Based on the title, I’m sure everyone is a little hesitant to read, but don’t be! I am not writing to say who is right or wrong, what is justified and what is not, what makes someone a Christian and what deems them as a disgrace to Christianity and lastly, what makes a person “good” or “bad”. That is not for me to decide, nor any other person reading this. Society seems to think they know how to classify people pretty well in these last few weeks.
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few weeks then I’m sure you know what’s been going on in our country involving marriage equality, the notion to ban the Confederate Flag, and more recently the shooting of Marines in Chattanooga and the attack on Planned Parenthood services. My newsfeed has been filled with all of it, we are almost forced to read something almost daily about what is in the news, regardless of whether we want to read it or not. We don’t just see the articles posted and shared by friends but we also see the occasional belief or opinion of a friend when the news is shared. I haven’t shared an opinion or belief on any matter publicly. Do I have opinions and belief on each and every topic? Absolutely. Do I stand up for what I believe in with a full heart? Of course. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and the right to a freedom of speech.Friends, acquaintances, strangers, they all have the right to post whatever they believe wherever they want to be heard and I have no issue with that. What I have an issue with is people being hateful, rude and out of line.
We are all God’s children. Some people think that is one of the biggest clichés, whether you are a Christian or not, we are all human. No single person can justify what is right or wrong. If this is a Christianity call, and telling someone they are less Christian for their beliefs that alone makes you less Christian for deciding that. Only God can judge us. I enjoy seeing people post, learning more, and learning more about a person based on how they feel towards the situation. I believe that everyone can have an opinion. I believe that those opinions and beliefs should be shared however they want. I believe that people should be able to talk to one another and learn from each other. I DON’T believe that we, as a society, as individuals, as equal humans should be the one to decide whether it’s right or wrong, justified or not, Christian or not, and good or bad.
It makes me sad to see what some are saying to others based off their beliefs and opinions. We all get a little heated at times and don’t think before we speak, or in most cases, type. Remember the people you are responding to are typically people you have a relationship with, don’t ruin that relationship by something typed in the heat of the moment. I think we all need to take a moment to pray and ask for guidance, acceptance towards others and a clean heart.
As my mom and dad always say, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12
“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.” Proverbs 11:17