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Month: February 2017

I have constantly toyed with the question, “Which is more important Faith or Religion?”. I strongly believe that there is a difference between the two.  For me “Faith” has to do with how I live my life and how my morals and beliefs dictate my day-to-day actions and interactions with other people.  Whereas, Religion for me is the rituals or behaviors that I would do to enhance my Faith.

I have heard for many years, “You are a really good person, you would be the perfect Christian if you just went to church.” What the hell does that even mean?  Are they saying that me being a good person is not enough to consider me a Christian?  Is my poor attendance at church a mandatory requirement that somehow disproportionately gives me a pass or fail rating on the Christian grading scale?  I always felt that the more important part of being a Christian was how I lived my life and loved thy neighbor.  Everyone has heard the “What would Jesus do?” slogan.  Well, I believe that I do a whole lot of that and I do not feel that going to church or not going to church should be a discredit to my goodwill and my dedication to being a good person.  I have a strong belief in GOD and all that he is.  I work really hard to show that I am appreciative all the blessings that he has provided me on a daily basis and have no shame in calling his name and introducing him to others that do not know him or refuse to acknowledge his presence.  I may not go to church every Sunday but I have far less to repent for than most that do.

I believe that there is no judge as harsh as the ones that call themselves Christians.  It is sad but true.  If the bible teaches us not to judge and that that GOD is the only true judge.  Why do we (Christians) always feel the need to do so.  Is it because to look at others and place shame and call out their flaws somehow makes us feel as though we have none, or that ours or lesser in comparison?  That is silly and hypocritical at best.  I would always rather live my life as a Christian then go to church every Sunday and just pretend that I am. My Faith is far more important to me than my Religion ever could be. Therefore, I feel that to consider me any less of a Christian for my poor church attendance is just stupid.

Domestic violence is a very serious concern for me.  I have witnessed so many women that I know and love fall victim to domestic violence and I have never once thought of this as acceptable or necessary.  How can one profess their love to you and turn around and hurt you worse than any one else ever would?  Men and women that use violence, fear and intimidation to control and hurt the people that care and adore them are predators.  They prey on the weak and insecure to make themselves feel strong and powerful in situations that they cannot control.  I feel that these are weak and cowardly individuals that seized the opportunity to demean, torture and violate those that they felt were weaker than them or whose strength somehow shames them for their short comings and inadequacies. They are monsters that feed on the power they feel when they are able to cast their pain and discontent for the world on others. Their disillusions of power lead them to feel that somehow the pain and destruction they inflict on others is deserved.  And over time they become magnificent salesmen of this image and their victims believe them.

The abusers in these situations are not innocent by any means, no matter what they may want us to believe.  The word “love” should never be attached to a black eye and bruised ribs.  That, to me, is hate not love.  My heart and my anguish goes out to anyone male or female that is the victim of such a situation.  I know that a situation such as this is not easy to escape and I know I do not have all the answers, but I hope that anyone in this situation finds the strength and the opportunity to get out and stay safe.  If you are reading this and you know anyone that is going through this hell and you do nothing, you are helping the abuser to commit this awful crime.  If you see something or know something and you do nothing you might as well had done it yourself.  Please do not just stand by and be a witness to such a horrible threat to our society.  This is not a crime that should be covered up and kept a secret it needs to be exposed and eliminated.

@TheTheoryofMia

 

National Abuse Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or for Deaf callers on video phone 1-855-812-1001 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. PST) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

 

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