Bad Reputation

Christians may have a bad reputation in the world. Perhaps for a good reason, though not for the reason one might initially suspect or think.

I used to believe Catholicism was the reason I turned away from believing in God, but in reality, the bigger more prolific reason that turned and kept me away from Christian has been because of how Catholics and Christians treat each other and the world around them.

The limited view of Christianity I was taught and many Christian behaviours I observed influenced me to not think about the kindness and love Christians are supposed to manifest by modelling their thoughts, choices, and actions on the Bible and Jesus’s life, but about the hypocrisy and even cruelty dominating the Christian culture, regardless of denomination.

As Joyce Meyers emphasized from her experience, many Christians call themselves Christians, but don’t act very Christian-like when they are not in church. They may go to church, even serve as high-ranking Christians, sit on committees, volunteer, etc., but they don’t model the Christian code of conduct. In fact, many are still comparable to the scribes and Pharisees Jesus talks about in Matthew 23: 1 and 2 “Then Jesus said to the multitudes and to His disciples; The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat (of authority), so observe and practice all they tell you, but do not do what they do, for they preach, but do not practice. “

For the past twenty years, I struggled to feel connected to something bigger and deeper than our everyday human existence. I wanted to believe in God, but I couldn’t because of how reprehensible I found much Christian behaviour to be, whether I visited a church, or just in general, when I saw them in public with their crosses and other paraphernalia

Turning to religion of intellectualism of our modern age, led me to study many belief systems, from philosophy to Buddhism, and now back to Christianity, but this time by studying the actual Bible myself to find out why Christians are as they are and why Christians have such a bad reputation.

Christians are not being persecuted as much for their belief in Jesus in our modern western world, but they certainly are being ridiculed and discounted because like the scribes an Pharisees Jesus spoke of in Matthew, most of the people who identify themselves as Christians are a far cry from acting what they profess to believe in into their everyday thoughts, words, and actions.

The result is the majority of modern-day western Christians are not being ridiculed for being Christians, but for not acting like Christians, by modelling the behaviours God tells us to do.

The great revelation has also been how the enemy uses such confusion, judgment, and condemnation to not only ridicule God and the Trinity, but also to keep many people away from truly discovering the truth for themselves in the Bible and from manifesting the lives God guides us to have, not only for our own benefit, but also for the benefit of all people.

In the western world, we have the freedom to choose our beliefs without the persecution and threat of death many face in the eastern world. We have the freedom to exemplify the Christian principles in order to help ourselves and non-believers. And as Christians, we have the obligation to model the behaviour asked of us in order let the light of God’s love be a beacon to those who want to believe in something so much bigger, beautiful, and affirming in life … and death.

Christians’ bad reputation can be turned around by better Christian behaviour. And we can start by recognizing how we as Christians, are not only keeping others from God, we are hurting ourselves and those we love now because God, who is love and good, cannot bless us the way he wants to because we are not living as He has requested us to do.

Personally, I am hoping that one of these days I will experience from Christians the kindness, generosity, and compassion I have received from non-believers whose humane “Respect Level” is higher than most Christians I have interacted with.

We have the power to change the world for the better, regardless of our beliefs, but the onus is on Christians, who want and expect to reap the benefits God promises, to stand up and deliver what has been asked of us, for only then, will people turn to God and Christianity … only then will we do our part to help all those God asks us to help.

August 29, 2016

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder & President

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“An Anathema to Democracy … Donald Trump” or the other title “Democracy … The Referee” What do you think?

Revealing himself to be an anathema, not only to what the United States represents, but to what democracy represents … hope and freedom … not despair and fear … iconoclastic Donald Trump is not a leader of and for the people, but like any dictator, a leader only for the people he, in his personal opinion, has deemed valuable or worthy of respect.

Based on the concept, Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle, that all people, all humanity is to be valued … respected simply for being a life … Trump’s philosophy is a setback to all of humanity that would catapult the country and  all those whom the country impacts into a replica of other dark times in history when one comes into power with such prejudicial beliefs.

We don’t even have to go far back in history to see the horrible impact such self-centred people inflict.

Hitler took out 11 million people through lies, false promises, condemnations, hatred, and ultimately revealed his own fear that the world does not have enough abundance for everyone so he stole from anyone he could … but in the end, he discovered as many do, the wealth he accumulated by stealing from others and the control and annihilation of those whom he did not like or approve of could not compensate for the darkness that lived inside him … and died with him.

That Donald Trump has even gotten as far as he is in his quest, not to lead, but to take control, is a wake-up call for the United States of America and us all … revealing we still have much work to do before we will co-create global peace by raising all of our “Respect Levels” for ourselves and for all those we share this world with.

And the other ramification of the chaos and dissent Trump is stirring up, is the division it creates, opening doors with an open invitation to those opposed to democracy and their fights to be in control … the dictators.

If politics is the arena to share, even vent one’s beliefs publicly, with the goal to seize power and control, then democracy is the referee to ensure a fair game is played so no violent, corrupt or even disrespect acts are allowed in the game … because we are growing wiser about the consequences we all pay when bullies, terrorists, and dictators reign.

August 23, 2016

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder & President

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Our Philosophy … What We Say and Do

If what we believe is our philosophy and our philosophy is what we say and do, then I am very grateful my philosophy … my way of being in the world … has so radically changed from pessimism, negativity, and fear to optimism, positivity, and trust that regardless of what is going on around us, we can stand strong in the storms to calmly navigate for our best life.
My changes came from studying many perspectives, then examining my beliefs in relation to those perspectives, and then adjusting mine to get the results I want, the most important being how I experience the world regardless of outward surroundings and circumstances.
You may also find that an increased “Respect Level” will aid you in your quest to be happy in your life too because it is easy to be happy when everything is smooth sailing and going our way … but we all know life is not like that. Storms come, as do the calm waters, so the only thing we can truly do is best prepare ourselves for the extremes.
Happy studying!

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder & President

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August 21, 2016

Helping Each Other Adapt …

For people who have always done the same job, maybe even worked for the same employer for most of their lives, it’s a very different world for those of us who haven’t and for the youth coming up now. The entrepreneurial spirit is needed and for that to happen we need to recognize the fact so we can be supporting and encouraging by learning about the new world rather than telling people to do what you’ve done, because it isn’t an option anymore for the majority. Survival and thriving truly is about adaptability, so let’s help each adapt … it’s a connecting the dots thing to do!

August 18, 2016

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder & President

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10 Things Taken for Granted

  1. Respect
  2. Privacy
  3. A roof over one’s head
  4. Safe place to sleep
  5. Water from a tap
  6. Kitchen to prepare food and the food to prepare
  7. Bathroom with a tub and a shower
  8. Heat and cool air as seasons change
  9. Furniture, especially a comfortable bed
  10. Animal friends and their needs met too

August 2, 2016

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder & President

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Why and How is “Medicine Hat” Making History?

A feat that has seemed impossible until one community “Connected the Dots … with The Respect Principle” by recognizing that the most logical, practical, and compassionate way to address homelessness is first to provide homes for the homeless … so they would have a safe shelter to begin the process of healing and assimilation in order to move from barely surviving to eventually thriving.

With the implementation of the “Housing First” strategy, Medicine Hat, a community of over 60,000, is reeling from the shock of how much money is being saved by this alternate strategy because health care and other related costs once needed for the homeless is no longer needed.

Bravo Medicine Hat citizens! You just made history for your compassionate initiative! Well done!

July 31, 2016

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder & President

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