C’mon Right Wing….

By: Christine Varichak

  After blogging since around the middle of last year, I’ve now become a pretty avid blog-reader; which ironically was never an interest before I actually began writing.  Now a whole new world of people with opinions…political opinions has been made public, permanent, and widely invited.  My research;  scrolling on Facebook, shows that Americans-whether left or right wing…Hate each other.  Not in the Let’s throw tea into the river sort of hate, the I literally want you to die hate.  Which makes me wonder…What are the Republicans (yes I am one) doing wrong, and what can we improve?

  So, fellow right wingers…The following list is comprised of logical advice to those who genuinely want to use social media, and even your personal relationship, as a platform  to witness truth.  Spoiler alert, this is NOT a religious argument…just plain old common sense.

1) Stop Protesting abortion clinics, gay parades, and Target.  Jesus never knocked down the doors of the murderers, or adulterers. He invited them to dine with him.  The Lord wants to save babies, and preserve our rights to our dressing rooms, and bathrooms- true; but He also never controlled people.  That’s not the Christian agenda. 

2. Stop hating on social media.  So you wanna be on social media as a modern day Christian? Sigh.  Ok, then use it as a platform to speak love and life, not hate. You are an ambassador for Christ (his representative), so be cautious…because yes people are watching you. People are out there every day without hope, without the Lord, and they’re waiting for you to live as a Christian, not just say you’re a Christian.

3. Don’t comment unless…When people on Facebook, the Fox News App, or Twitter, leave their feedback on how horrible the Trump Administration is…Just let sleeping dogs lie.  Otherwise you’re inviting an argument, which the book of proverbs says is a trap and a snare.  

 Good luck fellow Republicans, remember that the Lord is compassionate to us, lets remember to love others just the same.

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What Real Confidence Looks Like

In·se·cu·ri·ty: Uncertainty or anxiety about oneself, lack of confidence.
  When Melania and Donald Trump were interviewed in 2005 on Larry King Live following their very public January wedding, LK unapologizingly asked the question, “Do you worry about other women wanting Donald?” Melania, without batting an eye, responded;  “No.  I know who I am.  If a man doesn’t want to be with me, why would I want to be with him?  Goodbye, and good luck.” 

 I believe women all too often base their value on how men have valued them.  I believe now is the time to beg the question, “Who are you?” For me, I always battle what my “status” is, versus who I really am. EG, Single Mom, divorced, sister, friend, etc.  But in the scope of eternity, or even 20 years from now, my status will be different. So, I’m basing who I am, on what I do.

I’m here to tell you, none of our ‘stautuses’ define who we are, or who we are going to be.  

The voice of insecurity tells us we are never enough until we DO.  Until we perform.  God says we are either In-Christ, or we aren’t.   There’s no in-between, no purgatory. No category for “considering your options”.  The apostle John says, “Yet for all who did receive Him (Jesus as Lord), to all those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  We are children of God if we believe in Jesus as the resurrected King and Savior of the World.  All we have to do… is believe.  True confidence comes from Jesus and His Word (the Bible).  What Jesus says about us conquers every good and bad thing we could ever do. The apostle Paul explains in the letter to the Church of Ephesians, “For He (Jesus) predestined us for adoption to sonship,  in accordance with His will and pleasure”.  Jesus died and was resurrected so that those who were once strangers to him, would be fulfilled and confident in themselves because of their Sonship in Christ.  The question is, do you believe?  Until you believe, there will always be identification with your do, and never who you are.