Why I Don’t Share Posts about Politics, Race Relations, or LGBT Issues

My twitterverse and Facebook nation and blogosphere have lost their minds recently over breaking news related to politics, race relations and LGBT sexuality.  I have been bombarded by fierce arguments from both sides of each issue.  There is rampant vitriol, dogmatism and even hatred in these posts.  While I’m sure these posts generate a flood of clicks, comments, favorites and shares, I’m not taking that bait.  Is it because I’m not secure in my beliefs?  Is it because I’m afraid to offend?  Is it because I’m afraid of attacks?  No.  It’s because it closes doors to the gospel, my number one priority in life.

God has given me a large ministry platform by joining my life to that of my husband, a pastor of a large church.  I have cultivated an online platform for myself as a way to share my life as well as share the Life of Christ with my sphere of influence.  But I don’t want my public posts to interfere with my ability to engage with people of all walks of life, world views, and philosophies.

There have been times when I really wanted to speak out on a subject.  But I stepped back knowing that my first responsibility and calling are to being an ambassador for Christ not a particular party or ideology.  You see, if I were to use this platform for those things I would gather support from people who believe like me, but scorn and separation from those who do not.  If I am going to alienate someone or cause them offense, I want it to be over the scandal of the gospel of grace…nothing else.

I teach and will continue to teach God’s word both in my speaking and my posts.  I am not ashamed of Truth.  Where the Bible says something is wrong it’s always wrong.  Where the Bible says something’s right, it’s always right.  But where the Bible is silent or leaves a matter to individual discretion I act according to my God-give conscience, and allow others to do the same.  But in attacking an issue via the internet where anyone with google can read and possibly write me (or other Christians) off, I try to focus on the larger themes of Salvation, Sanctification, Morality and Love.  This is just my personal choice.   I try to craft my online body of work so that when I meet someone face to face, we are free to begin a relationship on neutral ground.  I find that such complex subjects like sexuality, race, and politics are better when discussed through the grid of relationship not debated in 140 characters via twitter.  This leaves the door to their hearts open to what I have to say about the gospel.  And hence, the voice of God over mine.

My thoughts on this subject tend to run to the Word and how it records the platform and work of Jesus and the apostles.  They lived in times of race hostility, political polarization, injustice and oppression, sexual depravity, economic turmoil, and war.  Yet, they spoke not of particular pet platforms, but of the centrality of the gospel and man’s need of it.  When they did name names and specific sins it was toward the church and her leaders.  They could have railed against the Roman occupation, they could have joined those speaking out at the Samaritans or the Ethiopians, They could have fumed over the blatant sexual depravity of temple prostitution and slavery.  But instead they spoke about God’s perfect design for marriage and sexual identity but they did not use shame or disgust.  They submitted to all authorities unless told they could not preach Christ.  They were friends of sinners.  They interacted with everyone big and small, conservative and liberal, holy and wayward.  They encouraged the masses but did not shirk from confronting individuals personally with truth in love.  (woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Zacchaeus, etc…)  They were meek.  Willing to lose an argument in order to win the soul.

Were they cowards?  Did they pander to the crowds?  No.  They were all martyred except for John who was exiled to an island.  Jesus was crucified.  You see, the exclusivity of the gospel is divisive enough.  Divisive enough to get you killed.  So why waste your influence picking on a particular party or sin or injustice?  Jesus drew the crowds with love, service, and the meeting of needs.  He kept them coming with amazing displays of His power to change lives for the better.  And when He needed to address individual sin, He did it in person, through relationship.  When He needed to address cultural sin, He started with the religious.  He let the work of the gospel transformation change the culture.  That’s what we need more of, more posts about the power of the gospel, more posts about Christians living the gospel.  More Christians building bridges to a lost culture and lost world not erecting fortresses to keep it out.  Instead of posting about racism, we need to make a friend who is a different color than us.  Instead of posting about “Gays”, we need to make a friend who has a name not just a category of sin.  Instead of posting about politics and criticizing our government we need to be praying and voting and living with service and integrity.  What if we limited our snarky posts to the number of times we shared the gospel one on one with someone that week or invited someone far from God to church or to dinner?  I’m grateful for leaders who are able to speak to the church and our culture from a Biblical perspective on a world-wide stage from a heart of love and a mind of intellect.  I’m not one of those people.  I’m just a lady with church in a city that needs the Light.

            “For I decided to know nothing while I was with you except               Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  I Corinthians 2:2 

Fall Favorites: Essential Oils

I Began using Young Living essentials oils this summer.  I know, I’m late to the table on this incredible trend!  Please check out my Essential Oils Board on Pinterest too! http://www.pinterest.com/lori_frank/young-living-oils/ Today I wanted to share with you my most loved and used oils and products for Fall:

1.  Diffusing-  I love my diffuser!  Actually I have Two!  The air this time of year is SO dry.  So I keep one going in our kitchen/family room area as well as one beside our bed.  The added moisture protects our airways and skin from drying out and the fragrances are heavenly.  I always keep “Peace and Calming” in our beside one.  During the day, I love to diffuse “Lemongrass” to wake us up and give us energy and mental clarity.  These are some more of our favorite oils to use in our diffuser…

Autumn scents- 3 drops each of “Cinnamon bark, Nutmeg, cloves, Idaho Blue spruce”, and 5 drops of “Orange”.

Romantic moments- 8 drops of “Sensation”

End of Day-  “Joy” I get this started diffusing right before Hubby comes home from work.  It is a cozy and welcoming homey fragrance.

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2.  Health:  I make my own hand sanitizer spray with the famous “Theives” blend.  I also gargle with a mixture of 2T water and 2 drops each of thieves and purification twice a day.  It kills all those dangerous bugs and keeps us from getting sick. If there is sickness in the house, I diffuse these two as well.  I rub my thyroid gland with “Myrrh” to support its function since I have problems in this area.  I massage “Lavender” oil into lymph glands on the neck when we get congested.

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3.  Beauty:   I apply “Frankincense” and “Myrrh” directly to my face, neck and décolletage after I wash my face at bedtime.  It is a great moisturizer and fades dark spots and fine lines.  They are also great to fade scars and stretch marks.  In the morning, I put “rose” oil on my face for moisture before my makeup.  I use a little spray bottle with water and a couple drops of “Lavender” oil to set my makeup each day. This takes away the powdery look of mineral makeup and keeps it in place all day.  (hint:  I keep it in the fridge to mist my face in the hot months.)

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4.  Hydration:  I never have trouble getting all my water in because I add a drop or two of “lemon” or “lime” in every glass.  I also love to drink hot water or decaf tea with a drop or two of “peppermint” to soothe my throat and settle my stomach.

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5.  Perfume:  I love using my oils as perfume.  I have used “cinnamon, ginger, and cloves” together and been stopped by men asking what it was.  They loved it!  It smells like pumpkin pie!  “Joy” is great.  And so is “Lavender and Lime” together.  And if you like that earthy smell, “Patchouli”.

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There is so much information on the various ways to use The Young Living Essential oils on the website too.  I urge you to check it out and see all the reasons these precious gifts from the Earth that God made are good for us and useful for everyday living.  The claims I’m making are just from my personal experience.  I’ve heard of them being used successfully for ADHA, chronic pain, teething, and insomnia too.  I do not sell the oils myself.  But, If you are interested in bringing these powerful oils into your life I would love for you to order them through my mother or my friend Sarah Devore.  I suggest you start with the Premium starter kit because it comes with a large variety of oils as well as a diffuser and some samples.  It is the best value.  They also are perfect for Christmas!  Here is what you get for $160:

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Fill your Young Living journey with the priceless benefits of essential oil aromatherapy! This brand-new kit features our stylish Aroma Diffuser™, which uses cutting-edge ultrasonic technology to create a healthy, fragrant environment through essential oils. An extraordinary value, this kit is the perfect starting point for those who are serious about making essential oils a transformative—and elegant—addition to their lives!

Kit includes: Everyday Oils™ collection, the all-new Aroma Diffuser, Welcome to Young Living booklet, Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide, Member Resource Guide, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet, Citrus Fresh 5-ml, AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment, two sample sachets each of: Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming®, Lemon, and Thieves®, two NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples, Business cards sample pack, Member Agreement, Product Guide

The Website you need is http://www.youngliving.org  

To order through Sarah Devore in Asheville, NC message her via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SarahRuth25?fref=ts or email at dancinrain21@aol.com

To order through my Mom, Barbara Masters, in Oklahoma you can go to the Young Living Website http://www.youngliving.org and enter Member #1677098, Password: Barlar6465  Then click on “products”.   If you would like her to walk you through it or answer any questions her email is barbaramasters44@gmail.com

Or feel free to leave a comment on this post and I will help you walk through the order process.