I’m a Feminist, Liberal, AND most importantly, a Christian.

In the US (at least I’m not sure about other countries) the bulk of Christians tend to lean towards Republican candidates, which is why people like Trump talk at the graduations of Christian schools. However, I’m fiercely Christian and fiercely feminist and liberal. You may be asking yourself, well how does that work? How can you vote for a pro-choice candidate? How can you be so socially liberal, women were created for men, man shall not lay with man, the list can go on and on of all the reason I should be socially conservative. However, there are some major issues that stick out to me as a Christian when you think like this.

1. “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.” John 8:7 and “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1

As a Christian, I can recognize that I am fallible. I am not perfect, I am a sinner, and ever so thankful that Jesus gave his life for those sins and for my imperfections. It is because of Him that I can sin and be forgiven. How is it my decision to now try and take away someone else’s free will? I am not God, I am not Jesus, therefore I do not have the ability to condemn someone to hell, and therefore I will not even try. Don’t cast a stone, be a shoulder. Jesus sat with the sinners, he washed their feet, he doesn’t want us to judge. It’s not what we should be doing. I am not one to make a judgment call like that, heck I’m not one to make a judgment call on where to eat dinner.

2. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28, “For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:12, “She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.” Proverbs 31:17 “and God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46:5

In Jesus, all people are equal. There is no race, gender, nationality, etc. Jesus is not xenophobic. Jesus accepts all the same- disregarding gender as an issue in his eye. While yes, Eve did come from Adam, every man came from a woman after that, but all creatures of earth are God’s. He made women strong, He protects women. In the eyes of Jesus, we are the same. In the eye’s of God, we are equal.

“And as you wish others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31 (the golden rule), “Love does no Harm to a neighbor. Therefore Love is the fulfilment of the law.” Romans 13:10, “30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31. 

The Bible says it over and over again: love is the most important thing. At the end of the day, I think they only people we are hurting when we choose to not love our neighbors is ourselves. God is first and always will be, but treat everyone one else the same way that you expect to be treated. He blesses us with life, why should we want to take the same gift away from anyone else? Jesus died for everyone to have the right to be a sinner, no one is infallible.

When you vote, I believe that it’s important to vote for equality- everyone’s rights. That includes their right to religious freedom, the right to let hurt people into the country (trust me it’s what Jesus would do), and the right to sin, you’re sinning, I’m sinning, we’re all sinning. When I vote there are two really big things that I like to keep in mind: who will help children/ work to irradicate the poverty cycle in this country? and who is going to help America be a welcoming place for all those that need to take refuge? If that’s a Republican, that’s who I will vote for. However, recent history has shown that I’m voting liberal and voting for everyone’s rights.

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Just Keep Praying

Lately I’ve been continuing on with my Quarter Life Crisis or if you would rather an Existential Crisis mostly because I have no idea what I’m doing with life or anything for that matter and it really stresses me out. My solution lately has been to pray. I know I don’t really talk about prayer on here much because it’s controversial you know and that’s one issue I don’t like to debate.

I keep praying for some type of solution or break in life. Not an answer, because in my experience God doesn’t like to give answers, He likes to lead you in the right way. Well I’m praying for some type of direction, a direction of what I’m good at, what I should be doing, anything really, and I know He probably is but it doesn’t feel like He’s leading me anywhere currently.

I’ve been praying to find something great in myself, to find something in myself that’s actually worth something, and I know all of me is worth something, like I could probably sell my organs for a really high price, but I mean like finding something in me that’s marketable I suppose. Maybe that’s why I’ve been a distance annoying blogger lately and I’m sorry for that. I’m just doing some soul searching. If I’m being honest it feels like I haven’t written a post in a good week even though I haven’t missed a day.

So yeah I’m just praying to figure some stuff out, I mean I know it’ll all work out, but I think I should just try harder in general. Like I’ve been trying really hard on my papers for school and the words aren’t coming out the way I want it to and I’ve been trying and I just feel like a failure. I know I’m not, it just feels that way.

Right now I’m going to make three goals for this semester.

  1. Try hard on all of my school work and study.
  2. Be more friendly.
  3. Try harder on here (my blog) and bring it to the next level.

So that’s what I have for today. Leave me motivational quotes in the comments, I need them!

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Spreading God’s Word versus Shoving it Down Your Throat

Growing up as a Catholic in Lancaster County I was the minority when it came to religions, often times being told I wasn’t a Christian. I am, trust me I would know, not those who told me I wasn’t because I’m pretty sure the only thing they knew about Catholicism was that “we eat Jesus”. Because of this very slight difference in beliefs (I would like to point out here that Catholicism was the first form of Christianity, which history proves that it was but people still don’t believe me) sometimes I was a target to be “saved” and that just made me hate that term. I can’t even tell you how many times I was asked that. Okay I’m getting off track, anyway,  I would just like to point out a difference between spreading God’s Word and shoving it down someone’s throat.

As a Christian I understand that you want and you should share God’s Word and love with those around you but you shouldn’t just go up to random people and tell them that if they refuse Jesus they are condemned to hell. Well first of all, no one can condemn anyone to hell BUT GOD HIMSELF that is His business, not ours. It’s not our place to act like there’s a seat in Heaven with our name in it, that’s not how it works. We have to work to get there and in the end it’s all up to God. I don’t go around acting like I know it all because I don’t, God does. When it comes to shoving down your beliefs down someone’s throat, I just think you should know that you aren’t doing anyone any favors, the chances of someone turning to God when it is being forced upon them are slim. The more you try to force something onto someone there’s a smaller chance of them actually wanting to do something about it.

There’s a huge difference between having a civil conversation with someone about religion and trying to force them to become and believe what you believe. Personally if someone opens up to you with something and they ask for help, you can ask if it’s okay if you pray for them, pray for them either way but don’t just march up to someone and pronounce that you’ll pray for them out of nowhere. I find that so rude, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves, it makes me feel as if you’re judging me. Have open discussions with people, talk about what they believe too, have a two-way discussion, don’t just shut them and what they think out, you won’t get anywhere.

Be careful with how you share God’s Word if you really want to help people, trying to force your beliefs on them is not going to work.

XOXO,

Mary.