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Hi y'all! My name is Kaylee! I am a twenty-something-year old midwestern girl by birth, southerner at heart, and life-long traveler! I am a follower of Jesus, wife of Joshua, avid reader, lover of baking & cooking, constant smiler, and pursuer of adventures in all shapes & sizes!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stand Up!

Hi blog world! :)

Hope you're having a great weekend so far! I was actually productive today and finished my last paper of my sophomore year in college, a 15 page exegetical paper on Proverbs 31! At least I enjoyed what I was writing :) I love looking at that example of a wife of noble character--such a great thing to aspire to be!

This is me pretending to be a hot librarian/teacher? Haha! Wearing my glasses makes me feel smarter, but still fashionable because they're red chanel glasses ;) Obviously I needed a writing break haha!

Anyways, I know not many people are interested in the news or politics, but I wanted to post something that truly concerns me--public schools and what can be allowed. Now before you go thinking I'm dumb or ignorant, let me say I went to public school my whole life up until college. I faced many difficult things in the public school educational system. I only had two Christian friends who weren't afraid to admit it (because lets be real, Christians have it bad in a public school), and knew only one person who agreed with my Conservative politics (Minnesota is almost as liberal as California), openly anyways. Needless to say, it was hard and I rarely spoke up in fear that my teachers and peers would make me wish I hadn't. Now that I've gained some confidence and years, I stand up for my beliefs constantly, regardless of what anyone may think. Which brings me to this article I saw on Fox News this evening.

Before I start, I need to make something clear. I am a Christian who believes that 100% of what the Bible says is truth. I don't pick and choose parts and apply it, I do my best to apply ALL of it, even if it seems old-fashioned or crazy. Even though I believe homosexuality is a sin because of the Bible stating it multiple times in the Old AND New Testament, I still love all people, because I am a sinner too. My sin is not any better or worse than homosexuality. I do not judge, because that's not my place. So don't think that I'm mad at this man because he's gay. That being said, here's what I have to say:

This man the article talks about, Dan Savage, is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign called, "It Gets Better." Which is a nice concept, except for he's not a very nice man in this specific article haha.

Savage is married to another man, which leads his anti-bullying campaign to become a matter that apparently pertains more to homosexuality than anything else. I'm not sure if you watch the news a lot, but if you do, you might see that typically the stories covered about bullying are mostly about students that are homosexuals. However, those of us that take that trip down memory lane can recall that people are bullied for all kinds of reasons--such as being overweight, prone to acne, not as pretty as the "popular" crowd, being too smart, BEING CHRISTIAN, etc. The current administration of our country and media outlets alike have in a sense hijacked the idea of bullying to make it about a matter of sexuality, to make others more sensitive to homosexuals, to make people more keen on allowing gay marriage. Think about it, bullying didn't get half as much news coverage before it became about sexuality. Bullying is ancient, however suddenly it has been making the news frequently.

But here's the thing--bullying is not a political matter. People are bullies because they are mean or insecure about themselves. Maybe you don't agree, but being someone who had been bullied a few times in her high school years and that reads the news, this is what I have discovered in the past few years.

Anyways, Savage was speaking at a National Journalism Conference for high schoolers, and ended up saying the "bull s***" in the Bible can be ignored (referring to the references of homosexuality throughout the Bible). He then continued to take out of context things from the earlier chapters of the Old Testament, including Leviticus and Deuteronomy, to mock the Bible and to try and make the case that we just need to "get over this next hurdle" so gay marriage can be accepted. Many students were laughing along with the speaker about how "ridiculous" the Bible is, but that didn't stop the 100+ students that found what he said to be offensive from leaving the room. Go ahead and watch the video below to see exactly what he said.

Now, I don't know what you all believe politically, religiously, etc. But there is one thing I think we can all agree on--it is not right to have a public speaker at a school bashing the Bible, whether you believe it to be true or not. If a speaker came in and starting bashing the Qur'an, you can bet that CNN, MSNBC, etc. would be ALL over that saying how ignorant and horrible the speaker was. But this man, who has spoken at the white house mind you, can come into a public school and bash on the Bible and make fun of Christians without the same media outlets calling him out on it? I am so tired of the double standards! I have come to see that Christians are the most attacked and ridiculed group of people, maybe after the Jews (that's a wholeeee other topic). But the Bible even says it will not be easy to be a follower of God! But there is hope in committing your life to Jesus--to saying you will seek a life outside of your own desires, outside of living like the rest of the world.  James 1:12 says, 

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."

It's not easy, and it won't get any easier--but, it gives purpose and meaning, it gives a life full of love and hope. Don't let people like Dan Savage diminish or lessen the value of our Holy Bible, God-breathed scripture that speaks into our lives even two thousand plus years later. It is just as Holy as it was when God started creating the Earth, and just as Holy as when Jesus was walking around the Earth. Please hang in there, and stay true to your beliefs! You can still show love and compassion to those who do not agree with you, but don't let that or the fear of others keep you from sticking to what you know in your heart. You will be rewarded for persevering and following Jesus! :)

Have a great night,


1 comment:

  1. I appreciate all of your sweet, inspirational posts! And also, I nominated you for an award! :) xo