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Monday, November 7, 2016

“You Don’t Get to Determine My Christianity…”

(Standing up on my soapbox...)

I believe we all can agree how tumultuous and contentious this 2016 Presidential Election season has become. Every four years, each candidate is enlisted with the responsibility of communicating a vision for the future of our country.

What began as a passionate exchange of issues has now become a brutal, disrespectful display of a lack of civility.

Anais Nin says, “We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are.”

Everyone makes decisions based on their own life experiences, perspectives, opinions and how they see the world.

Keeping this in mind, I live by one of my favorite Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”:  "Seek First to Understand Than To Be Understood.”

I have watched both Republican and Democratic National Conventions, as well as the Libertarian and Green Party Town Halls. I choose to be “informed before being opinionated.”

As I have tried to do this, I was told by a Facebook friend that they “would not even consider my point-of-view.” Others stated, that if I didn’t agree with them, that my own Christianity should be called into question.


I am confident that GOD hasn’t appointed any human being to “police the universe.” 

And…you can’t have it both ways. You can’t condemn one candidate for sins YOU have deemed unforgivable, while ignoring the daily, out-and-out UNREPENTANT sins of the other….slap a few bible verses around it…and revoke my Christianity, if I don’t see things as you do.

You can’t be unforgiving, yet expect God to forgive you. Doesn’t Work that way...

I rely on Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thy might, LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; Acknowledge Him in all thy ways and He will direct thy path."

I find "Blessed Assurance" that GOD IS GOD and things will unfold how HE wants it to unfold.

I am Janette McGowen…and I approve this message…

(stepping down off my soapbox…and down on my knees…)