Brandt Russo

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I have to say, concerning the “twerk” episode people can’t seem to get over, consider how this whole “moral outrage” looks strikingly similar to the story of the woman caught in adultery in the New Testament. Where is the married man who received the services of the young woman? Who cares… but the woman MUST be put to death for her sin against God! 

We really must put our stones of judgement away, lest we ourselves get hit in the crossfire. 

If there are people who you love and need your time or encouragement, please quit talking about Miley Cyrus and go and share the gift of life with them.

If you think you are a better person/man/woman/role model than Miley Cyrus, just live the way you think life ought to be lived. Give the poor girl a break and go out and paint something beautiful, write a short story or hide dollar bills under car door handles and be reminded that there is much more to life than shame, blame, pop culture and criticism via social media. You’ll be thankful you did 

"Fucking punks," Zimmerman told the police dispatcher that night. "These assholes. They always get away."

In Christ Jesus, there are no “Fucking punks”, there are no “assholes”, there are only brothers and sisters of one Heavenly Creator. We must mourn with the Martins, apologize for the part we play in bigotry, racism and the systemic tide of violence in this country, and forgive the Zimmermans of the world if we have ANY chance of things changing. That won’t end things but its a wonderful place to start.

Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman will live the rest of his life in protective custody to keep from being murdered. Cory Monteith overdosed at age 31. When will we step up, conqueror our fears, overcome our demons, and live courageously, love lavishly and live self-sacrificially so that this pattern ends? I may be a dreamer, but im not the only fucking one.

Martin Richard, 8 years old, was killed yesterday in Boston’s bombing. This picture of Martin says it all. “No more hurting people. Peace.”It is time for us to learn to love again. Violence has and forever will tear humanity apart. It has yet to create lasting peace. The cycle must be broken, and it must happen now, with each and every one of us. View high resolution

Martin Richard, 8 years old, was killed yesterday in Boston’s bombing. This picture of Martin says it all. “No more hurting people. Peace.”

It is time for us to learn to love again. Violence has and forever will tear humanity apart. It has yet to create lasting peace. The cycle must be broken, and it must happen now, with each and every one of us.

With one brother in the armed forces, and another considering, my heart is deeply burdened. I love them greatly, and admire their desire to make a change in this world, but Jesus words echoing in my head are so haunting. “Put away your sword; Those who use the sword will die by the sword.” I want NONE to die, neither the ones I love and hold dear, nor those whom I’ve never met and could consider enemy. I deeply desire and pray for the day we fully embody His teachings in ways that put an end to our desire to meet violence with violence. 

"Dear friends, never take revenge. Never pay back evil with more evil. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good." - St Paul. May it be so.

To truly understand the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, one must come to understand that self-sacrificial love, to the point of death, is the only life worth living. It is the most powerful force in the world, and it lies deep within us all.

To those of you who identify as followers of Jesus, I implore you to search your hearts and identify the motivation behind denying the rights of your neighbors, brothers and sisters, to be able to commit to a life of fidelity through matrimony under the law. Perhaps our obvious shortcomings, hypocrisy, and inability to incarnate the forgiveness, mercy, and love Jesus has for us is part of the reason. Perhaps it’s easier to use misunderstood and biased mistranslated scriptures as weapons than it is to lay our lives down in acts of self-sacrificial love. Regardless of the reason, the Christian Church has constantly been on the wrong side of history, and it is time for that to change, and that change begins now, with you and I.

So incredibly powerful. Imagine…

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