Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve neglected my blogging. In fact, I’ve neglected it so much, I had to reset my password here because I had forgotten it. I have some things I need to update and write about, but first and foremost, I want to share a response a great friend of mine posted on facebook today. I’ve been wanting to say these very same words for a long time, but she puts it so eloquently. Without further ado:
I’m not a hater!
I was in for a real shock yesterday. I went to read an article posted by one of my Facebook friends, and found out that I am, apparently, a “hater”. According to this article, because I am a Christian conservative, I not only hate gays, but I hate Muslims, President Obama, black people, women who want to do whatever they want to with their own bodies, immigrants and labor unions. I love war, and I just want America to spend the money to be in a war, not necessarily to win said war. Oh yes, and I like torture. I hate liberals, moderates, and those who disagree with my Conservative dogma. Wow. I even demonize everyone who is not rich, white, or in a heterosexual relationship with a submissive and obedient wife. I am truly a horrible person by this writer’s standards. I wonder how the writer came to these conclusions. Certainly some of it has to do with people like those who belong to Westboro Baptist Church, Harold Camping, and Terry Jones. The rest, I’m sure, is a product of Liberal media. But what you don’t usually see, or hear, is what the Christians are doing when people like Terry Jones want to burn the Qur’an, or when Westboro Baptist Church protests a soldiers funeral. You don’t hear of the millions of Christians who want to tell you the truth against the words of Harold Camping. You just assume because they call themselves “Christian” that we’re all like that. But you wouldn’t dare say that because someone is a Muslim, they’re all hell bent on taking over airplanes and flying them into buildings. That would be politically incorrect and offensive.
I guess I’d like to set the record straight.
First of all, I don’t hate gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, or trans-genders. Do I disagree with their lifestyle? Yes. Is that my right (as of today) as an American? Yes. Do I have a right to bully them, disregard them, treat them at a lower standard then anyone else? No. Do I have a right to tell them the Good News of Jesus Christ? Yes. Do they have to listen? No. See, that’s the great thing about America. We are a melting pot of many cultures and diversities. And we have the right to agree or disagree on any number of subjects.
I don’t hate Muslims, though I respectfully disagree with what their religion believes. And the majority of Muslims respectfully disagree with the Christian religion. As American Muslims, do they have that right? Absolutely. I don’t hate our current President, although I disagree with a majority of his politics and beliefs. I don’t hate Black people, and don’t believe them all to be on food stamps. I want people who live in oppressive countries to come and find the freedom of that oppression in America. By golly, I even welcome them. As long as come here legally. And while I’ve learned in the business world that unions can be destructive to the business side of things, I think they stand for workers rights, so I don’t hate them either.
But I haven’t talked about the touchiest subject yet. This subject, I believe, has divided the country more than any other topic.
I want to put it in another perspective first. Let’s say there is an owner of one male horse and one female horse. The male and the female do what God created them to do, they mate, and the female horse becomes pregnant. Well, the owner can’t afford to feed a third horse, so he decides he’s going to kill it, while its STILL IN THE HORSE. The organization PETA finds out about this and is outraged! How inhumane is it to kill a baby horse! The owner should have been more responsible and not allowed the two horses to get together, not make that cute little baby horse pay the consequences! How is that right? The owner is brought down in front of a judge and charged with abuse of an animal, is no longer allowed to have animals and must give over the rights of the parent horses to the SPCA. We can’t do that to animals, there are laws against that. But why is it ok to do that with a human? Oh, I know the arguments well. It’s a woman’s body, she has the right to do what she wants, blah blah blah. Except here’s the problem. Though the baby may be IN the woman, it is an entirely different entity. And if most of America didn’t believe that, then there wouldn’t be laws such as a murderer being brought up on TWO counts of murder for killing a mother and her unborn child. Before the woman even knows she’s pregnant, the baby (notice I don’t use the word “fetus” or “blob of tissue”) has a beating heart. It has hands with cute little fingers and feet with tiny toes. It has a nose, and a mouth, and I say again, it has a beating heart. My cat’s heart is beating. If I killed one of my cats, on purpose, I’d be brought up on charges. It was ALIVE, its heart was beating. Do you not see the hypocrisy of this? I believe abortion is murder. I believe that if a woman doesn’t want to become pregnant, then she shouldn’t have sex, or at the very least be responsible and use protection. Oh, and just another tidbit of information, a side note if you like. The woman who started Planned Parenthood? She and Adolf Hitler were “on the same page” as far as beliefs. Planned Parenthood has done all sorts of stuff to try to block out that part of history. Look it up. Her name was Margaret Sanger.
I don’t love war. I don’t want our soldiers dying. I don’t like it. In fact, I hate war. But when extremists come to OUR country, fly airplanes into buildings, plant bombs in car garages, in shoes, or any number of other places, I don’t believe having a “sit down” over tea will solve the problem. You don’t negotiate with terrorists because it doesn’t work, and they don’t care. Torture? Nope, I don’t like that either. But if said terrorist knows when the next bombing of 3000 Americans is going to happen, I’m not against it either.
See, this is where I get confused about our country. We cringe at the thought of torture, as we should because it really is deplorable, but then cry out in rage when we didn’t do enough to stop a terrorist attack. A mountain lion with cubs kills a single mother of 2 children, and more money is raised to help the CUBS then the CHILDREN. We send millions and millions and MILLIONS of dollars over seas, when our own homeless population is astounding. We ignore the helpless vets who fought for our country, but save the goats (or any other animal) being slaughtered in such-n-such country. We’re ok with illegal immigrants coming into America taking jobs (illegally) while an American born man, who, by the way, is willing to do the same work, can’t find the job because its taken…illegally. Our businesses go over seas because the tax rates are SO high, its cheaper for them to have employees over seas. But here in America? Let’s tax them to the highest amount, so they have to lay off workers, not hire anyone only because the business is just trying to survive… What is wrong with our Country?
And while I’m on my tangent, I might as well talk about the separation of Church and State. We really need to learn our history better. Take a class about how European settlers came to the Americas and why they did. When you find out WHY they did, go back and read our Constitution. No where, not ONE place, does it mention “Separation of Church and State”. If you read it all correctly it says “freedom OF religion” not freedom FROM religion. There is a big difference.
One more thing before my closing statement. I don’t agree with gay marriage. But I also don’t agree with heterosexual people getting married and divorced over and over and sometimes over again. So if a law came along and said that people had the right to marry and divorce as many times as they wanted to (and really, although its not a law, its pretty much the way it is right now anyway), and I got a chance to vote on it, I’d vote against that too. Marriage is not disposable. How did I learn that? By divorce. But I amended it. I repented of it. If your marriage is broken, FIX it. It sounds judgmental, I know. I also understand that in some circumstances it simply isn’t possible to stay married. Even as I write this, I think of my wonderful brother who went through a painful divorce and is still paying for it, literally. Sometimes the person you married turned out to be someone different that wasn’t evident during the dating or engagement period, as I believe was the case with my brother. But if you believe in the institution of marriage, don’t abuse it.
My final note. My God, my Teacher, my Friend Jesus did not teach me to hate. He taught me to take the plank out of my own eye first. He taught me to love. He taught me that He died for EVERYONE, not just those we pick and chose. The love that He has taught me is nothing like earthly love. It goes far beyond that. It goes to the very heart and soul of a person, to love them when no one else does. To touch the untouchables, to reach the unreachable, and to see the beauty in His creation. We cannot pick and chose what we want to believe in the Bible as Thomas Jefferson did. We are to “rightly divide the Word of God”, which means to study it, to fully understand its meaning before we start spouting it off. At the end of the day, at the end of my life, I am accountable to God alone, just like everyone else. I will not hold to this worlds values, but to Gods. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one enters into Heaven except through Jesus. Get to know Him. He’s one of the good guys.
So to those of you who say I’m a hater, I will have to respectfully disagree.