My name is Rebekah Schrepfer, and I am a Baptist wife and mother. My husband is a pastor and I enjoy supporting and helping him in his ministry in our local church. We have four beautiful children, ages 5-9. The MostlySensible blog is my way of sharing my thoughts and ideas with other ladies who have similar convictions and values. There are several reasons why I write…
- Unsensible notions. I also come across sentiments and philosophies that are NOT sensible…and very often unbiblical. It is those issues that I find myself debating against and discussing. I think often that ladies who are living God-honoring lives, who are faithful to their Lord and their families may often read a nonsensical post or article. Since they don’t agree, then it doesn’t apply to them personally, and they simply ignore it and move on. That is a perfectly sensible thing to do! My personality, however, has a hard time letting error and nonsense slide right on by. It is becoming more common for me to see normal church-going ladies participate in or condone ungodly activities without giving a second thought, and I believe it has a lot to do with the proliferation of worldliness around us. And no one objects! “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good [women] to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
- The perfect venue. Facebook and Pinterest are not enough! Having four small children necessarily keeps me at home, and face-to-face, meaningful, and appropriate discussions on these topics occur rarely at this stage in my life. I’ve participated in several debates on Facebook, and I’ve even initiated some. But it seems that Facebook is more suited to sending out soundbites, excerpts, or short updates. I’m sure many have been annoyed by my insistence to think about what they posted! Also, most worthwhile topics deserve more than a soundbite in which readers may be able to come to a sensible conclusion. So my husband and others have encouraged me to create a blog in which I can share my own point of view in these important issues more fully. Nervousness almost immediately set in. I didn’t want to come across as bossy or sound like a know-it-all. But in writing down thoughts, there is a certain safeguard for me. It causes me to think and refine my thoughts. “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” (Sir Francis Bacon) I’ve done the reading and the conference, but now I have to take the plunge and write. Most importantly, blogging already has driven me to the Scriptures to make sure that I am grounded in the truth. In addition, I welcome comments and suggestions from readers! I am not a perfect woman by far, and so I know that I may be only mostly sensible.
- Scarcity of like-minded sources online. Not only does this blog help me to organize and refine my thoughts for myself, but it has the potential to be an encouraging and thought-provoking source for other ladies as well. So often I have searched the internet (because it is readily available and easily shared) for articles or websites that I can recommend to other ladies, especially young ladies. Most often, when I do a Google search for “Baptist Ladies’ Devotions/Articles,” I will find everything under the sun from Southern Baptist, to American Baptists, to what I call off-the-deep-end Baptists (more on that in another post). Very often I can find an article or an idea that is very good, and worth sharing on Facebook, but I’d always find myself adding a caveat that I don’t agree with the rest of the source. I know many ladies who have similar enough convictions to mine, and I know they must be having the same problem finding good internet sources for encouragement and information and edification.
- Burden to encourage ladies to exercise their intellect and increase their spiritual knowledge. I can’t tell you how often I read posts on Facebook or Pinterest or some other source in which ideas or sentiments are just simply illogical or unbiblical. It grieves my heart that so many sweet, wonderful ladies who go to churches like mine or who went to a college like mine or grew up like I did, have gotten lazy in their use of Scripture or in simple rules of logic. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness in His Word, and we must apply it to our lives literally, not forsaking the whole counsel of God! (Acts 20:27) Most often, ladies’ articles and websites are full of Biblical “fluff” (i.e. my mother’s term for semi-good sentimental thoughts that really could have been thought up by a non-believer). It’s not enough to just be nice. It’s not enough to just make everyone feel good and shy away from anything controversial. It is irresponsible of us to suggest that we as Bible-believing sisters in Christ have the answers to life’s biggest questions, and yet fail to outline the deepest differences between Biblical Christianity and the world’s version of morality. Come, ladies! “Let us reason together!” (Is. 1:18) May we “open our mouths with wisdom.” (Prov. 31:26) Yes, we ought to strive to make peace with everyone, as much as it is in our power. (Rom. 12:18) But not at the expense of truth. (Eph 4:15) Let’s have a little Christian backbone!
And so with those motivations, it is my goal to offer a point of view that is biblical and sensible in every area of life. Please leave me your comments, and send me your thoughts as well!
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