Rambling About Religion

Religion for many has become all about sin instead of doing something different like bringing people together who have different lives and ideas. Religion can be used to promote community and change instead of tearing our world apart. I think developing relationships with one’s higher power and other people of faith can also be a good thing for the world.

I am a unapologetic believer in that faith should rooted in the reality of today and that people should have have an abundance of love, grace, peace. People should have the freedom to be who they are and secure in the knowledge that God created them to be who they are. I also think that God’s story is still being written in the here and now.

If someone tells you that your faith isn’t strong enough because it doesn’t fit into their view of what faith should be then tell them you are working out your relationship with God/Higher Power in a way that makes sense to you. Each person is to work out their relationship with fear and trembling.

The way you treat others and relate to the world informs everyone about your relationship with and understanding of your higher power…Tony Burgess

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We need to know how to do this, we are all in this life together.

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Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist, and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious, and silly things in my life. I am a member of The Episcopal Church. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace, and love!

5 thoughts on “Rambling About Religion”

  1. Religion is not the problem, bad region is a problem, or bad people using a good region as a club against other good people. Criticism is a problem, let it go! if your not religious fine don’t throw stones at me because of others. That is prejudiced, being prejudiced is not good; it’s a bad religion for many faithless people!

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  2. You’re absolutely correct, Tony… religion is just an “imaginary boundary” that people use to segregate other people (those people that belong to another faith). Religion becomes a problem when people start forcing their faith to those who don’t believe in what they believe in.

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  3. The truth honestly:
    “If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” John 15:18

    Love is brave, it’s loving loudly.

    Example: I was at Mercy Ministries and overcame cutting with God, some girls there fell back into what they struggled with but I still wrote some.

    A girl that I had no idea would just hurt me so much, used the good will I have to get money because ‘she would have killed herself otherwise’ Hurt like a mother, but I forgave her after many tears yes.

    This is why I’m not on social media any longer, to live out love in the world as the Lord has called me.

    I have former friends who are homosexuals. I love them, it pains me. They know my heart, they know they are in my prayers. Many tearful pain filled prayers and pleas but I give them to God, for my own sanity.

    I am someone who knows my faults, I know my limitations and I’m honest.
    But Jesus is made strong in my weakness.
    Even in ‘Christian’ circles it’s ‘too much, too honest, too raw.’

    OK well the Lord has saved me from quiet a bit: slashing my arms to hell, saved me from killing myself, saved me from myself, saves me from lust and masturbation saves me from the struggle with online smut and putting my affections onto anything or anyone else besides His outrageous
    wild Love for me.

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