Thursday, May 10, 2007

Voice your opinion!

There is an interesting discussion going on over at cjane's today. I hope you will check it out and voice your opinion. I voiced mine. But I still have more to say. So it is my blog and I will voice it some more.

The guest blogger today asks the question "How will you keep your life from becoming trivial?" A person could take offense to this question if they wanted to, but I don't think she meant any offense, so I am taking none. But really, are any lives trivial? I am sure that our Heavenly Father doesn't think so. Every life is of value, whether we are making great choices or not.

A person could assume that this guest blogger might believe that if we don't stand up politically for what we believe in, then our lives might become trivial. I often feel that people who are passionate about politics believe that I am an uneducated, naive individual because I don't stand up against the war or don't attend protests. I feel differently. I just believe that I can make more of a difference at this time in my life by being the best wife, mother, neighbor, friend and Christian that I can be. If I were to devote much time in the political arena, one of those areas could suffer. For me those are of a higher priority than speaking out against the war. And actually I am in support of the war. I strongly believe that this war is what is needed (however tragic) to spread the gospel across the world as has been prophesied. War is horrible, but just as in days of old, is sometimes necessary.

I respect people who stand up for what they believe in regardless of their views. We all deserve to believe what we want to believe in, without being threatened or hated. If we claim to be Christians and then turn around and hate someone who is against the war or pro-choice, then we are not acting in Christ's name. We must love our neighbor, whoever they may be.

I want my children to know that I believe abortion is wrong, that homosexuality can be overcome, that all races, and religions should be respected and that they are so blessed to live in a country where we can practice the religion that we choose. I do not want them to ever hate another human being because they look, think or act differently than them. I want them to live a truly Christian life. The way that I can make my life most meaningful is to live that example for them. I will not always be perfect, and nobody is, but I will do the best I can. I am proud to be an American, and God bless the USA!