Monday, January 14, 2013

Be Not Afraid! It IS Worth it!




Be Not Afraid! - It IS Worth it!

In a political environment as exists today, it is much more comfortable (at least for those of us who cringe at conflict) to just observe, to give our opinion only to like-minded friends and to say "heck with it" to the rest of the world. Yep, that is more comfortable. It is definitely easier. You don't have to worry about hammering out your arguments with those who disagree with you nor try not to take it personally when they attack you.  You don’t have to wonder how to forge a new line of thought that takes you in a peaceful direction.  You wouldn’t have to worry about being labeled with unkind and untruthful stigmas.
I mean really, who would you convince anyway?  Why bother about speaking out against the popular trend of idea (however wrong it may be)?  If you know you are living your life exactly how you think best, then why bother?  Is it even worth it?
Well, is it?
Maybe not.  But is that really the right question?  What if you did decide to speak out?  What if you took a small risk?  What if in all the negative feedback that you might receive during your lifetime, what if just one, just one person was affected positively?  Would that be worth it?
I think it is.  (Oh, I know, I can just see the shocked expression on your face! ;-)  You know why?  Because despite the loud, prominent voice of those you may not agree with, there are tens of thousands of people who have never heard your point of view to even consider it.  When it comes to New Feminism, so many women look at me in a disgusted shock when I explain the thought and history of the feminist movements and why Pope John Paul II found it necessary to call for a New Feminism.  They had never heard that before; they had never heard it that way, and that made sense to them.  Something clicked and they saw the topic in an entirely new light.
This is why I wrote Woman How Great Thou Art.  It’s not easy to write a book, but even more difficult (at least for me!) to know that now everyone else gets a chance to read it and critique it according to their understanding.  There is a strange sudden impulse at times to go climb under a rock and not have to face any of it … ever.  Yet, the Holy Spirit inspired many different authors in the Bible to tell us: do not be afraid!  That line appears more than 350 times throughout the Bible – God must have meant it!  St. Augustine had a beautiful line about truth: “The Truth is like a lion.  You don’t have to defend it.  Let it loose. It will defend itself.”

There is more that women can have than what they are getting from our culture.  Yet, they do not know about it.  However, when you take the time to speak (non-judgmentally, embracing-not-condemningly) with them, you only have to open the door.  The truth is out there … and indeed in here (okay, pretend you can see me pointing to my own heart).  Something seems untrue about disconnecting men from their very own children when women are deciding about abortion.  Something seems off to cheer “I had an abortion.  Do you really need to inconvenience yourself for the next 18 years?” (as an actually pro-abortion image stated.)  No woman ever regrets having her child, but there are so very many who regret the ones they never had.  A woman might not be able to verbalize it; she may not even be able to begin to pinpoint why it makes her slightly uneasy, but open that door slightly (even just slightly!) to the truth of her glorious womanhood as God had planned for her, and truly – the Truth will be let loose and defend itself!
This is why we must not be afraid; we must stand with courage, walking ever onward in our march of New Feminism.  We are not to belittle, use nasty language nor alienate anyone.  We are not to judge others or use “us and them” attitudes; instead, we are here to love and to open that door and let the lion of Truth loose.  God is preparing us for something that is nearly upon us.  We do not know when, but we know it is coming.  He needs courageous women who are not afraid to seek the truth and share it with others.
It will not be easy.  Speaking out when most of “popular” thought disagrees with you is never “easy”, but it IS worth it.  And let us always remember that courage is not the lack of fear, but doing what we know we ought to do despite it.  If you feel afraid, nervous, or just nauseated by the political scene, I totally get you!  One thing you can take heart in is that we can speak to women one on one.  We do not have to fight the “political battle”.  Instead, we just share with one woman at a time.  We can take courage knowing that we will always be loving, kind and compassionate in our words; we will build women up, not break things down.

So, as the Bible and Blessed John Paul II often reminded us, “Be not afraid!”  Be courageous!  Take heart!  God has opened a door for you and it is a door that no one can shut.  God’s Truth is at your side and with Him, there is indeed nothing to fear.  People may disappoint you.  People may attempt to belittle you and minimize your words.  Don’t you dare give them a second thought.  Shake it off like a wisp of a leaf that fell on your shoulder.  Let it fall to the ground.  You can be confident in your kindness, confident in your love for women and the truth, and confident in God.  Steadily, persistently, slowly marching onward … nothing can stop what God has put in motion, and watch out, I think I hear that Lion roaring …

xoxo,
your friendly new feminist,

  Theresa

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