Growing in Faith and Knowledge

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I get really tired of being the bigger person, of taking the high road, but I have to because I know better. My parents taught me better than to be the selfish one in any situation. Father’s Day just passed. I thought how grateful I am for a father that was selfless and continues to learn about his faith and grow in knowledge of his faith. He always impressed upon us how important learning and growing was. Change. Change is essential. My father is a recovering alcoholic as well. He is also the most amazing man I know tied with my husband. I admire him and all he has done for his fellow-man. He has made me who I am. He always has the answer. If he doesn’t,  we talk about it together.

My Dad with Vivi.

My Dad with Vivi.

Lately, there has been so much drama surrounding my political stance and my faith. Here is what I learned. It doesn’t matter. It is putting divisions between me and others. Chances are I think you are just as dumb as you think I am. So let it go. What can we do about politics? We can vote. Once the voting is over, stop complaining. I use to. I use to want to work for campaigns. It is not a secret that I am a liberal Democrat and I have my reasons. I spoke with very intelligent people about these things and made my decisions. It is annoying and quite frankly pisses me off when I see post after post that people I use to respect, calling me stupid. Just because you don’t agree with me, doesn’t make me stupid. I have to also understand that it doesn’t make you stupid. There are great minds that debate politics for a living. I doubt we are going to get anywhere on Facebook, but know you are pushing people away. As a Christian, my hope is in the Lord and my treasure is in heaven. This life is temporary. It won’t last. I am passionate about everything I do. Everything. The one thing I am most passionate about is my faith because without it, nothing is worthwhile. Without my relationship with Christ, nothing matters. This is the one thing that I want other people to know about me. That is more important than my family, fishing or any political party. I am commissioned by Jesus to witness for him. I can’t do that if I am slamming my political views down their throat. If they think I view them as stupid for who they vote for, that they might really care about, I doubt they will listen to you about other things. I am not saying change your views. I am not saying bend your views, but I am saying that being so dogmatic is not a positive thing when it comes to witnessing. How can you learn if you are just waiting for your turn to talk? That is something I am learning as a very valuable tool. It isn’t important to always be right, either. My Dad always says that you can’t please everyone. Which is true. I was taught to be open-minded and to ask questions. My parents wanted me to own my faith and who I was. I think that that is something really amazing that they gave me. They gave me the gift of wonder. I grow from knowing more. I value other people. God sent Jesus to die for everyone. News flash: Jesus was not an American! Whoa. I know. While I am grateful to be American, it wouldn’t matter because I am a Christian. There is sin in this world because the Devil is in this world. I can’t pass a law that makes you a Christian. I wouldn’t want to do that. God created free will from the very beginning. He wanted us to choose to love Him. Clearly, the choice was important. God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit will be here long after Earth is gone. I wish Christians would stop calling each other stupid and bashing each other over politics. We disagree. That doesn’t make anyone stupid. If that is consistently what you harp on, it will drive people away. It kills me when people do not want to come to my church because of judgemental Christians. God does not say you have to be a Republican to get into heaven. You don’t even have to be an American. IMG_20140619_044250   It is very disappointing that people are more concerned about their Earthly place and who is in office. God will prevail. God is bigger than all of it. He created this Earth and He can take it away. I am thankful that at my church, our pastor does not preach politics. It has no place in church. The church is above politics. It can only divide. While, i love my country, I am proud to be American.  I love being able to go to church in the open. The fact that we can discuss and disagree peacefully is so wonderful! I talk to people around the world that don’t have that freedom.  I feel people in teaching positions in the church should not in any way cram their politics down others throats. I find that some people don’t want to learn, they just want to be right. They also play the victim. They take no responsibility for their wrongs. They don’t want to see any wrong they could’ve commited. How can you grow? How can you learn if you are not listening? Are you only friends with people like you? Be in the world, not of it. If you are walking around calling half of America stupid, I think you might be damaging your witness. You are certainly preventing intelligent people from learning from your witness. It is irrational to think that you have no fault in any situation. My Dad tells me to ask myself, “What can you change in this situation?” The answer is always, ‘me.’ I can’t educate everyone. I can’t make them see that they are alienating future witness possibilities by bashing Democrats or anyone different from them. We are different. That is good. God made us that way, remember that. Also remember that God told you to witness to those people who are different from you. It is really hard to do that if you keep telling them they are stupid and the only reason the world is having trouble. I am not the smartest person ever, but I am pretty sure we all have a share of the responsibility. What can you do to make this world better? Is complaining about it getting you anywhere? Volunteer. Give back. What can you do? Have you told someone, anyone what God has done for you? Don’t make it take a near death experience for you to give back or witness and don’t rely on that to be your only testimony. What is God doing for you daily? How can you give back to all God’s people? How are you growing in your faith and your knowledge of your faith? I want to gain the clarity of my father.  He has perfected focusing on what is truly important, hearing my heavenly father’s voice. Less of me more of Him so that people,  all people regardless of their voter’s preference, can see Christ in me.

Colossians 3:2-3

New International Version (NIV)

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Disclaimer: These are all things I had to learn as I grow.

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