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“Virgin” – Manchester Orchestra– This is why they’re my favorite band

This video ABSOLUTELY captures the lies embedded in American culture… the part where the protestors with the cross walk right past a homeless veteran communicates the failings of the American Church.  Christianity isn’t pro-life, anti-homosexuality, abstinence, anti-alchohol/marijuana, or being a republican… Christianity is loving the unloveables… the widows, the poor, the fatherless.

How many of us have walked up to a prostitute and told her she was still worth the love of God?

Jesus did.

How many of us have condemned a woman because she’s slept with too many men?

Are you seeing the problem here?

Yes persecution will happen anywhere you go.  But most of the reason the secular world doesn’t like the church is our fault…  because Jesus isn’t hard to sell.  If you think he is you clearly don’t understand the power of Faith, Hope and Love.

But we fail because instead of selling him, we sell ourselves… which is the exact opposite point of Christianity. Ourselves are hypocrites, consumers of pornography, angry, judgmental, drunkards, blasphemers, hoarders and wasters… why in the hell would anyone want to be that?

We have to stop tarnishing Jesus’ image.  We have to start tarnishing our own.  Because it’s not a bad thing to be messed up inside your soul.  It’s a bad thing to try and pretend you are not messed up.

Authentically genuine people are a wonderfully dangerous thing.  Have you ever been around someone who absolutely knows their true identity?  It has beautifully toxic effects on the room.  I have this new saying… open people… open people.

What I mean by that is that people who are truly open about their lives and condition as sinners open up other people about that condition.  We have to stop pretending everything is ok.  All that is is your pride beating you.

Trying to tell you you’re strong enough. We’re not.  Be honest with yourself.  There’s always been a yearning in your soul. A yearning for a place without time.  Because if you think about it, if we didn’t have time we would take the time to really get to know each other.

So please… watch this video.  Listen to it.  Try and really hear what it’s saying.  As a 21st century American Virgin I can tell you this is the spiritual war me and my friends pursuing purity go through.  It’s hell.  I’ve never been strong enough to do it.  But it’s the one thing in my life I gave to Jesus at a very young age and though I’m far from pure… I’ve made it this far with my V-card…

“Heard don’t move. Unless you know someone you can move.  And I bruise. Just like anyone would bruise. And I know, we’ve got a long way to go.  I know we’ve got so far.”  — Andy Hull, Manchester Orchestra– Virgin.

About ananiasgo

Charles Westerman is a freelance writer, songwriter, school bus driver and murder mystery theater actor living in Portland, Oregon. He grew up on a ranch in Chugwater, Wyoming as the youngest of five kids and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Journalism and English Lit. in May 2012. In between driving his Jr. High minions back-and-forth from school, he is currently at work writing his debut literary novel, Where Heaven Meets Cheyenne and its sequel. A two-part telling of the story of his ordinary family that came together in an extraordinary way. For the past two and half years he has worked to tell this story with honesty, excellence and honor to the characters who made it possible.

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