2.17.2018

a rant

I don't like to write about politics online. I have very strong opinions, but I keep them for my friends and family. I don't believe in adding to the white noise on the internet. Someone who shares my belief has said what I want to say, better than I could say it. But sometimes I just need to get some things off my chest, even if this isn't the kind of thing I normally post or feel comfortable posting.

I'm just so tired of this world. I hate these horrendous, gut-wrenching tragedies like the shooting in Florida, but I hate the backlash online almost as much. That probably makes me sound like a terrible person, but after so many shootings, you start to feel a little desensitized. Instead of people sharing about their lives on social media, every single post becomes ground zero for another debate on gun control. I know a lot of people think this is a good thing, but I don't. Has a nasty comment ever, EVER changed anyone's mind? No. Just like your political bumper sticker hasn't either. It solidifies those stereotypes and perceptions people on the other side already have of you.

It's not about guns and it never has been. It's about a country who has strayed from God and any sense of morals. John Adams said "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." I think about that quote a lot. No one would say our country is moral or religious. We are wicked, self-centered, and living based off our fleeting emotions instead of truth. Should guns belong in the hands of people like that? No. I don't think they should. But are guns helpful in protecting oneself again people like that? Absolutely. I'm not going to get into gun control. Many advocates for gun control are incredibly misinformed on the process of buying a gun. However, if I take myself out of my conservative box, forgetting the fact that our country was founded on the freedom to live as one wants, do I understand why people want guns to be taken away? I do. On a surface level, it makes sense. As someone who recognizes the moral decay of our culture, I can understand it. Honestly. It also doesn't mean I agree with it, but I won't get into that.

Here's what I do know: take all the guns away you want. There will never be peace until Jesus comes back. We live in a fallen world. It doesn't mean we don't work for peace, but you have to address the root cause. Shootings are just a symptom. Gun control is putting a bandaid on a festering wound that is slowly killing the body. You can hate Christianity and not believe in God, but do you see this world on a good trajectory right now? That's because it's rife with sin. And evil. Wars and rumors of wars, pestilence, it's all here. The world is groaning under the weight of all this right now.

This is a society where feminists complain about rape culture and toxic masculinity while simultaneously packing theaters for the 50 Shades movies, as if that makes any sense. A society where we persecute those who endanger animals, but we fight for the right to murder our unborn children, claiming it's "our choice" because it's our body, discounting the growing, precious life inside. A society where women pose naked to protest sexual harassment. Obviously a victim is NEVER at fault no matter what she was or was not wearing, but where is the self-respect and dignity? Is this really the best way to prove a point? A society where we trash our President as often as possible because we didn't vote for him. Yes, he's a scumbag and no I didn't vote for him, but it still sickens me to see the things people do and say. He's still our President, get over it. We don't always get what we want. I'm so tired of this "resistance" mentality, as if women are the most persecuted people group on the planet. GUESS WHAT, we're not. Unless we're in the middle east where women can't drive cars or get an education. But there are crickets with the feminists when it comes to that. This is a society where "Christians" think they can pick and choose the parts of the Bible they want to believe, claiming the rest is outdated. Guess what? Doesn't work that way. God is, was, and always will be the same. Don't claim Christianity if you aren't living it.

Because I don't agree with the majority of people in this country does NOT mean I am full of hatred. The word "hate" is thrown around so much its lost all meaning. Loving someone does not mean you have to accept their beliefs. My daughter doesn't believe she should have to eat her vegetables. I don't love her any less, but I don't agree with that belief and I challenge it, because THAT is love--loving is wanting the best for someone and fighting for it. But there is no point in me challenging someone online who disagrees with me. No point whatsoever unless I'm in the mood to raise my blood pressure.

I'm tired of all of this. The online fighting, the hashtags, the "good vibes," changing your profile picture, none of it does anything but make you feel good about yourself.  Evil is evil, and hashtags aren't going to do anything to stop it. Everyone is angry about something, and you can't be angry unless you post about it online so everyone knows how angry you are and applauds you for "doing something about it," and that angers someone else who sees it differently, and they post something which angers someone else, and we have a vicious cycle. I know people think this online chatter affects real change, but all I see are a bunch of furious people and inflammatory statements. Real change comes from raising our children to create a different kind of society. To love the people in our lives and take care of them no matter how different they are from us. To teach our children morals and personal responsibility. To teach them truth. To teach them to love others and take care of them.

All of that will help, but nothing will really change without a return to Jesus. A country rejecting God will lose God's protection. The more we lose His protection and choose to go our own way, the more evil will prevail. You don't have to believe me. That's fine. You can scoff at the power of prayer, that's fine. It's done actual miracles in my life. This is a heartbreaking, scary world, but we can have peace that one day, all will be restored and set right. If you don't want that, it's your choice. It's ok. But we can have the hope of Heaven one day. We can have joy in our darkest moments. We have a God who created us, loves us, DIED FOR US, and will come back to restore this world. He didn't promise us comfort. He promised us tribulation, but He already overcame this broken world, and He will do it again. I yearn for everyone to know this truth. It's possible to have hope in the midst of these disgusting tragedies. Satan won't win in the ned.

I know this offended most of you. It's ok. This is the one time I'm going to throw my two cents in, not in a cutesy Twitter soundbite, angry Facebook post, or Instagram micro-blog with accompanying irrelevant picture. I'm not here to fight. I can't even pretend to be well-versed in statistics and laws. I'm not here to start a chain reaction of anger. If you disagree with me, I still love you. If you hate me, I still love you. You can unfriend me, block me, call me whatever name you want. I'm not going to engage in any kind of fight. I'm just here to say this: return to Jesus. You can take the guns, impeach Trump, do whatever you want, but nothing will actually get better without God. Evil is running rampant. The Bible says it will get worse before it gets better. It's a scary world, but we can live it with peace and without fear of the future.

24 comments:

  1. Friend, you just said EVERYTHING that has gone through my head at one time or another recently. I could say so much, but you just said it all and I’ll just say amen to every word of it.

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  2. Girl. This post is spot on. It's so sickening to log on and to read all of the bull crap. Especially when all I've seen lately are the posts against Christianity (Pence and his beliefs, or how people are sick and tired of prayers in tragedy). I felt full of anger myself as it flashed across my mind today of things that I saw posted from days ago. I should probably just delete all social media apps off of my phone again for awhile.

    I'm determined to just ridiculously love the people around me (same beliefs or not) and work to change things that way.

    Thanks for voicing the words I've been too exhausted to post myself.

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    1. Yes! Stupid things people say get stuck in my head, and they upset me for days. It's ridiculous that it's something we have to see, and ridiculous that I allow it to upset me the way it does. I've had to really distance myself from the internet at times like these, because my hyper sensitive self cannot handle it. It seems like so much striving in vain.

      YES. Me too. Let's just love the people in our lives. You already do an amazing job of that!

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  3. So many of the arguments out there honestly make no sense when you really think about it. It horrifies me that a movie like 50 Shades is even playing in the theater and previews are/were shown seemingly every commercial break. MY DAUGHTER CAN SEE THIS. Ridiculous. I'm so thankful for the peace of Jesus and the fact that he never changes and has control of the future. That sermon I linked to in my post is on just that, and it was SO encouraging and I wish everyone could listen to it.

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  4. How are you able to write so coherently about all this? You are amazing. I can never find the words to say exactly what you just did. Amen and thank you for being a bright spot!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, Erin! I appreciate them so much and so thankful we're on the same page. Much love.

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  5. Well said.

    I struggle a lot with the hypocrisy of everything. It seems like there is no good balance between Christianity and political scandals, feminism and hatred or sexual immorality, patriotism and our identity in Christ alone. It's really hard to see these things. I wish people would stop making bold internet statements that don't look at the whole problem. The internet and social media can be excellent tools, but it breaks my heart when they get used for hate the way they do.

    Thanks for speaking up.

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  6. You basically spoke the exact thoughts that have been swirling around my mind lately. Come LORD Jesus, come!

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  7. Yes to the problem being sin and the evil in human hearts! I think a true revival of the gospel is the only thing that will really turn things around at this point, and I worry our country is too far gone for that to even happen. But we can pray just the same.

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  8. Well I agree with everyone above who said you took the words right out of their mouth. I wanted to stand up and clap when I finished reading this.

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  9. I agree with every feeling and feel the same way. facebook is exhausting after a tragedy. my heart hurts for everyone, and yes, I am praying for them. And I don't mean that in a trite way.

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  10. As a Jesus-loving, left-of-center feminist (I think we may see the word differently) who almost never posts on facebook anymore, I disagree AND agree. My heart aches for the victims and their families- just as it has ached dozens of times before. I agree on so many levels that we have let certain things fester in our culture and communities to the point where this happens and as a country we are, as you said, desensitized. Desensitized to the fact that God's children are being killed. Of course we are no remedy to sin- only Christ is that. In the meantime though, I am down for prayer, taking my babies to church, raising them to be strong and tenderhearted little ones who love God and love their neighbor, and yes, even supporting some bandaids, as you put it. I think we are expected to love others as he loved us- and I think that means both prayer and a "boots on the ground" approach.
    Thanks for your thoughts. I think thoughtful perspectives are always welcome- even if they're different from our own. And I hope mine did not come across as harsh.

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    1. Not harsh at all :) I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Thank you!

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  11. I just want to post this everywhere. honestly, I couldnt have said it better myself - your words are perfect with wisdom & TRUTH.

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  12. Yes and amen.

    I get so irritated every time I hear someone say Trump isn't their president. Do you live in America? Then he's your president. Even if you don't like the man in the office you still should be respectful of the position he fills.

    At church yesterday the pastor briefly mentioned the shooting. He didn't go into gun control and all that, but he did talk about praying for the families of those whose children/parents died. When these things happen I feel like all we hear about is the killer, the opinions about guns and how to keep it from happening again. Think of those poor families. It's so sad.

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  13. Wow! I agree with everything you wrote! Thanks for posting!

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  14. High fives and thumbs up for this post!!!!!!!!!!! I've noticed that I barely post on FB at all anymore unless it's an inspiring quote or something funny about parenting, because spreading online anger just doesn't do anyone any good. A lot of the hot-button issues, my husband and I just discuss them and are like, "Well, we just need to place it all in God's hands." Yes, we need to do what work we can in our world (I'm all about subsidiarity, the idea of working in your family and moving outward and addressing things at your level), but we also can't forget that, as you noted, nothing's really going to change about this society if we don't start turning back to God. I LOVE that John Adams quote :)

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  15. Thank you for sharing what was in my head.

    I'm so annoyed at everyone on FB right now. Even good Christian people I know are posting about guns. And I'm pro guns and have lots of reasons why but I think that when tragedy happens we need to point people to Jesus and let people mourn. I think it's terrible that everyone is just using it as a political battlefield. I think Satan is smiling. He's happy because someone killed 17 people and now he is happy that we are all fighting about guns.

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  17. Honestly, this is why I deleted my facebook last year. I couldn't handle it anymore, the anger and venom being spewed between people I love. I couldn't read it anymore.

    I loved this post and I agree wholeheartedly.

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  18. YES YES YES this. You've written it with so much more class and tact then I ever could, thank you!

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