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Disinformation and Education

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/09/17/school-tells-kids-to-remove-american-flags-on-11/

Disinformation is something that every person that lives on social media should be on the look out for. People love to take a small part out a story and make it sound worse than it actually does.

This Fox News story is a perfect example. The Facebook page “Tea Party Patriots” posted a picture and quick story of how kids in a South Carolina school were in trouble for flying an American flag on September 11 on their cars.

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A friend of mine shard this story and was very upset. People that commented on this page were also upset.  I am all about being patriotic.  I am also all about obeying the laws within reason. The school has rules that no flags ever could be placed on a  car and they non longer wave any flags at the school because kids would get carried away.

I’m sure that one of the reasons why is because the Carolinas along with other states in the south have a rich history with color racism.  Redneck kids and adults would fly American and Confederate flags on their trucks and would drive around and do stupid stuff.
So next time you see a post on social media please do your homework and educate yourself before you wreck yourself. ……

Steve Voe-

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Abusing the Gospel

Here is a post I made on Facebook asking how do I come to terms of being gay and Mormon. If you feel that I am out of context or if I am on to something feel free to Comment.

” Well I would think that first you would need to come to terms with who you are as a person first. Religion should not make the person. Religion is a choice. That is why Heavenly Father gave us agency or free will to choose how we live. Who we are is what is built in us. IF being attracted to the same sex is where your life brings you then you need to except that even if others dont. God is all knowing and He knows you better than you do. So however God created you live in that. Straight, bi or otherwise.  Then you choose which path way to the father YOU feel is right. Worship where and how you choose. The haters can kick rocks!  God will judge the people that abuse the gospel … coming from a Mormon.. “

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NFL and Mankind

So I’m kind of over all the drama in the NFL right now. There is so much going on. Players and higher ups are starting to show that they are in fact HUMAN after all.

Can you believe that? The modern age football gods have been cut and have shown blood. Metaphorically speaking of course. I am not going into all of what the players and league officials
have done. They get enough of the spot light as it is.

What I will address is that at the end of the day we are all human. No matter what our status in life is. We all have feelings and we all have a heart. We should learn to love each other as ourselves and share love to everyone no matter who we are.

If your walking down the street say hello to someone. That is a good way to change the outlook of someone’s day. If you have anger with someone take a few moments before you decided to tell them how it is. If someone believes or lives a different lifestyle than you take the time to get to know the person and don’t focus on their way of life.

Stop the hate and stop lying to yourselves.  Be honest with people and be real. Nobody wants to feel beaten up so please show some respect to one another.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Much love.

Steve Voe

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Why?

Why is there so much confusion in the midst of Christian VS Mormon views? One says temples are needed and others say they are not. One says the temples are used  primarily for proxy work for the dead. The other says thus not biblical.

Paul even mentions baptism for the dead once in his writings. So this tells me that at some point it was a common practice in his time. So something is not adding up.

This us just a journal blog so don’t come at me like a spider monkey and tell me my thoughts do not line up with the Bible. I’m human and that is my right. I do welcome thoughts. I like thoughts. 🙂

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I’m Good Yet Not

Hey there it’s been a while since I have made a blog on The Book of Stevo.  I have been going through some ups and downs as to what I wanted to do with this blog.

At first it was a journey for my journey down the LDS faith along with Christian topics. I have always felt that I was to write a book and call it The Book of Stevo. Well when I started to write that book I hit a stumbling block.  I really do not know where to start.

I want this blog and the book to impact people but how can it when I am not a famous person. How would the hype grow for what I do? Well I am just going to wait until I feel inspired to write. As for my LDS journey things are picking up.

I now have a good friend that I can talk to about the faith and ask any questions I need to. This is great. I am going through the  priesthood class right now and then after I am given the higher priesthood the next step is endowments and becoming sealed.

I’m a bit nervous about all this so I am sure I will document this journey from time to time. Well that’s all for now. 

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No More Christian Metal!?

Please Read ARTICLE first! Thanks!

Imprisoned As I Lay Dying Frontman Admits to Faking Christianity for Sales

There are a lot of metal heads that feel that Christian bands should not be in their scene. I believe that they have a valid point to some extent. To me metal is an extreme way to communicate ones passions and opinions. Just like any other music styles, metal has a ton of sub categories. My friend Jason was the one that turned me on to this thing called metal and later became a on air personality on a overnight Christian Metal show called Nitetime 91 on KOKF 91 FM in Oklahoma City. Since I used to spin Christian Metal for a living I would like to share my thoughts on this Billboard article.

The metal scene is not the only one that has an issue with the title “Christian” lingering in the classification. Many people feel that they need to add the word Christian to reach the listeners that are of the Christian faith. Realistically I feel that that this could be a bad marketing idea in the long run. Yes the Christian industry is huge but look at who has their hands in most of the labels. That’s right the mainstream, earthly and ungodly record labels. Even tho it is Christian it still in the world. I never said that Christian music should not be in the market. All I am saying let metal be metal and rap be rap.

Bands such as For Today, Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch and Brian HEAD Welch’s band Love and Death are known as Christian artists and have mad respect in their categories for the most part. Why is this? Is it because they are labeled as a Christian band or is it because their lyrics and actions sale the music? I believe it is a little of both. All of these bands except Love and Death started out at the bottom sacrificing so much to live their dreams of reaching people. They brought a message of love to a lost and hurting world. They used Christianity as their outlet to do so. Skillet and TFK were two of the most popular bands in the Christian market when I was a DJ. They played some of the best shows I had ever seen yet many of my friends did not know who they were. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears they became recognized by the mainstream labels which meant better venues and better publicity.

For Today also started of small when they were signed to Facedown Records. They toured with all types of rock and metal bands. Everywhere they performed they always had a message before, during and after their set. I had the privilege of hosting For Today along with A Plea for Purging and War of Ages about 5 years ago with my friends Sean and Joe back in Klamath Falls, Oregon. That show was amazing. When For Today hit the stage one of the band members started talking about life and Jesus Christ. Some of the kids in the pit were yelling things like ‘hail Satan” and “God sucks” and others were clapping and cheering him on. This is the reason why CHRISTIAN music should be around. Not to make money but to be a light in the places that are dark. I know that some of the kids were doing it because they wanted to be stupid but it was also a cry for help. Which I know that this is why bands like For Today are around. To be a positive role model in a music scene that sometimes has a lot of negative. 

So when the news broke awhile back about what happened with Tim Lambesis I was like most people that have been a apart of the Christian Metal. What he did gave Christianity another punch in the face. The Christian faith has enough flack as it is. We really did not need this. More importantly his family didn’t need this. His actions will be pin pointed as a reason why Christians are fake in their faith. People need to realize that we are all human and make stupid choices regardless who we call god.  

So what are your thoughts? Should music just be music? Would you listen to Christian Country, Christian EDM or even Christian Classical? Should artists drop the Christian title like Switch Foot did and keep on with their message? I am not saying there should not be any style of music called Christian. That is what Contemporary Christian Music is for. The slow stuff like Casting Crowns, Thirday and Newsboys. Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to comment!