Friday, June 20, 2008

Reply to Anonymous

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wrong Way":

“if you say so”

I have thought about just deleting this and not commenting, but my blog is my witnessing tool and I feel I should address this person’s comment. Apparently Anonymous thinks that this is my opinion only, and I want to assure the reader that it isn’t.

We all hear about boycotts and people spending their money wisely. If you were an environmentalist and a company that sold a product that you wanted used environmentally unfriendly practices in their testing for example, you wouldn’t use their products. You would use cruelty-free products. You spend your money on companies that support your beliefs. We all do it, and no one would say anything about it to anyone else.

As a Christian, I believe that this kind of marketing and consumerism is even more important, we aren’t just talking about saving owls or manatees, we’re talking about eternal life, and I for one will be more careful where my money goes.

I just reread both my previous post and the Anonymous comment, and maybe the commenter took issue with me having to pray over my laminating project. This gets into an area of Theological issues that is wide and diverse. Let me first give a little background into my beliefs. I believe in a spiritual realm. I believe in angels and demons. I believe that God uses angels to bless and comfort others and that Satan uses his demons for destruction and to lead people astray from the truth. It is real and I have felt the presence of both angels and demons in my life.

I also believe that prayer changes things and that it is a great source of comfort to the believer. I felt that I should pray over the cards not because the cards themselves were bad. No, the cards are an inanimate object and are inherently neutral; they are just paper and plastic. I guess what I said wasn’t exactly true, I should have clarified what I meant by that. I felt like I should have prayed about the whole issue so that I would receive comfort from the Holy Spirit about spending money in a store that was not pleasing to God. The cards didn’t need the prayer, I did.

The anonymous comment has made me think about some things however, and that is a good thing. 1) I need to be very clear and plain in what I say so that my thoughts and words are not misconstrued. 2) I need to be very sure of what I believe as a Christian and have support for my beliefs and not just thinking that I know what I believe.

The comment that I wanted to just delete and pretend wasn’t there will stay so that anyone reading my blog knows that I know what I believe.


Lauren said...

I enjoyed your last two entries, I have found myself not effectively communicating my beliefs and in the end confusion has room to enter. Thanks for your boldness! :) Also, I responded to your comment on my blog about the toothbrushes (hehe!) - I posted the comment on my blog. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend with your family!

Joanne said...

Mary - two passages came to mind as I read your (new) post:

Ephesians 6:11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

1 Peter 3:14But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Well ... a few verses in Proverbs came to mind too :)

Those verses made me also think about what the Lord has been laying on my heart recently ... so now I'm going to start a blog post of my own!

Have a wonderful Lord's Day!

In Christ,

Totallyscrappy said...

You go, Girl! You are a witness to those around you.
I know those Bingo cards aren't any dirtier than any other Bingo cards, but that was the Holy Spirit nudging you. Use those cards with confidence, for you are a child of God and safe within His protection. Each time you play with them it is an opportunity to pray for the shop owners, your town, and the millions of people "lost" to America's popularity with "spritual" stuff that isn't of God. Who would've thought that Bingo cards would encourage us to thank God for His grace and freely given salvation through Jesus Christ and to pray for those that don't yet know Him? :)

Elizabeth said...

good for you! i think you are very clearn with how you present yourself and the Christian faith. keep it up and pray for anonymous!

Mrs. Staff Sergeant said...

Good for you for standing your ground! There's always going to be someone making a negative comment when you speak the Truth! No avoiding that. The hardest thing for me is defending or explaining myself boldly when I'm confronted. It's intimidating at times.

I could learn a thing or 2 from you :) Thanks for sharing!


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