House Update & Misc thought

check out the “Habitat House” Page for an updated picture. They started putting up walls upstairs, very exciting. Unfortunately I only got to take a picture and didn’t get to help this weekend. Ended up not feeling well all weekend, and MS was flaring. Kids unfortunately got a short Halloween session due to that also.. 😦 so I felt bad. (You can see the pictures in the post below). Its frustrating when you can’t do all the things you think or feel you should. Gets me down sometimes… Which maybe why I feel a little emotional lately anyway.

(edit: Here’s a link to current polls for anyone interested)

Political hype reared its head in an e-mail, and I felt compelled to say something, which maybe I shouldn’t have. Someone had sent me an e-mail with a bunch of old pictures of John McCain, making praises to him (which was perfectly fine), but then went on to include a bunch of pictures of Obama with captions talking about him secretly being a “Muslim” etc.. and how he “replaced the flag on his plane with his own symbol” (which isn’t true, there is even a link on his Fight the Smears site talking about that one). Mostly it really bugs me when people promote anything that encourages hate in anyway. I personally don’t find the word “Muslim” as dirty as most, and that is because I’ve actually looked up what real “Muslim’s” believe, as I explained in my response. I tried to be delicate as some were obviously McCain followers, but I think I offended a few of the recipents with my response. 😦
This was what I had sent:

Just my thoughts,

McCain is not my choice in this election, but if he wins, I will still give him the respect that is due someone of that office. I think it is important, and is the way our country was intended to work. I may not agree with him, but at that point it will be a moot point won’t it. 🙂 Just like with anything we all just have to deal with the cards we are given and do the best we can do, and trust that the Lord has a plan that we may not fully understand. That being said, I think its important to remember that our country was founded on the belief of freedom of religion, something we even originally opened our borders for, something that our country was originally known and respected for..

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
— by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus
( this appears on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty)

Other religions are different yes, but it doesn’t make them evil. There are extremists in every religion, every race, every country… does it mean the religion/race/country as a whole is bad or evil? I don’t believe so. Think of The Crusades.. does any self-respecting Christian really believe that it was our God’s will for all that bloodshed? I guess maybe some do, but then they would be part of the extremists section. If you actually do any research on the Muslim religion, you’d find that one of their core beliefs is that every person is a brother or sister and is loved by their God… and that you cannot injure, dishonor, or use any person without defiling yourself – meaning it is a sin in their religion as well. (not that far off from what we are taught as Christians) Just like in Christianity, there are people that call themselves Christians that simply aren’t. The Al-Qaeda terrorists are not really real Muslims. Most people in our country have a incorrect understanding on what being a “Muslim” means to a true Muslim. Its the extremists that get all the attention, so that is what people who are unfamiliar base their opinions off of, and its not fair. The same is true for almost every religion out there. Muslims also don’t corner the market on wearing turbans.. and just because someone wears one, doesn’t make them a “Muslim”.

As a Christian, my God urges me to love my neighbor as myself, and further than that, he even asks me to love my enemy. The Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us to “love your neighbor” means to love all persons, everywhere – not just our friends, allies, countrymen, etc. Our God wants us to win others over to him through our own actions of love. How are we supposed to win people over to God when we become judgmental, act righteous, and outwardly portray a sense that we are better than everyone? Remember Jesus himself chose to eat with sinners rather than the self-righteous.

Because of this, I think it is very important to not demonize whoever happens to be the “other guy” in this race for presidency. Personally I think both John McCain and Barrack Obama are on their own, upstanding citizens. I view neither one of them as evil, nor perfect – just different, and that is not a bad thing. I feel that Politics in general is set up to separate people, giving them a club that they can feel smug about how good their party is and how bad, or stupid the other party is. I think the current campaign is a horrible representation of how things should go. Instead of focusing on what can be done to help this country in this time of trouble, many people are still being childish and petty, focusing on name calling, finger pointing, mudslinging and any negative thing they can associate to make the “other guy” look bad. The whole thing is ridiculous, and I can’t wait for it all to be over.

I would also hope we would all realize the role media plays in digging up smut on anyone, pictures such as these, and tainted stories to go along with them. .. I’m here to tell you, Its their job, its what they get paid for, if they can’t find something to get people riled up about, they don’t get recognized. Reporting good news doesn’t sell papers, and unfortunately being non-bias doesn’t sell papers either. Our Society feels it is far more interesting when you have something you can loom over others, something that you can find that makes you better than someone else, and its all garbage. It is prideful, and not what my God teaches. Who among us doesn’t have things they did, or were part of in their life that they aren’t proud of, or even things that didn’t end up being what they originally thought they were. Let him who is free of sin throw the first stone. I would encourage everyone to look inside themselves, and be very cautious about what they decide to take to heart as being “truth” . If anything even slightly resembles the kind of talk that you’d hear in a high school locker room, beware, because it very well could be. Pictures may be worth 1000 words, but just because they are, doesn’t mean the perception that is given is correct.

4 days left of this madness…

Re: the plane:

http://fightthesmears.com/articles/6/the-truth-about-the-obama-campaign-plane

there are other pieces of information you can find to be untrue or slightly twisted as well:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/obama.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama

Respectfully With Love,
Serina Clason

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