The Truth AboutWomen Being Paid Less

Here’s the truth: Women are not getting paid less.

Anyone who has taken any sort of logical thinking course can figure out that the statistics can’t possibly take into account every possibility.

The fact is, yes, on average women make less of an income than men.

Because less women work! In 2014 47.4 of the civilian workforce was female. That 2.6% that was added onto the male wage average would’ve been quite a bit a money, making it look like men earned more. Which they did. Because there’s more of them.

More women are likely to quit a job to take care of family than men. The poll from non-working adults showed that 61% of women gave this reason and only 37% of men.

Also, take into account maternity leave, where women still have a job that they aren’t making money from.

Women are more likely to take part-time jobs so that they can also care for children, whereas more men take full-time jobs, consequently earning more money per year than women.

There are of course exception to every rule.

But if you look at the average per-year wage statistics statistics, which is all we get, it certainly looks like women are discriminated against, when really they just work less or work lower paying jobs.

More men seek the higher-paying full-time jobs so that they can support their families.

Middle-class wives, for the most part, don’t absolutely have to work and consequently don’t seek the highest paying jobs. They tend to find jobs that they’ll enjoy doing, or jobs where they can work from home, which, on average, won’t pay as much.

The wage gap doesn’t exist. It’s lies being spoon-fed to you from a media that wants to get feminists riled up.

Do some research, don’t just accept what you see on the news

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#FeeltheBern

Ah, the favorite Democratic presidential candidate.

There are so many reasons to not vote for Bernie Sanders. Here are some of them.

~ Pro-choice (pro-abortion)
Morally this is wrong. As a Christian it is an abomination. It seems like as a nation we are taking steps to do away with abortions, but not fast enough. And it won’t get done with people like this.
~ Voted NO to banning partial birth abortions
What the what. The baby is BEING BORN. It is obviously a tiny human. It’s moving, crying, breathing. You can’t kill it. It’s alive. That’s murder.
~Voted yes on over 200 billion in stimulus spending
If you believe stimulus spending is actually good for the economy, you haven’t done any research. Here’s just one link for you. There’s many more.
~Black Lives Matter
ALL LIVES MATTER
The point of this organization is stop racism. How can you stop racism by perpetuating it through telling everyone that this one specific race of people are important enough to single themselves out by saying Black Lives Matter.
Good job ending racism. Let me know how that goes folks.
~Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance
Doesn’t want to protect the phrase “One Nation, Under God”
~Pro-gay-rights
A lot of people don’t see this as an issue. As a Christian its a huge issue, a violation of traditional marriage, a pathway to polygamy, and make us as a nation similar to Sodom and Gomorrah.
~”War on Drugs is a failed policy”
He’s saying this because he’s pro-drug. War on Drugs would be great if there weren’t so many political top hats pro-drug.
~Voted NO on military border patrol to battle drugs and terrorism
No wonder its a failed policy. People like Bernie don’t want to do anything to keep illegal drugs out of our country.
~Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests
What, federal employees never use drugs? For real?
~ Wants to spend 70 billion to make college and universities “tuition-free”
Does anyone understand that “tuition-free” does not mean free of charge to anyone. That’s still our money. That’s still our nations money. It comes from us. The only difference is the people using it didn’t have to work for it.
~Pro-Common Core
How do you make 10 out of 8+5?
You don’t.
Common Core needs to rot in hell.
~Wants to spend 18 billion to fund two-year “free” tuition at state colleges
AGAIN that’s our money given to people that don’t want to work for their own.
~Voted YES on additional 10.2 billion for federal education &HHS projects
This is money we don’t have ON TOP of money we don’t have.
~Voted YES on 84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges
So… the same man who wants to end racism wants to give different ethnic groups their very own colleges and spaces.
You mean… segregation…?
~GMO’s are ok with labeling
The problem is, companies get tricky in their labeling because people don’t want to buy GMO stuffs.
~LGBTQ values are ‘family values’
Uh no. No they aren’t.
~He actually has an anti-family-value voting record
~Pro Syrian Refugees
The majority of Syrian refugees are young men ages 17-28 who are perfectly capable of fighting for their country. Either they are un-patriotic or they’re up to something here in the US
~Voted YES on congressional pay raise
Because they don’t get paid enough?!
~Voted NO on requiring an ID to vote in any election
Only US citizens should vote because illegal immigrants are only going to vote for whoever benefits them the most, not the country.
~Honestly can’t make up his mind on gun control
“Guns in Vermont are for hunting. In LA they’re for killing people.”
Is he really this stupid?
Donald deMag
Jason Michael Hann
Brian L. Rooney. All Vermont murderers.
There are hunters living in Los Angeles. Stop being an idiot Bernie.
~Pro-gun control voting record
Clear violation of the 2nd amendment.
~Mental  health coverage would stop homicide and suicide
Just it’s existence? Because people only get help if they want help. Also, are you saying that the GUN isn’t the issue here? That maybe *gasp* it’s the people using the gun??
~Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare
Isn’t it pretty racist to take away their right to choose? After all they were here first…
~No Border fence
None. It’s like we’re holding up a sign “LOTS OF JOBS AND WELFARE OVER HERE. YOU EVEN GET TO VOTE FOR WHOEVERS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE MOST MONEY”
~Voted NO on declaring English the official language of the US
Because apparently it’s unfair to illegal immigrants who are here illegally and who don’t bother to learn English first because they are illegal.
Illegal.
~Supports raising minimum wage to $15
And consequently supports the loss of minimum wage jobs across the country.
~Voted yes on extending unemployment to 59 weeks
That’s over a year! Who can’t get another job in a YEAR?!
We are rewarding people for being lazy in this country. Why do you think America is the fattest country?
~”Our invasion of Iraq led to ISIS”
What?! You think our country led to the creation of ISIS?? I got news for you. Before we invaded there was the Taliban. There’s just always terrorists. Not our fault.
So these are just a few reasons why Bernie Sanders would make a positively horrific president.

I Can Speak Gibberish. Can You?

You know what bugs me about some churches? When they teach that speaking in tongues is a necessary part of salvation. Or that it comes to everyone when you’re saved.

Which isn’t true.

Seriously, have they read the Bible…?

First off is 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11. There it clearly states that different people are given different spiritual gifts. There is no one gift that is automatic if you get saved.

And then 1 Corinthians 14, where Paul is saying that he would LIKE for everyone to speak in tongues, but that won’t happen. Also, that someone must interpret what is being said, so that it means something.

Speaking in tongues is inspired by God and always serves a purpose. There has to be an interpreter, so that everyone may know what is being said. If there isn’t an interpreter, whatever mumbo-jumbo is spewing from your mouth probably ain’t from God.

Paul also says it is the least desirable of the gifts.

What gets me is that, with those kinds of churches, people only speak in tongues on Sunday. In church. With other people around them speaking tongues. And no one translating. I think it’s an emotional thing or something. Church hype. I don’t know. I just know that it has never ever happened in my conservative church and lots of those people are definitely Christian, and are definitely saved.

I realize that there are some people who really do speak in tongues, or who really do prophesy or whatever, but it’s just not as common, or necessary, as some churches would have you believe.

I’m saved. I can’t speak in tongues. Does that mean I’m not a Christian? Of course not.

If you can actually speak in tongues, good on ya. But I’m just wary because there seems to be a lot of people faking it.

Read your Bibles, guys. Have a great one!

Those Sinful Taxcollectors

I love learning new things about Jesus’ life and his mission on earth. I hope you feel the same.

This morning my mom and I read Matthew 9:9-13 (My favorite passage of the three. If you’re only going to read one of the passages, read this one.) Mark 2:13-17, and Luke 5:27-32

First off, to avoid confusion, Levi and Matthew are the same person. Don’t ask how that happened, I don’t know.

So, Jesus calls Levi (Matthew) to follow Him, so of course he does, and he’s so excited he throws this banquet.

Well Jesus found Matthew sitting at a tax collectors booth, so obviously there were a few tax collectors.

The Pharisees and Scribes got all upset, because when don’t they?

They asked Jesus why He was eating with sinners. Jesus replied with the most awesome reply ever.

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Does it seem profound to you? Because it seems profound to me.

The first sentence goes along pretty well with the verse about seeing the plank in your own eye. Most of us know that verse pretty well. Careful not to misuse it. That verse isn’t saying that you must be sinless in order to judge another Christian’s sin. It is saying you have to be honest to yourself and recognize what your sin is. It’s about avoiding being hypocritical, not about being blameless and not judging others.

The second part of Jesus’ answer is referring to Hosea 6:6 and Micah 6:6-8. I encourage you to look them up, they are both great verses. They are saying how burnt offerings and sacrifices are not what God wants. He doesn’t want a big showy display of Christiaity. He wants acknowledgement and for us to walk with Him as best we can.

The verse uses the word mercy. Mercy does not mean excusing a sin and saying that everything is ok as long we love each other. It means desiring what is good for others. What is better than salvation and repentance? How can someone repent without knowing what their sin is?

The last part is Jesus reminding the ignorant Pharisees yet again what His mission was. It was not to call the righteous, but to reach the sinners and bring them closer to God.

Note the wording. Jesus didn’t use the word ‘believers’ he used ‘righteous’. Who among us is righteous? No one. We are all sinners. He was not saying He was only calling sinners and left the believers alone. He spoke to the sinners who recognized that they were sinners and recognized their need for Him. Not the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes.

Jesus was emphasizing the need to acknowledge your own sin and turn to Him. I love that. I love that that was His focus because it is so important to repent. It’s how we get closer to God.

We’ve made this sin ‘ok’… so we should make this sin ‘ok’

I read an article today ( http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/03/31/what-c-s-lewis-marriage-can-tell-us-about-the-gay-marriage-controversy/31512 ) that is legitimately trying to convince people that we should welcome and want homosexuality in the church because we’ve made sins like divorce and remarriage ok.

How does this logic?!

Seriously, it’s the same as saying, well we’ve made divorce acceptable. Let’s tell the people that murdering each other is ok.

One sin being accepted in a society does NOT mean that another should. It means we need to work on eradicating the first sin. Divorce and remarriage are only ok under the strict Biblical guidelines. The Bible very clearly states that homosexuality is a sin, no if’s, and’s or but’s.

Now don’t misunderstand me, homosexuals should be welcome into the church, but in no way should we paint homosexuality in the light that it is ok. It is NOT. Stop being so worried about offending people and worry about saving people.

People will not turn to God if they think their sin is acceptable to Him.

Read the above sentence until it sinks into your brain. People will NOT TURN to God if you tell them that it is ok to sin! They will find no need for a savior.

So think about how you handle things like this. Are you leading people to God or telling them they don’t need Him?

Spreading the Word (Not What you Think)

(Psst. It’s not by sharing verses on Facebook.)

Seriously, it’s a pet peeve of mine, when all people do is share verses on Facebook instead of actually talking about what the Bible is saying. Like, yeah, verses are great, but you have to understand them and their application.

And you can’t share God’s Word with other people by just repeating it like a parrot.  It will mean absolutely nothing to non-believers. They don’t read verses and think “Wow! That’s so amazing. God is great. My life is changed.” No, they challenge them. And if all you can do is give them more verses instead answering the question in a practical way, you will never reach anyone.

It’s different if you’re dealing with a Christian. If THEY won’t accept verses in context then something is wrong with their faith or their perspective on things. It’s God’s answer book to us. As a Christian, you either believe all of the Bible or you don’t. You can’t pick and choose.

With that being said, my mom and I read John 4: 27-42 today. It was Jesus finishing up with the Samaritan woman at the well and how he changed the lives of all these Samaritans. Pretty awesome stuff.

Jesus said that His first priority was to do the Will of God, always. He denied himself food and rest in order to talk to people about God.

He foretold the revival/conversion in Samaria, which was pretty epic since it was the Samaritans He was talking about.

A cool thing that people don’t seem to realize is that Jesus knew everything about this adulterous, sinful woman and still loved her. He’s like that with us. No matter what you’ve done in your past, God loves you and is ready to forgive you, You just have to ask and repent.

Jesus delighted in His work more than anything in the world. He loved it more than taking care of himself. Jesus got so excited about telling people about God that His disciples couldn’t help but get excited with Him.

Near the end of this passage He used a metaphor of harvest time for spreading the Word of God, which is why I started out my blog post the way I did. By using this little metaphor, He told the disciples that they shouldn’t be waiting for a harvest time to come. It was harvest time now. He was telling them not to wait to tell people about God, that you can do it anytime and the best time is now.

Also, when reaping the harvest, everyone must do His share. If you don’t do the work, you don’t get the benefits. No free stuff. Work.

Now, I don’t believe that works get you to Heaven, but Jesus said there was a reward in heaven for people who spread His word, so obviously it’s important. You can’t rely on others to do your part though. You have to get out for yourself and share the Word. You have to do more than parroting Scripture, however. Jesus didn’t do that. It made it relevant, applicable. We have to do the same.

As always, I pray that I am in the right to say this, but I believe God has put these issues on my heart for a reason. I have felt led to blog about sharing the Word, and my Bible study this morning was conveniently on that exact topic, so it seems like this is what God wants me to talk about.

Please consider the words I have said and let God change your heart if it needs to be.

Sherlock Makes an Observation

I feel like if Sherlock Holmes were to walk into my house and ask me to tell him about my blog, the conversation would go something like this;

“Well, Sherlock, I had a bunch of people tell me to act more like Jesus, since I wasn’t being all fluffy and sugar-coating everything. So I start this Bible study on what it’s like to be like Jesus. And you know, it’s funny, I haven’t gotten a single comment, and these posts are nowhere near as popular as any of my other ones.”

Sherlock would light his pipe and say, “Elementary, my dear blogger. These people don’t actually want you to act like Jesus, they want to accuse you of not acting like Jesus. They don’t want you to take this into consideration, study on it, and show that you’re trying your best. People who have commented things like that simply want to put you down.”

“But, Sherlock, that’s not fair. I’m doing what they asked.”

“Ah, but they wanted you to ignore them so that they could accuse you more later.”

“oh.”

That’s what it feels like people. I’m doing what you asked. I’m getting no support, no arguments, no comments of any kind. Do you care or not? Because I’m trying. And maybe I’m wrong about some of you and your motivations, in which case I’m sorry for the generalization.