Monday, June 21, 2010

And then the eye moved


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My wife called my at work early in the morning,  a rare occurrence. The reason was answered prayer. My son started to move his eye. The surgery had shocked the third nerve and we feared that it could lead to blindness. We were given 50-50 chance that it would comeback, and it looks like it has. This maybe the first step, but it is a big one. Joy floods me like flash of fast moving water, sweeping into faith.
Prayer:

Thank you, Lord
for gift of our son.
For hope and for love
So be it
Amen

Saturday, June 19, 2010

God, a Baby and a Dog


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I am playing around with editing movies we taken of Tito, my son. A baby play with a dog makes me happy. God makes himself present in smallest way and we have to pause to notice God and his message of Love.

Suffer the little Children

Below is my latest submission for Sojourners. What bothers me about the response to the post was focusing on the CRC issue. The major thrust of the piece is my outrage over our Tax dollars being used to recruit and train child as soldiers.





God's Politics



Suffer the Little Children

by Ernesto Tinajero 06-17-2010

Fictional character Miss Jean Brodie from Muriel Spark’s novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, famously quipped, “Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life!”

Miss Jean Brodie is a protofascist, who chooses certain girls to mold into her image. Underlining her philosophy of education is two assumptions: 1) Children are impressionable, 2) They can be remade into her images. In the end of both the novel and film version, she is betrayed by one of her girls, Sandy, which undercuts her philosophy. Miss Brodie can hold sway over the children for a little while, but in the end, they find their own way. The kernel of truth is that children desperate for love can be for a time be forced into another’s image. Therefore, children become a tempting target for indoctrination into all sorts of evil.
Can we be really surprised that many seek out children for their violent ends? The report in The New York Times about the use of children soldiers by our allies in Somalia is both disturbing and predictable. Doe-eyed boys, carrying fully loaded Kalashnikovs, playing war with real human blood should more than make us pause. The fact that U.S. tax payers could possibly be funding such violations of childhood should cut us all to the core. Jesus weeps for the children.
We should be ashamed of ourselves for not signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We join only Somalia in not signing this pact, which says that no child under 15 should be a soldier. Jesus had much to say about those who lead children to stumble. Christians of all political stripes should demand that this be put to an end. There can be no defense for turning kids into killing machines.

Miss Jean Brodie serves a stark reminder of thinking we can mold and use children for evil. Her downfall came from one of her girls. Will we one day be betrayed by the children we have armed? Let us not wait to find out but fight to stop this practice.
portrait-ernesto-tinajero1Ernesto Tinajero is a freelance writer in Spokane, Washington, who earned his master’s degree in theology from Fuller Seminary. Visit his blog at beingandfaith.blogspot.com.

Categories: Human Rights

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pain must find a way

Ah, the joys of peacemaking. Why is that peacemaking always feels like being placed on rough would and having sharp metal driven into the flesh? The reality of peacemaking is that emotions has to take it payment in pain. The pain can come from anywhere, it just need the pain. Much like an oppressed worker takes out his frustrations on his children, we always look to extract pain for pain. The Cross of Jesus comes to mind. Peacemaking has to understand the flow of pain if it hopes to transcend violence. The anger can not simple be damned up with damning us. The best way I have found is in letting the pain flow out and not fight it. Hear the words coming out and accept them. Take the blows without returning them. The way of the Cross is the only way out of the cycle of pain violence pain violence.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Is Google Making Us Ignore God?

God calls on us to meditate on God and God’s word. However, does the fast intake of information from TV, film, and especially the Internet make us less likely to experience God? According to new research, electronic gadgets actually change how we think and focus. Nicholas Carr famously asked “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Will it also make us ignore God?

Most of us now live in cities so bright that we can hardly see stars, much less the Milky Way. We most likely think of stars as spoiled performers and entertainers. Our food comes in plastic and cardboard, disconnecting us from how it is grown or raised. Eating the landscape was a profound spiritual experience for our ancestors, hence why Jesus chose the breaking of bread and drinking wine with us as a sign of his work. The meal was both a precious and elegant reminder of our dependence on God for our daily existence. But now food becomes fast food to match our impatience. Convenience trumps nutrition, and busyness pulls us from wonder into fidgetiness.

We drive in self-contained cars disconnecting us from the environment. Is it any wonder most of us who fill our tanks with gas cannot make the connection to the gushing oil polluting the Gulf? (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127511500) We can easily throw blame at BP but not look at our big gas guzzlers as a source for our ever-increasing disaster. We demand BP take responsibility but will we? Time to notice the logjam in our vision.

The theological perspective is that this busyness of the business of modern life draws us into the world of Martha and away from sitting at the feet of Jesus. We are being called to distraction, and the quiet, still voice of God goes unnoticed — unnoticed in the flood of ever new links to follow, unnoticed in the hectic pace of modern life, unnoticed in the flood of events, information, and distractions. Through it all, God continues to call us to sweet voice of prayer. Yes, the call I am heeding — returning to simplicity and healthier life — may seem too simple to make a difference. Yet, does it make it any less true?

Time to draw back and take notice of the toes of Christ, to listen to voice of the King of Peace and hear the Lord cry in our babies’ weeping. We need to practice humility and relearn the art of reflection, and return to life’s  better portion.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

The passing of John Wooden

The most successful basketball coach has passed away. I could go on and go what made his the most successful coach, his ten championship, his perfect seasons, his innovation, the 88 game won in a row, or even the friendship of his former players, but why let me speak for him, when he defines success for us so well. Below is his TED talk on success. His definition is simple, powerful, and based on what he learned from his faith, his dad and his love of poetry. His are words of Wisdom.