to me to be very difficult on the men. Like having an alcoholic tend bar. Why do it? Why not allow priests to marry women? (I know the ones with homosexual tendecnies would not want to marry a woman so it doesn’t solve that issue.)

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This will have to be handled with great care and wisdom – strict parameters put in place. Something the Catholic Church in recent history has not done well.

I am not being critical of the Church – far from it. But this seems very foolish. Has the agressive homosexual agenda reached into the Vatican? I pray not. Are we letting our culture define our values?

 

 

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The Media, the Kardashians and Gods Laughter

posted by Ruth Graham

Have you noticed how the media has gone from an obsession over fires out West to  Edward Snowden to George Zimmerman to the royal baby? The media sets the agenda – what is important, what is center stage and for how long. Who gave them that power? We did! And we can take it back.

We need to demand real news. I am so sick of the Kardashians. Who are they and why are they important? Good grief. Who made Jay Z in charge – or Beyonce? They are talented celebrities. But that is all. They are not authorities on anything but entertainment. What is the real value of their work? Every once in a while I look at a celebrity website…I have no idea who these people are. I think they just have high-priced publicists who make sure they get to be famous for doing nothing substantial. We support it all by buying and reading or watching their outlets. I, for one call it quits!

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There are fires still raging out west…and there are folks trying to put their lives back together again after a fire. Do we hear about it?  As far as I know Snowden is still in the Moscow airport. What he did was wrong but the media forcused on where he was rather than the government’s intrusion into our privacy. No one is talking about that- or if they are, the media is not reporting it.

I did hear today that Zimmerman helped a family whose car had overturned.  (I am sure someone will find a way to criticize him for it.) And we will be innundated with royal baby speculation. (I’ll enjoy it as much as the next person – maybe more – but in the scheme of things, is it all that important?) The situation in Syria with its staggering numbers of refugees fleeing into neighboring countries is more than tragic. It has the potential to destabilize that whole region which is vital to the world’s stability.  Does the media say much about that? Does our President? Why?

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I am so grateful that I know God is on His throne. The world’s governments may think they are in charge. Wrong. God is. And as our world governments, UN Councils, Supreme Court, State Assemblies, Congress, Senates, Legislators make their pronouncements, “He who sits in the heavens laughs”.

We better pay attention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Night Time Prayer in Light of the Verdict

posted by Ruth Graham

We all grieve that a young man died and another’s has been forever alterted. There is no happy ending here. Two mothers grieve. Two families have lost.

And yet there are those who refuse to let them grieve in peace. The press predicted violence and has cameras and recorders at the ready for any hint of unrest. They thrive on it – manipulate it – because it sells and gets ratings. So many of us fall into their cess pool – and when we do we come out stinking like them. If we don’t pay attention, if we don’t react maybe they will quit stirring and inciting.

Where are the peacemakers?

We are not savages and I refuse to be turned into one. Violence will not bring Trayvon Martin back. Our lives have been altered, for sure, but why compound the pain? Why not honor his life instead of destruction? Buy Skittles and hand them out to the children in your neighbrhood. Start a scholarship for young men – black or white or hispanic. That raises a question: why is George Zimmerman not considered a person of color? Do not Hispanics riase the issue of discrimmination against them because of their color?

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So… you have one race calling another race “racist”. While the third race eggs it on. It is crazy. It’s infamatory.  I am sorry, the word and accusation of “racism” is bandied about too quickly.  Stop it already!

If you think laws should change, go work towards that. Be constructive. We are a nation of laws. We have a justice system, flawed though it be. If you don’t like it get busy and help change it. We have the privilege of voting in this country.

This is from A New Zealand Prayer Book:

Lord, it is night.

The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God.  

It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done; let it be.  

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The night is dark. Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

The night is quiet. Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilites.

In your name we pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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In Defense of Marriage

posted by Ruth Graham

I am offended by the Supreme Court’s ruling this week.

The great King David of Israel said, “Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in Heaven…” (Psalms 119:89)

God’s word has told us that “He created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him male and female…”

God’s word declares, “for this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”  Not male and male; not female and female but, “male and female”.

What part of that is ambiguous? We were not created to be in same-sex marriage. Anatomically, emotionally, spiritually…there are those who will argue a case…but I have to stand on the eternal word of God.

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The Supreme Court of the United States can make any ruling it wants to. They can declare that the moo is made of blue cheese…it doesn’t change the truth…God has said! It’s not open to interpretation. Just because they say it is OK does not mean God does. Good grief…what has our culture stooped to?

I know there are those who would argue differently…the Supreme Court of the United Sates has heard and declared. Compared to the High, Eternal, Holy Court of Heaven they are a puny court – self important.. They have no eternal weight. Only God’s word is eternal.

I have dear friends who are gay/lesbians…I know they rejoice over the decision today. But God does not. And it makes me sad. I love them and want to remain in relationship with them – I want to understand….but I do not agree…God does not agree.

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God has set a standard.

Frederick Buechner is a writer who has inspired me. I love what he writes. He has struggled with his own issues of family secrets and sexuality. I admire him for the fact that while he struggled, he has NOT compromised God’s word and decree.  Oh that there would be others like him!

I fear for our nation that rules against God’s laws…we will reap what we have sown…floods, fires, disease…not that God causes them but God is removing His hand of protection. We have stepped onto a slippery slope. What is next?

 

 

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