There is an unrest in America. It easily turns to anger and attack. We don’t discuss, we just take sides and attack anyone who disagrees with us. If we continue down this road, we will destroy the freedom, we enjoy. I may not agree with you on many issues, but I would bet that we have more in common than not.
Let us focus on our commonalities and respect our differences. Today, I was attacked on social media for a statement I made, that was really simply support for the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the latest shooting. Now at first, I was ready to take a sound “red alert, shields up” stance. But then I stepped back and considered why would someone who doesn’t know me, get so angry about something I said that was so benign. So I looked through their feed, to see other stances they took. I did find that I was not the only one they attacked, and actually got off easy. However, as I looked at the people they followed, I discovered that we had more common ground than not. They took issue with my faith and the words of comfort I used, no doubt they have been hurt by religion, (something else we have in common) and they mistook my words for empty platitudes. I understand why they would think this, because most of what our leaders and people in this country are doing is simply empty words and devoid of action and change. However if they took the time to get to know me, they would have seen that my words of comfort are for those who are hurting, however my words to the rest of us is a call to action, a call to change.
Yesterday, I paid my respects in person to the victims of the Pulse shooting and reaffirmed to my giving my voice and life to justice and change that would hopefully make this world a safer place for all of us. Something that is going to take all of us! Less than 24 hours later, we had another shooting where teens and Tweens were shot and killed.How many innocents must we lose? Do we value the privilege of guns more than our Country? I am reminded of a pastor’s blog a few weeks ago, “In Guns We Trust”.
As I looked around Pulse yesterday, it put the interviews in perspective from June 12th. So much loss! A direct attack on our Latin LGBTQ family and allies. We lost innocents there and we have lost so many innocents. Their blood cries out for justice and change.
Fear, hatred, judgement and intolerance is destroying our country. We must get real and address the root problems and solutions. This will not be pretty and the work not easy, but it is necessary for our survival. We must talk. We must share, we must start a real conversation followed by real actions. Hatred is the problem. More hate does not solve it, but unity in action will! You may not like my faith, or my sexuality but we still have other commonalities we share in our humanity than we can agree on, unite about and bring real lasting change!
I understand, the unrest, I understand the anger, what I don’t understand is the lack of action. Maybe, our unrest comes from our inaction.