published Monday, July 21st, 2014

Smith: Seek authenticity in personal, public life

By Robin Smith

Each week for almost 27 years, with the exception of a period of time I ran for Congress, I have facilitated a Bible study class at my church in Hixson.

Most weeks, I learn more from those who share their insight and life experiences that parallel God's word and teaching.

One such Sunday, I learned a lesson from a young lady that stuck with me.

Our topic related to things that present themselves as counterfeits to authentic love, peace and joy that are mistaken for God's love, unconditional love, that energizes the lives of Christians to operate in truth, peace, honesty, long-suffering, commitment, fairness, and on and on. The intent was to identify those things that fraudulently substitute for "the real thing" in the life of a Judeo-Christian believer.

A young lady in the class worked at a local bank branch as a teller.

"We're taught to look for characteristics that prove the authenticity of money, instead of looking for counterfeits," Lori, the class member, shared. "If we don't see these identifying marks of the real currency, we know it's fake."

She went on to demonstrate her training by holding up a bill and taking the class through the process of authentication.

Lori noted the quality of the paper, the crisp edges and placement of the portrait, a security thread embedded in the denominations of the $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills, and a few other characteristics that tellers had been taught to validate the currency that came into their hands.

Issuing counterfeit currency is viewed as criminal because of the act of fraud committed in presenting that which is of no value. In the presentation of this worthless item, a transaction for goods or services is often involved, which adds theft to the crime for taking something without rendering payment.

It's important to deal in authentic currency.

Let's return to the personal application. The level of frustration experienced by me, you and most everyone we know due to the pandemic levels of dishonesty and deceit in the workplace, in churches and ministries (yep, religiosity messes things up), government, personal relationships, politics, corporations and nonprofits is despicable.

Folks break their word and their contracts; governments spy on law-abiding citizens and audit their finances in power grabs; "friends" look you in the eye and lie; politicians create dirt on opponents; "ministers" live a dual life of contradiction; corporate entities engage in unethical practices for profit and threaten any who challenge.

Yeah, those are the ones we see every day, portraying themselves, their companies, their organizations, and their relationships with you and me under fraudulent premises.

Let's pursue relationships, endeavors, enterprises, leaders and friends, and establish our communities based on authentic virtues of honesty, where the penalty for dishonesty is paid, where acts of corruption are met with correction, where retaliation is shamed and eliminated, and where the Golden Rule reigns.

When Christ called his 12 disciples, he warned of the persecutions ahead and admonished, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."

Be on the lookout for authenticity, but be prepared for the wolves.

Robin Smith, immediate past Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman, is owner of Rivers Edge Alliance.

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aae1049 said...

Awesome piece, it takes a life time to learn not to waste a minute of your life on frauds.

July 21, 2014 at 12:26 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I don't often agree with this writer. Good piece.

July 21, 2014 at 7:06 a.m.
Ki said...

Using religion and her faith as a prop and cover, smith has been guilty of most all, if not all, of the issues she mentions in this article. Changed strategy doesn't equate to changed goals or a fairer heart. Try'n to clean up a self-tarrnished image in hopes everyone has short memories doesn't work either.

July 21, 2014 at 10:23 a.m.
conservative said...

Charges and claims was all he had.

Anyone can make claims and charges.

July 21, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Spot on, Ki. I call BS on this article. It's pure fluff. Mrs. Smith speaks of the positive aspects of religion, even going so far as to mention the Golden Rule, but most of her articles have little to do with the Golden Rule but rather the “tough love” of a militant God and Jesus who she seems to think are Republican and rabidly conservative like her. Instead of practicing the Golden Rule towards the poor and minorities and anyone who hasn't achieved success as she defines it she scoffs at them and groups them all together as moochers and takers. She is a corporate boot licker who does not acknowledge the oligarchy and corporate fascism that exist in America, and her attitude in general is …”I've got mine, now what's wrong with you that you haven't got yours?”

I am indeed always “on the lookout for authenticity,” Mrs. Smith, and I'm sure as heck not seeing it here in this article.

July 21, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I am trying to separate the content of this column with the history of the columnist.

July 21, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.
timbo said...

I guess dogs and cats are having sex because I agree with Ki and Rickaroo. I know her and the reason she knows "those people" so well is she is one.

What gives her the right to pontificate to the rest of us. Some of the things she has done politically are almost criminal. Here bitterness for losing an election is made her nuts.

We need a real conservative columnist but not her. This is awful.

July 21, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Very mean spirited attacks. Oh yeah, she is such a fraud that when a family member was dying she called and said a prayer on the phone that held me a float. Throw rocks behind your fake names. COWARDS.

July 21, 2014 at 10:25 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

robin makes good points but the Reds she stands with unimaginably trangress the ideals she promotes in this piece.

July 22, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.
conservative said...

As a column writer Ms. Smith is at a disadvantage. She has to be politic, trying not to offend. She therefore uses words and writes in a manner that most can agree on.

But as they say, the devil is in the details.

Liberals have a different idea of love than a Christian. They think love is just a feeling or involves sex. However, Biblical love is a higher love, a sacrificial love, that involves serving others.

Ms. Smith put the word ministers in quotes. She had in mind false ministers like those who do not preach Biblical love or Christian doctrine but preach false doctrines. These would surely include those "ministers" who embrace the Homosexual lifestyle and those who allow fornicators to become "church" members.

I do not have the disadvantage of being politic.

July 22, 2014 at 8:23 a.m.
Ki said...

The use of a screen name is not an act of cowardice. It's permitted here and on many forums. It also affords a level of protection from being stalked or harassed. Something I've personally witnessed take place on a few forums when the identity of an individual was revealed. The ultimate in cowardice is to use religion as a premise and cover to promote a falsehood.

July 22, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.
aae1049 said...

KI you are a damn coward. april eidson If you throw rocks at people do it to their face.

July 22, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
timbo said...

aae1049...my name is Tim Price. I stand behind everything I say. April you need to take a chill pill. What Robin is doing now is politically is wrong. I have seen her bitterness first hand. She hates Chuck with a passion.

I don't believe she is sincere. You can't be as she says and be involved in politics.

July 22, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.
Ki said...

Like you sell wolf tickets, april, because you know you have a spouse in law enforcement for protection? The people who count know who I am. You're not one of them.

July 22, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Just so we all know, con-man/woman speaks only for her/himself and perhaps his/her denomination about love, and sacrifice, and clearly in not a member of a reformed faith. The Reformed Christian faith understands we are all ministers, and we allow all sinners to be members of the congregation since by nature we are all brothers and sisters in that regard...Love can be sacrificial but if one perceives it a sacrifice to provide care for a neighbor (every person in the world is a neighbor), then one might ask if something is wrong in that relationship. It ought not to feel like a sacrifice - one might grow to resent the neighbor.

And timbo, it is a shame for anyone to hate chuckie; but he is a miserably poor congressman and a challenge to love.

July 22, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.
conservative said...

inquirinmind

Reformed faith?

There is ONE faith ONCE delivered to the saints in Christ Jesus.

And your "reformed' faith of thinking that you have Salvation because you are a good person is not it!

If you or anyone else could earn salvation then why did Jesus Christ die?

You have yet to name anyone who was justified by doing good works/being a good person.

You inquiringmind are not the exception.

You had best do some Bible study instead of listening to some "priest" who throws around smoke and tells you that God loves the Homosexual/sodomite when the wrath of God abides on the unrepentant sinner.

As I have said before inquirinmind, DO NOT BE DECEIVED:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

July 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
timbo said...

inquiringmind....I don't think Chuck is perfect...but Little Wamp is much worse. Robin is still bitter he kicked her ass and stopped the coronation she expected.

July 22, 2014 at 12:56 p.m.
conservative said...

inquiringmind wrote:

"The Reformed Christian faith understands we are all ministers...."

Now that is an obvious lie straight out of hell.

That is a form universalism where everyone goes to heaven regardless of any faith in Jesus Christ.

Do you dare reveal where you got that nonsense?

July 22, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.
conservative said...

inquiringmind wrote:

"...we allow all sinners to be members of the congregation since by nature we are all brothers and sisters in that regard..."

What congregation is that?

"we allow all sinners to be members"

I believe that, but what anti Christian congregation is that?

It is certainly not a Christian congregation.

July 22, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

aae1049...so Robin said a prayer on the phone for you, eh? Well, let's give her the Mother Theresa award for compassion and for being and all around good Samaritan! Look, I'm sure Mrs. Smith is a decent person, maybe even a perfect angel, to family and to anybody in her close circle of friends, but it is her politics that I cannot stomach and that is what I focus my comments on. Whether you think some of the attacks on here are mean-spirited or not is irrelevant. I'm sure that Mrs. Smith can handle whatever is thrown at her.

As for being a coward and hiding behind fake names...I have stated my name several times on here - Rick Armstrong. I've got nothing to hide. All I know about you is that some commenters on here refer to you as April. I have never seen you provide your full name. Personally I don't even care to know what your real name is, but don't be so quick to call anybody a coward if you're going to continue to hide behind your own screen name.

July 22, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

I guess really lit a fuse under connie, she/he sez , ""The Reformed Christian faith understands we are all ministers...." Now that is an obvious lie straight out of hell. - Guess she's never read Paul.

Connie sez, "'(Inquiringmind says) we allow all sinners to be members,' I believe that, but what anti Christian congregation is that? It is certainly not a Christian congregation."

Guess she's never read the Gospels or Paul, or is trying her hand at being reformed by re-writing scripture. How does it go originally, "We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God?" She is clearly practicing some kind of errant belief, now she writes it "Only a select few have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and I detest their presence among me".

Folks, find me a member (or leader) of a congregation who is not a sinner and I'll find you Jesus. If you are a seeker, don't be swayed by thinking connie represents all Christianity but only a fringe version of it.

Brush the dust from the soles of my shoes.

July 22, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.
conservative said...

inquirinmind

Yes, EVERYONE has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

There are saved sinners who are justified by the Grace of God but not of works which you believe inquiringmind.

And there are unrepentant sinners who are not Christians and are not members of the "congregation", the word YOU used.

All sinners are not Christians and all are not accepted in Bible believing congregations as you stated.

Who do you think you are fooling?

You obviously have contempt for the intelligence of readers.

July 22, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.
conservative said...

inquirinmind

You continue to brazenly lie:

You wrote:

"now she writes it "Only a select few have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and I detest their presence among me".

Now, what makes you think people can't look up there and see your lie?

July 22, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.
conservative said...

inquiringmind

You wrote:

"Folks, find me a member (or leader) of a congregation who is not a sinner and I'll find you Jesus"

Believers know that Jesus Christ died to take away our sins NOT TO CONTINUE IN THEM.

Believers are indwelt with the Holy Spirit who changes the sinners' behavior and lifestyle.

Now tell me and those who you are trying to appeal to why your "congregation" allows practicing Homosexuals/sodomites, adulterers, drunkards, thieves, murderers, fornicators, pedophiles etc. to be members.

And why won't you name your "congregation" so these can flock to your "congregation?"

July 22, 2014 at 5:28 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

darn connie sez I let sinners in a congregation as if I was a minister (which we all are)! In congregations I've been a member there have been adulterers, fornicating teenagers and adults, drunks, cheats, used car salesmen, liars, egotists, thieves, errant pastors, voyeurs, jealous husbands and wives, wife beaters, husbands and wives that sodomized each other, idol worshippers and golly even homosexuals. So folks please ignore her ranting, he/she makes the whole point of what a congregation is - it is a hospital for sinners, not a luxury hotel for gold cuff-linked, designer watch bearing preachers and holier-than-thou hangers-on...We preach Jesus defeated death for us because we cannot defeat the source of death - sin. Show me a person who does not sin and I'll show you Jesus.

may the Lord bless you connie.

July 22, 2014 at 5:48 p.m.
conservative said...

Inquiringmind

I have no doubt that the false apostate church that you belong to allows "adulterers, fornicating teenagers and adults, drunks, cheats, used car salesmen, liars, egotists, thieves, errant pastors, voyeurs, jealous husbands and wives, wife beaters, husbands and wives that sodomized each other, idol worshippers and golly even homosexuals" to be members as you stated.

So, why did Jesus Christ die on a cross if you can continue to live a life of sin and inherit eternal life contrary to Scripture?

Why want you name this "church" that allows such behavior?

July 22, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
conservative said...

inquirinmind

You wrote:

"Show me a person who does not sin and I'll show you Jesus."

So, do you believe all sinners will spend eternity with God?

Why offer such a statement unless you believe in a universal salvation?

July 22, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

let me see, folks, am I reading it right? This person connie sez there are no sinners in her church??? If that is the case why do we need Jesus? We can save ourselves by not sinning! But how can a church stop what is in one's heart? Didn't Paul say "I know what is right but no matter how hard I try to do it, I do what is wrong???" I guess Paul attended a "false apostate church" as junebug calls it, no less a heretic in her eyes. Whoa.

July 22, 2014 at 6:57 p.m.
conservative said...

inquirinmind

No, you are wrong, deliberately wrong again.

YOU are the one who wrote that unbelievers can be saved, YOU wrote that.

You believe that you and others can be saved by doing good works and/or being a good person.

Your record of unbelief is piling up.

And your lies also.

Write this down and memorize it:

I take great joy in exposing you because you try to mislead others.

July 22, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

April, that was nice of Robin to "say a prayer with you" in a time of struggle. You sure know how to show your appreciation with your public endorsements of Chuckie. You have written a couple of letters to Chattanoogan encouraging people to vote for Chuck. I guess you forgot how he and Chip Saltsman publicly slandered Robin. Way to stick up for your prayer buddy; by stabbing her in the back. I wouldn't expect a call from Robin in your next time of tradegy.

July 22, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

Connie, besides acting like a 4 year old horse's butt you don't know the contraction of "will not" is "won't", not "want".

Glad you were able to foam at the mouth about your other life - homosexuality. Congrats - it was a good day for you.

July 22, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Gauss, of course I support Chuck Fleishmann you idiot, supporting Chuck Fleishmann does not preclude a friendship or like Robin Smith

Timbo, you take a chill pill.

July 22, 2014 at 9:58 p.m.
aae1049 said...

KI, I don't have anyone in law enforcement, you are such a liar.

July 22, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Ki said...

OK, april. I left out the recently retired part. None the less, it's no lie.

July 22, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.
aae1049 said...

You think I need my husbands career, what a moron. I was an established engineer long before I met him. You are idiot if you think a law enforcement career has any leverage at all.

July 22, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.
Ki said...

What does being an engineer have to do with it? You're the one who said you didn't have anyone in law enforcement. Convenient response, and also a typical response too.

July 22, 2014 at 10:54 p.m.
aae1049 said...

You keep stating that being married to a retired police officer gets me favor. That is so funny you think law enforcement work gets you leverage. You watch too much tv, funny stuff. I made my own way as an engineer and don't need my husband work to help me in any way.

July 22, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.
aae1049 said...

you sexist pig, my own education and work stands on its own merit. Time for I am woman song, you sexist pig. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUBnxq...

July 22, 2014 at 11:33 p.m.
Ki said...

not leverage in any particular sense, but the ability to harass, stalk, make a false arrest, beat up bully on the behalf of a friend, spouse, fellow member. I've witnessed it all take place. Got nothing to do with being an engineer. Just the power and opportunity to abuse it. But you said you had no one in the field, now you admit you do?

You come across as a very insecure person. You also appear erratic and insane (though functional). Why continue harping on this: Um a engineer tidbit to justify your actions?

LIAR!!!

July 23, 2014 at 7:31 a.m.
timbo said...

Guys, everyone here knows that about 85% of people at church are there to by life insurance. It is my experience that about 15% are sincere and some are deluding themselves about their sincerity.

The problem is judging who that 15% is. From what it takes to become a politician or rise up the ranks to be a State Chairmen of the Republican party, I would say that kind of person is in the 85%. They are using religion to make an impression that gives them an advantage.

The question is, is Robin Smith the extremely rare exception?

July 23, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.
timbo said...

April...I am chilled all the time. I need a hot pill.

July 23, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.
timbo said...

Well, guys I have to admit it, I don't want any credit but I help tortoises cross the road, give homeless people my change, feel real guilty that I am an evil conservative, go to church every time the door is open, go to visit dying people at the hospital. (Not the gross ones dying of mouth cancer or rectal cancer) Give .00000001 % of my earnings to charities, (but, did I say I don't want credit), forgive the rest of you sinners for not being as perfect as me. and I love puppies and kittens and fresh flowers.

...but I don't want to be admired for all this....but you can admire me if you want to...

Signed,

Robin

July 23, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"Gauss, of course I support Chuck Fleishmann you idiot, supporting Chuck Fleishmann does not preclude a friendship or like Robin Smith"

With friends like you, April, who needs enemies? Again, I guess you forget all of the embarrassment Chuck and Chip caused for Robin and her family in 2010. I'm sure you're at the top when Robin thinks of her besties.

July 23, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.
aae1049 said...

KI, how you perceive me is of no consequence. However, on numerous occasions you have posted that I have some leverage in law enforcement. I am engineer by profession, and have my own profession. You are so wrong.

Gaussianinteger, real friends do not expect you to adopt their political views. I would not change support of a candidate for a friend. Would you change your political views to match your friends? just asking.

July 23, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.
Ki said...

Nope, april . I never said you personally have any leverage in law enforcement. However, having a spouse (even a retired one), other family member or friend in the field does often come with fringe benefits not afforded the average citizen. But you said, then changed your mind, that you don't have anyone in the field. So why keep harping on it? And what does having been an engineer have to do anything? Depending on the type of engineer, they can come a dime a dozen. I know, because earlier in my career and college days I co-opted as one, and it was basically all on the job training with no special skills required.

July 23, 2014 at 6:59 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Ki, having family in law enforcement is not helpful at all. I am so glad my family is no longer in law enforcement, it is a nasty business. Our lives are so much better and happier without the homicide calls coming into my home. Best wishes to you.

July 23, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

aae1049, ah the ostrich syndrome...

July 23, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"Gaussianinteger, real friends do not expect you to adopt their political views. I would not change support of a candidate for a friend. Would you change your political views to match your friends? just asking."

You are being disingenuous with your apples to oranges comparison and lack of major details. No "I would not change support of a candidate for a friend". However, there's no way in hell I would publicly endorse a candidate (on more then one occasion, mind you) that slandered someone I consider a "friend". One can only gather that perceived political agendas come second to friendships for you. It has to be a miserable existence for anyone that considers you a "friend".

July 23, 2014 at 9:22 p.m.
Ki said...

There couldn't have possibly been any homicide calls coming into your home, because you don't have anyone in the field. REMEMBER?!

July 24, 2014 at 11:42 p.m.
timbo said...

aae1049...April, I need to call Robin to pray for us if Little Wamp is elected.

July 25, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.
timbo said...

aae1049.....April, I am surprised that you have been fooled by Robin.

July 25, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED

John 3:36``Jesus said,

"He that believeth on The Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not The Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

~~~Malleus Deum Verum~~~

July 25, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.
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