In the 1990s a Christian ska band had significant impact in shaping my faith and worldview. One of their songs, “Dandelions,” beautifully captures the tension and struggle in the Christian faith.
Faith & Spirituality
That may sound like a harsh or exaggerated statement, but it really isn’t. Christians don’t just ignore environmental action, they put effort into vehemently opposing it.
“Christians” is a broad generalization here. I’m referring more specifically to American, conservative, Republican Evangelical Christians. But they do have a loud voice in both American and global faith and often shape what “mainstream” Christianity is.
As I expect my first child, there’s this enormous weight of responsibility, of caring for another human being that’s completely dependent on you. But beyond the thought of just trying to keep this child alive, there’s another immense responsibility I feel.
It’s shaping the kind of man that my son will grow up into. I want to be intentional about the man he becomes. So as I prepare to be a father to my son, Emerson, I’ve decided to focus on 3 things that I hope to instill into his character.
At around 9pm, I stood in the international terminal of LAX with a group of people I hardly knew. Some I had just met that evening. But they were my people, my tribe.
In nervous anticipation, we scanned the crowds looking for the people we were waiting for. The only problem was we didn’t really know who we were looking for. We had never seen these people either.
If you’re a person of faith at any level, you’ve probably turned to God at some point in your life asking for help or healing. Maybe you have a deep conviction and connection to God. Perhaps you acknowledge he exists, but don’t consider yourself very religious or spiritual. Or maybe you believe there’s a general force at work, such as the universe or karma. Wherever you’re at, the hope is that he or it is powerful enough and benevolent enough to help you. But what if he doesn’t answer?