It’s just crazy. Seriously…It’s crazy out there.
FB Post a flag and get swallowed up in a debate about rights and Nike ads.
FB Post a note about concern over families at the southern border and you are awash in a political debate about a wall.
FB a post about how black lives matter and see how many “blue lives matter” and “all lives matter” comments you get.
My point isn’t that any of that is inherently bad, but the binary thought of if you are with me you must agree with me on everything seems so selfish and childish. It’s much like saying that you own a gun and maybe own several guns, but you aren’t a fan of the NRA. Are you then considered a 2nd amendment thief? What if you are completely disgusted by the separation of family members at our southern border? Does that make you a blue state voting liberal?
I have determined that the America that I love and the people that make her the great country she is has lost the unique heartbeat that we were once founded upon. Collective brilliance is a lost and vanished art in this new America. The concept that we might actually make one another better in our unique and God-given skills, abilities AND thoughts have been swept from the earth like a Tyrannosaurus.
Somehow we determined that if we could dehumanize other people, we could all be correct. Somehow we have become a planet of angry people that want to turn anybody that doesn’t agree with us into some subhuman form.
- If you don’t like how somebody votes, then they are deplorable.
- If you don’t like someone, scream about them on social media.
- If you are a man with money and power, you can grab women and treat them like a subhuman species.
- If you don’t truly understand why gay people believe they are gay then you must be homophobic.
- If you don’t vote across party lines then you have no moral compass.
If you watch Fox News you’d think that Satan himself is running for public office while riding a blue donkey. If you watch CNN you’d think that Satan’s brother was running for the same office on a red elephant.
Somehow it feels as though we have replaced our brain with soundbites from the news station of choice and determined to weaponize those soundbites as a tool to reduce the evil, vicious, horrible subhumans that don’t agree with us into dust.
We are better than this America!
I truly don’t care which side you are on. Truly, I do not care. But I believe the Divine can and will transform our minds into a Christ-honoring thinkers.
I believe He wants us to treat His creation – all of His creation – in the same manner in which He treats them. If we could see others with a love so deep that we might actually talk, not scream. And we might worship, not blame.
The Divine simply loves us — WITH A LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS OUR SINFUL AND SELFISH HEARTS! Not with a condition of agreement or likeability.
Couldn’t we desire a heart that refuses to treat people – that we disagree with – as though the Creator made a huge mistake when He made them?
The God Of All Creation made no mistake when He made the wonderful you. He wants you to succeed wildly. He is for you! He has a plan for you! And that plan includes loving the rest of His creation.
It requires far more faith to live among the folks that disagree with us than it ever will to scream our disagreement with those who do agree with us.
I beg you, please step off the stump of self-righteousness and ideological, binary foolery and trust that we will all get this right as we put Christ in the proper order of our life. And just for the record, your worst adversary might just be one prayer away from being your eternal neighbor! Take that up with God, not me.
Okay, I feel better now. Let’s stop this silly banter of hatred. It only leads to the sub-humanization of our fellow man.