Sunday, March 23, 2008

easter: sermon on the mount

Like most Easters, I usually don't attend church on this day. I guess since I don't do it on a yearly basis I don't want to be seen as a "Easter & Christmas" Christian. I do attend church if my spirit permits. I honor my christian upbringing, but I am not a church goer.

What I do tend to do most days is read the bible, look at art, research info & watch documentaries on Jesus Christ. It is through all these methods in meditation and prayer that I honor GOD and know what it is to be a true Christian like Jesus.

Today I felt compelled to research the oral presentations and sermons of Jesus. Why were they so motivating? So Controversial? So Loving? It was through these words that a new system of how to live outside the Roman and Jewish system emerged.

One of the most "famous" sermons that Jesus gave was the "Sermon on the Mount" Some of the major points that stuck out in my head when I read it was:

You are the light of the world.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.

Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' a
and your 'No' mean 'No.'

When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.

Be perfect,
just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

What I find interesting about my own younger church experiences is that pastors have created sermons that are more judgemental and more related to sinful natures then the idea of us coming from "perfection." I always seen "sin" as a blessing, because from there we grow and become better people. That is not to say that we must wallow in our sins, but acknowledge our own wrongdoing and move past it. I actually don't like using the word "sin" as a universal word for wrongdoing because there have been sins that have been created, deleted, changed throughout human history, so what is a sin for one person, wouldn't be for another, but we must all use our spirit and intelligence to see what is really good for all of us. Sermons or speeches are much more productive when you can point out that there is something wrong with a system, and it can be changed because our hearts, mind, and soul can do so. It is like breaking something down, and building it back up.

One speech that I have recently watched which follows this model is ObamA's speech about race and his connection to his pastor's views on political issues. When I tell you I was moved, I was! He really handled it very well, and I'm not just saying this because I have a huge crush on the man. I truly felt a connection when he spoke. Here is the video if you havn't seen it:

You can also read the text: HERE

So here I am this Easter, proud to be part of a linage of great Christians who have faith in Jesus Christ, and also a proud Black American who sees that even if our political system, theology and racial & sexiST judgements may be flawed we can still be the "Light of the World" and "Be Perfect like our Heavenly Father."


Darius T. Williams said...

Great observation during your reflection...Shawn, you're so keen!

ponoono said...

1. ObamA

2. sexIST

Jay said...

I'm not one that goes to church during the holidays or even try to, so I slept, however, the sermon on the mount was one of the teachings that stayed with me through the years. How many of us can turn the other cheek or dare to remove an eye? Hey I tried to remove my heart, they only allowed me to take a

Promiscuous X said...

I barely read the post lol Im at work..Happy Easter lol

ShawnQt said...

@ Darius
Thanks Man, I try, lol.

@ pono
changed. thanks.
now can u comment on the post? lol.

@ jay
I could have swore u went yesterday... Do people still go shopping for white suits?

@ X
And you call yourself a church boy! Hmmpph! LOL

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Anonymous said...

Nice. I hate to do this, but I have to say one thing here.

This sermon wasn't for everyone. It was for a select audience, which principles and doctrine does not apply to those outside that audience.

fuzzy said...

I don't see sin as a blessing. Sin is unrighteous and wrong in the eyes of God. We should strive not to sin! I understand that we make mistakes and we should learn from our mistakes not to do them again!

Sin is unrighteousness. God doesn't change. What was sin way back when, is still sin now! We just are so stupid to realize this and we try to find loopholes everywhere we can. But lemme say there is no loophole in God!

Let me stop now because I feel my help coming! lol haha

Promiscuous X said...

Boy BI! lol Fuzzzy shut the hell up...Stop preaching for a change. Your gay and you sin with your mouth everytime you suck shawns penis LMAO.....

ShawnQt said...

To say that "sin" is a blessing would break down the structure of what "sin" is. It is taught to see "sin" as bad, unrighteous and wrong. Yet even still Jesus and GOD would forgive us. In some experiences ,going through something makes us better people. Maybe "sin" is the wrong word, but then again, I stated I didn't like using the word in the first place.

GOD doesn't change?
That is so not true. GOD IS CHANGE.
Now Sins on the other hand also change.
Just see the Law of Levitcus as an example.

ShawnQt said...

@ X
Don't be talking my boyfriend and his great dick sucking skills, lol.