There is nothing remarkable about me. I am just a middle aged woman living an average life in the United States. I have been married to my husband for twenty years and have been able to stay home while raising our three children. Our oldest is on her own, our second is a freshman in college, and our youngest is a sophomore in high school. When I read through history I wonder about the people that lived, loved and died and all that remains of them is a collective number in a few books. I sometimes panic and feel an urge to somehow make my mark on this world in such a way that I’m not one of the forgotten. I’m just one person out of billions on this earth at this time. Is my need for significance and purpose in this world at the root of my belief in God? I don’t think so. I do find comfort in the belief that God knows the very number of hairs on my head and that none of us (past and present) are just nameless, faceless numbers to Him.
I’ve gone through many transitions of thought in regard to my faith. There was first the innocent acceptance that later gave way to doubt and feelings of unworthiness. The desire to be good and perfect gave way to failure and despair. My life is marked by stumbling, falling, and getting back up again. So often the grace aspect of Jesus’ sacrifice is lost. It is not about what we do, but about what He has already done. It was finished on the cross and that is the good news. I believe that as a follower of Jesus Christ that it is my duty to spread that good news… to give hope to the hopeless, to love the unloved, to forgive the unforgiveable. It is not about theology, doctrine, rules or telling others how to live their lives.
I believe that each of us in born with a certain level of potential that we have no control over. I believe that we do have control over whether we reach that potential. The fact is as you look around at the people in your life you can see that everyone is different. Most people excel in certain areas and not in others. Intellectual superiority is taking God given potential for granted and for privilege when it should be taken for responsibility. That may sound like an elitist statement to some. However, it is not a statement to say that those of superior intellectual ability should automatically be the ones in control. I’m just an uneducated housewife so I am not talking about myself here. I’m talking about having respect for all regardless of their ability and people using what gifts and abilities they have with humility… whatever those gifts and abilities may be.
I believe arguments such as Old Earth vs New Earth Creationism and Evolution within the Christian community are distractions. Personally, I believe that God is God and He can do anything and is not bound by the same restrictions we are. Do I believe God created the Universe and the Earth in 6 days? I believe He could but I don’t know if He did. I do not see whether one believes the creation account is a literal 6 days or an allegorical six days as a salvation issue (meaning you have to believe in a literal 6 day creation to be saved) and I deeply resent any implication that if someone believes in Old Earth Creationism or the evolution/adaptation of life here on earth that they are picking and choosing what they want to believe. I see nothing wrong with admitting that you don’t understand that... because I don’t.
Political Policy Statement
I believe that the government has over reached its intended purpose. I consider myself a Conservative Republican but I don’t always fit in that box. I do not consider myself to be politically savvy and freely admit there is much I do not understand. However, I do consider myself to be somewhat politically aware. I am deeply concerned about our country and the implications for my children and future grandchildren as well as all people in general. I tend to sit back and observe in the political arena rather than actively engage and usually prefer to keep my opinions to myself. I do not like conflict and avoid it… yet find watching conflict play out amongst others interesting… although, not in person. I often find myself in the position of peacemaker.
The most important issue for me is our nation’s security. Our borders need to be secured and illegal immigration needs to be stopped.
The best offense is a good defense but the fact is, we need both.
Life: I believe that life begins at conception. I am not against all birth control or sex education as long as abstinence is included. I do not feel educating about birth control or giving information as to where to get birth control (free or otherwise) is sending mixed messages… although, I believe just handing out condoms is. The fact is that it is a teen’s choice whether they engage in sexual activity or not. I prefer to know that kids have been thoroughly educated as to the dangers of sexual involvement outside of marriage which include emotional issues, sexually transmitted disease, and unwanted pregnancy. Abstinence is possible when it is a choice made by the individual practicing it. I believe it is the parents’ responsibility to decide when, where and how their child learns about sex. I am against abortion, IUD’s, the Morning After pill, and any other forms of birth control that do not prevent conception but implantation.
I do not understand those that say they are Pro-Life and yet Pro-Choice. You hear it all the time. Joe Biden is an example. He says that he does not feel he has the right to make that choice for someone else. Okay… I understand that. However, the Supreme Court mandated that abortion be legal throughout the United States and abortions are made available through federally funded pregnancy centers with our tax dollars. How is it right to dig into the pockets of those morally opposed to abortion and force them to participate in it in that manner? Don’t I have a moral obligation to fight having my money used in that way?
I am not for the death penalty for a couple of reasons. I don’t have a problem with criminals like serial murderers being put to death but… there have been many cases of death row inmates being exonerated through DNA testing. I would like to have the guilty given every opportunity to experience forgiveness in this life, but not at the expense of additional risk to society. The main reason I feel this way is the cost of defending an inmate on death row. It is staggering. I think that money would be put to better use by building larger prisons, investing in rehabilitative programs, and investing in preventative programs for children at risk.
Freedom of Religion: I believe we are free in this country to believe what we choose and to practice our faith. It seems to me that there has been a shift in this country and there is freedom of religion… but not so much if you are a Christian.
Gay Rights: I believe those individuals with sexual orientation issues are human beings first. I am not against civil unions or voluntary benefits for same sex partners (many companies do not provide health insurance for employees’ spouses or children). But it gets a little sticky in how to implement anti-discrimination laws. Some do not understand the current fight for gay rights/marriage and what the implications are for faith based businesses, ministries and even churches. There are many arguments that, on the surface, seem reasonable. What does it matter if gay people get “married?” Gay people are entitled to live their lives as they choose. If it doesn’t affect you personally, why do you care? Well… the thing is that if gay “marriage” is sanctioned by law it puts faith based organizations and business owners at risk. We live in a highly litigious society and it would only be a matter of time before these institutions, including churches, would come under attack.
Education: I believe it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to raise and educate their children whether that is through the public school system, private school, homeschooling or some other means. I’m all for the privatization of the school system and free market principles being brought into the education arena.
We have had our children in public school, private school, charters and I am a 9 year homeschool veteran. Our oldest daughter is dyslexic and we were told by school staff that we needed to lower our expectations to what she was capable of… which they felt was a much reduced work load and testing orally. I do believe you need to assess each child as an individual and tailoring your approach to educating them is a good thing. However, I do not believe that not expecting a child to learn something or not have any pressure at all to succeed is good. You also have to take into account what the “real world” is like. Employers do not have differing expectations for differing people in the same roles. Being able to read, write and do basic life skills math is very important and those goals should be reached if possible and every avenue explored in order to reach that goal.
We have been careful to teach our children that it is not the world’s job to conform to them and their needs. This can be a fine line to draw when you are homeschooling and tailoring things to what your children need at that time, especially when it is different from their peers. The fact is not many people care what others’ individual struggles are unless they are personally affected. The formative years should be a time where kids are being prepared for the real world… not having it forced on them before they are ready.
Gun Control: Not for it. I am not an NRA member, nor do I own a gun. I’m thinking about it though.
Welfare: I do not believe the government should be involved in welfare programs. I think that would best be handled through the private sector and faith based organizations. Since welfare is government funded I don’t believe those receiving welfare benefits should be able to vote. It is incestuous in nature to have people dependent upon government programs given the power to keep those programs in place.
Affirmative Action: People should be given jobs according to their ability not their race, gender, or sexual practices.
I only have a rudimentary understanding of economics and have a hard time grasping things on a national and international level.
Taxes: I believe taxation without representation is alive and well here in America. I believe some taxation is necessary for the upkeep of roads, emergency services, administration, etc. However, funding for schools, social programs, grants, etc. should not be coming from the federal government. I understand the thinking that says if everyone throws a percentage into the pot then we will have that money to give out to those who are less fortunate. The problem is with how that money is spent. I don’t want our personal dollars going to programs that I find offensive whether they are for clinics that provide abortions or grants for despicable “art” or for promoting programs I do not support.
I cannot see the money coming out for taxes as our only contribution. When I drive by someone on the side of the road with a sign my first thought is not that the problem is with our government and that I should throw on a pair of green tights and join in on the pilfering of the evil rich so that the wolf disguised as Big Daddy Robin Hood can toss a few coins their way on my behalf. I don’t look away from those in need. I want to take the resources I have and use them in a way I feel is appropriate.
I do not understand how someone can think that only raising taxes for those making $250,000 a year or more will help our economy. I am an uneducated housewife but… I think those that make the most money are already paying the most taxes. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that by raising taxes at that level that it would have some affect on businesses? Wouldn’t that potentially affect the availability of jobs, especially within small businesses? Wouldn’t the loss of jobs adversely affect those further down the tax scale? I’ve heard trickle down economics don’t work but how is the loss of jobs due to tax increases for the employers providing the jobs going to help?
Healthcare: I feel that my view in this area is narrowed to personal experience and while I have opinions in this area I am aware that I do not have complete information nor do I have a cohesive concept of how things work in my mind or would work with healthcare reform. I do not believe socialized healthcare is something we want in this country. There are also problems with Universal healthcare. I am hoping that someone will come up with another more viable option soon.
Free Market: Capitalism makes the most sense to me!
The United States Role in the World
Big Brother?: With the technological advances of the last century we are truly living in a global community. I do not see the United States as an island unto itself and separate from the rest of the world. It would behoove each of us to sit up and take note of the global scene and take steps to understand what is going on in the world as a whole.
United we stand. Divided we fall. This is true within our homes, churches, and communities. This is true for America as a whole. Housekeeping issues arise and conflict occurs but when outside the walls of our homes, churches, communities and our country I believe it is imperative to be united.
The United States lacks the resources to police the entire world. However, when neighbors and friends are being attacked we cannot stand idly by.
The United States had the capability to jam radio signals in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. The radio was being used to incite the killing of approximately 800,000 people over a 100 day period. Jamming the radio signals alone could have saved an untold number of lives there without any of our armed forces setting foot on their soil. It should be considered a crime.
Nearly six million Jews were annihilated in the Holocaust during World War II. That was two out of every three Jews living in Europe at that time. How is it that so many were killed before the world took notice and stepped in?
Hundreds of thousands have died in Darfur since 2003.
It is a hard fact of life that the use of force is sometimes needed to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I strive to be a Good Samaritan in this world and would like to think that my country does as well.