About the Author

kalamazoo application page 1 013Hi, my name is Susan Shannon.  I am basically a conservative, Independent, news junkie who adores Jesus for saving my life.  I love to know what is going on around me.  But it wasn’t always this way- I used to blithely go about my day spouting uber-liberal opinions around San Francisco, CA without having watched a single day of news in the entirety my 25 years of life.  I was a single issue voter (abortion rights) that rejected all conservative thought because of it.  I have always loved Jesus, but felt the need to be a ‘cool’, ‘informed’ and ‘intelligent’ Christian to my liberal friends.  I abhorred all those ‘ignorant, red necked, embarrassing’ people that claimed to be Christians (my apologies to you all now- I was 25 and need to be forgiven!)  I was absolutely shocked at the Republican landslide in 1994- I actually felt America had been overtaken by ignorant farmers! (Liberals, does this sound like you?)

All that changed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Like so many Americans, I had absolutely no idea what had happened or why.  I had, of course, caught wisps of news events in years past- I vaguely remembered conservatives like Gingrich (whom I hated at the time) hammering Clinton about his weak response to the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000.  But I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal.  To me, it seemed like an insignificant group of dirty, skinny little guys just got lucky with their little boat full of dynamite.  I said, “so what? these people are no threat to America!  Why is that jerk, Gingrich, making such trouble?”  I felt he was just being political and hateful toward Pres. Clinton.  I couldn’t stand all the accusations he was leveling at the Clintons (including the Lewinsky affair)- to me, Gingrich was an international embarrassment to all Americans.  I felt that he was preventing our government and Clinton from doing their job.   I thought President Clinton was a good president.

On 9/11, I discovered the depths of my ignorance and arrogance.  I was completely lost in the ensuing debate- why Afghanistan?  who was Al Qaeda?  Bin Laden?  Why were the people in Muslim countries cheering so insanely as they watched the towers burn and fall?  And let’s face it, I didn’t even know the difference between Republican and Democrat; I didn’t know that GOP mean Republicans; I had no clue was a Libertarian was and I was utterly confounded that when reporters asked politicians questions, the politician never answered!  And worse, the reporter just nodded his head in understanding!  I had a feeling that there is a secret language that I didn’t understand!

All I knew was that I was an American.  I loved my country and was absolutely furious.  I was ready for war- heck, I was ready to sign up for the Army.  But I hated that I was so confused.  I was suddenly thirsty for real facts and information.  On 9/12/2001, I bought books and began to scour news archives online.  I also watched CNN & Fox News non-stop  for several years.

The result is that I am now a staunch conservative.  Note that I didn’t say Republican.  I pretty much despise both parties and I can’t call myself a Libertarian as most of them are Atheists.  I am an Independent and judge each issue according to what I believe is right or wrong.  It’s the only way to go, I think.  I marvel at my earlier arrogance and ignorance, but am glad I experienced it.  Now I understand how the youth blindly follows Obama.  I also see beneath the thinly supported outbursts of most liberals.  I, too, used to just call people ‘ignorant’, ‘racist’, and acted as if the conservative scum before me was simply beneath my attention- I did this as I flounced off with my middle finger in the air behind me.  What no one saw was my immense relief to be away from that conservative.  I knew I had no actual proof for my opinion- I also had not understood the news reference he had used.  (Remember? I never watched the news).  I simply ‘knew’ I was right and he was wrong.  Period.  Oh, I laugh when I see liberals do this now!  I know why they flounce away.  Why they need to just call names, degrade conservatives, and especially, why they always leave the argument.  They know they will look like idiots if they stay.  But deep down inside, they do actually believe they are right.  Been there, done that.

I like that I was a liberal and that research, reading and facts forced me to drop old, strongly held opinions.  Conclusion:  An honest seeking of truth must lead to Conservatism and to God.  If you don’t find them, then you are just making decisions based on emotions and ignorance.  And that makes you blind.

The more I learn, the more conservative I become- not the other way around.

As for me personally, I am an ex-soldier, an ex-international management consultant, now a small business owner, a college graduate, a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  I have 1 dog, 2 cats and lots of fish.   I’m not rich and I’m not poor.  I went to public schools through high school.  I am an Army brat- my father is basically a generic white guy and my mother is Korean.  I have lived in 23 different places, several of which were overseas.  I tend to get into trouble with people  because I hate hypocrisy and tend to address it when I see it.  Mostly, though,

 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. -1 Timothy 1:12

Susan

154 comments

  1. I want to ask you something, is it possible to hate God but love Christ
    Because I honestly hate the God of the old testament but I am okay with jesus.

    • No, it is not possible. They are ONE. They are in full agreement about everything. to hate one is to hate the other. Why should you hate God? To love Jesus is to love God even more- because God sent Jesus out of LOVE for humankind. If you hate the God of the Old Testament, then I can say that you haven’t read the Old Testament. I wish I could read it with you! I would love to teach you of his great love and wisdom! He is always the same and he is full of LOVE for you. Today, yesterday and always. to see Jesus is to see God. Let me put these words here spoken by Jesus where he explains how he and God are related to one another. Before I go, I beg you to not listen to OTHERS concerning God or Christ. Read the Bible for yourself. Go to church. Therein lies the truth. Evil lies in the hearts of men and they hate God with all their minds and souls. Satan wishes to keep men away from God- only out of jealousy because HE will die and YOU weren’t ever meant to. You, my dear, were meant to LIVE forever!

      1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in Goda ; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

      Jesus the Way to the Father

      5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

      6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will knowb my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

      8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

      9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

      Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

      15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bec in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

      22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

      23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

      25“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

      28“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

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