Thursday, December 19, 2013

Phil Robertson For President

Before you go all crazy on me, I'm not actually saying we should vote ole' Phil into office. Just trying to catch your attention... did it work?

I read the interview, and while I can see how some might find it offensive, I don't see that any of it was hate speech or meant to cause such an uproar. Phil was simply stating his beliefs. His belief that homosexuality is a sin. Is this some new profound knowledge that the homosexual community as well as A&E were unaware of? That bible believing Christians disagree with homosexuality as a lifestyle?  I thought this was common knowledge, silly me. 

He didn't compare homosexuality to bestiality per say, he was simply stating, that it was a sin that didn't make sense to him. He also talked about promiscuity, in this same sentence, but of course bestiality is a much more offensive word so we should put that in the headlines. He said it wasn't logical to him, that he preferred women, and didn't understand how men preferred other men. (his language was a bit more colorful as he has been criticized for, but would you expect any less from a country boy?)

I didn't read any statement of Phil's saying that homosexual sin was unforgivable... but that seems to be what a lot of people are saying. If you read this somewhere (from a credible source), please forward me the link to show me that I am wrong. 

He quoted scripture, which is far from against the law, to back up his belief. I didn't see his remarks as anti-gay. Anti-gay remarks in my mind are more threatening more demeaning more something like "Gays are stupid and going to burn hell and I hate them all and they should die" (this was an example, please don't get offended and stop reading my blog).

Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD said,
 "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe."

And what exactly do true Christians believe Mr.Cruz? I mean, since you are the expert. Obviously not the Bible. Because the Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. And what exactly did he lie about? He stated his beliefs and quoted scripture, what part of that is a lie?

Sarah Palin said it best when she said..
"Free speech is an endangered species"

Isn't this the land of the the free? Don't we have the right to believe what we want? And if you are so secure in you beliefs, why are you letting some dumb redneck from a TV show put you into such a tizzy?

Here is the thing you need to know about Christians, we aren't all alike. The Bible should be our moral compass, but just like everyone else in the world we aren't perfect, we are simply forgiven.

And just because we don't agree with a lifestyle, doesn't mean we hate someone. I don't hate gay people! I have friends that are gay. I am not their friend because they are gay, and I am not not their friend because they are gay. Do I agree with them? No... but I think most people in the homosexual community get that. That we can genuinely love someone and care about them, even if we don't agree with the choices that they make. Maybe I am wrong. 

Maybe what this world is coming to is that everyone is able to have freedom of speech until that freedom slightly inconveniences someone else... and then you lose your job. But where does it stop? And why are we wasting our time attacking some old dude instead of crappy people like the Westboro Bapstist Church (now there is an offensive message). 

Why exactly does everyone have the freedom of speech except for Christians? I could write about this all day, but maybe that's a subject for a different blog. 

I think this was a manipulative interview that got blown way out of proportion. People love to hear Christians talk about homosexuality, because it gives them  something to be offended about and another reason to hate on Christians (Kirk Cameron anyone?). 

All I am asking is that you look at the facts... if its so easy to get suspended for stating your beliefs, then we are all in trouble. 

"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." 
-George Washington

Monday, December 9, 2013

Miss Independent?

I've come to very sudden realization that I am absolutely not independent. I mean, are any girls really? 

Now before you get all feminist and girl power on me, I never said that girls lack the ability to be independent. Women are just as capable as men to accomplish any number of tasks. That is not what this blog is about. 

I am 100% capable of pumping my own gas. I totally know how to change my oil (by driving to the service station and having them do it, right?). I can hammer a nail, work a screw driver, take out the trash, mow the yard, hook up the electronics... the list goes on.

I am capable, that isn't the point. The point is, that in my femininity, I desire to be taken care of.

I see women post and brag all the time about their independence. About how they did it, all by themselves. And kudos! That is wonderful... not trying to downplay your ability to fend for yourself. But is that what you really want? Is that what you were created to be?

I think that somewhere throughout the years we've come to this place where the desire to be taken care of by a man is old fashioned, and that real women take care of themselves. 

Can I tell you how much I think this sucks?

And to be honest I have probably been programmed to expect this because I have an amazing Dad that made sure I was taken care of. He bought me my first car (and second). He was always there to fix the things that broke. I never worried about someone breaking in because my Dad is scary and he has a gun. 

I desire, and I think that majority of women desire to be taken care of, to be protected, and cherished. Sadly, there are many men unwilling to do their part. 

We see a generation of men that refuse to be the men of God that they are called to be, but rather sit on the sidelines while women take the lead (no, I am not talking about every guy, there are some awesome ones out there, and if you are one of them, you rock!)

I blame parents, for not teaching their sons about commitment and selflessness.

I blame the media for its constant representation of men who beat, misuse, and objectify women. 

I blame other men for not being better examples to one another.

But mostly, I blame women. I blame you for not demanding more and for expecting less than you deserve.

You deserve to be treated like a queen. You deserve to be pampered. You deserve to feel like the luckiest girl in the world... 

But we settle for fear of never finding someone else. We settle because we would rather be miserable than alone. We settle because we stopped believing that we deserve more. 

I find myself in a position of having to be more independent these days, and I hate it. Like seriously, I hate taking out the trash. 

But I've come to the realization that independence isn't for me. My life is much more full when I find myself trusting and putting my hopes in God. My day is better when I know that there is another person I can share my burdens with and depend on. 

Independent... dependent... whatever stage in life you find yourself in, I hope that you remember that God has plans for you. I hope you never settle. I hope you always remember you deserve so much more. 

What is Paigerific? I’m glad you asked, although I don’t have an exact definition to offer. Paigerific is my thoughts and my heart. Paigerific is my passion and my fear. Paigerific is my success and my failures. Paigerific is my blood, sweat, and tears. Paigerific is more than just simply word. It’s a million different words all rolled into one. Words like hope, grace, determination, imperfection, love, faith, insecurity… The one word I would use to describe myself? I am Paigerific.


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