Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Friday, January 20, 2017

the "good" leaders in democracy

At the bottom of this post in the post I wrote on November 7th and although it speaks truth and speaks of unity it was written with the thought that come November 12th we would be in the presence of our first female President.  Sure Hillary wasn't my first choice and sure I thought she had some pretty sorted history but I was sure she would be our next President - much to the dismay of most of my family.

I wrote about how God doesn't ordain us a necessarily great leader - or even a good leader for that matter.  I didn't mention the true realities our country needs to face, I did that later that week in wake of the election outcome.  I write this as Trump is being sworn in; as a man wished me a "happy day!" at the grocery store because Obama was finally gone and on the eve of the women's march that I hope to participate in a sister march to.

We are called within our democracy to each be a good leader and role model.  We are asked within the structure of a democracy to speak out when we see wrongs and to fight for justice.  The leadership of a democracy is not necessarily those in high profile roles but can be us.  We can and we should now take on the leadership roles for ourselves.  We must continue to show love to God's people and to welcome those who are different from us.  We must not throw the first stone of judgement but reacting too quickly to those whom we have deemed as "other."  We must use our rights - amendment rights - to continue to move this country forward for the betterment of ALL.

But we also must remember that unity is important.  We cannot hold grudges or offer hate to those who voted different from us.  We can question our President's choices and we should be diligent in making sure the President is doing the right thing but we should not continue to allow the President to divide us.  We are stronger together.  We are a nation that can and does disagree but we should not be a nation that continues to allow hate to drive us.  Moving forward means finding a away to work together and prove that we are all leaders - and we can prove that we are all "good" leaders - in this democracy.  

Nov 7, 2016: There is this interesting myth among us humans - that somehow our leaders will all be great.  That some how God's will is that our leaders be great.  We saw this during the second Bush administration; pictures of him praying were circulated as if proof that he was great but he had God on his side.  How na├»ve we are!

When humans wanted a King God warned us.  God said it wasn't a good idea.  God said there would be pain and suffering because of this.  Yes God ordain some of the leaders but God most certainty didn't do so believing that they were all great - that is reserved for the Holy.  Just look at our Bible's historical books (Kings, Samuel, Chronicles) and you will find some great and some not-so-great leadership. In fact there are more bad Kings then there are good ones...so many who ruled for short periods, one only 7 days - many under 20 years!

And here we are on the eve of an election.  We are in a country not of Kings but of elected leaders; we are in a country that by the account of the Biblical history we have faired a lot better with only but a few bad Presidents.  We are in a country that does get to do this again in 4 years. 

As we head to the polls we have to realize that God stepped back from Human leadership when we asked for a King.  That in doing so, sure God still works in those that let the Holy in and have a relationship; but without that God is not part of the process.  That if we vote for someone secular who aligns with the same party we do - that doesn't mean that God has ordained this.  If we vote for someone based on party lines but don't open our eyes to what the Spirit is saying; then we too have left God out of this.  That Israel has had some bad kings who turned away from the Lord; and so too can we have a bad leader who does not want or desire a relationship with God.

No matter what happens on Tuesday Night; when we wake up on Wednesday we cannot proclaim "where is God?"  For we have left God out for a long time and God has never promised humans good leadership, especially when we are letting humans make that choice.

Let us lift up in prayers our concerns for our nation as a whole.  Not that we come out with the best leadership but instead that we come out whole.  That we accept the practices that we have put into place.  That we allow ourselves and others grace in decisions tomorrow.  That we as a people who do believe and are Holy allow God to work in us to calm our presence.  That love overcomes anger and evil.  That every person feels safe to make choices for themselves and when a President-elect is declared that all may accept the will of the nation.  That God's presence can overcome anxieties.  Let us pray that Americans can come together and show each other and the world that we are one nation; who doesn't always agree, but who can unite in democracy. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter blues

At the bottom of this post are two poems I have written about snow.  As mid-winter hits and the snow and cold continue to keep the sun at bay those of us who live in the North fight off the winter blues.  Some do it better then others.  Some have found a passion in sking or other "snow" activities.  Not me.  I find myself wrapped up in yet another blanket hopeful that the sun will show itself through the clouds and tinkle in a bit of warm light.  The winter is a cruel season; full of illness and the cold chills that shorten the day light.  It is also the season in which people come down from the high of Christmas and the time of year people find themselves in the midst of the most debt. 
It is on those days when I snuggle under the covers just a few minutes longer before beginning my day that I think about those who don't have God in their life.  Those who don't know what it is like to not only give over one's burdens too but to hold on to for strength.  God doesn't necessary solve problems for us; nor does belief in God simply take away our real struggles and pain (especially mental illness) but having God in your life makes you a better you.  Having a relationship with the Divine; allows you to be stronger, kinder and more joyful you.   Having God in your life isn't going to make you me, or me you, but it will help you be a better you.  If you follow me. 
In the middle of the cold winter.  Look up to the Holy; soak in the rays of light and the warmth of God's love.  Open yourself up to a relationship that is bigger then all of us and can and will make you a stronger person.
Wonderous snow how I loath you
Boisterous winds you chill my bones
Adventurous days in the sun have past
Unglamorous dullness awaits
Treacherous commutes have begun
Rapturous hopes come to mind

Wonderous snow how I love you
Boisterous screams as snowballs fly
Adventurous snowpersons come to life
Glamorous crystals sparkle in the sun
Treacherous snow brings snow days
Rapturous hopes come to mind

Wonderous snow how beautiful you are
Boisterous winds swirl snow into art
Adventurous skies and snowshoes await
Unglamorous winter wear keeps me warm
Treacherous times brings community
Rapturous thoughts stay at bay
White knuckles looking out
across the white snow glistening
in through the white lights in the white stillness
White storms bring out white outs
while blankets of white snow engulf the still landscape
White collar fools drive in white outs
while blue collar workers traverse through the polar bears