Controlled Slavery or Risky Freedom?

Controlled Slavery or Risky Freedom?

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Freedom is risky, chaotic even. Slavery is easy, controlled, and orderly. That explains why its slogan is “be safe.” But freedom calls us to take risks. The human race is faced with this choice now. What will you choose? (Text Below)

This episode was originally broadcast Sunday, August 8th, 2021. Freedom Loves Company is LIVE every Sunday from 6-8 pm Mountain, 8-10 pm Eastern, and Midnight – 2 am GMT. 

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Slavery and Control or Freedom and Chaos?

Today is Sunday, August 8th, 2021.

We are now seventeen months into the dystopia brought to us by Big Pharma, Big Media, and Big Tech. All under the control of Big Banks. The big push this week has been mandatory injections of medical staff in hospitals, as well as staff in media outlets such as CNN and other places of work. Many students will be facing mandatory injections as well as other humiliations to attend university. United Airlines is requiring injections of all of its employees. A number of restaurants and bars in Portland are requiring vaccination status in order to enter their establishments. This control is pushed heavily by Portland media.

Story after story, every ten or fifteen minutes from news outlets about the increasing number of “cases” and hospitals overflowing with Covid cases or Delta variant cases, etc. etc. We know that what are being called cases are positive PCR tests that are completely unreliable as my guest Dr. Annie Bukacek reported on this show a couple of weeks ago. I trust absolutely nothing the media or the so-called medical establishment says regarding any of it. That doesn’t mean everything they say is false. It is just that nothing can be trusted. That is really huge. When you cannot trust doctors and nurses and hospitals, and you cannot trust teachers or the education system, and you cannot trust clergy and religious institutions, along with the untrustworthy government, there is not much of a future for civilization.

Those who are thinking for themselves are on their own. It will be important to find alternative ways to access food, healthcare, employment, and travel. About 14 months ago, the first of June 2020, I made a post on my Facebook page and then on my webpage, about the needle. I wrote…

If you do not want a vaccine (and you do not), you will need to connect with others like you. Protect each other. Support each other. Those who refuse the vaccine will have lives very difficult to live if not impossible without alternative ways to find food, shelter, travel, employment, and basic health care. Nothing the authorities and the media say is real. They are your enemy. Find your friends.

COVID is not about a killer virus. it is about a killer vaccine. Refuse.

I wrote that in June 2020, 14 months ago.

The idea that mandatory vaccines enforced through a vaccine passport or health pass or covid pass or whatever name it is given, would become a reality was ridiculed and censored as “conspiracy theory.” Those same people are now pushing for this second-class status on those who have chosen to mind their own business regarding their health care. “Unless you get injected with our needle you cannot go to restaurants, or the gym, or virtually anywhere,” We are told, harassed and scolded. France has instituted a draconian pass. It has been met with massive protests.

In both France and Italy, a positive thing happened that will hopefully continue.  Vaccinated people are burning their passports to be in solidarity with those who choose to manage their health care without this particular injection. They do not want vaccination status tied with civil liberties.

In other cases, lawsuits are being filed against employers who require a mandatory experimental injection. I particularly liked this one from New Jersey. 

These actions get little press coverage if any, of course, so we really don’t know how much resistance there is. But I believe the resistance is significant and is rising in numbers and intensity.

What is going to happen?

More people will take the injection, not because they think it is in their medical interests to do so, but because of pressure, especially to keep one’s job or to be hired for a new job. But that will still leave a substantial number of people who will decide to face life without the passport. More and more suffering, more and more lockdowns, more and more blame levelled at the so-called “unvaxed” for not getting in line and taking the jab for the team. More and more division that gets uglier each day.

What is the future? I don’t like to be a downer. But I did write this on my Facebook page yesterday:

The world as we know it, is gone. This is going to get violent and ugly soon. I just want to say I love you and I am grateful to have lived the life I have had. I love you family, friends, and members of my congregations. I wish you all the best in this ugly new world that is unfolding. I will remain human by exercising our God-given rights until I am forcibly silenced. That won’t be long now. This panic never ends. It only mutates. We are in this until we end it or God ends it. Take risks.

A few of my friends were concerned that I was giving up hope. But that is not true. I am not giving up. God willing, I fight until I can no longer do so. But I haven’t given up on hope, I just feel that way some times. My mistake as a pastor, is likely to admit it. I am likely a bit too honest with my doubts at times. I have taken the viewpoint that honest doubts are real and sometimes the best way to get through them is to express them. But I also see other points of view that negative thoughts should not be entertained.

I am not sure regarding the best psychology or spirituality regarding that. But I am not running for office or expecting to be called to a church, so I say what I feel when I desire to do so.

I am not particularly hopeful that we get out of this alive. Now, after all of this, after so many people have joined the Covidian Cult, can they ever come out of it?

I don’t know if the injections will contribute to massive death and illness. My expectation is that they will, but I don’t know that. They already have caused death and injury to many 100s of thousands according to reports from VAERS and its parallels in other countries. These deaths and adverse reactions are vastly underreported.

It seems likely that these so-called variants, such as the Delta variant and Lambda variant, are to the extent that they are real, the result of the injections themselves. I don’t know. I simply expect it.

Kevin Barrett, my teacher and friend, who I join on False Flag Weekly News, every third Saturday; we are on August 21st, 9 am Mountain Time, believes that the injections are actually antidotes to the covid bioweapon that was unleased on China and Iran and blew back to the United States. In a weird way, the injections are attempts to protect Americans and I suppose other Western nations against a future bio attack by China in addition to protecting people from Covid and its variants now. It isn’t because they love us that they do these things. They are protecting us to be fodder in the upcoming bio war with China.  This I believe is all very real. War with China is looming over natural resources, especially, oil and the natural materials for semiconductors. The shortage of semiconductors, as I understand it, is causing the massive decrease in car manufacturing as well as the manufacturing of agricultural equipment.

Ron Unz, who I greatly respect, has written extensively about this in the Unz Review, a critically important alternative news and opinion on-line magazine. The reason I like Ron Unz is because he includes a wide variety of views on his site, including those views with which he does not agree. He is smart guy. He is articulate and he is sticking with this theory. He has little patience with the anti-vax movement. He basically thinks COVID is real and has caused more deaths than the media has reported. I am certainly keeping open to this point of view even as I have some doubts.

I don’t know. I try to keep an open mind regarding all of this. There are so many unknowns as far as I see it. I tend to think this is a combination of bioweapon and psychological weapon. But I am not completely sure where one ends and the other begins.  

The thing is that if China does retaliate and attack the US with bioweapons, will it really work to sit down in a restaurant without your mask? If it were real, would anything being done really work? If it were to happen, who would believe our government and media now as they have been lying to us this whole time?

I saw this the other day on Facebook. I do spend a bit of time on facebook when I am not banned. I am fighting the battle there along with many others Big Media, Big Tech, and Big Money want to silence. If they are going to all that trouble to censor us, then I might as well do my little part to make it worth their while.

This is from a FB friend who wrote something inspired by Dr. Annie Bukacek’s viewpoint. As I mentioned, Dr. Bukacek was on my show a couple of weeks ago as well as a year ago. This is a view of the difference between a real pandemic and a fake one. My Facebook friend wrote;

I owe an enormous and incalculable debt of gratitude and credit to Dr. Annie Bukacek for all the inspiration, most of the ideas and much of the specific wording of this post, which is derived from Dr. Annie’s timeline post of July 2, 8:27 am Montana time (10:27 am Washington, DC time).

Real (Genuine, Authentic) pandemic: Everyone personally knows at least several from the immediate area who have died and a dozen or more seriously ill.

Fake (Staged, False, Fraudulent) pandemic: Most cases are known only through the media or second-hand stories of others.

Real: Doctors’ offices and hospitals in the entire country are overcrowded.

Fake: Hospital vacancies abound.

Real: Major upward spike in total deaths.

Fake: Year-to-year mortality about the same.

Real: Obituary sections in newspapers are greatly enlarged.

Fake: Obituary sections in newspapers remain the same size or nearly so.

Real: Politicians, media, and doctors do everything to calm down people.

Fake: Politicians, media, and high-ranking medical authorities do everything to spread panic and fear, and to intimidate people.

Real: Politicians do everything to keep the economy going.

Fake: Politicians deliberately stall the economy. Entire sections are crippled or destroyed.

Real: Facts are sought and found in a wide range of specialist committees. Every meaningful help is accepted.

Fake: Renowned scientists and respected medical authorities are ignored when they are not being publicly slandered and libeled.

Real: Christian presence a positive factor.

Fake: Christian presence a ruinously destructive factor.

Real: At best no organized profiteers.

Fake: Billions in profits through collusion, deals, lobbying, and extermination of businesses deemed “non-essential”.

Real: A genuine exit strategy is in place. A quick end and a timely, appropriate all-clear according to consistent and clear guidelines are sought.

Fake: Changing findings, constantly changing guidelines, and ever new regulations prolong the medical crisis.

Real: Politicians provide information to discourage overreaction.

Fake: People fear punishment. Measures, often without legitimate foundation in law, are enforced through social pressures, police violence, and heavy fines.

Real: Death certificates are managed honorably and are as accurate as circumstances permit.

Fake: Death-certificate fraud is rampant. Death certificates frequently cite the anointed illness as the cause of death no matter how falsely. Financial incentives for crediting the anointed illness are in use.

Real: Other ailments continue at their usual rates.

Fake: Other ailments practically disappear. It is almost impossible to contract any ailment other than the anointed one.

Real: People are struggling with a humanitarian disaster.

Fake: People are struggling with a humanitarian disaster.

What do you think? Real pandemic? Or fake pandemic?

To quote Dr. Annie directly: Apply same criteria to staged variants/alleged virus mutations:

A facebook friend, Andrew Margrave, writing about the pandemic as real or fake.

Of course Ron Unz and Kevin Barrett do believe that there have been more total deaths and attribute that to the bioweapon. Time may tell what all this will be.

My spin on this is that we have reached planetary limits in terms of human population and energy extraction. Peak Oil is that point where the rate of oil production or extraction reaches its highest point and then declines permanently. It is likely that global oil production peaked in 2010 or so, give a take a few years, and has been declining. This health crisis has enabled the powers that be to limit or contract our oil usage. No new cars. Limited travel. Limited everything.

Even if activists somehow were able to stop the elites from restricting our rights and freedoms and we got them back, it doesn’t change the collapse that is happening. This collapse will result directly in resource wars, which we have been involved in for the past twenty years or so, since 9/11.  Michael Ruppert blamed Peak Oil as a motivation for the Israeli-US Deep State false flag attack on America.

So I am definitely in agreement with Kevin Barrett and Ron Unz that war with China is coming. Likely a hot war over resources. It is likely that much of this masking and vaxing and other humiliations are preparations for this coming war. In wartime, as Kevin pointed out, we have no rights. 

But it doesn’t seem that any of this is an accident, a response to a blowback from a real virus. This has been planned. To do what has been done does not require a real virus. You can do everything that has been done with psychological operations through the media and control of governments.

I am not sure about all the SciFi stuff, graphene oxide in the vax and mask and pcr test. I don’t know about the 5G effect as that technology rolls out. But I am open to exploring the horrors of that as well. I don’t know, but I am open to research what is out there. I think the big thing with the injection at this point is the passport and the attack on dissenters.

We may have a short period of time before everything changes. Not all of the views I entertain can be right. But it does appear that austerity is coming.

It appears that the vaccination campaign will never let up. This will be a permanent fixture of life as well as the masks and other humiliations. This pressure will increase until everyone gives in or dies or is placed in a camp.  

None of this had to happen.

My biggest objection to the whole lockdown deal and to the Peak Oil challenge that is the context for this, is that the people were not consulted and that viewpoints were censored and institutions controlled. Humans could have figured out what to do and still can figure out what to do. We know how to share, how to contract, how to fight for our country, and what we don’t know we can learn. There has never been honesty from our government and that is the sin of our government. It lies continuously. The institutions that were created to be a check on the government have all been under control of the liars.

So the choice before us is probably between…

On one hand obedience to the powers. The mask, the vax, the increasing humiliations and control by our governments forever. Obey and be a slave and the elites will control everything. You’ll be happy we are promised.

Or on the other hand, we win. We foil the plan. The prize for winning is anarchy. Complete chaos and destruction and we live in the world that James Howard Kunstler describes in his novels, such as “A World Made By Hand” – in which much of the population dies to resource wars and the breakdown of infrastructure and life starts over without the electricity, without the internet, without food production. But it does start over.

Which would you prefer? Most will prefer slavery. The Covidian Cult is alive and well. Everyday people accept the humiliation of slavery and think obedience to tyranny is a virtue.

Some of us would rather take our stand with freedom and chaos. 

What about the elites? They want of course, the first option, slavery with them in control. So the only logical answer, freedom fighters, is to let chaos be a possibility. Go for freedom no matter the cost. After the destruction, after many decades, people will build themselves back, not with all the tech gadgets but with gardens. 

Is there an upside? Yes, I tend to agree more and more each day with a view of our sacred scriptures to the extent that a good God, a creator of the world, is on our side. This God created humankind in his image, the image of radical freedom.

We are humans to the extent that we are free.

Jesus was free even as he was nailed to a cross.

Hussain was free even has his body was filled with arrows.

Labbayk ya Hussain. Here I am Hussain.

Here I am Jesus. I am with you.

Jesus and Hussain are brothers.

They are brothers in freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Humanity was created for freedom.

Freedom has a price.

We must pay the price of freedom or lose freedom forever.

Was COVID a US Deep State Bio Attack on China and Iran? A Conversation with Kevin Barrett

Was COVID a US Deep State Bio Attack on China and Iran? A Conversation with Kevin Barrett

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Dr. Kevin Barrett spoke with me on my new show, Freedom Loves Company (Sunday 8-10 pm Eastern, Revolution Radio, Studio B), about the evidence that COVID 19 was originally at least, a bioweapon released on China and Iran by US Deep State operatives. He also connects the “response” through masking, lockdowns, vaccines, and so forth as part of the same trauma. As 9/11 traumatized Americans into muzzled obedience, so COVID has had the same effect. This interview was originally broadcast on Revolution.radio on May 30, 2021. Archived here.  

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NEW SHOW ON REVOLUTION RADIO: FREEDOM LOVES COMPANY!

NEW SHOW ON REVOLUTION RADIO: FREEDOM LOVES COMPANY!

I have a new live radio show called “Freedom Loves Company.” It is broadcast on Revolution Radio (Studio B) Sundays from 8-10 pm EASTERN. The first episode airs May 30th, 2021. 

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Hit the green arrow Sundays at 8-10 pm Eastern, Studio-B, for Freedom Loves Company!

Here is the schedule of all the shows on the network. Find this old radio pic of me from my first radio job at KFLI/Mountain Home, ID in 1983 to find me! 

Freedom Loves Company
John Shuck
Sundays, 8-10 pm Eastern
Revolution Radio, Studio B

My first guests include Kevin Barrett whose show, Truth Jihad, is also on Revolution Radio (Fridays 8-10 pm Eastern, Studio A), and Tessa Lena, of Tessa Makes Love and Tessa Fights Robots. I am thrilled that these are the first two guests on my new show. 

During the first hour I speak with Dr. Kevin Barrett, who AP and the Atlantic Council have anointed as a “Covid-19 Conspiracy Super-Spreader!”

Kevin Barrett and I were censored from Youtube in March. 
I am a guest host with him on False Flag Weekly News every third Saturday, 
11 am Eastern. 

I first met Kevin Barrett in February 2018 when he spoke as a member of a panel at Portland State regarding the Saudi crimes against Yemen. I tried to have him on my show on KBOO, but was forbidden by station staff after a smear campaign by Portland’s antifa. Here is that story. I still have not interviewed him for radio even as I have been a guest on his show several times and am a monthly guest on his internet television program, False Flag Weekly News. We will discuss his own truth jihad as well as the latest attack on humanity that is hardly being discussed anywhere, was the COVID outbreak a bio attack on China by US deep state hoodlums?

In the second hour I speak with Tessa Lena who I follow on Twitter because she writes such amazing pieces of philosophy about our situation. 

Tessa Lena from her post, “I am an Outsider. A Story of Freedom.”

She lived in the Soviet Union and compares life then with life in the US now. With the authoritarian lockdowns, dismantling of rights and freedoms, massive censorship, mis- and dis-information from our institutions, and dystopian craziness since early 2020, is the US in any sense, the land of the free? 

Freedom Loves Company. Let’s join outside the matrix.

False Flag Weekly News Remembers Nakba

Looking forward to being a guest with Kevin Barrett on False Flag Weekly News, Saturday, May 15th at 11 am Eastern, Middle East Mayhem = War on God. It will be live on Rumble as YouTube keeps censoring Dr. Barrett. My FB account has been restricted, meaning I can’t like or post or do anything on my account or anywhere. What are my crimes? I exercise my first amendment right to free speech. I humbly ask others to share this information on whatever platform is available to you or go on my Facebook page and comment with a link to this story and others.

Go to Dr. Barrett’s page or see below for the stories we will be covering. Please share widely.

Eid Mubarak!

Broadcasts live 11 to noon Eastern Saturdays —watch live above (no longer broadcasting on censorship-infested YouTube)

PSAs

1) Help FFWN Wave the Flag of Truth! https://fundrazr.com/d1oiK0

2) John Shuck’s Letter on Free Speech Published in Billings Gazette https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/billingsgazette.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/eedition/b/7a/b7a51674-633f-5373-8949-862f5d1a0e75/60977bb858d7a.pdf.pdf

War on God

3) Save Islamic heritage from Saudi bulldozers! John Shuck in Baqee Conference later today https://dawson-cc.libguides.com/blog/Islamic-Heritage-Preservation-and-Rebuilding-of-Jannat-ul-Baqee

4) Today Most Jews Worship Holocaust Not God -Jewish Daily Forward https://forward.com/news/469417/pew-study-jewish-holocaust-identity/

5) Israeli Demons Cheer Arson Fire at Al-Aqsa Mosque http://www.defenddemocracy.press/49012-2/

Middle East Mayhem

6) Netanyahu warns against ‘lynchings’ as clashes between Arabs and Jews rock Israeli cities https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/13/middleeast/israel-palestinian-violence-intl/index.html

7) ‘Civil War Has Erupted’: Netanyahu Declares State of Emergency in City of Lod Amid Violent Riots https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202105111082860357-civil-war-has-erupted-netanyahu-declares-state-of-emergency-in-city-of-lod-amid-violent-riots/

8) Al-Shourouk high-rise building in Gaza COLLAPSES to the ground after Israeli missile strike (VIDEO) https://www.rt.com/news/523629-gaza-alshourouk-tower-collapse-video/

9) Hamas Fires Iranian-Made Cruise Missiles for First Time Three Israelis Killed https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2021/05/11/breaking-hamas-fires-iranian-made-cruise-missiles-for-first-time-three-israelis-killed/

Zio-Americans

10) Prominent American “Anti-Racist” Jews Are Funding Racist Gangs Attacking Arabs In Israel https://www.unz.com/estriker/prominent-american-anti-racist-jews-are-funding-racist-gangs-attacking-arabs-in-israel/

11) Why American politicians cannot say the words ‘Israeli apartheid’ https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/5/9/should-palestinians-be-mad-at-aoctter&wpisrc=nl_todayworld

NYT: Zionist Propaganda Rag on Road to Recovery?

12) The NY Times Jerusalem correspondent lives in the occupied home of a BBC Arabic journalist who was expelled by Zionist militias in 1948  https://twitter.com/anyaparampil/status/1392541667576668167

13) The New York Times says Palestinians in the Gaza Strip “have died” of unspecified causes while Palestinian rockets “killed” Jewish Israelis  12.5   https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1392634791774887939

14) Man Bites Dog: Jewish Currents Editor Supports Right of Return in NYT Op-Ed https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/opinion/israel-palestinian-refugees-right-of-return.html

Man Bites Dog: MI6 Media Tells Some Truth

15) The Guardian’s support for creation of Israel was one of its ‘worst errors’ in 200 years https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210510-the-guardians-support-for-creation-of-israel-was-one-of-its-worst-errors-in-200-years/

16) BBC Radio Sussex covers Campbell family’s campaign for new 9/11 inquest http://action.ae911truth.org/o/50694/t/0/blastContent.jsp

MSNBC Too?!

17) The latest Israel-Palestine crisis isn’t a ‘real estate dispute.’ It’s ethnic cleansing. https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/what-israel-calls-real-estate-dispute-really-ethnic-cleansing-n1266897

Biowar

18) Top Science Journalists Confirm Biowar Plagues (Kevin in AFP) https://www.patreon.com/posts/top-science-51097245 https://americanfreepress.netTop 

19) US Develops Individual Biological Weapons Plans for Different Countries Russia Says https://sputniknews.com/military/202105111082852965-us-develops-individual-biological-weapons-plans-for-different-countries-russia-says/

20) Man Films Himself Stealing Vial of COVID Vaccine to ‘Test’ Says it’s ‘Poisoning People’ https://www.newsweek.com/man-films-himself-stealing-vial-covid-vaccine-test-says-its-poisoning-people-1589767?amp=1

21) As COVID Vaccines Drive Record Profits CEOs Get Ultra Rich Off Massive Pay Packages Questionable Stock Sales https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/covid-vaccines-record-profits-ceos-get-ultra-rich/

3 Truth-Tellers: Mark Crispin Miller, Edward Curtin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

22) Chronicle of Higher Education Publishes Hit Piece Targeting Mark Crispin Miller’s “Conspiracy Theories” https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-professor-of-paranoia

23) Second Stage Terror Wars by Edward Curtin http://edwardcurtin.com/second-stage-terror-wars/

24) Ex-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Registers for June Elections https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202105121082863440-ex-iranian-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-registers-for-june-elections/

Time to Dismask!

25) Parents fight college students’ suspension over lack of off-campus face coverings https://www.nbc15.com/2021/05/10/parents-fight-college-students-suspension-over-lack-of-off-campus-face-coverings/

26) CDC says fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors in most settings https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/13/cdc-says-fully-vaccinated-people-dont-need-to-wear-face-masks-indoors-or-outdoors-in-most-settings.html

“Experts”

27) Fauci Floats ‘Seasonal’ Mask Wearing In NBC Interview https://dailycaller.com/2021/05/09/cdc-biden-fauci-mask-coronavirus/

28) Fauci Says Real Coronavirus Death Toll in US Could Be as High as 900000 https://sputniknews.com/world/202105091082843317-fauci-says-real-coronavirus-death-toll-in-us-could-be-as-high-as-900000/

29) BJP Lawmaker Advises Use of Cow Urine to Treat COVID-19 Doctors Rail Against Use of Cow Dung (Trump still sticking to Bleach) https://sputniknews.com/india/202105111082853090-bjp-lawmaker-advises-use-of-cow-urine-to-treat-covid-19-doctors-rail-against-use-of-cow-dung/

30) Melinda Gates had concerns over Bill’s possible ties to Jeffrey Epstein: report  https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/melinda-gates-concerns-bills-possible-ties-jeffrey-epstein

My Brain Hurts

31) Jewish Daily Forward Trashes Van Morrison in Hysterical “Whatever Isn’t Good for the Jews Isn’t Good” Diatribe https://forward.com/culture/469296/antisemitism-may-be-the-least-of-van-morrisons-problems-on-his-dreadful/

32) Directed Energy Weapon Attacks: 130 Known Victims US Investigating https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/us/politics/biden-cia-brain-injury.htm

33) The Psychedelic Revolution Is Coming. Psychiatry May Never Be the Same. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/09/health/psychedelics-mdma-psilocybin-molly-mental-health.html

34) Even if You Think Discussing Aliens Is Ridiculous, Just Hear Me Out https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/opinion/ufos-aliens-space.html

Ekklesia

Ekklesia

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Today is Monday, May 25, 2020. This is Sunday’s sermon. Yes, it is Monday. This really isn’t a sermon, since I have no congregation. Church has been virtual or fake or non-existent since we have been attacked by our governments. So I guess it doesn’t really matter if I preach a fake sermon to a fake congregation on the wrong day.

But if it were Sunday, May 24th, 2020, it would be Ascension Sunday, the Sunday to acknowledge the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) and his return to heaven. Next week, May 31st, 2020 is Pentecost, when we hear the story of the arrival of the Holy Spirit.

Here are the lectionary readings for May 24th. First, a reading from a translation of the Qur’an. This is from The Message of the Qur’an: Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad. This is the promise of comfort to those suffering misfortune and hardship.

Qur’an 2:199-200 (The Message of the Qur’an: Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad)
Do you think that you could enter paradise without having suffered like those [believers] who passed away before you? Misfortune and hardship befell them, and so shaken were they that the apostle, and the believers with him, would exclaim, “When will God’s succor come?”

O, verily, God’s succor is [always] near!

The first lectionary reading is from Acts. This is the story of Jesus’s (pbuh) ascension to heaven.

Acts 1:6-14
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

The second lectionary text is from First Peter. This reading is most relevant to our current experience, in my opinion. Listen.

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

And finally, the gospel text is from John’s gospel. This is the prayer of Jesus (pbuh) for those who have been given to him.

John 17:1-11
17After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

I am going to add one more reading. This is saying 18 from the Gospel of Thomas, sayings of Jesus discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in the 1945, 1600 years after they were buried there.

Gospel of Thomas 18
The disciples said to Jesus: Tell us how our end will be. Jesus said: Since you have discovered the beginning, why do you seek the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who shall stand at the beginning (in the beginning), and he shall know the end, and shall not taste death.

I am a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor. I have been one for 27 years. I am not currently serving a church. I resigned my last call in November 2019 over difference of vision, direction, and understanding of the Gospel. Then the apocalypse hit and all churches shut themselves down, except for a notable few. I mention with gratitude Liberty Fellowship Church in Kalispell, Montana, with Pastor Chuck Baldwin. They did not cave in to the Beast and continued to worship in body. Do check out my interview with Pastor Chuck Baldwin on Progressive Spirit. He and I agree that COVID is a PSYOP. It is not about a virus. It is about control.

Before I talk more about that, I do wish to put this out there. I am looking for a call to serve a church. I wrote this today on my Facebook page.

“I am ready to be called to a church as a pastor. No virtual church. Physical gathering. Singing. Laying on of hands to heal. Communion. Preaching. Intercessory prayer. I realize that we have been so psychologically and spiritually damaged by these misanthropic commands: “social distancing” walking in rows, wearing masks, suspecting everyone of being diseased, that we will have to teach people how to touch again. This is truly diabolical. Time to rise up and be the church again.”

If there are people in the Portland, Oregon area looking for a church, a real church, a flesh and blood gathering, with a real pastor, also flesh and blood, then let me know. I will bring spiritual insights from a variety of places, but it will be centered on the search for what is true and actions that are good. Truth and Goodness. This is from the Presbyterian Form of Government. F-3.0104. This was written in the 18th century:

“Truth and Goodness
That truth is in order to goodness, and the great touchstone of truth, its tendency to promote holiness, according to our Savior’s rule, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” And that no opinion can either be more pernicious or more absurd than that which brings truth and falsehood upon a level, and represents it as of no consequence what a man’s opinions are. On the contrary, we are persuaded that there is an inseparable connection between faith and practice, truth and duty. Otherwise it would be of no consequence either to discover truth or to embrace it. (F-3.0104)

Truth matters. It matters what is actually true. It matters to know what is really going on, what is happening. What is true. One could say, “I don’t care what is true. I am just going to hide in my little world.” Or one could say, “It doesn’t matter what is true. I can do what is good anyway.”

Both of those statements go against the spirit of Truth and Goodness. If you don’t know the truth about what is happening, whatever good you try to do will be misinformed. What you think is good could be actually bad.

You need to know the truth. There is no excuse for not knowing the truth.

People can say to me, “You’re crazy! You’re a conspiracy theorist!”

So. Maybe I am. Calling me names does not excuse you from searching the truth. If you think you can blame your laziness on me, that isn’t going to help you. It isn’t about me. I may be crazy. I may be dead soon. Still truth is at your door waiting for you to open the door. It will be there regardless of your fear, regardless of your indecision, regardless of the messenger.

I am looking to serve a church based on the principles of Truth and Goodness. In this church we will meet physically. There will be some music. We will touch. We will be close. We will pray. We will lay on hands and invoke the power of the healing spirit to enter our bodies and our minds. We will break bread together. We will learn from the Bible, from the Qur’an, and from other ancient and holy texts. We will hear from spiritual leaders, past and present. Pretty much what I have always done for my 27 years. I will be there for pastoral needs and celebrations, a friend to lean upon, a pastor to comfort during times of grief. Those times will be coming. As it says in 1 Peter:

“12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.”

This Church will embody the joy of sharing Christ’s sufferings. Let me say that again.

This Church will embody the joy of sharing Christ’s sufferings.

You can’t get more spiritual than that. We need each other, physically. We need to be here for each other. We need to share Christ’s sufferings. Satan has ripped us apart. Satan, the adversary, the devil, the roaring lion has done this. The serpent. COVID is not about a virus. It is the fiery ordeal brought upon us by Satan and promoted through the media.

We resist by being the church. This virus is a lie. It is deception. It is a PSYOP. It is fake. Real people die. More will die. They will not die from a natural virus. They will die because they were murdered by the transnational agencies and personalities that have engineered this PSYOP.

This is an attack. That is the truth as I see it. If it is true that we are under attack, then we should respond with goodness that is inseparably connected to this truth. Otherwise we are responding as those who are attacking us want us to respond. If we are under attack, we need to find out who is doing it and how and defend ourselves. That is what the church needs to be. We need to equip ourselves, and help each other defend against these attacks.

We are being stripped of our humanity. We are giving up our rights. We are being de-programmed and re-programmed. We are being de-programmed to deny our basic humanity and its needs and being re-programmed to become robots. What do you think all of this is about? Six feet apart, walking up and down rows, following arrows, treated as if we are five years old, denied being able to work, to worship, to congregate, to fellowship, to protest, to go to the beach of all things!

Last week I drove to Montana. Signs flashing throughout the state read: “Non-essential out of state visitors must observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine.” Yeah, well I am essential. We are all essential. No one is non-essential. That humiliating designation, that division of people between essential and non-essential is part of the attack. This is an attack on our very humanity with the excuse, the false flag, of a virus.

I am not sick.
You are not sick.
We are not diseased.
We are not contagious.
We are being deceived.
Let us breathe.

According to the statistics, about 100,000 Americans have supposedly died of COVID. 300,000 worldwide. Think about that for a second. Why of all the deaths globally, that a third are Americans? Americans make up about four to five percent of the world’s population. Why does COVID kill Americans more than any other? Think about it. This is not an attack from another nation. This is an attack on Americans by transnational entities and personalities. Destroy America, the rich, free country, and you destroy the world.

I wrote this:

T.S. Eliot’s last stanza of his 98 stanza poem, “Hollow Men” may be the most quoted of all of Eliot’s poetry, says Wikipedia.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

That is how I feel about our end, the end of humanity, which will happen before this decade ends unless there is a literal, supernatural intervention. That is how I see it. They have destroyed us with fakery and deception.

Humanity put on its mask, isolated, distanced, and decided that its basic rights and freedoms were selfish and gave them up. Humanity denied everything that had at one time defined it, because they believed a lie, a lie so well-crafted that they believed they were doing the right thing by doing what was against their very nature, what humans have done as long as they have been around. Humanity gave up its own power of healing that it had known since humanity began, allowing the clever powers to take it and tell humanity what was best for it.

We allowed ourselves to be tricked. In Genesis, it was a trick by the serpent that started it all.

The serpents who run this game are watching, waiting, for their impeccable plan to run its course. No need to fire a shot. No need for tanks or martial law. No need for a bang. We submit with a whimper, perhaps not even that. The whimper won’t come until it is far too late. Perhaps we will never whimper because we may never know that we were ever deceived. Maybe that will be a mercy.

Facebook told me my last sermon went against its community standards and prevented it from being shown to my followers. This is war. Are you feeling it, yet? What do they have to do to you? What do you have to suffer before you understand this is an attack on you?

You won’t get answers from the television. Stop watching it. It is bad for your health. The constant 24/7 messaging is literally a PSYOP. When we fly over countries that we bomb, we send leaflets first telling them a bunch of lies in order to weaken their spirits. That is what the 24/7 media is. All channels. Radio. TV. News. Hollywood movies. TV shows. Netflix. And of course, advertising. All of it. It is the enemy’s propaganda. It is deception. They are lying to you about a virus that exists in mythology.

Those numbers I mentioned about 100,000 deaths in the U.S. They are exaggerated to say the least. Probably all fake. Even if 100,000 died of something, it is what happens now and then. People die. 40,000 die on American highways every year. 30,000 die from suicide every year. How many die from heart disease or alcoholism?

Even if the numbers were accurate of 100,000 dead Americans due to COVID, it would never justify destroying the society and through all of these nonsensical measures! Now with 34 million unemployed because of the lockdown, how many are going to die now? It is just beginning.

The narrative is fake. Think about it. This isn’t real. What is real is what you see and experience. No one is dropping dead of a virus around you. People are losing their jobs and their livelihoods. That is real. As much as you want me to be wrong, I would like to be wrong, too, it doesn’t matter. Because what’s real is what’s real. It is happening. This is the Apocalypse. This is an attack from the wealthiest .0001 % upon all of humanity. They control perception.

The numbers are exaggerated by the way. Doctors are paid to write COVID on death certificates regardless of what killed them. There is no real test for this. So the diagnosis is simply made up when people say that have symptoms. Hospitals are empty. Nursing staff are being laid off. This is not real.

I am assuming if you are still listening to me, you hopefully are aware that this isn’t right.

This is a spiritual attack. This is a controlled demolition of the economy. This is the making of a new world order that is engineered by the billionaires who control the wealth of this planet. We are being enslaved. This has been planned for decades if not generations.

So what do we do? I am a pastor.

So we need to deal with the spirituality of this.

We need to get our churches back and not give them up again. This goes for mosques, temples, synagogues and other places of worship. Since most religious people are Christian in the United States, the church is the primary place to resist. We need to open up churches whether or not we have “state approval” to do so. This is spiritual war.

This is the “fiery ordeal” that is talked about in First Peter. We are the persecuted church. We are also the world’s defense. We defend by being human and by discerning what God is saying to us.

Spirituality conquers deception in a few important ways.

First: Do Not Fear.

Fear is not from God. Fear is from the Deceiver. These Serpents feed off of our fear. There is nothing to fear. They can kill us. That’s it. They can kill the body, not the soul. We will die anyway at some point. Let us die for Christ. Let us die for Allah. Let us die because it is better to die than be a slave. Banish fear from your life. When you feel afraid, find your Bible. Find your Qur’an. Pray. Breathe. Breathe in and out.

“I am not afraid. God is near.”

From the Qur’an:

Do you think that you could enter paradise without having suffered like those [believers] who passed away before you? Misfortune and hardship befell them, and so shaken were they that the apostle, and the believers with him, would exclaim, “When will God’s succor come?”

O, verily, God’s succor is [always] near!

From the Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Feeling afraid? Pray it. Doesn’t seem to work? Pray it again. Pray away the fear.

Second: Stay away from the media.

It is programming designed to mess you up. Know that. It is enemy propaganda. Purify yourself from it. It is everywhere. Social media is controlled by the enemy, too. All of it belongs to the enemy. All media. Don’t spend too much time on the screens. We have to use it, but it belongs to the enemy. Know that. Be careful. Don’t spend so much time in it that you get burned. Don’t listen to the smooth-talking celebrities or politicians, no matter how much you like them. They are tools of the enemy. This is all deception. Rule of thumb that I mentioned last week. Anyone who is unable to be truthful about 9/11 cannot be trusted. They either haven’t done the research or they are lying about it or they are so deceived that they are worthless.

Three: Instead, spend your time researching what is real.

Here are some names to search through Duck Duck Go on your Brave browser. There are more than this list. There are people out there searching for what is true and reporting it to you. These are a few that I know.

Kevin Barrett, Spiro Skouras, David Icke, James Corbett, Vanessa Beeley, Mark Taliano, Chuck Baldwin, Annie Bukacek, Helen Buyniski.

This is not an exhaustive list. They are people I know.

Watch their videos. Read their articles. I post a lot of stuff on my Facebook page from different sources. I will do so until it is deleted and until I am deleted.

We are being erased. However, the truth is rising. We need truth warriors.

Don’t believe everything. Discern for yourself. Be strong.

Four: Know who your friends are and who the enemy is.

This is war. Be careful. Know who your friends are. They are few. Know who the enemy is. Most people are computer programs. The government presses ENTER and people stand in line, put on a mask, and snitch on their neighbors. They work for the enemy. The enemy is the one who imposed this lockdown. Remember, we did not ask for this. We did not discuss this. This was imposed upon us.

Five: Know that you have a purpose.

It is no accident that you are here now. It is no accident that you are hearing this or watching it or reading it. This is the apocalypse. You are alive in the midst of it. You need to be strong. You need to be a warrior.

Six: Take risks. Take the risks you can to live like a human being. I cannot tell you what to do. You will have to figure that out. But meeting with a community can help.

Again,

1) Do Not Fear.
2) Stay Away from the Media.
3) Research What is Real.
4) Know Your Friends and Your Enemy.
5) Know You Have a Purpose.
6) Take Risks

You didn’t sign up for this. I get it. This got dumped on us.

The best I see it is that you and I are Eternal Consciousness having a particular experience. When we identify so closely with the experience that we cannot free ourselves from our emotions, we need to remember who we are spiritually. We need to meditate, pray, journal, exercise, do whatever it takes to realize that we have a body but we are not our body. We have emotions but we are not our emotions. We have thoughts but we are not our thoughts. We can step back from them and realize that reality. We are from above. We are part of the eternal. We are of God. One day we shall return. We will ascend like Jesus (pbuh).

One of the practices that has been taken from us, perhaps the most important practice, is to gather physically and share our experience. We have to take that back. Get together physically, with people you love, and be human. Touch. Hug. Embrace. Pray. Weep. Laugh.

That is the church, the Greek word is ekklesia, the physical gathering of people.

Let us be that again. Now.

Amen.

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Truth Jihad: A Conversation with Kevin Barrett

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In March 2018 I had a live interview scheduled with Dr. Kevin Barrett on my monthly show, “The Beloved Community” on KBOO. Through a smear campaign led by Rose City Antifa complete with name-calling, character assassination, and a deluge of tweets and phone calls, the station staff and management were pressured to stop the interview and actually ban Kevin Barrett from being on the air. (Staff and management claim they were not pressured.) I appealed the decision but my appeal was never addressed. Dr. Barrett never had an opportunity to defend himself. Volunteers or the membership never had an opportunity to review this process.

On December 13th, 2019 I broadcast a pre-recorded show that included audio from the last sermon I gave to my church, an interview with Dr. David Ray Griffin and a speech Dr. Kevin Barrett delivered at a KBOO-sponsored event at Portland State in February 2018 about US-Saudi relations. Staff, in response to phone calls, stopped the broadcast in the midst of Dr. Barrett’s speech and played Christmas music! In protest to this personal disrespect and censorship, I decided to take a sabbatical from my volunteer duties and support of KBOO and move my show to a platform that respects the spirit of the First Amendment. You can read my story here.

Over Christmas, Dr. Barrett interviewed me for his radio show, Truth Jihad, and gave me permission and encouragement to rebroadcast that interview on my program.

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John Shuck on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio

Censored Presbyterian Minister and Radio Host John Shuck on Why He’s Leaving KBOO-Portland and His Church

December 25, 2019 Kevin Barrett

John Shuck: When they won’t let you tell the truth, it’s time to leave

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Presbyterian minister John Shuck is leaving his KBOO-Portland radio show “Beloved Community” and his church position. Apparently neither the radio station nor the church can handle the truth about 9/11 and related topics. John recently wrote me:

Dear Dr. Barrett,

A number of changes have happened to me. I am no longer pastor at my church. I was judged too radical opposing wars and their lies and saying too many good things about Islam.  Now I am done with KBOO too. Here is my last show that includes audio from you.

https://progressivespirit.net/2019/12/13/holding-to-your-truth/

I dedicated the show to you and to Dr. Griffin, two people who have for me modeled the spirit of sacrifice for truth that I saw in Jesus and Hussain. The audio I included of you was the speech you gave at the conference in Feb 2018 about the US and Saudi empires. I never broadcast it before.

Anyway in the middle of the broadcast this past Friday morning, while you were speaking, the station staff stopped it and played Christmas music! Naughty of me to play anything by the banned Kevin Barrett.  So after 20 months of the station’s inability to treat either of us like human beings, I decided it was a good time to go.

I want you to know how important you have been to me on a personal level. You model human decency in the time when the inhumane are in power.  Thank you.

https://shuckandjive.blogspot.com/2019/12/sabbatical-from-kboo.html

All the Best,

John Shuck

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John Shuck’s church was vandalized with Antifa-style graffiti. Earlier, Portland Antifa had pressured KBOO radio to prevent John from interviewing me.

A Free Mind, Love, and Good Tunes


I thought I would post a sermon. Here is the audio. Sermon starts at 9:12.

I think our descendants will regard David Ray Griffin as the most important theologian of the early 21st century. Any theologian who tells the truth about the stuff that really matters gets my ear regarding religion. Damn if he isn’t good at that, too.

My mind is changing again.

Last week in her interview of me, Pam Gross, asked me about a number of things, and one topic we mentioned but didn’t elaborate upon was my view on God. I don’t like to talk about myself, as if I am the topic, but these questions arise about what the minister believes. I always try to deflect these questions. Who cares what I believe? It is my business. The question for you is what do you believe? Churches have a tendency to make the minister the “designated believer.” If the minister has his or her beliefs right, then everything is OK. If not, then things are not OK.

So when I first came to Southminster, the Friendly Atheist blog published an essay I wrote and titled it, “I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God,” many people thought, “That can’t be OK.” Those who read past the title saw within the article itself that I wrote I didn’t believe in a supernatural God. You should spell that word Gawd G-A-W-D.

G-A-W-D was coined by David Ray Griffin in his book, God Exists But Gawd Does Not: From Evil to New Atheism to Fine Tuning. (review by Kevin Barrett). GAWD is the supernatural being that is the subject of most religious creeds. GAWD created the world from nothing, intervenes in the natural order of things, rewards and punishes, and so forth. This is the GAWD that I wrote is the product of myth-making.

I don’t find the existence of GAWD to be particularly persuasive. I think the new atheists like Dan Dennett and Richard Dawkins are right to poke holes in that Gawd. But does that mean that God G-O-D doesn’t exist at all? And what is at stake here either way?

When I first went to seminary, as part of the requirements for admission, I had to write an essay about my beliefs and questions. I wrote in the essay something along the lines of, “Is the universe meaningful?” Is the universe (and are humans) the products of randomness and natural law alone? The things that humans value, love, wisdom, good tunes, are they only things we care about or does the universe itself care about those things, too?

Martin Luther King said a number of times in his sermons and speeches a phrase that is often attributed to him but goes back earlier. The phrase is, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker, should be credited with that thought, though. In 1853 he said this in a sermon, titled “Of Justice and The Conscience:”

Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

This question has been with me throughout my entire ministry, and I have never let it go. Are Parker and King right? Does the arc of the moral universe bend toward justice or is that just something humans like to think?

So, in seminary, I was introduced to the post-modernists. I still don’t know what the word, post-modern, means, but for my purpose here, this is how I used it. It meant that all of these things that humans care about such as love and justice and even God, didn’t arrive until humans arrived. The universe is like a bus. It stops and starts. Picks people up. Drops people off. The bus has no intelligence, no concern for the lives of the people it carries. The love and justice that the humans on the bus exhibit is the result of human interaction. They care about love and justice. The bus doesn’t. I wrote a poem about it, “Riding the Bus with Jesus.” Jesus is the human interaction, not the bus. “Indifference is the law of the universe,” I wrote.

I would call this my post-modern phase. Language about God, about meaning, love, justice, is a human construct. It is an attempt at making meaning of an essentially meaningless universe. All the attempts to insert GAWD into this universe really have not been persuasive to me. The thing is, I talk about that. For many people, that is not OK. I on the other hand, think it is OK. Not only OK, but I think important and necessary for a free mind.

Our minds are not free if they don’t take us where our doubts take us. They are not free if we allow others to set the boundaries of what we can and cannot explore. We should search for what we think is true even if doing so challenges conventional wisdom.

I defend the way I think and the things I believe or do not believe because I come about them honestly and we all should have the freedom and encouragement to do the same. Hearing the views and the thoughts of those that are different from ours, challenging to us, can only make us wiser. That is how we learn. That is how we grow. That is what I do in my ministry. I don’t think being a minister is about rigidly sticking to a set of creedal statements about GAWD. I think being a minister is about challenging those statements and creating new statements that reflect the actual journey we are taking.

All that said, I find myself changing again. Moving not back to the GAWD of creed but answering affirmatively, even if tentatively the question, “Is there a GOD of meaning within the universe itself?” Yes. Is the love Paul writes about in I Corinthians 13 only a human expression, a human invention, or does it reflect something within the fabric of the universe itself? I am leaning toward the latter.

The only thing I really care about is the world my granddaughter, Pippa, will inherit. What are we leaving? What are we doing about it now? I personally find those questions to be very hard, discouraging, even despairing. I don’t back away from the via negativa, to use Matthew Fox’s phrase for the dark path. I don’t shy away from looking at the trajectories we are on in regards to our future. I don’t back away from the truths about ourselves and about our nation that are hard to take. I don’t think church is about hiding from that.

However, it is hard for me to muster up enough hope to be an honorable ancestor by myself. It isn’t enough, I am coming to realize, to have love and justice and God be human constructs in an otherwise meaningless, indifferent universe. I need to know that the universe in some sense cares that we do this well. The universe is somehow cheering us on. Love, morality, truth, goodness are not quirks of human evolution, but built within the fabric of the universe itself. I am starting possibly to embrace that again. I am changing. Perhaps I can embrace what Martin Luther King, Jr. and Theodore Parker said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

These changes that I experience in my reflections on GAWD and GOD do not come from a vacuum, from me sitting on a rock thinking day and night. They come from my life experience and my interactions. They come from a delight in observing the stars to learning about evolution to witnessing disease and death, and grief, and violence, and forgiveness and none of these are abstractions; they are flesh and blood experiences of life. They come from losing my son. They come from having a granddaughter. They come from lies, war and stupidity. They come from courageous peacemakers. They come from learning about species extinction. They come from learning about the vastness and the creativity of life.

These thoughts, beliefs, hopes, dreams, ideas are ours. We all have them. We should never have to be made to feel guilty or wrong or bad for having whatever thoughts we have about life and about God. We have earned them. We need to be able to go to whatever place we need to go even if it is a walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Even if it is a long journey of doubt. Sometimes we need to go there. Sometimes we need to go through it to glimpse a light on the other end.

What I am trying to say this morning is don’t settle for a sound bite. Don’t settle for an evaluation of someone based on a sentence or phrase or label. We are all far more complicated than that. We don’t stay the same. It is OK to change. We don’t have to make others believe or not believe like we do. Instead, I prefer to give people space to make their own honest discoveries.

This is what I think Paul was talking about in this beautiful passage from I Corinthians about love. This translation is due in large part to Art Dewey, who has the ear of a poet.

love takes its time
makes itself good and useful
love doesn’t envy
it doesn’t boast
it doesn’t bluster

it doesn’t make a scene
it doesn’t look after its own interests
it doesn’t throw fits
it doesn’t dwell on the negative
it takes no pleasure in injustice
but is delighted by the truth

love upholds everything
trusts in everything
hopes for everything
endures everything

love never falls way

That Love, I am coming to trust now, is the very fabric of the universe. Love is pulling, enticing, encouraging all of us to become more alive than we were yesterday, and as Love upholds, trusts, and endures, Love pulls us to be even more alive tomorrow.

Amen.