Hello friends and readers, Anne J Bailey here for my weekly column.
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I apologize for this week's column being a day late and I would like to thank Connor for his passionate email urging me to shine a light on Jacob Roloff's destructive and reckless use of twitter to spread hate - which leads to violence and even death towards brave men and women around the country who serve as police officers and put their lives at risk every day - when law abiding citizens are in trouble, it is these brave people who come running to in while others run away.
However, at the last minute, because of certain hateful comments I have read, I have decided to delay discussing that important topic to discuss something else.
The topic is Audrey Roloff's blog. If you haven't already, please visit it here at http://www.aujpoj.com/ and make it apart of your daily browsing.
Audrey also graciously answered frequently asked questions here http://www.aujpoj.com/faq/
Almost immediately, certain people, began attacking Audrey as "a sell out", attacking her for focusing on her blog and accepting revenue that her blog generates.
There are several things wrong with these attacks.
For starters, I will call it like it is. Audrey is attacked and will always be attacked by some people who they have hatred in their hearts for Christians and for vocal Christians who spread the Word of God and give thanks and glory to Jesus Christ.
One thing is predominantly clear if you read over Audrey's entire Blog. She loves Christ. She live to please Jesus and gives thanks to Him.
She is a wonderful young woman. Given these dark times in the world, we need more young people like Audrey. She is so full of positive energy and passion to serve God that it is inspirational. I urge all Christians to support Audrey and Jeremy. We need more people like Audrey and Jeremy in the media, on television and on the internet.
What makes the attacks against Audrey especially distasteful is that many of the same people critical of Audrey either stay silent about the real destructive force associated with the Roloffs or worse, offer praise to Jacob Roloff.
While Jacob Roloff promotes anger, lies and hatred. Audrey is focused on being positive and spreading God's love.
As evidence, read Audrey's blog entry entitled "What Is Braid It?" http://www.aujpoj.com/what-is-braidit/ . It is an inspiring tale of love and wisdom and the value of putting God first in your relationships if you want them to last.
Instead of celebrating in Audrey's wisdom and love, some hateful souls already attempted to criticize her stating that she "stole" the 3 strand concept. Audrey was explaining the meaning of "Braid it" and what it means to her and Jeremy. She never claimed that no one else has ever used that analogy.
Here is another entry from Audrey's Blog History which demonstrates why many Christians have so much respect and adoration for her. Read this beautiful poem. The entry can be found here .
From Audrey Roloff 2013:
Be Pointing To Him
Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I'm only just a memory
When I'm home where my soul belongs
Was I loved?
Would no one else show up?
Was I Jesus to the least of us?
Was my worship more than just a song?
I wanna live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do points to You
I encourage everyone to read the rest of Audrey's poem here http://www.aujpoj.com/be-pointing-to-him/
Audrey is more than words. Even though "fans", "readers", "viewers" aren't privy to all the amazing and acts of love someone such as Audrey does in her daily life, when you give of yourself in the name of spreading God's Love, word gets out because her act of love was so powerful and inspiring.
When Audrey writes "Was I Jesus to the least of us" - we can all (those of us who are informed) answer that with a resounding "Yes!"
If you weren't aware to what I'm referring, I will fill you in.
While Audrey was still dating and engaged to Jeremy Roloff, Jeremy's brother Jacob Roloff was dating a girl named Stephanie.She has experienced a lot of pain and confusion in her young life and it was not helped by getting involved with a troubled dark soul such as Jacob who himself has rejected God and bashed Christianity and Christians. However, God puts people in our lives for reasons, even if we don't know why at the time. Perhaps it is to connect with people you would not have met without know the first person.
This is what happened with Stephanie and Audrey. While Audrey had no obligation to befriend her (then) boyfriend's brother's girlfriend, she did as Jesus would have - she showed Stephanie love and made sure she understood that Jesus loves her. Audrey became a mentor to Stephanie.
For the purpose of this post, I tried to located some of Stephanie's many twitter or Instagram posts because she wrote in length about what Audrey meant to her, but I can't seem to find Stephanie's account at the moment. You'll just have to trust that she wrote very touching paragraphs thanking Audrey for reaching out to her and wrote about how much respect, love and gratitude she had for Audrey.
What really cements Audrey's character and desire to love others as Jesus loves us, was that Audrey wasn't afraid to do the right thing. As Audrey's wedding to Jeremy approached, Jacob and Stephanie's relationship dissolved. Although Stephanie is by far better off without Jacob in her life, there was still pain and hurt. Audrey could have easily turned her back on Stephanie, a hurt and broken girl in need of love. Some posters to this blog ignorantly said she should have uninvited Stephanie to her wedding because that's what Jacob wanted and give Jacob what he wants. Audrey knew what was right. And that was to do as Jesus commands - Love others no matter if they were dating the brother of your boyfriend/fiance/husband or not. Audrey still invited and welcomed Stephanie to her wedding. She posed with pictures and celebrated with her. She befriended her and showed her love. Stephanie took to Instagram to express her gratitude to Audrey for being there for her.
That is an example of Audrey backing up her words to love others as Jesus loves. Shame on people who don't see that or try to minimize the impact Audrey can have on people.
Jumping back to the topic of Audrey's giveaways (doesn't it seem insignificant compared to the previous story?) on her blog and collecting some money from the sponsors she has, there is nothing wrong with Audrey focusing on her blog. As Audrey wrote, she only promotes products she believes in. If a reader of Audrey's blog is interested in a product and it will make them feel good about themselves, there is nothing wrong with that. God does not forbid his people to make money.
At the end of the day, the big picture is that Audrey's blog is about her living a life that inspires people to live to the fullest and to follow God -- and for that Audrey should be commended and supported.