Sunday Faith Blog

A U.S. Marine enters the Catholic Church confessional booth in Manitowish Waters, WI

He says, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. Last night, I beat the ever living crap out of a flag burning, cop hating, anti-Trump protester.”

The priest says, “My son, I am here to forgive your sins, not to discuss your community service.”

Z: This has made the email rounds but I wanted to share it with you … in the hopes that we can somehow teach, enlighten and make more patriotic those flag burning, cop hating, anti-Trump protesters.     OK, stop laughing!  It’s probably not possible, but I do hope that we take the higher road and somehow love instead of ‘beat the ever living crap’ out of those who don’t agree with us.

Darned if it wouldn’t be much easier if we didn’t feel it’s not against us but against America these people protest, right?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I, (Jesus), say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? …”  Matthew 5:43-48

Have a wonderful Sunday………God loves all of us.   Let’s act like Him….sourced by HIS LOVE!


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15 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. bocopro says:

    I’m not too sure about that. Asking a person to “love thine enemy” is a pretty tall order. Noble intent, to be sure, but probably not realistic.

    To me, it’s possible and even good sense to respect the enemy, and certainly not allow hatred to distract you from the reality of the situation that promotes the ill will or suspicion or enmity or whatever.

    I heard a Baptist preacher (Ol’ Pastor Lemmon from when I was but a wee lad) put it this way from the pulpit: “If you see your enemy in distress, help him if you can. Remember that God cares about him too and expects you to do for him as you would like him to do for you.”

    Michael Corleone put it pretty well, too: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Never hate your enemy; it interferes with your judgment.”

    And somewhere in all that reading I hadda do in college, I read a line that stuck in my head: “In a place where there no menschen, you be the mensch.”

    Didn’t know what that meant exactly, so I checked around (this was long before the internet made it easy). One of the interpretations of “menschen” is “decent people,” and in that sense it sounded exactly like what my grandmother liked to say: “In a place where there seem to be no good people, give them an example of what one is.”

    I think she got that from Pastor Lemmon, too. The ol’ boy could spin a tale at the dinnertable. LOVED pan-fried gospel bird and drippins gravy on mashed taters and pole beans with fatback. He’d drop a homily, bite off a chunk of chicken, then spend 10 minutes waving the legbone and explaining the perfectly self-obvious parable or aphorism or metaphor.

    Entertainin, tho, and for a kid not experienced enough to get some of the metaphors and allegories, his explanations were crucial for my understanding of why Mom said some of the things she said, and why she spoke to Jesus every morning, and would feed hoboes at the back door and then slaughter a hog with those same hands.


  2. bunkerville says:

    Have a wonderful day Z….. It’s been a Grrrr great week for MAGA!!


  3. I saw this last night.
    Stick it out to about the 1:45 mark.
    One side forgives, not so much the other.


  4. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…I really like this: “In a place where there seem to be no good people, give them an example of what one is.” It sort of encapsulates my post, actually.

    Nobody expects us to run open-armed to some liberal we despise and love on him….and nobody has to do that. But looking at things from a different angle, at least ignoring that person and not fighting with him, is advised.

    We need prayer to even TRY to ‘love’ people , or even accept people, we can’t stand……….you can’t do it on your own. And it doesn’t mean give them half your income, it just means ‘get over it….act like a good person………prayer HARD and it could work”

    Tha’s all!

    Ed, I so sympathize with Gutfeld. Of course one sides forgives…’s exhibited especially the last few years……….I am totally outraged out, too. And so I think my suggestion helps.


  5. Mal says:

    All very noble and true. However, theres nothing so satisfying as beatin’ the livin’ crap outta some deserving a– h— on occasion, too. (aka, lowering your BP).


  6. Mal says:

    (I jest, of course)


  7. Z says:

    1 John 2:7-17…being so well taught this morning And, of course, perfectly jiving with my post…another “coincidence”!😄 important to remember nobody recommends loving people we disdain without God’s help…..


  8. Z says:

    Mal…SO TRUE!! But it raises my bp 😧😄


  9. Z says:

    “The source of love is not in our own strength….” young pastor Trevor. This morning…basically speaking on my post…


  10. Z says:

    “We soak in the love of God and then extends it to others….”


  11. geeez2014 says:

    “We soak in the love of God and then extends it to others….”
    BY THE WAY, if we’re NOT feeling that love, this whole post has to, must, sound TOTALLY INSANE! And I’m good with that, but I hope you think about it, my friends 🙂


  12. Mal says:

    Z, only the situation raises one’s BP, but it lowers quickly after ya clobber ’em!
    Its kinda like, “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” Same principle.


  13. Z said: “We need prayer to even TRY to ‘love’ people , or even accept people, we can’t stand…”
    Exactly! The best we can do is realize our deficiency and ask God to help us with that, when we are weak than we are strong!


  14. geeez2014 says:

    He is strong in our weakness

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