2011-11-12 11.52.20

Two things about me that are seemingly controversial are that I am a Christian and I LOVE Prince a.k.a. the artist formally known as Prince, a.k.a. a weird sign that is a gesture in which he is “sticking it to the man”. Yes, this weirdo who is a musical genius is also a love of mine. He penned a song titled “Controversy” and that is where I find my inspiration today.

The other day I sat with an old friend and she was sharing about her week at a ministers conference. She talked about her enthusiasm of hearing a woman speaker who was also a former educator. This woman went on about how A.D.D. and other medical issues are not in fact medical issues but spiritual issues. There is a “spirit” that needs to be prayed out. My friend was appalled and I however was not shocked. I have sat through many a sermon where by a pastor “educates” people on hate a.k.a. “spirits”. I can’t help but to wonder, what have we become?

Upon leaving that meeting I haven’t been able to shake this blog. Controversy. I have written this in my sleep. Controversy. The controversy is this: Why do we belittle others, name call, cast stones, name spirits, ect. when Gods call is for us to love without judgement and without strings attached to that love? Why also do we label and condemn other believers?

I have a neurological disorder that is unexplained. There are times when I am using my hands to give people money I want to explain to them that I’m not crazy, on drugs, or nervous, instead I just try to pretend that I don’t shake. How terrible is it for people who are walking around with disorders like A.D.D. to have people, Christians, preaching that it is just a spirit issue in them. I would hate to have someone preach about my disorder claiming it’s a “spirit”. I can’t control my shaky hands likewise the kids who used to be in my class couldn’t control their random twitchiness.┬áIt maddens me that there are teachers, pastors, and speakers trying to produce fruit but casting away fruit because it might need extra love.

“Love Story” by Nicole Nordeman paints a beautiful picture of Jesus as an art therapist. Jesus finds us in our dumpster and hands us a clean canvas to paint our pain, our past, our regrets. We hand him our hearts on that canvas and he replaces it with truth. He remakes us into what He sees, not what the world sees or says about us. Jesus sees the heart. My shaky hand types this and knows that I am His. I am not a “spirit” that needs to be “prayed out”.

As I pour out my heart about this controversy I want to know your thoughts. Are we whole as Christ made us or are we full of “spirits” that God needs to cleanse before he can really see us?

3 thoughts on “Controversy

  1. Crissy Inskeep Moloney

    And why do we these same people believe that a disorder or a label is an imperfect disability that needs to be "cast out"? If we could only see how our seemingly Imperfections in reality are the beautiful creation he He formed and molded for His purpose! Even the out of control ADD child has a misunderstood quality that the Lord put in his heart that can be loved and molded into what God created him to be.

  2. Faye Wojcicki Sant'Anna

    ohhh this is controversial for sure! Can I add a little more to it? I hope no one will take me wrong. This is my personal opinion and belief.
    We are all soul, spirit and body right? Our Spirit has been saved by Jesus. But we still have our soul and body. We are saved and by His wounds we are healed, but we still get sick, we continue to sin, we continue to fail, but aren't we more than conquerors through Jesus? Can't we do ALL things? Why are we getting sick, failing and everything? Because the devil can't touch our Spirit, But he continues to attack our body and soul's. He doesn't give up. We are in this world right now and this world belongs to him now ( for a little time, Come, Jesus come!). And I'm sorry. Imperfections were NOT the "beautiful creation He formed and molded for His purpose". He made EVERYTHING PERFECT! And it was GOOD! Sin made things imperfect. Not Him! He for sure allows things to happen so His name can be glorified, so He can work on us, in us, for His different purposes. But it was NOT part of His plan or His creation.
    So, I PERSONALLY believe that it could be both ways. Sometimes it's just the body that is ill, due to the sin in the world. We can be healed with the use of modern medicine and everything. Also by Him who is strong when we are weak. But some cases are for sure an attack from the devil and his spirits who are surrounding us to destroy us, to kill us and to rob us. That's when we need to have discernment and wisdom. He gives it freely to those who ask. It's a thin line. But He gives us the knowledge to discover. nd that makes the devil furious! I like that ;).
    " My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil." John 17:15.
    " For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12.

  3. Len Winneroski

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

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