“Behind the Blogger” Nomination

As the title says, I have been nominated for the “Behind the Blogger Book Tag.” Thanks to the nominee, the author of Faith on the Farm. I truly appreciate it! Pingback to the creator, Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx

As the title says, I have been nominated for the “Behind the Blogger Book Tag.” Thanks to the nominee, the author of Faith on the Farm. I truly appreciate it! Pingback to the creator, Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx

Rules:

1: Nominate 5 bloggers you would like to know more about, and use this tag.

2: Pingback to the creator (already done).

3: Thank the person who nominated you (already done).

4: Answer the 10 questions below.

The questions will be in bold and my answers will be in underline.

1: Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started blogging to share my experiences and thoughts with the rest of the world. I love writing stories or sharing thoughts, and blogging was the only way to combine both of them.

2: What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

My favorite type of blog post to write is a story. Stories of crazy things in Africa are usually hilarious, and I know a lot of people enjoy them.

3: What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think they are Who am I? What Am I Here For? and Dating In America and Predestination: The Love, Goodness, and Power of God.

4: What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Usually, when I want to relax, I will read a book or take a walk. When I read, my heart rate slows, and I find the world slowing down around me. When I take a walk, I get some time to talk to my Dad, God. That alone is the most relaxing thing anybody can experience.

5: What are three of your favorite things?

Wow, that is a hard one. I would have to say:

A: Reading the Bible.

B: Playing basketball

C: Listening to music while baking.

6: What are your proudest blogging moments?

My proudest blogging moments are usually when I either write something so good I need to share it with someone, or when somebody writes me something very encouraging on my blog. That alone makes my day 🙂 .

7: What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I play basketball, bake, sing, talk to God, collect Pokemon cards, climb trees, eat, hang out with friends, and talk with friends on the internet.

8: Describe your personality in three words.

Loyal, loving, dorky.

9: What are your top three pet peeves?

A: Bad music played during worship in Church.

B: People making terrible fouls in basketball and not caring.

C: My little siblings eating my candy.

10: What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

Well, there are a few things that come to mind. First, that I love coffee. I can drink coffee morning, noon, and night. Second, that I have a gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback dog named Mounty. Third, I have an uncle who is a professional hunter, and works for Cabela’s.

Well, that was fun! Thanks to the blogger that nominated me!

Tag, you’re it!

I only know a few bloggers, but I would like to nominate Ariana Evans, Imogen Lily, and Grace.

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The Ultimate Insult

Crocodile

Today I was reminded of a very humorous story. Now, living in Africa, I have many of these stories, but this is one of my favorites.

On a hot, mid-October afternoon, my family and I were taking a boat tour of Murchison falls. In order to reach the falls, we had to take the boat about 30 minutes up-river. My entire family and I sat in the boat, chatting, and drinking the complimentary water. On a dare from my brother, I drank a full 900 mLs of water; so much water, in fact, that my stomach felt bloated.

Upon reaching the falls, my family and I spent some time taking pictures, hanging out, and admiring the pretty view. After about 15 minutes, the tour guide announced it was time to head back to the hotel. We got back into the boat, but as we did, I noticed (unsurprisingly) that my bladder seemed quite full. I decided to hold it for as long as I could, hoping to make it back to the hotel. This plan did not work, however, as my bladder continued to fill.

Finally, I announced my pressing need to our tour guide. He grinned knowingly and stated that if I really needed to go, I could do my business off the back of the boat. Sadly, I need some peace, and the back of a vibrating, moving boat is a rather difficult thing to urinate from. After a few pitiful tries, I told the tour guide that we should probably stop. He nodded, and slowed the boat to a crawl, searching for a place on the bank that we could stop and wait. After a few minutes, we stopped, but I had to go so bad I didn’t even step off the boat. I simply did my business off the side of the boat and into the water.

Looking back, I realize that was probably not the best idea, but it seemed appropriate at the time. Well, after doing my business, I looked down into the water. There, to my horror, I saw a fully grown, adult crocodile floating in the water. I had just urinated on a crocodile. To this day, I am thankful that the crocodile did not notice this grave insult but merely continued to sleep. Personally, if I had been the crocodile, I would have tried to exact revenge upon the guilty party, but it (thankfully) did not.

The moral of the story-Don’t drink water on a dare, and watch where you urinate.

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Jokes Aside

I am a jokester, plain and simple. I love a good laugh, especially from a funny, well-placed joke. However, sometimes I joke so hard it becomes difficult for people to know exactly when I am kidding and when I am not. Is it even possible to be joking so much but then begin talking about Jesus and His work in me?

The problem that many of us discover is how to share about Jesus. Nowadays, a Christian would not be described as “normal”. The popular image for Christians is a person that walks around saying, “I forgive you. Bless you, child.” What many people don’t realize is that many “normal” children, leading normal lives, are Christians. We walk, joke, eat, and (mostly) talk like atheistic children. But when we turn it around and begin talking about Jesus, a brick wall seems to materialize out of thin air. The children that do not believe in Jesus become surprised when they hear that we are Christians, for they would have thought that we would act strangely. Regardless, they then label us as “strange” and will go out of their way to avoid talking with us. How can we remedy this?

Many of my friends struggle in their friendships with atheist children. How can they be expected to share Jesus and risk losing a friendship? This is something we must all decide at one point or the other, especially in today’s world. However, as Christians, what are we called to do? Matthew 5:15-16 states, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We are called, as Christians, to share our faith with others, regardless of the cost. Now, if we are worried about losing a friendship, you can actually share Jesus without directly preaching. Let your actions be a lamp to others, so they may see you and wonder what makes you special. If they are sinning, call them out, but do so lovingly. Give them no reason to hate us! Also, if they ask whether you are a Christian, tell them the truth! You can tell them you are a Christian, but there is no need to rub it in their faces. You can still be friends with a non-believer but allow your actions to show them who you serve: Jesus.

The only problem remaining is attitude changes. Many people become shocked to hear that the class clown of the local public school is a Christian-who would have thought it? He jokes around, and you wouldn’t have thought he was a Christian, for he acts just like a “normal” kid!  Well, we must still make sure that regardless of our attitude with normal people, we should ALWAYS be ready to share about Jesus. Do not be afraid, for He is here, and we are protected by His eternal mercy.

A Collab with Ariana Evans

Hello again! Welcome back to another episode of “Elisha-Weirdo in Uganda”. This week, I did an interview with a friend of mine, Ariana Evans. She takes my Writing Class, and she also helped to design my blog! Needless to say, I owe her a lot. Regardless, we decided to ask and answer 10 questions about each other, and post them separately on our blogs. Please check out her blog here. Her answers are in italics, and mine are in plain type.

Our Questions/Answers:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to share the truth of God’s word and bring people together. I like the idea of creating a community of believers, fun kids, and a place where you can both learn and teach. 

I started blogging for two reasons- to put my thoughts and struggles on paper and to talk to the world. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that people across the world read your thoughts, prayers, memories, and dreams.
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I love the community I got to create at AFL, and it wasn’t just my doing, but all my bloggers. I have to thank them all the time, my followers are so great. ❤

My favorite thing about blogging is the feedback. Many people have written to me and asked fantastic questions about Africa and life therein. Their questions inspire me to think and speak about more than I normally would. 
3. What is your favorite hobby?

I’ve played so many sports…haa! But, writing/theater is my favorite. I love to write essays and fiction, (fiction is better,) and plays are just fun to do.

My favorite hobby is collecting Pokémon cards. I really enjoy Pokémon and collecting had been a fun experience. Something I play less as a hobby but more as a job would have to be basketball. Basketball is the one thing that consumes most of my free time, and I love every minute of it! 
4. What is your least favorite thing to do?

I would have said cleaning about one month ago, but now I don’t hate it as much. I always loved to organize, but cleaning was horrible.  So, eating vegetables? Certain ones are okay, but broccoli is just bad…! I think arguing is probably my least favorite.

Doing the dishes! I mean, come on, who doesn’t hate doing the dishes?
5. Do you like to debate?

*nods vigorously* Definitely! 

YES! I am a very logically minded person, and as such, there are few things that I enjoy more than a good debate.

6: What does your daily life look like?

Well…I get up, I have a morning routine, which is now starting at 6:20 AM in the morning, (it was going to be 6:30 but I’m too rushed to get to my 7 AM class with some stuff I do int he morning), and then I do school all day/talking to friends/blogging. I also read and trying to add more to that. I watch TV at night with the family and go to bed. Different days have different habits. On Friday we clean everything, for example, and sometimes we go out to eat instead of eating at home. 😀

My daily life starts at 6:30-I wake up, get dressed, and do one of two things: either read my Bible or go for a run. I will then set the table for breakfast and work on some school until breakfast is ready. By the time breakfast is finished, I usually am ready for the day. I do school until 1:00, pausing to take a half-hour break at 10:30. After 1, my family and I eat lunch, and my parents take a nap. I usually use this time to either read or work on school. My afternoons are spent playing basketball, climbing trees, lifting weights, and occasionally doing school or video games on my computer. In the evening, I eat dinner with my family, and either study or talk with friends. 
7: What is your favorite class?

Ohhh, that’s hard! I love Composition II (writing) but I also love my Omnibus III classes which is theology, psychology, and reading/writing. Hummm…Omnibus probably!

My favorite class is Writing, which I do on Tuesday and Thursday. I really love the thinking it makes me do, and the challenges it poses. 
8: What is your favorite thing to blog about?

God! I love blogging about anything spiritual; whether that be a piece of writing about something controversial or something I found in the Bible that I didn’t know was there. Also, I love BVW (Bible Verse Wednesday).

My favorite thing to blog about is my life here in Africa, and God’s work in that life. I love expressing life here, especially the parts of it that I struggle with the most. Those parts are unique, and many people enjoy reading about them.
9: Who is the most influential person in your life?

My Mom! She is funny, smart, kind, and she loves her Bible. She loves to debate and loves to be challenged and challenging. She’s awesome! She also has the best hugs. ❤

The most influential person in my life is my dad. He is the wisest man I know, and if I could be just half the man he is, then I will be very happy.
10: What is one place you want to go to in the future?

Just one? Really? Wow. That hurts my traveling soul.  On my 18th birthday, I want to go sky-diving in New Zealand, and I would hate to miss that.  Or…England? I’m not sure!

Hawaii! I’ve always loved the beach, but I have never been there! Maybe for my honeymoon or something. 

Gluten-The Silent Epidemic Overtaking America

 

The United States has been infected. A disease grows under our very noses, and the only people to realize it are already infected. The disease is known as gluten and is a major concern in the United States, where depression runs rampant and obesity has all but vanished. Despite the growing protests of gluten consumers, gluten is scientifically connected to addiction, depression, and obesity.

            Wheat addiction is a serious problem in the United States. Pizza, pop-tarts, bread, and donuts are all part of most daily consumption, but few realize the deadly problem they pose. Statistics show, according to Lenny Bernstein, that 46 slices or 23 pounds of pizza are eaten by every American per year (2015). This is a staggering number, especially when added to the number of donuts eaten by the average American- 63 dozen (Large 2009). It is not the flavor, however, but the processing in gluten that makes wheat so addictive. Wheat contains opioid peptides and these opioid peptides are as addictive as heroin (Jeferalli 2013). Many Americans are regular gluten consumers but have no idea of the addictive chemicals residing inside their favorite foods. Because of the chemicals used in the growing and processing in wheat, gluten has been linked to severe addiction, and yet is virtually unknown to the populace.

            Depression is commonly discussed in the United States. Thousands of councilors across the country assemble to “help” the depression of the average teenager through conversation and psychology. What many councilors do not know is that links have been found between depression and gluten. It is not, however, the chemicals in the wheat that cause the depression, but the actual digestion of the wheat itself. “Researchers have speculated that gluten-related intestinal damage might lead to nutritional deficiencies that cause depression and anxiety in people with celiac disease” (Anderson 2018). Gluten is slightly acidic and can cause terrible damage to the intestine, damage which ultimately leads to depression through the negative effects of the chemicals.

            Obesity is also a common and deadly ailment in the United States through the effects of the chemicals and processing. Thousands of people begin diets every day, only to discover that their attempt to lose fifty pounds will take longer than a week. This is because obesity is very difficult to overcome and has become ordinary in America. Many Americans do not show restraint in their consumption but instead eat to their heart’s desire, while stating that they are positive gluten does not cause weight gain, and it is their opinion that matters. It is not a matter of opinion that links gluten to obesity, however, for science has connected it with over-excessive wheat consumption. Gluten contains lectins, which stick to the intestinal wall and cause the intestines to store more calories as fat. The stored fat is very difficult to remove, especially when the lifestyles of most Americans are taken into account-many Americans do not exercise, but instead use their free time watching TV or playing video games. This puts many Americans in a dilemma- they must either show self-control by abstaining from gluten, or they must give up and gain weight. Sadly, self-control is not encouraged but is instead frowned upon. Therefore, no serious change is to be expected, and the fat created through lack of self-control will remain. The fat created by eating gluten is very difficult to remove and is one of the leading causes of obesity.

            Gluten causes a plethora of disorders. Too many people discuss their obesity or depression while eating a sandwich loaded with wheat. Science has spoken, but people ignore it. If the American people wish to rid themselves of their health problems, they must purge themselves of unhealthy gluten eating and practice self-control.

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Works Cited

Bernstein, Lenny. “We Eat 100 Acres of Pizza a Day in the U.S.” Washington Post, 20 January 2015, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/01/20/we-eat-100-acres-of-pizza-a-day-in-the-u-s/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cd712fbb8299.

Large, Elizabeth. “The average American eats 63 dozen doughnuts a year.” Baltimore Sun, 20 March 2009,             https://www.baltimoresun.com/bs-mtblog-2009-03 the_average_american_eats_63_d-story.html

Jafferali, Jasmine. “Why Gluten and Dairy are so Addictive.” Chicago Parent, 23 September 2013, https://www.chicagoparent.com/archives/gluten/

Anderson, Jane. “Gluten Related Neurological Symptoms and Conditions.” Very Well Health, 28 October 2018, https://www.verywellhealth.com/gluten-related-neurological-symptoms-and-conditions-562317

 

American Dating: Relationship Without a Purpose

Many American teenagers frequently date before the age of 15. (Child Trends, 2015) By the age of 20, some people may have dated up to 30 different people. American teens date too early and too often. God created dating for use inside the context of marriage. Should dating not be used for its proper purpose? If early dating is wrong, then American teenagers should reserve dating for marriage and not date until ready for a serious commitment.  

            Granted, dating can provide a relational experience. In making mistakes, experience and memory will show a person to not make more of the same mistakes in the future. However, experience in unnecessary dating can give pain and brokenness. One should experience dating in the way one should experience a snake bite-you run away and don’t look back!

            To begin, dating at an early age has no point. Normally, a boy who dates at an early age will date a girl for a few months, and when he tires of her, he will dump her. Almost immediately, he will begin dating a new girl. Then when he finishes with her, he will dump her as well. The cycle continues, with nothing gained except practice for divorce. Why date so many women? When asked, one 16-year-old stated, “Dating helps you to get to know girls!” What’s the point? Does anybody gain anything in the long run? As a matter of fact, yes. People gain heartbreak and sinful habits. They become slaves to themselves and their own pleasure. Nothing good comes out of dating so many women. Dating is to be used inside the context of marriage. It should be used in the hopes that two people will get married. It may not lead to marriage, but the intent still exists.

            Secondly, the Bible speaks against dating. While a young Christian would disagree, older Christians know that the Bible tells us not to date until both God and the children’s parents ordain it. Song of Songs 8:4 says “Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.”[1]  Solomon cries out to the daughters of Jerusalem to avoid seeking love before God ordains it. In that day, the women of Jerusalem sought marriage or prostitution for sexual means before the age of 18. Solomon, while not the best example with women, tells us God, not us, oversees our love life. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”[2] Paul states that Christians should keep their bodies pure, for if we exist as part of a holy marriage to God through His church, then should our bodies not be kept pure for him? Dating ensues kissing and often more. Many American teens take dating as permission to freely have sex or sexual contact. They become like rampaging soldiers-free to do as they want. These sinful actions do not glorify God, but instead defile his temple.

            Finally, dating should exist for marriage and marriage only. Childtrends.org states that around 40% of 10th graders date frequently. By 12th grade, 72% date frequently and 16% date more than once a week (Child Trends Databank, 2015). Certainly, today’s dating exists differently from the dating God created. In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve. When Adam first set sight on Eve-the first and only perfect woman-, he fell in love. From the top of her blonde hair to the bottoms of her bare feet, Adam loved Eve. He could not stop looking at this literal vision from heaven, and for the first time in human history, a man fell in love with a woman. In a sense, he dated her, through his wooing of her heart. God planned for something to come before marriage-dating. God created dating for use inside the context of marriage.  A God so pure and holy did not intend dating as a path to sex. He created it for a man and women to use in the process to marriage. Every human being who misuses dating misuses God’s Holy purpose. In our pride, we, as fallen humans, think that we choose to define dating, not God. With God as King, we have no need to rise above him. The created submit to the all knowledgeable creator, who invented and created dating for us to enjoy inside the context of marriage.

            American teens should reserve dating for marriage, and not date until they are ready for a serious commitment. Dating has been tainted. Many teens use dating as a highway for sexual acts. They fornicate without guilt, and the American culture glorifies it. Should people not honor God with their bodies? Should they not seek to use dating for the purpose that God created it for? Yes, America needs to change. Dating needs to change.

Works Cited

A: Child Trends Databank, https://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=dating, 2015

B: Child Trends Databank, https://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=dating, 2015


[1] HCSB translation

[2] HCSB translation

Written by Elisha McFarland, edited by Laura McFarland, Josephine Lee, Melonie Eastham, Silas Pearson, and the rest of my Writing and Comp II class


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Abortion: Abomination or Lawful?

       My good friend and mentor, Jones Bakimi, once told a story during church. He had just arrived from his trip in the USA, and had had an interesting debate with a woman atheist. She was a firm believer in Abortion, and had a few words to say to him on that matter. He said, once she was done talking, “Once there was a little tribe that lived in Africa. This tribe was so tiny, in fact, that no one paid it any attention. However, one day, the tribe decided to build a new house. This house was going to be used to expand the tribe, thus making it larger and more powerful. The bigger tribes grew fearful of the smaller tribe, fearing the effect the expansion of the smaller tribe could have on the larger. They attacked and slaughtered the entire smaller tribe.”

    “Now that isn’t right!” Exclaimed the woman, shaking her head.

    “Yes, I agree. Now, understand this. The smaller tribe represents the unborn babies in the womb of the mother. The expansion represents the growth of the baby, and the killing of the tribe represents the killing of the baby by the parents.”

    “Now, Mr. Bakimi. This is a totally different situation. The baby in the womb has no conscience, and cannot think.”

    “It cannot think, perhaps. But it has the potential to think. It has the potential to grow up and become a man or woman, standing under God. As you kill those babies, you kill the potential for life.”

    I agree with Uncle Jones. As the mother kills the baby, she kills the potential for life. Every time a mother kills a baby, she is attempting to compensate for something. Either she is compensating for her sin (sexually sinning with a man not her husband), compensating for lack of money, (she cannot pay for the baby, apparently), compensating for lack of time (too busy?), or simply compensating for a mistake she made in a sexual encounter, whether inside or outside of wedlock. Every time a baby is aborted, it is to compensate and make up for something. Should a baby have to suffer because of a mother’s wrong decision or preference? By all means, NO. N-O, no. Whether by mistake or on purpose, the baby is God’s gift to the mother, and has potential to grow up to a beautiful man or woman. By killing the baby, the woman is rejecting God’s gift. Abortion is wrong, and should be stopped.

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Predestination: The Love, Goodness, and Power of God

  Recently I have been learning about predestination. Through the book I have been reading, I have learned the views of many different Christian leaders: John Westley, John Calvin, Martin Luther, C.S Lewis, Billy Graham, and John Piper. Throughout all of these views, opinions, and beliefs, one question continues to surface in my head: What do believe? So after some careful thinking, this is my argument.

      Is God powerful? Yes, yes and yes. As a believer, I absolutely put my faith in the fact that God was the ultimate and only creator of man. And as I believe this, Genesis 1:1 answers this question: “In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.” God demonstrates his ultimate and infinite power through the creation of every known and unknown thing in the universe (and beyond!).

      Does God love us? As I first thought of this, the first thing that came to mind was the song: Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus…… Because he first loved me. Psalm 36:7 says it all: “How precious is your unfailing love, Oh God.” Did you hear that? UNFAILING. No end whatsoever. I believe that God loves each and every one of us, and will continue to do so eternally.

       Does God love it when someone becomes a believer? Hebrews 11:6— “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” This is clear. God is pleased with those who have faith in him.

       Does God still love unbelievers? Let me ask this. If you create something, say a paper airplane, do you love it? It works, it flies well, and you have hours of fun playing with it. I would. And because God created us in HIS image, we must assume that he loves what he created, man especially. It wasn’t a typo when he says that man was “very good”. He loves us especially, even the unbelievers. The classic faith-sharing bible verse, John 3:16, states “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him will have eternal life.” It does not state, “For God so loved his future believers…” No. God loves the whole world.

       Does God know everything that goes on? 1 John 3:20 states that God knows EVERYTHING. There is not a seed that falls to the ground that God does not know about.

       And finally, we ask the Lex Luther (Batman vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice) question: If God is all powerful, how can he be all good? And if he is all good, how can he be all powerful? Even in this secular movie, we see philosophy about God’s might and power. So let’s continue looking at the Bible.

     Is God all powerful? I already answered that. If he can create molecules and atoms, planets and stars, electricity and radiation, people and animals, hearts and souls just by breathing, then he can easily step in and save every human on the planet. But to what purpose? He could have done that at the fall. He could have created hundreds of billions of us with one purpose: To love him. And yet to what avail? We would have been mindless robots. He created our free will: Do we choose to love God, or reject him. And it would even so be the same today. If God saved every human just by saying “Hey guys! I DO exist!!!!”, then we are just back at what could have been the Garden: Mindless human robots saying (input robotic voice) “I love God. I love God. I love God….” And yet… When one of we humans turns and learns to love God, then it is REAL love. It came from a difficult, soul-rendering choice, and it came out of our free will. So yes, God is all powerful, and he CAN save every human being on the planet, but he, out of his free will, chooses to save us.

    Is God all good? This is my final question. How can a God who created us in his loving and beautiful way allow his children to be subjected to terrors and horrors instigated by Satan: Murder, rape, teen pregnancy. How can a God who loves us allow millions and millions of Jews to be shot, raped, tortured, gassed and starved in the Nazi concentration camp. How can a God who spoke you into existence with the gentlest whisper in the history of whispers allow his children to fight and be slaughtered in thousands upon thousands of wars throughout history. How, how, HOW???? God IS all powerful, we have already established that. So how can he be all good? You want to know? Let me tell you: He sent his only son, his greatest and most precious person in the universe, to be subjected to torture, pain and death. All of this to save a few humans who rejected their creator. They said “Screw you, God,” And pushed him away. In doing this, he offered another choice. He offered us the choice to believe in God’s sacrifice, now his works. We don’t have to believe in God’s work (his creation of us), but instead the sacrifice that we saw with our own eyes. God is good, because he gave us another choice.

    Wow, that one was messy, and long. Ok, so what have we decided? God is powerful. God loves us. God loves it when someone comes to faith, and still loves those who don’t. God knows everything. And finally, God is good. But everything in you (and me) screams, “But how can God be good and powerful at the same time and these evil sins are STILL on earth! We still suffer!” Sin came into this world as the result of our fore-father:Adam. As our representative, he was trusted with guarding the garden and his wife. He failed at both. Thus -because his traits are passed onto us- we still sin. That is a result of our own choice, and if God decides to not divinely intervene, then we cannot question that.

     I am not a theologian yet. But here is my take on things: There are several reasons why sins are still on earth.

1: A man brought sin into earth, and a man must take it away. Jesus has not returned yet, and has not yet removed sin. Why?

2: God uses these sins to test and shape us.

3: Because every time God tries to help us out of our sin, we fight Him tooth and nail, the entire way.

     By this point, every person unsure in this matter is screaming at me: But that’s not fair!!! And do you know what? As I rap this up, let me ask you one question. Is God obligated to save us all? No! Does he owe us anything? No! He could leave us on this planet to die in misery and we would not be able to question it. After all, we renounced him. We told him, “Screw you, God!!!” And shook our fist at him. He tried to hug us and hold us, but we bit, scratched, and punched him the whole time. And so if God chooses, out of HIS free will, to save some of us, then praise God! Some of us will not go to Hell. There is hope for a select few. Yes, we have a free choice. But it is not in our salvation. Every movement and word that orchestrated your salvation was from him. We did not choose that. Because God chose to save a few of us, we can lift up our hands and sing, “Hallelujah,” because God is good.

Now, I am not writing this as a theologian or pastor, nor am I trying to shove this down somebody’s throat. I am simply writing what I have discerned. If you don’t agree with me, email me and tell me why! Thanks!

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Racism

Recently, there has been a lot of racial uprising in the United States. As an MK, and one who lives with Africans, i have a much different view on this than most people. However, if you don’t like what i believe, then feel free to tell me. I am open to all comments. 

My stance on the racial tension is rather different. I, like Lecrae, believe that African Americans are mistreated in the United States. Whoa now, hold on. Don’t go all ballistic on me and start writing me angry responses. Hear me out…

African Americans are mistreated. I can see this, because i am one of the few people who bridges both worlds: African and American. Most of the African Americans and White Americans have viewpoints on one side, but few of them can truly relate to both. So, coming from this side, I again state my stance. African Americans are being mistreated, and it needs to stop. You see the African cops being shot, and everybody says “Oh, it was an accident”. Then you see a white cop get shot, and everyone says “Kill the killer! Blood! Gore! Death! Revenge!” And then they are too angry to truly think straight. I have talked to African Americans, and i know the resentment that goes on there between them and White Americans. Some African Americans are made fun of at school, called evil names (if i here someone state that word, go ballistic), and yes, shot at by white men. Some African Americans resent the fact that their great great great great great great great grandfathers were slaves. Others resent the color of their skin. Guys, this is true, and this is good. I am sorry to say it, but those things do happen. Open your eyes, and you can see them. Sadly, African Americans have the right to resent these things. I do too, for them. 

Lecrae is right. Those of you who resent him for that, please stop. If you can truly open your eyes, and use the Bible as your stance, then you can see what is happening in the United States. And you know what? If these things keep happening, it will tear the country apart, state by state, piece by piece. Listen to Lecrae and John Piper. These are men who have the right stance on things, and if you combine them (black rapper and white preacher), you have the best possible view on things. 

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Who am I? What am I here for?

Who am I? What am I here on this earth for? What am I? 

These are all crazy questions to ask oneself. Well, I will try my best to answer those. To start, my name is Elisha McFarland. I am 16 years old, 6’0, and live in Uganda. I have been an MK in Uganda since I was about 10 months old, to work with orphans in a ministry called New Hope Uganda. I love sports, especially Basketball and American Football (Here we go Steelers, here we go!). My best friend is a boy named Johnny, who is rather a brother. Friends can go, but brothers are forever. Anyway, I have known him since I came to Uganda. I have 5 siblings- 3 boys, and 2 girls, aged 13, 11, 9, 5, and 3. I also have blue/green eyes, dark blond hair, and love to wear red clothes. (I think you can guess my favorite color).

Even though I grew up in a Christian family, I came to the Lord in 2014, when I was 11 years old. I knew who God was, but I did not truly know him until then. When I did come to the Lord, I had been talking to my dad about some of the deeper questions about God (“how is God 3, and yet 1? Who is the more important? Why did Jesus die?”). I decided to give my life to him, and 3 months later I was baptized. I take no shame in the fact that I was baptized in an old fish pond, used by our ministry. Most Americans are baptized in a clean, beautiful baptismal, but me? I was baptized like Jesus: In a smelly, unclean body of water. Amen, eh?

I was baptized my both my father and my grandfather. Since then, God has been the focus of my life (after that is sports, school, and my family, not in that order), as well as getting to know Him and His word. I love God with all my heart and praise him daily for my parents. Now, growing up knowing hundreds of kids who never knew their parents, I have learned to appreciate my parents. If God wills it, then he could take them from me in an instant. So, I learn to never take my parents for granted. They are a gift!

Well, that answers what am I. Now, why am I here on this earth? I believe that God has put me here on this planet in this spot in order to serve Him and bring His Word to those who do not know it. I believe he has put me here to be a missionary. 

Who am I? I am Elisha McFarland, servant of the High King. I am a Christian, and I love the Lord. I love Lecrae, and what he stands for. Unashamed. YES! That is what I am called to do. Be unashamed. I stand for truth. 

I am a Yellow Belt in Karate. While I was in the US, I did karate and Taekwondo for 5 months. Way awesome. Nothing like it, really. Any more surprises up my sleeves? Well, I love the Chicago Bears (because if I didn’t, then the next time I go to Chicago then I would be stoned by my relatives), eat white ants (occasionally, but only because some people here make them), and am allergic to milk. (mango sorbet is legit, though). Anything else? I can’t think of anything. However, if I do, then don’t worry! I will think of them and publish them in a later blog. 

I love fiction books. Percy Jackson, The Ranger’s Apprentice, Arcane, Wars of the Realm, and The Hunger Games are all awesome books. Trust me guys: If you haven’t read any of these, then please do. They are all worth a read. 

I collect Pokémon cards. In fact, I started most of my friends in them too, but now only a couple of them still collect the cards (why, Taylor? why bro? et tu, Brute?) Nah just kidding dude. No problem. All of us are entitled to our own choices. Still, though, I have a ton of cards, if you want any…. Yeah, I have over 300 cards. Altogether, my collection is probably worth about $400. (If you live near me, then don’t get any ideas about stealing them…. I hide them very well). I watch the shows when in the US and play Emerald and Leaf Green on my computer. Love those games.

I don’t really have any childhood heroes. As a kid, I loved Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher, who was an awesome guy, but he wasn’t really a role model…. just a cool player. However, one person that comes close to being my current role model is Lecrae.
He has gone through some tough, dark stuff (like me but not to his level), and he pushed through. He is a man of God and an awesome guy. Even my dad loves him, and you know how parents can be…. no taste in music sometimes….. So yeah, there ya go. That’s me.

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Oh, and one more thing: I want to give a shoutout to Ariana Evans, a wonderful friend who helped me create this website. She has given me incredible advice and counseling throughout the blog’s creation, and I really appreciate it! Check out her blog here.