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Topic: BRAND (01/12/17)
TITLE: Are You Labeled?
By Judy Ewald
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Who is your favorite team Baltimore Orioles or Pittsburg Pirates,
Washington Redskins or Dallas Cowboys?
Are you conservative or liberal?
Are you republican, democrat or independent?
Are you a millennial or a baby boomer?
Ivy League School or Community College?
Are you African American, Caucasian,
Indian, Oriental, or some other race?
Are you religious or spiritual?
Do you favor a PC or a Mack,
An iPhone or Android?
Domestic or Foreign cars?
Do you go for Givenchy or Saint Laurent?
I find it quite unbelievable the price ladies pay for designer bags, some pay thousands of dollars. I assume they buy more than one, because of these new ads offering to buy back your used designer bags. A lady in the ad was bragging, “I got $1,500 for my designer bag.” My favorite and only pocketbook was stolen a few years ago. I went to a consignment store and bought a leather bag for $15.00. Later found out it was a vintage Coach bag worth $200.00, so I got one by accident. Even if I had lots of money there are more important things than designer bags on my bucket list.
Now I don’t believe there is anything wrong with wanting to wear well made clothes or shoes, drive a quality car, or prefer one brand over another. But when our value of who we are, by what we own or where we live, we brand or label ourselves. We then begin to judge others for not being on our team, or not having as good a taste as we do. I believe that is called pride. We can become prejudice against others that are different looking or thinking. Not knowing anything about a person, we prejudge the way they dress, who they vote for, where they live, how they talk, or any number of ways. Many times when we take time to get to know a person, for who they really are, we find that we were wrong in our assumptions.
I did not have any religious or spiritual interest growing up. My family became Unitarians in my teens. They told us we could believe what ever we wanted, God or no God, also none of the limiting dogma or creeds of religion. This was in the 60’s, girls went to college to get a husband, I thought that was silly. I got Mononucleosis in High school and again a year later, had to drop out of what was early community college. I struggled with not feeling smart because I didn’t get a college degree. I became an “Intellectual agnostic.” I suppose being a Unitarian like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas Jefferson gave me a false sense of being smart and having value. I remember saying, “Don’t call me typical, or tell me what to do,” I did not want to be labeled.
At some point I started looking for truth. My spiritual walk has brought me through; being an agnostic, new ager, Pentecostal, reformed Presbyterian, independent and more. After many years I came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ in an abusive relationship. I am writing a memoir to share my story, there is too much to share here.
As a new believer in conversation with someone, we started talking about God. I asked, “Are you a Christian.” His answer was,”I don’t go to church.” I thought that was strange, what did, “not going to church,” have to do with being a Christian. Many Christians think of themselves as Baptist, Pentecostal, Reformed, Lutheran, Catholic or any number of the denominations. But that is a label not who we are in Christ.
With prayer and the Holy Spirit guiding me I studied the scriptures. I learned Jesus wants us to put Him first. His harshest words were for the religious leaders. He talked to the Samaritan woman, who the Jews hated, and ministered to her. He said, “The greatest Commandment is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” When we do that we will not judge others, but love them.
Jesus is neither liberal, conservative or a denomination. He is the Son of God, the Creator of all things, who came to save the lost, forgive our sins and set us free. I am glad to be free of labeling me or anyone else, as I grow in the Grace of His Love.
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