“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.'” 1 Corinthians 12:18-21
My personality is not soft and gentle — as good Christian woman should be according to so many in our culture. I grew up with a mentally retarded brother and I was his warrior. You messed with my brother? You messed with me.
I was taught to fight for the person who cannot. I grew up hearing my mom talk to countless doctors and organizations that didn’t want to do their jobs. She got them to do their jobs. And I learned.
It’s not more Christian to watch abuse take place just to avoid conflict. Sometimes, conflict needs to happen so that those who are acting unrighteously have the opportunity to correct themselves and repent. I truly wish I wasn’t that person who has the ability to confront, but I am. When I see an unfairness, I want people to make it right.
I was raised Catholic. We were taught the fire and brimstone version of God. He sees everything — and even scarier? He sees your motives. So even if you’re doing something right for the wrong reasons, you’ll answer for that. God is constantly working on our hearts because he wants us to come to Him with the purity of a child. The only way to make that happen is to be honest about ourselves and our sins.
For many years, I tried to be the good Christian wife who crafted and made casseroles. I did a fine job at it, but that is not who God created me to be. I couldn’t sit by and allow people to use their Christianity to do evil. It hurts the cause of Christ.
There’s a quote falsely attributed to Winston Churchill. Apparently, it was novelist Victor Hugo who first stated this concept, but it resonates with me.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. -Winston Churchill?
False peace is not from God. Sometimes, we are called to confront. It’s not fun, it’s not easy and if it’s not your personality…lucky you. Some of us are more prickly than the next guy.