I know, I said this blog was a politics-free zone, but I wanted to add my voice to the Ravelry conversation. After this, I’ll try my best to stay out of politics.
I realize it’s old news now, but like so many others, I deleted my account. Before I was a quilter, I was a knitter, so much so that I had to have a trigger thumb release surgery. The trigger thumb was caused by the repetitive nature of the very act of knitting and crocheting. So I switched up to quilting, which is more hand-friendly. It’s all good.
Anyways, I had years of archived projects in my Ravelry account since 2007, complete with darling photos. It was my online scrapbook that spanned many life events and showed the layettes, blankets, and holiday hats, scarves, socks and sweaters I made as gifts. I also had a pattern for sale, and patterns filed that I had purchased from others. But I shut it down. Why?
Because Ravelry’s “inclusion” policy excluded me. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I’m included in the great commission, which says in part, “Go, teaching them to obey the commandments I have given to you”.
What, exactly, are those commandments? Jesus said the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Who is my neighbor? The great commission means everybody. “Everybody” means even the people who don’t agree with me politically. Or morally. People who are on the spectrum of life, from pre-birth to death. People who want to hate me simply because of my set of beliefs, my citizenship, my orientation. I am called to love them as much as I love myself.
I once heard a great quote. “Jesus meets us right where we are, but He loves us too much to let us stay there”. How many times did He heal someone, only to say, “Go, and sin no more”. He told his disciples, (and therefore me), that they were to be fishers of men. It’s His job to clean the fish, He only asks me to work the net with him. I do so gladly because being a follower of the Creator of the Universe is the only way I could live this life. I want everyone to live in this peace and joy. I’ve got a timid heart by nature, and it’s in my weakness that He makes me strong.
So, please don’t shoot the messenger, but I am commanded to confess the truth of God’s word as it is written, straight up, no holds barred. It’s not my job to try and make God’s words user-friendly for today’s culture, or to soften its sharp edges in order to fit in. Instead, I am to proclaim the Gospel, even to Ravelry, which is the good news of deliverance from sin and death through Jesus, freely available to anyone and everyone. That’s tolerance and inclusion. In fact, the only one who can actually pull off absolute inclusion is the Creator of the Universe. He will take care of the rest. I could’ve kept my profile open on Ravelry, but I was no longer tolerated there, and was asked to leave.
Okay, I’m done, thank you. Now, back to the Bible Sampler quilt and the next block:
What can I say? Curves. Yeah, curves are right up there with “appliqué” in my estimation. As in, I won’t be going there ever. But I did, and I got through it. I assure you that the block looks better in real life. Photos find all the flaws, wouldn’t you agree?