Sunday, March 11, 2018

Balance Between Being Informed and Being in the Present

I am struggling with focus, I am distracted by the barrage of “Breaking News” that is constantly being interrupted by the latest “Breaking News”. There isn’t time to process, I don’t want to unplug from the outside world and live under a rock but I am completely overwhelmed by the headlines. I have to stop binge watching the news because isolation and polarization feeds on negativity.

I am feeling fainthearted and paralyzed - I don’t want to reach numb so I am seeking a balance between staying informed and being in the present. I want to be active, to be a part of the solution but there are too many causes to support and too many movements to join. Every time that I make a donation to a cause or write a letter or sign a petition my mailbox fills up with more pleas for support. I am being crushed by cries for support as a result of my “good deeds”, it is a never ending cycle that only adds to my feeling of being overwhelmed.

I haven’t figured it all out yet, but I am seeking my focus. I am limiting which causes I donate to and I am deleting a lot more unread emails now. Yesterday it rained all day and I just sat and read listening to the rain – no television, no news programs and no negativity. A news “fast” of sorts that was so refreshing.

The apostle Paul said, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things and the God of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:8).

Peace, Love and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Rock Mass 03-04-2018

Rock Mass on the first Sunday of the month.

Rock Mass for Sunday March 4, 2018

Peace, Love and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

We Have Become a Cult of Death

When will America realize that we have become a cult of death, that the militarization of our society and the adoration of warfare is threatening our very existence? A culture of violence is enshrined in our movies, television and video games - we glorify war and adore the tools of the trade. Our government uses military action in place of diplomacy and we arm our police as a para-military force.

We are making a killing in the business of killing, the United States not only has the largest military budget in the world, but it is also the largest global exporter of arms. The military industrial complex and the politicians who breathe life into the business of death are using our blood and treasure to spread violence to the four corners of world, merchandising death in the name of freedom. The love affair with guns and the Second Amendment is creating a crisis in America’s homes, schools and churches. Innocent people are dying and we can’t get our leaders to lead, they are too afraid to take action, bought and sold by those who deal in the stock and trade of death.

Until we can say that there is no place for weapons of war in a civil society, the mass killings will continue. Until we can make the distinction between guns designed to provide legitimate self-defense and weapons designed for war, the mass killings will continue. Until we can agree that guns made for hunting are not the same as guns manufactured for war, the mass killings will continue. Until we can determine that a reasonable magazine capacity for hunting or home protection is not the same as that needed by the military, the mass killings will continue. Until we can develop a national method for screening individuals for gun ownership in all fifty states, the mass killings will continue.

Everyone may not agree on everything related to guns and gun ownership, but I am sure that everyone can agree on one thing and that is the mass killing must stop!

But Jesus told him, "Put your sword away. Anyone who lives by fighting will die by fighting." Matthew 26:52

Peace, Love and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Twenty years of Hippie Christian Peace, Love and Light!

I can't believe that it was twenty years ago that I started sharing Hippie Christian Peace, Love and Light on the internet. It was on July 4, 1998 when I launched the Drumming Hippie Jesus Freak as an effort to connect with other hippie refugees of the 60's Jesus Movement.

I even included a page with drum rhythms...

Over time the website went through several transformations taking on a life of it's own eventually becoming In 2007 I decided to morph the website into the Hippie Christian Blog and let the domain name go.

There are several pages from my old website that can be found here.

Peace, Love and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Rock Mass 02-04-2018

Rock Mass on the first Sunday of the month.


Rock Mass for Sunday February 4, 2018:

Peace, Love and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Remembering The Draft

Photo: Religion News Service
I still have my draft card stashed neatly in a small box of keepsakes in the nightstand drawer beside my bed. 

 During the Vietnam War I registered for the draft in 1974 as a Conscientious Objector. Being a Christian, I could not reconcile the Great Commission or the Great Commandment with the realities of war.

A Conscientious Objector needs to evaluate deep personal views on the use of force... here is part of that thought process that I went through.

A Conscientious Objector need not be a Pacifist so I am not afraid to protect loved ones or to use reasonable force for personal self-defense.

I support the local Police, National Guard and Coast Guard in their role of keeping us safe. Our government is required to protect us but a nation going to war in a foreign land is not the same thing as protecting its citizens or borders.

 I do not believe that there is such a thing as a “Just War”. Historically the highest number of war casualties have been civilians, so applying the Just War Theory would make all wars unjustifiable and therefore a matter of personal and national conscience.

Here are a few other blog posts of mine about the Draft: 

The Draft

Jesus Freak Peacenik 

"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:4)

Peace, Love & Light,
Kevin (Cloud)