Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oh Naturale

What we have in America is what I was taught in grade school, "The Great American Melting Pot". America has embraced different nationalities as well as a variety of cultures and religions. Other countries aren't as welcoming nor accommodating as America. It seems that we should be pleased with the diversity; however, there does come a point where even the most liberal, well centered, confident American must take a stand and say enough is enough.

When? Could it be during the Winter and catching a cab trying to be at a place 20 minutes ago. There you are trying not to be a back seat driver when some horrendous B.O. wafts over and envelopes your whole head. At making mention of the smell, the ethnically diverse cab driver holds a soliloquy on how in his country, the natural smell of men is becoming to the women.

No? Well what about when a woman said to me that she believed a man should love her just the way she is without her making any necessary changes. She called it unconditional love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 AMP). The woman weighed well over 400 pounds.

No? How about telling large groups of people that you tried shaving your legs and it just doesn't work for you anymore. So your are going to let all of the hair grow - as much as it wants.

In all of the scenarios, the people did the minimum basics of hygiene - some more than others, yet it can go a tad bit further.

You see Christians have this preconceived notion as well. We don't think we should do anything to our bodies to improve upon what God has given. Where do we get this? Could it be from the Old Testament where it is written not to cut the body, or mark the body, or in the New Testament where it is written, not to plait the hair? Yet we do cut our finger and toe nails. We trim our eyebrows and mustaches and we even use make up. We don't squirm about coloring our hair, but it is looked upon as vanity if one gets a face lift, tucks away sagging skin, or some other cosmetic surgery.

Think of it this way, Howard Hughes was an extremely wealthy man. It was reported when he passed on, he went "oh naturale." So natural that he had to be carried where ever he went. His hair grew down his back, he had an over grown beard and mustache. His finger and toenails had grown so much he couldn't function common every day tasks. Is that too much of an extreme? Is that a judgment call? Can you measure what would be too much of an extreme for me or anyone else with there being many members of one body. All of those members having a different function than yours. It is why I believe America embraces diversity, because our country was founded on the principles of Christianity. Still, in that diversity, some of us have to get a grip. I don't think BO will ever become the norm to have (in the name of Jesus). Not shaving your legs is a preference, but don't be offended if people stare or make comment that you have more hair on your legs then some men have on their heads. It just looks cleaner and well groomed. As far as the weight things goes, well many of us have a few pounds to lose (including me). The bottom line is, that God wishes the best for us (3 John 1:2 KJV). Though bodily exercise profits little (1 Timothy 4:8 KJV), according to the Word, there is still a profit. If we look at the the priest that raised Samuel, we can see that his death was based on the weight of his body (1 Samuel 4:18 KJV). He was obese.

It is something to consider. We can't change one another, like we might say to ourselves when we settle for someone that isn't really our type. It can't happen. Many generations have tried before you. The only one you can change is you. If you are too critical, then criticism is your harvest.

As far as plastic surgery goes, to each his own. Consider it this way, seeing that we are like trees planted by the rivers of  water (Psalm 1:3 KJV), as much of a metaphor as that is, God is the husbandman of said tree. He will prune and care for the tree to achieve the best harvest He can get. If pruning back some skin is what is needed because of drastic weight loss, would God have you miserable? If it is necessary for a chemical peel to rid yourself of acne scars, would God deny you (Psalm 84:11 KJV)? Just remember that when you make these decisions to put Him first. Pray on it and no matter what the doctor says, take it back to God so there is peace before you do anything (1 Peter 3:11 AMP).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Opposites Don't Attract

It is a phrase that has been said over the years by the world. As we know the world gets their influence through anyone and anything. Their perspective is very broad which is why they continue to tell all to keep and open mind.

We know that the Word says broad is the way to destruction and that minds should be more like Christ (1 Corinthians 2:15-16 AMP). God tells us to be thou holy for I am holy and whomever is a friend of the world is an enemy to God.

These are clearly two different perspectives by which people live. How then can two people having each their own completely different outlook on life be attracted to each other? This, based on the Word (which is our only means of truth) is therefore a theory come out of the pit of hell.

It makes no sense to me then why would any minister, preacher, apostle, pastor, evangelist, teacher or prophet say such foolishness to a people they are called to help. Younger Christians, not having the habit of reading the Word for themselves yet, are easily influenced. They hold men and women of God in high esteem because it is what we are taught as well. So why take that position so lightly?

If two people come together that are an absolute dichotomy to the other (whether it be the way of life or the way he/she arranges the furniture), it is a means to cause some sort of quarrel, chaos, and/or confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV). Believing that there is an attraction anyway so that there is a reason to make up and have angry sex, sounds unreasonably exhausting. That is an inevitable way to have a messy divorce or a life of dread. Where are the peace and joy (being the ingredients to a Kingdom Life) in that (Romans 14:17 KJV)?

The life by which Jesus came to give us (abundance) and what God wishes is solely based on rightly dividing the Word and believing that it is the only way for us to live (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). When two people come to together for the purpose of marriage, they both have to believe this. Knowing that as a man thinks, so is he is a reason to ask many questions on how the other is thinking about a plethora of matters.  Issues that arise, it is necessary to ask, even hypothetically, how the other would have resolved it. What would be his or her plan? Then see if he/she would ask you or if interested in what you would have done. These questions and the interest (or lack thereof) lets you see if the relationship is of genuine sincerity or a means of convenience.

Convenience is when a man believes he has sown enough wild oats and his entire family thinks that it is time for him to settle down and have some children. He might look the way that is attractive to many women, he might have practiced the right words to say to get what he wants in any given situation, but his heart is still the player in the clubs and being settled into a house with a wife and 2.5 children will be more than enough to drive him up a stony wall. Ever heard of cabin fever? He will find a way to get back to the life that he is use to and misses. That man doesn't love his wife as himself or as Christ loved the church.

Convenience for a woman is when she sees that all of her other friends are getting married and the pickings for men in her generation is getting pretty scarce. She starts to feel that her window of opportunity in the child department is starting to close and now when she was very picky for the right man, anyone who shows the least bit of interest will do. The engagement will look as if she didn't expect it, but she did. Usually this is the time when she thinks that she is out of old maid hood then the man she was really waiting for shows some interest. She's married with the other guy. What will she do? Love her own husband or consider the life she could have with the guy she was hoping for in the first place?

Why would any believer put himself/herself through such an ordeal? Yet believing that you can be attracted to the opposite of who you are in Christ, puts you in the broad way of life where there is dread, regret, destruction and death (Matthew 7:13 KJV). Simply stated, what communion does light have with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV)?