Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tired of being politically correct and not wanting to offend anyone

I think at some point in blogging you have to come to the realization that you can't please everyone. There will be those who think you are closed minded, intolerant or downright stupid. Some realize this when they start their blog and others take longer. They plant their flag in the dirt and declare that THIS is their space and in their space they have the freedom to say what they want no matter who it offends. I get so tired of being polite and cowering in the corner afraid that I will lose readers because I am a conservative Christian.

I wasn't always conservative. I didn't always go to church. I actually didn't step foot in a church for over 7 years after leaving high school except when I went home to visit my parents. I even used to be pro-choice and I used to shake my head at the people who picketed the Planned Parenthood when I drove by. But somewhere along the way in getting a job, paying taxes, buying a house and starting a family I found my priorities and views shifted.

This week in light of the Democratic National Convention people have been circulating some videos that caught my attention and broke my heart.

This one about Oprah.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6

And this one about Obama and late term abortion posted on Mommy Zabs

Psalm 139:13-16 (New International Version) - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.


Cee said...

I'm pretty moderate with my political views except that I am 100% pro-life- I always feel like I have to apologize to people for it or just hide it so that others wont try to convert me. We should be proud of our views though as long as we know we made an education decision about an issue. I'm just sick of the stereotype that people are conservative because they are unenlightened or uneducated.

Anyway- good for you for standing behind your political views!

abrightfuture said...

You're right -- You will never please everyone and someone will always get offended. But the great thing about America is that we are all allowed to make our own choices, to speak about those choices and to cast our vote in support of our beliefs.

I, personally, used to be conservative. I will be voting for Obama/Biden in this election for a whole host of reasons I won't go into here. But large among them is Obama's support for our veterans and his plans for education.

And honestly, I'm no feminist, but McCain calling his wife a c*nt tells me everything I need to know about what McCain things of women.

I am so thankful that we live in a country where we all can have a say and participate.

God Bless America.

Stephanie said...

It's incredibly refreshing to hear someone else who's conservative. I even consider myself VERY conservative. You're the first person I've seen who's written scripture on their blog. I applaud you. It's not bad to speak your mind, your blog IS your space, so say what you want!

LL said...

Your blog is certainly your space and it's great that you're writing what you want to write. I suppose my main thought after reading your post and watching the videos is to wonder why they would be so persuasive to you politically.

The Oprah video is strange as is her "church" (or whatever she wants to call it), but I don't think it has much to do with politics or Obama. People follow all kinds of weird religions and they're pretty much free to do so. And then the abortion video- I agree that it's a horrible practice, and I am by NO means pro-abortion, I just think it's a medical issue and not something you can or should ban politically. And even if it should be controlled by legislators, it shouldn't be such a defining issue because there are so many other things that matter in the country and I ardently feel that McCain would continue in the wrong direction in so many other important areas, and I'd think that even if I was pro-life. The religious aspect of it is compelling and I understand why it is so important to so many people, I guess I just don't understand why the religious should dictate the political.

Anonymous said...

I oppose abortion (for the most part) but will be voting for Obama/Biden. I don't think that the decision for who should be president should be based on this one issue (look at the last 8 years - Bush opposes abortion but is a horrible president).

And being politically correct dosen't mean that you shouldn't express your views. It just means that you should state them in a way that is not offensive to others.

Haley said...

Good for you for coming out to say how you really feel. I have yet to do this on my blog because I am afraid of offending my readers.

You are a good example for me. Truly I feel that we should all be able to say what we think without others judging us....I just wish it were true.

mommy zabs said...

1. thanks for posting link to my post.
2. thanks for posting the oprah link.

I can't stand oprah. Her views are not surprising to me. We know a cult the minute we see them ripping apart the deity of Christ. My grandfather believed exactly the doctrine she is spewing.... before he died he was one of the heads of the United Church Of Christ- the denomination Obama was in before he left due to the jeremiah wright scandal. How I wish more eyes would be open.

Keep speaking truth.

mommy zabs said...

If I can just comment on some of the comments.

1. the idea that we should see abortion as a medical procedure that shouldn't be banned by governement. With all due respect I see it differently. I see that the government overstepped when it legalized murder. If we see it as murder and are calling ourselves pro life that is the only way to see it. The government should had left murder illegal. If next year the government were to decide murder is okay if you are tired of your kid. then 20 years from now someone were to say, "hey I"m against it, but the government shouldn't interfere and make it illegal." that would be absurd right? but if we believe a fetus is a life it carries the same absurdity.

2. Abortion not an important voting issue... does it not show someones character that they would be capable of saying an infant born alive after botched abortion probably doesn't make other bad judgment calls?

Please I mean no disrespect (to your commentors) but say these things because it is important dialogue and these are things I hear Over and Over again.

Anonymous said...

To mommy zabs,

I don't mean any disprespect either--but doesn't it also say something about someone's character and judgement that he is capable of continuously defending a war that was unwarranted and based on lies from the get-go (and that has resulted in thousands of American lives and billions of American dollars)?

stacey said...

your convictions are right on and you just keep talking!

as i read through the comments, i so badly wanted to comment on your comments! i was not surprised to see that mommy zabs did another excellent job for me!

Marmarbug said...

Good point. I am still on the fence with abortion. I feel that if a womans life is being threatened it should be allowed. OR if she was raped and became pregnant than it should be allowed.
Maybe some will diagree with me on that but I know if I was raped I just could not have the baby of my attacker. I just couldn't.
Also, it makes me SO MAD the rate of young girls that are using abortion as birth control.
UM HELLO? GEt a condom. Pretty cheap.
AND easy to get.

Kristine said...

I'm also afraid of posting about politics on my blog, mainly because a lot of my views are so vastly different from even my parents and they read my blog. They are yellow dog democrats. I try to be informed, and I'm not a one issue voter. I disagree with issues on both sides. Abortion is so touchy, and while I will never have one, I cannot be so sure that no one should ever have one and I don't think the government is who should make that decision. I feel the same way about guns. I don't like them, but I don't think the government should tell people they can't have them. I guess I'm more libertarian than anything else.