By Kelly Baker
Correspondent 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

The Great Controversy

 

April 30, 2020

Warning: You may not like what you read here; I am about to exercise my freedom of speech. It is time to come out of the closet and tell you: I'm pro-choice. Normally pro-choice is the term we use regarding abortion, but here I am referring to the ability to make every day, average choices. I am in favor of all of us being able to decide what we want or need to do, and where we want or need to go on a daily basis. I am pro-choice.

Many, many people are in such a current state of fear, that they will hate me for even thinking such a thought. Just me saying that out loud elevates their fear to such a state of panic that if they could, they'd probably drag me out of my house and hang me just to get rid of the perceived threat that I may possibly represent.

Let us address the issue of fear. Fear is irrational. I remember when I used to be afraid of spiders. I couldn't control it. I was scared to death of them. Once, a friend carried a daddy long leg into my cubicle where I used to work. As he dangled it in front of me, I all but climbed over the cubicle wall to get away from it. In reality, a daddy long leg is nothing more than a spider with a tiny little body and creepily long legs. How could it possibly hurt me? It couldn't. But my fear of spiders screamed THREAT! THREAT! THREAT! That was my relationship with spiders until I finally began to actively address that it was a problem and try to do something about it, which is a whole other article. Today, I am pretty OK with most spiders, and I actually really like daring jumping spiders. Wolf spiders are still a big nope. The point is, I understand if you are afraid, but please don't persecute those who aren't afraid with you. I didn't expect everyone to hate spiders with me.


Those who wish to remain at home should be able to do so peacefully. Those who wish to go back to work, reopen their businesses and resume life should be able to do so peacefully. (And with that, the whole healthcare community let out an audible gasp, she was marked as a threat, and Kelly just lost about 50 friends.) I know that we're told to stay at home "to protect others." It might sound as if I'm going against all of Jesus' teachings with this radical thought of stepping out into the world. I actually love people and that's why I'm going out on this precarious limb. I would like to point out that though you may be happy in your family cocoon, there are many out there right now who are not. Think of the little kids trapped in the house all day long with abusive parents. They can't escape to day care or school. They live in misery 24 hours a day now. Their terror NEVER STOPS. Think of the clinically depressed who need interaction with others to help pull them back to the light. Think of the spouse who lives under a constant volley of verbal and/or physical abuse. Think of the independent small business owner who was told to shut down and watch as all their bills pile up and their money dwindles away. Meanwhile, all around the world, millions are starving. Why? Because in the name of saving each other, we went into the house and turned our backs and shut the door. Why? Because we were afraid. Who told us to be afraid?


I have one Shepherd, just one. My shepherd's voice is the only one I listen to. He has often told me and everyone "Do not be afraid." This passage from 2 Chronicles is a favorite:

"All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah as he stood in the assembly. He said: "Listen King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's'" (2 Chronicles. 20:13-15, NIV).

"You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. O Judah and Jerusalem, Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you" (2 Chronicles. 20:17, NIV).


That is only one example of many (read your Bible, find out for yourself), but isn't verse 17 great? We do not have to fight this battle, but we do need to take our positions, stand firm, don't be afraid and don't be discouraged. We should not have a spirit of fear. This earth and all that is in it belongs to God. God always lets the choice be ours. He does not make us do anything. He lets us make our own choices, right or wrong. That's how free will works. Tyranny and fear takes choice and free will away. So I ask again, who is telling you to be afraid? It certainly isn't God. Who is your shepherd?

That being said, I do believe in exercising some caution. Let's not get crazy and lick each other's faces or share popsicles. Proverbs 22:3 says, "A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." The danger I see is not the COVID-19, although it is real and it is a threat. The danger I see is much bigger and much worse and the consequences are far greater if we don't take back our freedom of choice.

 

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