Jesus and fireworks

This is the guy who prompted me to start writing after countless great and difficult conversations like this. Maybe someday I will be as good at writing and/or finding ridiculous images on google as my friend Ty.

Ty Paluska

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Over the past several years, the 4th of July has always been an awkward holiday for me.  In my upbringing as a Christian there was a huge emphasis on America being God’s “light on a hill” and that somehow the 4th of July turned into some kind of religious celebration.  This has bothered me quite a bit, especially in light of a renewed understanding of Jesus and his love for ALL nations.  I feel as though we as Americans have sort of robbed Jesus and kept him as our own and we use him as a tool to advance our American dreams and ideals.  If we stop and think about it and what Jesus might have to say about it, it should make us feel a little uncomfortable.  As the picture above suggests, we’ve treated Jesus as some kind of American freedom fighter who is pro-America, pro-freedom (as abstract as…

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