(Sometimes on the NPR show This American Life, host Ira Glass will inform the audience that the upcoming segment will talk about sex and then warn the listeners that while the description of sex is not going to be detailed, it does acknowledge the existence of sex. It’s basically a warning for parents who are listening to the show with kids around. Here is my disclaimer for this blog post:
Hello, Theologee readers. Today on my blog, pornography and Jesus will cross paths on a sticker. While I am not going to get too graphic about either subject, I just thought you should know in case you want to skip reading this post. Thank you.)
Jesus heard the Pharisees were throwing shade at him (aka disrespectin’) by claiming that Jesus was baptizing more people than John. Jesus, not liking the lies the Pharisees were telling about him, decided to go back to Galilee to tell the Pharisees to step off. In going back to Galilee, Jesus and his disciples had to pass through Samaria, an territory with people that Jews were not supposed to fraternize with. The Jews did not like that the Samaritans at one point intermarried with Assyrians, which I guess would make this sort of like the Jets and Sharks of the ancient Middle East but without the feistiness of Rita Moreno. Anyway, Jesus came to the town Sychar in Samaria and found a woman alone at the well.
Hey there! Have you heard of Planting Peace? They are an organization that has set up orphanages in Haiti and India. They have bought Amazonian rainforest land in Peru to keep it from being torn down. They have dewormed over 15 million children. In America, they are probably best known for giving a fabulous finger to the Westboro Baptist Church by buying a house across from them and painting it rainbow colors. (In reference to the Westboro Baptist Church: I know that here on Theologee, I want to encourage people to reach out and understand all religions. But once you call everyone sinners without reflecting on your own transgressions, you lose my support.)
So Planting Peace has lost a huge funding supporter for their orphanage in Haiti due to their fight for LGBT rights and they are asking for support. If you can, please donate something- anything- to this organization that does so much. Here is the link to donate: http://www.crowdrise.com/haitiorphanage
Here is their website: http://www.plantingpeace.org
I wanted to write something very meaningful for this first day of 2014 but I am sure it wouldn’t be as beautiful and simple as this. I am content in reposting for you to enjoy.
Oh, and happy new year!