There’s a lot of hate out there. People who have allowed it to consume them are doing some pretty horrific things.
That makes us frustrated and shocked and sometimes even numb.
And then along comes anger to pull us out of it. Anger thrusts us into action, although often it is without thorough thought about what may come after we jump into this particular anger-induced act.
The call for our leaders to do something, be they political or religious, screams in all of our ears.
For some reason I find this a bit ridiculous. What do we expect them to do: tell us to be nicer to each other?
No, we expect them to severely punish the perpetrators. I wonder if that isn’t more like standing in the storm, calling for the lost horses after they have stampeded out into the night.
It makes us feel like we’re doing something, but…
Continue reading Hating hatred
Lately there has been a lot of media hype regarding the story of a woman, who biologically has two Caucasian parents, yet identifies herself as African American.
She has stated that this is who she feels her true self to be, who she really is inside. She has taken steps to alter her physical appearance so that she does, in fact, look as if she is an African American woman.
The media and African American community, along with many others, are screaming for an apology for her actions.
It appears that this has hurt them deeply, whether it is from the lie or the presumption of understanding just what it means to be Black.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is scratching his head here. Wasn’t just a few weeks ago that Bruce Jenner was given an award for courage?
Continue reading Why turn the other cheek?
I firmly believe in standing firmly for what I believe (try saying that fast 10 times).
But, even if it sounds cliché, I do believe it is a responsibility that falls on each of us. And, if each of us is true to our principles, the world would be a better place.
Is the problem that the majority of people simply choose to not stand up for what they believe to be right?
Or is the problem that we have many different definitions of what is right and what is wrong? And if that is the case, is being right simply a matter of NOT being wrong?
You know, the whole “sins of commission vs. sins of omission” thing.
I wonder if in our zeal to stamp out all that is wrong, we are forgetting to do what is right.
We can all look back at the Sanhedrin 2000 years ago and unitedly condemn their self-righteousness. It seems so obvious how far they had fallen off the path.
Enough to crucify the very Man who had come to save them.
Before we cast a stone, we should take a moment and wonder what people will look back 1000 years from now and say about us.
Continue reading Understanding what we stand for