Every time there is a presidential election, a new law is passed, or halloween comes rolling around the corner, or I make a Facebook post about my thoughts on astrology, I can very quickly identify the people that agree with my stance, or who disagree with me.
Nothing makes people unfollow your Facebook fan page quicker than a post about how astrology rips us away from our true identity in Christ, or how church isn’t an organization it’s a community, or how the cookie part of an Oreo is truly the best part (not the cream filling!)
In all honesty we can all lose our cool when people disagree with us. We can lose hope in humanity because if people just don’t see eye to eye with us then we wonder if they are truly sociopaths, and we wonder to ourself “what is life?”
Just this week I realized my oldest daughter will be able to vote in the next presidential election.
Guess what? She might not vote for the same person that I vote for? *gasp*
The older my children get, the more I realize that living a life by the rules simply because it’s right, and you want to portray a certain image, is truly a façade.
The pharisees knew the law so well, they knew what they had to do in order to LOOK like they were righteous. But that doesn’t mean that they WERE righteous.
Sure, these “rules” we have set in place in our home has helped our children to know where our heart stands on certain things, for the most part I would like to say that my husband and I have shown our children that we are united on almost everything, including who we vote for in the presidential elections.
However, I had to come to the realization that when my oldest daughter turns 18 years old, she will have to make these decisions on her own, and I might not always agree with her. I also had to ask myself what do I cling to in midst of this gut wrenching fear I have about letting her go, and watching her make her own decisions that I feel might not be the best decisions, or that will line up with my beliefs?
The truth is when arguments ensue about RFRA laws, presidential elections, or whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween, often times we aren’t always ALL “right.” The Word says our righteous acts are like filthy rags. Just because we stand with or against something doesn’t always make it RIGHT. I used to be the person who did her very best to follow along with these rules, but I can guarantee you those rules never changed MY HEART!
The truth is, the more people argue about these things, all I can see is the hypocrisy that still exists among a very broken and sinful world.
In the midst of the fears I have about my daughter becoming an adult, I choose to hang on to that text that says “I love you.” Or those requests for FAMILY NIGHT from my almost adult daughter. I mean she still wants to hang out with us! Or when she makes a post about how I am her BFF – seriously, what else am I going to cling to?
The fact is there isn’t a single person, or a single CHRISTIAN, a law, or presidential candidate that hasn’t disappointed me at some point in time. But in the midst of it all, I can still hold on tight to the goodness that comes out of this broken world. Or I can choose to look at the disappointment, and in the end find hopelessness.
Today, I will cling to the goodness even though I feel all the world is busy making a point rather than trying to understand where the other person is coming from.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a certain part of me that would love to know that y’all agree with me on these things, or that my daughter will live the life that I feel will bring freedom and wisdom. But even then, I hope she does better than me.
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Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.