The history of America’s penology is deeply rooted in the right of an individual to make penance on both a religious and societal basis. To remove the ability to do diminishes the value of the individual and has negative effects on public safety. In fact, allowing men and women to exercise their religious beliefs within the prison context has been proven to have a direct correlation to increased public safety. Several studies have shown that faith-based programs reduce recidivism and save taxpayers millions of dollars in criminal justice costs.
The questions always come up this way, “How do I love the people around me who are gay and still stand up for my beliefs?” Or, another way is, “I know that we should stand up for Christianity in our school but how do we approach homosexuality, when the other students are saying that they should just let the people be happy?”
While I do not intend to address the biblical standpoint on this subject (as you can find many better sites for that…like here), I do want to address some questions about Christianity and Homosexuality that I have gotten in the past few months.
When most folks call us to reach for the past they aren’t actually calling us to the past as much as they’re calling us to particular visions of their own childhood. Worse, we are called to the hazed, fuzzy memories of their childhood. More than the rough textures of fact and truth these remembrances are made of imprecise, Rockwellian nostalgia; life as they wished it was. What I’m suggesting is a time not remembered, yet one we are called to respond to.
We must decide if it is worth being part of God’s kingdom rather than one we create. We must decide if we can trust God’s invitation into a day of rest. A day wasted in love, appreciation, and connection with both the Source of life and those closest to us reminds us why we live the other six days. A day of rest feels counterintuitive, but it is actually in tune with how we are made. It is a day where we choose to honor God above both our selfish or selfless desires.
So yes, I am incredibly single, but no, I am not looking for a lady who exudes a 1 Corinthians 13 type of love just in a relationship. I am looking for woman who exudes a 1 Corinthians 13 type of love throughout her community, to her “enemies” and to everyone she comes in contact with.
By understanding a little bit about the way your brain forms habits naturally, you can start to identify new habits that you want to form and build a plan for integrating them into your life. From a psychological standpoint, try distilling your habit into its simplest form, and combining it with things that you’re already doing during your day-to-day routine.
With enough repetition, even complicated tasks can become an automatic part of your schedule.
The passengers were kept at the gate while the pilot was tested. Carter-Knight kept tweeting: “Philly Boston flight 760 grounded due to unruly pilot — false accusations by pilot that his sobriety was questioned by passengers.” Another tweet described the pilot as “angry.”
Then it was Carter-Knight’s turn to get angry, as a later tweet revealed: “Jet Blue just denied me to board the aircraft due to my social media coverage of tonight’s events. The pilot and staff denied service to me.”