Goodness gracious. It’s been a long time since I’ve shared anything here.
To be honest, I haven’t known what to say. When I began this blog, I tried to refrain from discussing all things political or current events in the world. I wanted to keep my message centered on motherhood, marriage, life, homeschooling, and so on.
After being very disappointed by the election results in 2012, I swore off the news. I voted for issues which mattered to me and completely avoided current events like the plague. I stopped following news sites and would only check if something major was going on. Or the weather! My mom would want to discuss a headline and I’d say, “I have no idea! The news stresses me out.”
However, 2020 has been a doozy. Unless you’ve been living on an island with no access to media (lucky), you know it’s been an insane year in our country and world. A worldwide pandemic, an election year, racial tensions, conspiracy theories, liberties under attack, panic, censorship … yeah.
Aside from laughing about the toilet paper shortage in early March, I really tried to stay out of it. At first, I was even supportive of some decisions made by government officials.
But things quickly got more insane, as everyone knows.
It began the day a fellow church family was misrepresented by the news for continuing to have service in March-April during our governor’s mass gathering ban. I was disgusted by the amount of hatred they received. I was infuriated by how the media fanned the flames. I was frustrated by how viruses were so deadly at church, but not in long lines at Walmart or Lowes. (Hello stimulus check!)
That’s when I knew I couldn’t straddle the fence anymore. I needed to speak up. As someone who likes to write and articulate thoughts and opinions, I’ll put it all out there if it’s something I’m passionate about.
People are okay with that when I’m more neutral. Going against the narrative, however, is where things get sticky.
As a result, I’ve lost friends. I’ve had family cut themselves off from me. I’ve had people question whether or not I’m really a Christian. And as much as I hate that, I refuse to back down from what I believe is right.
I haven’t really known how to approach that here. I didn’t ever want politics or world events to be a part of what I write, but this is the world we live in. And as Christians, we’ve been silent too long. We’ve been told to be quiet and pushed around. We’ve been given this image of a weak Jesus who bites his tongue when sin is present and blesses it so no one is offended.
We are constantly being force fed the narrative of the mainstream media. Sadly, the voices we hear the least are ones who fight for truth. Sure, we can blame censorship. But as someone who has wanted to remain neutral, I think we carry our own blame as well.
We’ve bought into this idea that if we just share love and peace, God will be magnified. Oh friend, yes. God is those things. But His Word also has much to say about living righteously and standing for truth. His Word promises of a time when His church will be raptured out and those who remain will see darkness like never before on this earth. It’s our job to be honest about that.
Mainstream Christianity is only telling you about the rainbows and joy. It is promising prosperity when, in reality, the Bible says that God’s people would suffer persecution and difficulty. The Bible said we would lose friends and family would ridicule us. The Bible says we WILL face hard times. I’ve discussed that numerous times on here as I have overcome false teaching just like this in church.
We are living in a day where truth is being distorted. The world is saying all good things are evil and evil things are good. We need to be the voice calling evil what it is.
I’ll confess that my pride has restrained me from being “too political” here as well. I want to be liked. I want people to know I understand their problems with church issues like legalism, false doctrine, and so on. I want people to know that I love them. But if I’m hated and unfollowed for sharing the truth, so be it.
In a world where we are constantly inundated with wickedness and corruption, we need more voices standing for the truth.
So, I’m back. But things will look different here. I still want to encourage and uplift! I still want to discuss my experiences as a Christian mama who needs coffee and has a lot of questions. However, there is no avoiding the issues surrounding us. EVERYONE is being affected by the current events of this world.
I can’t stay silent about it anymore.
So, in case you’re wondering where I stand, I’ll simply begin with this:
I am a born again Christian. I believe the Bible is 100 percent true and accurate. I believe Jesus is the only way to Heaven. I am a Conservative Republican who supports the Constitution. I am married to a Baptist preacher who preaches the love of God toward sinners and the hatred of sin. I love conversations with people from all sides as long as they remain civil. I believe all lives matter because John 3:16 said so. I have a lot of questions about COVID-19. I’m a major critic of our governor in KY. I think both major political parties are insane. I don’t trust mainstream media. (Including Fox News) I will be voting for conservative pro-life issues in November.
And I refuse to be silent.