Tony Tate, a one-time musician in the United States Navy, is coming back from a sort of self-imposed musical exile. After leaving the Navy and going through a divorce, he had no desire to play music any longer. Also, no desire or direction for life, and most of all, no spiritual direction.
(Photo at the top of the page was taken by a great photographer, Steve Cole.)
It wasn’t the divorce. It wasn’t the fact that he grew tired in the Navy. It was religion that took the most out of him. The tiresome pursuit of trying to be good enough, worthy enough, and trying to become and be something that he was not.
Finally, and reluctantly, giving up was the beginning of freedom for Tony. To the religious this will seem wrong, like throwing away his faith, and belief in God. However, it is his faith in God that brought about the throwing away of his religion.
For Tony religion is the thing that was in the way of truly knowing God. He has discovered the Love & Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His relationship with His Father in the Holy Spirit. Tony has realized that all have been placed in Christ to share in this relationship, this family dynamic, which is the truest of all relationships.
It is Jesus Christ who is face to face with the Father. They are so close that the only way Jesus could describe it in human terms was being “IN” the Father, and the Father “IN” Him. And at the same time, we are IN Christ, and He (They) are IN us. Because Christ was incarnated into humanity, man (all men and women) is forever united with God.
This revelation has been the new foundation of freedom and confidence to live life without fear of failure, or disappointing or angering some far off “God.” When the Lord says that He loves us it is not just a casual statement. His coming here as a man was an act of love. And to allow himself to be killed by us demonstrates his patience and desire to be reunited with the people he created. He sought to be united with us, even in our sin.
Now with this new confidence in the Lord, and new reason to enjoy life, Tony has regained his God given desire to play music. He has a long journey back from his musical exile. So keep coming by to watch his progress.