Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Comments on Today's Standards Part 2

Earlier today I posted about the way that solid Christian families are judged according to mainstream society. We are seen as outsiders by mainstream, or typically called extremists. Gods laws and rules are cut and dry, it is mankind that seeks to make them complicated when in fact they are quite simple. I mentioned in my earlier post that I was ok with living outside the box, and I truly am. BUT, we are also called as Christians to be the light of Christ in the world. Hmmmmmm.....that is hard to do if we never open the box. So what are we as Christians to do, especially us girls. How do we show that light by our example if society chooses to lock the box? How do we show that light by our example if we choose to lock society inside the box? I don't really know what the answers are. I think maybe the example is working with the grace of God. Among people that I communicate with online, I see more and more coming out of the box on their own free will. I never fit inside the box, but it took me a long time to find the key to the lock....God's Law. I was one of those Christians that was content with the message of salvation and that alone. I was not one of those Christians that believed we really had to follow all those rules (being a little sarcastic in tone). However, God began to impress upon me and our family that there was a different path for us to follow. A slight inclination became a tug, which then became a huge pull that could no longer be resisted. I then sought out other Christian women like me, who thought like me and followed God's law like me. Now don't get me wrong, I am certainly not perfect and neither are they. We all stumble, and sometimes fall terribly. It is a difficult road at times, especially when you have walked the easier path. I guess I have rambled enough. My whole point is that if society shuns us and ridicules us, then how can we bring the light of Jesus Christ and the peace of God's Law to them? Are we even supposed to? Do I think about this because I am one of those people that has to "fix" everything that seems off? Is this something that other Proverbs 31 wives think about? Bringing our home and our family into more of a Biblically based agrarian life brings on even more criticism/ridicule. Society is so far removed from their food supply! Even people who grew up in a rural setting just cannot believe we would eat eggs from our hens because ......they might have been fertilized! So many people in today's society do not want to provide their own nutritious food. Not only that they don't want to know how that food got to the grocery store shelf or how long it took to get there. I don't know what the answers are. I can only be an example and I can only follow my own path, and in doing so maybe God will shine His face on someone I come into contact with. My prayer is that He will, and they will let Him lead them on their own path toward peace. May God bless you all.


Kate said...

Outsiders.... Believe me, I am an "outsider" within my own family. I speak the truth if asked but have learned not to offer up too much information unsolicited or a family feud is eminent. Their donkeys are easily overloaded.
There are, however, the exceptions, like my sister; there are also a couple of friends with whom I can share exciting bible studies with the trust I won't be called crazy. For these, I'm grateful.
As far as leading an agrarian lifestyle, I live on a tiny plot at the end of a cul-de-sac doing the best I can in my first ever raised beds. The economy may squish any dreams I have living in the country like I did as a child. It could be we are called as a unit to stand our ground here on 85th St. sharing His Word with those too busy to stop and think about their Heavenly Father, His Word, or His Will. Interestingly enough, the lady down the street seems to have latched onto me. She has four children, too, and as of next year will be homeschooling the three younger ones for the first time. I'm amazed with her complete turn around since our first meeting! She asks ever so many questions that I've managed thus far to answer with the Lords help.
Hopefully this response wasn't too off topic but your piece had me thinking again.

Kat said...

Maybe you hit the nail on the head with answer to all my thoughts and questions....wait for the Lord to lead us to them or them to us. As far as the agrarian lifestyle, that can be done where you are. You don't have to wait for the perfect acreage. So you and your raised beds are doing just fine. I pray that God will bless your harvest.