I wanted to make this fact PERFECTLY clear…I am a CHRISTIAN CLERIC.
I did not choose this life, it chose ME. I did not suddenly wake up one day saying “You know what? I think I will become a cleric”…
Recently I have had a RASH of other people of faith trying to CONVERT ME. I want to clear this up so there will be no misconception for anyone who reads this in the future….
I will NOT convert.
I CANNOT be swayed.
I CANNOT be changed.
and I WILL NOT believe that this religion, or that one, is any better or worse than the one that I am.
I do not make a distinction between Christian, Jew, Muslim, Pagan, Buddhist, or any other belief… I do not see a line between Catholic, Methodist, Protestant, or any other SECT of faith…WE ALL SERVE GOD IN OUR OWN WAY.
I do not segregate, discriminate, belittle, or talk down about any other faith.
Whatever faith YOU are, then I wish you PEACE, LOVE, and JOY in YOUR FAITH… but please, do not try to change MINE because of some misplaced ideology that you must convert EVERYONE to YOUR faith.
To put it simply: IT JUST WON’T WORK ON ME.
If this is a problem, then you my friend are on the WRONG WALL….
I wish to say to any Clerics out there who are thinking of trying to recruit me to their church: IT WILL NOT HAPPEN.
I cannot be swayed by titles, nor promises of money, nor prestige….
I AM A FRIAR…A MENDICANT FRIAR…not a PRIEST…not a RABBI…not a “Father”… Matthew 23 is VERY specific about titles for clergy.
““But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.” -Matthew 23:8-10
The title “Friar” is NOT a “Catholic thing”…it is from the French word “Frere” meaning “Brother”. I chose this title instead of “Minister” or “Reverend” or “Pastor” because IT IS THE LOWEST TITLE OF ANY FAITH…the most simple, the most humble, the “LEAST” of these…so please, save yourself the embarassment of thinking I am “Catholic” or any other attachment to a church or Organized Religion in that way.
I DO NOT ACCEPT MONEY…case and point: One of my parish in a moment of confusion sent me a check…I promptly wrote “VOID” across it in PERMANENT MARKER and informed them that it will NEVER be cashed…why? Because my Master TOLD US NOT TO ACCEPT MONEY… He said (and I quote)
“These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.
Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” -Mark 6:8-11
As a MENDICANT I am not IN a church…I AM A WANDERING CLERIC… so please, do not try to tell me how much better off I would be in a church, or how it would benefit me in the long run…
“As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” -Mark 13:1-2
I will NOT consider one belief above another…reason: HOW DO WE KNOW WE are right? Does not EVERY faith say “This is the one true faith”? Does not EVERY sect of that faith say “We are the only ones”?
What is right for me, is right for ME…maybe not YOU…maybe not another person. I will respect YOUR faith, YOUR belief system, if you respect MINE as well…for on such things TRUST, UNDERSTANDING, and CO-OPERATION IS BASED.
How can you say “You are doing it wrong” if you have never even TRIED to do it the way I am? I follow MY MASTER’S LAW…not laws created AFTER my Master accended back to His Father…so do not spout your CHURCHES laws to me…I know them ALL only TOO well.
If THEIR laws contradict GOD’S LAWS then YOU need to change, not me. I WILL ONLY FOLLOW GOD’S LAWS. PERIOD.
ONE MORE THING:
I WILL SPEAK ONLY THE TRUTH… I will not lie to protect ANY faith…if I am to hold to the ideals and directions MY Master said to, then IT MUST BE TRUTH THAT COMES OUT OF MY LIPS AND NOT WHAT A CHURCH SAYS TO SAY IS “the truth”.
In this way I adhere to my Master’s laws….and you adhere to whatever laws you hold in your soul to be true…
I will not pronounce “hellfire and brimstone” to ANYONE…for the message my Master told us to proclaim was one of PEACE, TOLERANCE, UNDERSTANDING, and LOVE. So giving me a hard time, and telling me how my soul is “damned for all eternity” because I am “Not of the true faith” will NOT work on me..it will only serve to get you deleted, blocked, and if the case merits it REPORTED.
I am not against ANY faith…for what is right for one person is not right for another…each must make their own decision, choose their own path… because THAT is what God intended FROM THE BEGINNING…this is why He gave US FREE WILL and did not give it to Angels!
WE must choose how we approach Him of OUR OWN VOLITION…or as Webster’s Dictionary so nicely put it:
[voh-lish-uhn, vuh-] Show IPA
1.the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing: Sheleft of her own volition.
2.a choice or decision made by the will.
Do not try to change my will…for it was GOD who called me to this job…God who put me here…and if God has chosen me (again, THE LEAST OF THESE) to do a thing, who are YOU and YOUR CHURCH/RELIGION to change that?
I will, at all times, wish you peace….but I will NOT change, nor BE changed…