Busy Bee’s Crochet

c-mama’s crochet journal and ramblings

Tag: Politics

Some things to think through

These past few months has brought up many feelings of anger and hatred on both sides of the political fence. I thought that in my world of crochet, I wouldn’t be affected, but I was, deeply.

Many of the designers and editors of magazines I subscribe to have emerged and become quite vocal in their viewpoints which are completely different than my own.

About a month ago, I responded to a blog questioning why people like Sarah Palin. The question was posed by a designer and editor I admired and followed – up until a couple of weeks ago. Her words towards those with differing political opinions than hers just caused me to take her off my watch list.

I peeked in at her twitter account to see if things had calmed down now that the election is over and the man she was wanting to win has won but I was disappointed. This is what she had to say about people with my beliefs in regards to California’s Proposition 8, “Still in rage over Prop 8. How to live in a world where people are such bigots? Or where people choose to follow churches that preach hate?” This nation (although she is in Canada, her views mirror many of those in the craft community that I (used to) follow and admire) is very divided. Christians who want to stand for the righteousness God has called us to are being called bigots and told that we are following churches that preach hate.

Sadly, I will no longer be able to subscribe to the crochet magazine she edits. I will also have to be careful of the projects I decide to crochet. What people don’t realize is that what is inside of us comes out in the creativity we do. If we are filled with hate towards another people group, what does that say about a pattern we designed, a project we crocheted/knitted or a magazine we edit? That hate pours out into all aspects of our lives.

Since this election, there are many sites I can no longer visit. The Lord is really working in me and I need to stay away from Conservative sites who refuse to honor the president-elect once he takes office. I need to not follow Christians on Twitter who are wailing about how the end of the world is upon us. I need to stay away from crafters who, even though the election is over, continue to spew their hatred of Sarah Palin all over their websites, blogs and forums. I have been called to wait upon the Lord, to rest in Him and to give honor where honor is due.

I refuse to treat the upcoming president the same way Obama’s followers treated President Bush. I will not go there. I also need to distance myself from the crochet/knit world in general as well. It was so much nicer not knowing the faces and lives behind the names of the designers whose patters I enjoyed, the editors whose magazines I treasure.

It’s a sad day for me, but one where I hope the Lord stirs up in me a supernatural ability to design my own patters. I know He has not called me to stop crocheting. But it’s looking like it’s time for me to branch out and not use other people’s designs.

Peace in the midst of a storm

First, I would ilke to start off admitting that I have been negligent in my Bible reading. I know that this is something between God and myself, but I really wanted to put it down here as well.

This morning I woke up and something changed. Instead of simply bringing my computer out to the table, I brought it and several books out to the table. I brought my Bible, Shepherd’s Rod 2008, John Paul Jackson’s “Inheriting the Fullness of God’s Names” and “I AM – 365 Names of God”. I also brought out “My Utmost Devotional Bible”. The problem I have with getting into the Word is that I feel like I need to start over at the beginning every time. My devotional Bible has a reading for every day and goes through the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs with a devotion by Oswald Chambers. I have yet to make it though all the way. I get going and then stop. The problem is that when I get to it again, I feel as if I need to start over at the beginning, which discourages me from moving ahead. Today was different. I struggled but decided I would simply move on from the bookmarked point. I’m glad I did.

I have not been feeling well lately. Oh, physically and emotionally I’m fine. I just feel this storm brewing and I know it’s because of the upcoming elections. The media has stirred up so much anger and hatred in the Obama camp that if McCain wins, there’s going to be much unrest. I have been praying for peace to abound in this country, that civil unrest does not occur. But my heart is heavy with the knowledge of how divisive our country has become. The hatred flung back and forth is sickening.

Anyway, this is what I read from Oswald Chambers, taken from reading 55 and originally taken from “Place Help”.

Mark 4:35-41
The incident recorded in Mark 4:35-41 is not an incident in the life of a man, but in the life of God as man. This man asleep in the boat is God incarnate. Jesus had said to the disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side” but when the storm arose, instead of relying upon Him, they failed Him. The actual circumstances were so crushing that their common sense was up in alarm, their panic carried them off their feet, and in terror they awoke Him. When we are in fear, we can do nothing less than pray to God, but our Lord has the right to expect of those who name His Name and have His nature in them an understanding confidence in Him. Instead of that, when we are at our wits’ end we go back to the elementary prayers of those who do not know Him, and prove that we have not the slightest atom of confidence in Him and in His government of the world: He is asleep – the tiller is not in His hand, and we sit down in nervous dread. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in a crisis they are the ones upon whom He can rely. A great point is reached spiritually when we stop worrying God over personal matters or over any matter. God expects of us the one thing that glorifies Him – and that is to remain absolutely confident in Him, remembering what He has said beforehand, and sure that His purposes will be fulfilled.

Now, this is not saying we are not to come to Him with our concerns. But, we are to think on how He has shown Himself strong in our lives before and remember that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are to stand on faith, knowing that He provided before, He will provide again.

So, I will remember that although these are going to be turbulent times, my refuge in in Christ alone. Proverbs 18:10 reminds me that the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

I know that God is not up in Heaven, pacing back and forth and wringing His hands in worry over what’s going on here. He IS, however, counting on His Church to be praying and interceding for this country and that God’s will be done here and that His Kingdom come. After we have done that, we need to rest in the knowledge that He is in control. And no matter what happens, no matter what ticket this country decides they want in power, God loves us, His Name is a strong tower and the righteous will run to it and be saved. Our Savior is not a political party nor is He the president of the United States. Our Savior is God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Journalism

It’s a long article, but worth the read. I hope more people read this, especially those who blame the Bush Administration for the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mack problems and other issues where the left is blaming the right for their own irresponsible behavior.

Thanks to Tracie for linking to it on Twitter.

“Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?” By Orson Scott Card

Tolerant Left (?)

Isn’t that the “point” of the left – tolerance? HA! I don’t see it. Tolerant as long as everyone agrees with them.

Driving through my neighborhood and seeing the McCain/Palin sign down the street trashed – AGAIN – just shows how hateful and full of anger they are towards McCain and Palin. Very sad.

And before you jump on my comments with, “You can’t judge a whole side with the actions of one”, think. That’s EXACTLY what you do. Does EVERYONE on the right blow up abortion clinics. No. Yet the right is judged and executed for the actions of a few clinically insane people. So, yes. I’m judging. And not just by this one sign. I’m judging based on what I see all over cyberspace and all over my city. The left is NOT tolerant. They are angry at those who wish to vote for McCain/Palin. They “cannot understand” and believe us all to be brainwashed and single issue voting. They rip us apart for our beliefs. Yeah. That’s tolerance alright. Not in my world, it ain’t.

Hmmm. What happened to my “non political posts”? Seeing that sign this morning and seeing all the chatter on Twitter exalting the all powerful “O”ssiah just did me in.

Links

In light of the political season I have decided to thin out some of my links. It saddens me, but I do not want to appear to agree with the statements made by fellow fiber artists during this time. Things are turning snarky and I really do not want to link to those sites at this time.

So, if you happen to see links disappearing from my blog roll, that’s the only reason, I don’t agree with what they are saying in regards to politics.