A few weeks back I wrote a post that garnered a lot of attention. It was a post that I really felt I needed to write. A post that was a profession of my faith and beliefs as well as my view on a social issue.
It didn’t go down too well. Maybe I should have expected it, maybe I should just keep this blog about the non-controversial stuff and leave my faith out of it and just write about butterflies, unicorns and rainbows.. oh, hang on a minute, that post was about rainbows!
The shit really hit the fan that week. It splattered across a few Facebook groups I belonged to. People I had never met or even heard of felt that they could have a pot shot at me, my God, my religion, my family, my integrity.
Some people suggested I should have regretted posting what I did. But I don’t.
I think it blew up for a reason, as it got me to a point where I really needed to think about how I was doing things here and on social media. I had been feeling that I needed to make a choice on where to go with this blog for a while, and low and behold I ended up standing on that fence for a few miserable days and had to make a big decision on which side to land.
I’m on this side. The side that will continue to testify of the hope that is in me.
The fan aka rainbow incident taught me a few things:
- I am a big girl and I need to own the words I put on my blog.
- People can talk about tribes and community on blogs and in blog land, but really it can be a load of horse manure and a phrase that gets shovelled around too much.
- If people don’t get that my core belief is God created the world perfectly, man fell into sin so we now sin daily, God sent his Son to save us from our sin and by accepting Jesus’ sacrifice we can live with him in eternity (Ok, short version, but you get the drift, if not go here) I can’t argue a point with them, and I shouldn’t.
- Facebook does not protect its users. It took two days to get them to notice the fifty reports of a troll on my page. Nice going Facebook.
- A lot of people think they have the right to comment and yet not read my blog. Hmm.. interesting.
- Sometimes you lose a lot, but gain a whole lot more. The phrase ‘One door closes, another opens’ has never been more true.
And the best bit? I am ok and I am stronger because of it.
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. Rev 4:11
*Apologies for all the manure in this post, but I couldn’t think of another way to put it.