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None of my friends of color are surprised by what’s happening in Charlottesville.  By contrast, almost all of my white friends are shocked that it’s 2017 and this is happening in our country.  The land of the free, the home of the brave…

I don’t believe that most of White America agrees with the alt-white, or the Nazi demonstrators carrying weapons and/or attacking the counter-protesters.  I do, however, believe that most of White America would prefer to not be involved.  They don’t hesitate to accuse their white brothers and sisters of being divisive or stirring the pot when we write about racism or talk about it.  The problem is that there’s no sitting this one out.  There is no “not getting involved” because it’s happening all over and the hatred is growing.  It’s palpable.  We all must take a stand for what we believe to be right and true in our heart of hearts.  Silence doesn’t only imply consent…  It is consent.  The irony is, that if more silent people would’ve spoken up long ago, we may not be all wondering what happened and where all of these haters came from.  Because, the truth is, they’ve always been here, they are simply feeling more comfortable to be openly hateful racists because the donald normalized it during his campaign and we, snowflakes, are still in shock that there are so many truly hateful people sitting next to us in our church pews, working beside us and living in the house down the street from us.

Polo shirts, baseball caps, khakis, screaming, “Blood and soil.  You’re not going to take this away from us!” while carrying tiki torches into the night.

For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.  Psalm 5:4

Recently, I had an old school friend share a rather offensive post on facebook attempting to shame anyone who says or does anything negative about the donald or his family:

GONNA VENT HERE. I have lived through Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. In my lifetime have I never seen or heard of a President being scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of wanting to hurt someone, slander, ridicule, insulted, lied to, threatened to murder him, threatened to rape our Beautiful First Lady, and have his children also insulted and humiliated.
I am truly ashamed of the people of this country. I am ashamed of the ruthless, hating, cruel, Trump haters who have no morals, and news reporters who feel they have the right to purposely lie and do the things they are doing. Every other President after they were elected and took the oath of office were left alone, they weren’t on the news 24/7 being dissected by every word out of their mouth, ALWAYS BEING PRESSURED to do this or that and never being given the support to do the important work that needs to be done. ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH, LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND LET HIM DO HIS JOB FOR GOD’S SAKE!
If you agree, copy and paste this to your timeline and put your name under the last name:

My response was: “For real?”  because I honestly was surprised that this person would post this.  I’m shocked ANYONE would post this that has been living in this country or any country with newspapers or television, to be perfectly honest.  I mean, this is America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave?  We aren’t living in a dictatorship, correct?  Mostly people agreed or “liked” my comment.  A few, however, tried to throw the sorry white evangelical guilt trip on me by commenting things such as:

“Let’s concentrate on being Christian, not the need to argue over things we cannot control. Passion is better spent in our children, families and community….”

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“so sad you cannot express your opinion without being taken to task – but I guess that is what the world has come to”

SOOOOOO, I’m going to address these two comments, first.

Since when does being a Christian mean not being involved in social injustice?  When in the world did Americans begin thinking that speaking out and being involved in governmental decisions was ineffective and not Christian?… – These same people were defs not silent when Obama was in office!  Where were they spending their passion then?  I’m trying to spend my passion where God tells me to, so there’s that…    Also, I call white privilege, because it must be nice to be able to focus our passion on simpler things when we don’t have to deal with racism on a daily basis.

“Rescue the poor and the needy, delivering them from the power of the wicked.”  Psalm 82:4

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  Proverbs 31:8-9

IMHO, if you post something to your facebook page that is political, you should probs expect that there will be others just as vocal responding, especially if it’s a shame post defending the least popular POTUS in the history of ever.  Probs…

Okay, now I feel a need to go through that obnoxious post (in red) that is apparently circulating through facebook.

Paragraph 1:          GONNA VENT HERE. I have lived through Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. In my lifetime have I never seen or heard of a President being scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of wanting to hurt someone, slander, ridicule, insulted, lied to, threatened to murder him, threatened to rape our Beautiful First Lady, and have his children also insulted and humiliated.

I, too, have lived through the terms of these Presidents.  I’ve seen every single one of them bashed, scrutinized, ridiculed, teased, etc. over every aspect of their lives.  Carter was not tough enough, Reagan’s wife ran the show, George H. W.’s wife was a heartless witch,  Clinton was a skirt chaser, George W.’s daughters were party animals with no respect,  Obama was just pure evil (THIS was the POTUS MOST scrutinized and lied about, imho, and the man leading much of this was the donald, btw), mostly because he is black and not a white evangelical.  And when it comes to threats, in October of 2014, the Washington Post reported that “Since Obama took office, at least 65 people have been indicted on charges of threatening to harm him,”  as well as in “2011 a White House shooting occurred on November 11, 2011, when Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, an unemployed 21-year-old man, fired a semi-automatic rifle at the White House.”  Reagan was shot in 1981. George H.W. Bush was not long in office when 16 men plotted to kill him with a car bomb.  Osama bin Laden attempted to kill Clinton with a bomb in 1996. Robert Pickett, an accountant from Evanston, Ind., shot at the White House when President George W. Bush was inside.  I have numerous memories of various past Presidents’ children and wives being ridiculed for being unattractive, bossy, manly, disrespectful, etc.

Here is a link that shows all of our former POTUSes who have been shot at during their terms:  http://timelines.latimes.com/us-presidential-assassinations-and-attempts/   I think it will shock you how common this is.

Paragraph 2:  I am truly ashamed of the people of this country. I am ashamed of the ruthless, hating, cruel, Trump haters who have no morals, and news reporters who feel they have the right to purposely lie and do the things they are doing. Every other President after they were elected and took the oath of office were left alone, they weren’t on the news 24/7 being dissected by every word out of their mouth, ALWAYS BEING PRESSURED to do this or that and never being given the support to do the important work that needs to be done. ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH, LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND LET HIM DO HIS JOB FOR GOD’S SAKE!

I am ashamed of the people who support this narcissistic man who has been married 3 times, speaks of his daughter incestuously, whose wife is of questionable character, imho, who we all saw on tape talking about “grabbing pu****” and has made his racism abundantly clear as of late, in case anyone was wondering.  There’s also Russia, the KKK, & White Alt affiliation, the outrageous number of firings and terrible hirings, as well as his numerous vacations on our dollar, and the list goes on, but there isn’t enough time for all of that now.  I’m pretty sure the guy with no morals is the guy in our White House.

New reporters purposely lying?!  Seriously, the donald is world famous for lying.  Our country is fast becoming a joke to the rest of the world because of his administrations regular lies, embarrassing tweets, and chaotic behavior coming from the White House since he took office.

Again, NO POTUS has ever been left in peace to do their job.  This is America.  We are allowed to speak our minds.  Our high governing officials are mostly elected, so we do have a say and we usually step up to that opportunity because we tend to remember and appreciate that some other places in this world are not allowed such privilege.  IMHO, the donald would love for us to be gagged while he and his alt-right cronies greedily take control of this country under the guise of making it great, again.  His great again was when the rich, white folks had all of the power.  Back then it was only great for rich, white men.  He plays off the fear and ignorant of many, playing the bully on the playground and too many fearful, and ignorant people think they’re on the right team, instead of seeing that they are just being used by the bully and all of his rich, white friends to make America great for themselves, again.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  It’s time for him to finally do some work for our entire country without a personal agenda that hurts the disenfranchised and moves our nation to a place of normalized fascism, where he justifies controlling the press because he’s convinced uninformed and paranoid people that the media is dishonest, where women are second class citizens, where there are no checks and balances.

If the events in Charlottesville don’t finally open your eyes, then I guess they probably won’t be opened.  I’m fearful for what this country will endure as long as he is the President.  Now, this is where some will tell me that if I am a good Christian, I won’t be afraid.  I wonder if people said this during the Holocaust.  I’m appalled that so many have supported this man because he claimed to be a Christ-follower and be against abortion because he will do nothing about the abortion laws and he obviously doesn’t believe all lives matter from womb to tomb, based on his violence-inciting language during his campaign and his term thus far.  Where is the fruit of his walk with Our Father?  Where is the love we should all know him by?

It isn’t un-Christlike to call out hatred or lack of fruit.  It’s wise.  It isn’t okay to not pray for the President and his administration.  It’s expected.  I pray for him.  I pray for his administration.  I do not hate any of them.  I stand against the evil that has been revealed.  I am called to stand for the disenfranchised.  I am called to love, but I am not called to be silent.  He calls us to speak for people with no voice and this doesn’t mean only unborn babies.

I would challenge you to visit a BLM meeting.  You will find, as I have, a group of human beings who are tired of being oppressed and simply want to be treated as if their lives matter AS MUCH AS everyone else’s lives.  They have all different personalities, just like any group of people.

I would challenge you to get to know SEVERAL people of color, and to NOT tell anyone you aren’t prejudiced because you have a couple of friends of color.  It’s hard.  I was terrified to say the wrong thing and be found out as the privileged white girl I have always been.  I’ve been married to a Hispanic man for nearly 30 years and I have bi-racial children with him.  My daughter-in-love is black.  I still struggle with my deeply ingrained prejudices at times.  This is a journey, a long journey.  I haven’t arrived, nor can I see the station, and that’s okay.  I am always working toward more understanding.  I am learning to listen more to my brothers and sisters of color and speak more to my white siblings.  He calls on us to speak for those who are oppressed and so I must.  We all must.  We mustn’t sit in our homes and close our eyes and hearts to what is happening in America to fellow Americans.  We must stand beside them and use our voices to speak for justice.  We must face our prejudices, go to Our Father in repentance, and begin the journey toward reconciliation.

Things are not like they’ve ever been in this country during my lifetime.  No matter what happens, I am a child of God.  One day I want to stand before Him knowing that when He called me to stand with His other children, regardless of the consequences, I stood with His love in my heart and spoke the words He led me to speak.  It would be easier to sit in my lovely little house and enjoy my lovely little life, but He calls me into discomfort in this passion He has placed in my heart.

We are all His passion and He gave Himself over to indescribable discomfort for all of us.  Jesus loves us this I know and there are NO exceptions…

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m a Tree-Hugging, Hippy Christian…

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As I was scrolling through Facebook yesterday, I saw a post about children saying the pledge of allegiance daily.  I “liked” the post and then I noticed that my friend asked others how they felt about children saying the pledge each day at school.  I was kind of surprised to see that a few people said that they were against it and felt that it was kind of Hitler-ish or brain-washy to “make” our students say the pledge every day.  (I am summarizing here).  I guess I can see the picture they’re painting, but geez, I’m a kindergarten teacher and I have to tell you that there is a part of me that LOVES standing to do the pledge in my little Texas classroom with my babies.  I love telling them what all of those big words mean and why I believe it’s important to be loyal to things/ideals/people and your country.  There are LOADS of things that I disagree with about my government, but I am very thankful to live in a country where I can express my opinions freely and I have the power to make a difference if enough people agree with me.  I am embarrassed by things about the good ol’ U.S.A. and I’m ashamed when I realize how insensitive I am about issues because I’m an upper middle class white girl that has never had to deal with some of the things that far too many people in our world have to deal with daily.  With all of that said and meant, I do pledge my allegiance to the United States of America because, in spite of it’s faults and failings, it is a blessing to live here and have the freedoms that we are allowed, such as the freedom to openly worship my God, the freedom to peacefully protest corporate giants like Monsanto, the freedom to choose public, private or home school for my children – or all 3, as we did…

Gosh, this world is run by people.  Of course there are going to be shortcomings.  What happened to loyalty?  What happened to being part of the solution and not just turning your back on the problems while enjoying the good stuff?  I’m not advocating ignorance.  I just think that if we choose to live here, we can be part of the solution or we should probably find another place that fits us as perfectly as we believe a place should, where we don’t have to complain and point fingers while encouraging others to be part of the problem, too.

So, then I continued to scroll down my facebook newsfeed page and I came across another friend who posted something about how it would be a better country if people would fight as hard for healthy school lunches as they fight for kids to say the pledge every day.  Well, healthy food is one of my passions, don’t ya know…  I drive our sweet lunchroom ladies a bit bonkers on many a day.  I encourage my parents to pack healthy lunches for their babies if at all possible.  It is heartbreaking what we feed our children because we can’t trust the powers that be to keep the dangerous junk away from us because money is more important than people to them.  If parents knew what was really in a lunchable, they would never buy one for their child again.  I’m sure of it.

Then I realize the underlying belief is that Christians believe that school children saying the pledge each day is more important than feeding our precious children healthy food.  Right?  Because I’m trying to figure out why both of these things seem to be exclusive to one another.  Can’t we want our children to pledge their allegiance to the United States of America AND stand up for them, fight for their right to healthy, affordable food without cancer-causing chemicals in them or breads, milks and yogurts that are full of unnecessary sugars?

I realize I am walking on shaky ground here.  I know I have some conventional farmer friends who just don’t want to hear this and I have LOTS of friends who just don’t want to know or even think about it.  Because you know, if we don’t know about it, it won’t hurt us,

until we get cancer, high blood pressure or diabetes or…

And I realize it isn’t just in our non-organic, GMO food, it’s in the air and the ground from the chemicals we spray on and inject into our food plants, which runs off into our water supply.  Sometimes it feels like too much and a losing battle, but our children are worth it.  We are all worth it.  I think it’s un-American for me not to stand against this wealthy beast that is poisoning us.  I know it’s easier to try to shame people like me into being quiet and treat me as if I’m a bad Christian because I’m passionate about the Earth that He so generously entrusted to us.  I’ve lost a few friends on facebook because of my beliefs.  I’ll admit that I am hurt by those occurrences.  It’s painful to feel so passionately about something that big corp spends billions of dollars trying to cover up.  It’s hard to know that lots of people just don’t want to know and they are angry with you for bringing it into the light even when you know that you are telling people because you love them and want what is best for them.

One of my best friends got cancer several years ago and my daughter and husband started having a bunch of health issues around the same time.  I felt so helpless about my friend that I felt like the only way I could help was to do some research.  I was shocked by what I read.  I am still shocked by what I read.  The first book I bought was from a Christian bookstore and it opened my eyes to the difference between our diet and health system and other countries.  I completely changed my family’s diet.  They hated me for awhile.  The food was pretty bland, at best, honestly.  Since then we have come a LONG WAY, BABY!  Eating organically has been expensive, but I’m a huge believer in “pay now and feel much healthier or pay later and feel worse along the way.”  I still get on my kids’ nerves, but they have done their own research and they are committed to doing the same for themselves and their families.  We all realize that this is not a guarantee that we will never get cancer, high blood pressure, or diabetes, but we are committed to fighting until the end.  My Honey’s and daughter’s hbp has completely disappeared, as has his gout.  He still has diabetes, but his medicine dosage has been lowered twice in the past few years and he’s been able to stop taking the other one.  We are committed to supporting our local organic farmers whenever possible.  We are committed to growing our own food and being informed and standing up for what is right even when others try to shame us because what we have to say scares them.  We peacefully march against Monsanto.

There are times that posts about Monsanto have mysteriously disappeared from fb.  There is corruption in this blessed, wealthy country of ours.  Too many times our government has supported this company in spite of how much damage they have and continue to do to our health and our Earth.  Still, I pledge my allegiance to the United States of America and so do my children because we are proud to be Americans where diversity is embraced, where we can stand against injustice without being jailed or worse, where we can worship our God with abandon, where there is room for improvement and where we can put our money where our mouths are.  I am a hippy, a tree-hugger and a Christian.  Praise the Lord!!!