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Today there was a rally in Times Square to support interfaith solidarity.
"Taking place in response to upcoming Congressional hearings led by Peter King (R-LI), rally-goers will stand together against bigotry caused by anxiety, misinformation, and ignorance, to show Congress a united American community which seeks to strengthen - not dilute - our bonds of friendship and trust." (www.globalgrind.com)
I understand their intent, but Russel Simmons tweeted something yesterday that got under my skin: "Jews, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Yogis---WE ARE ONE!"
As a Christian who follows Jesus, it is very offensive to put me in the same category as an atheist and non-believers. I respect people of different religions, but I am not one with them. Once again, I RESPECT them, but Simmons comment is taking it too far. I will never deny Jesus for the sake of peace. I will not stand up for hate and I definitely don't think Muslims should be targeted, etc. Is it necessary to influence people of different faiths (including Christians) to proclaim "Today I Am A Muslim Too"? For the sake of "peace" you denounce your religion for one day? Absolutely not.
As we approach LENT season I am reminded of what Jesus did on the cross. This is not him, but the movie Passion Of The Christ did a pretty good job...
That image says enough. What do you guys think? Are they taking it too far?
The other morning I woke up extremely sad. In 2007-2008 I traveled to Zambia (twice), Mexico, and New Orleans to do mission work. I had the honor of building orphanages, homes, working in a clinic, and meeting beautiful people. I miss it.
I once heard someone say "Pray for the places you've visited and for the places you'll go." I admit that I haven't prayed enough for the places I've been. I forgot about the prisoners in Mexico that I ministered to. I forgot about the people in Louisiana who shared their "Hurricane Katrina" stories with me. I forgot about the family I lived with in Zambia. And now it's all coming back to me, in waves. I spent the entire day overwhelmed. True, I must spend more time praying for these places, but is that all? Does it all end here? Will I ever see them again? Somewhere deep inside of me I know that this isn't the end. I was made for more. We were made for more.
At times I feel like I'm supposed to live in one of these places for three months at a time, leaving everything I know, and doing the will of my Father. I don't know how this will look, but I am ready.
Remembering the word spoken to me.
Hey guys! Last Monday (Presidents Day) I had a chance to model for a news segment on ABC 7 Chicago. This is most definitely an experience that I'm grateful for.
Also, over the weekend my friend Tasha came to visit me. We went to Poetry For The Soul and I showed her a little bit of the diversity that exists in Chicago. I live for memories like this.
Everyone signs their name on this wall in the greenroom:
So of course I had to sign mine:
The studio and set:
Tasha came to visit! We ate, worshipped and fellowshipped. :)
Check out the rings we purchased:
We feasted on Indian food...yum yum:
Poetry For The Soul...us with the poets:
The next day we hit up Chinatown...praise God for that curry chicken!
Here's the link for the modeling segment: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources&id=7970857