Hatred and Faith

This past week has been full of things that have made me angry and sad.  There have been some things that made me sick to my stomach, and things that had me pacing around the house trying to control the rage that wanted to bubble out of me.  I have wanted to scream at people I don’t even know.

What started it all was the death of Jackass and Viva La Bam star Ryan Dunn.  I read the article when I woke up that morning and i was sad.  I felt that the world had lost a very funny and interesting person.  I am always grieved by death.  We all should be.  I was moved to comment on the article and simply stated “How sad!  RIP Ryan.”  Over the course of that day my comment was flooded with replies to the tune of “SAD?  He was a drunk!”  and “Good riddance!”…  I responded to all the commenters by saying that “yes, it is sad when any person dies.  We all make our mistakes and live with the consequences.  He was no different from any of us.”  (paraphrased, but you get the point.)  Some commenters were truly saddened and some were putting hate all over that message board.  This incident was the first that made me feel nauseous.

A few days later, we get the news that New York has legalized gay marriage!  What a win! I felt so happy for all my LGBT friends in NY!   But of course,  the bashing and hate spewing began.  *I really need to NOT read comments on articles.  It only makes me doubt humanity…*  Even with all the disgusting hatred lurking around the internet, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the people who had won a bit more equality.

Finally a couple of days ago, an exchange happened on Facebook that had me ill and shaking with rage.   A friend of mine posted a quote that they thought was funny.  One of their family members decided it was a good time to blast my friend and their spouse for the supposed “non christian” way they lived.  the family member said the spouse was blasphemous,  and again I saw hate spewing forth onto the internet.  I defended my friend to the best of my ability as did other friends of theirs.

Now, let me share with you my thoughts about all of this.

I am a Christian.  I believe in God.  I believe in Jesus Christ.

I believe in Love.

I believe that love is the most important tenet of being a christian.  I think that christians that use hatred, such as Westboro Baptist Church, are sickening.  They make a mockery of the very faith they proclaim to follow.  There are also the lower key people who put that hatred into “concern” for your spiritual well-being.  They try to fit you and your faith into the little box THEY feel is the right way.  That to me is not love.  It is very hard for me to write this and think logically right now.  I want to lump all the fundamentalist right-wing conservatives into their little box and fling them into the ocean.. But that is not love.

We all have the right to believe what we want to believe.  I know a lot of the people I grew up with and went to school with would debate with me all day long about my support of my LGBT friends.  A lot of people would tell me that these people are going to hell.

No, they are not.  I appreciate what they believe, but I believe differently.

Folks, let me tell you, God is entirely too big for the box we put him in.  With all the denominations believing THEIR way of faith is correct, with all the separate religions believing THEIR way of faith is correct,  we cannot possibly know.  Now is the point where, the peanut gallery directs me to scripture.  Trust me.  I’ve read it.  Trust me when I say, I’ve done my homework.  Everything I have learned in my life has led me to this point.

I will not be a BLIND follower.

I will put that scripture up to studies of history, science, archeology and the like to see how the scripture holds.

The internet is a wonderful thing.  Research is made easier, we can connect all across the globe with friends, family and even complete strangers.  I love the internet.  But as i demonstrated earlier, the internet has made it easier to put hatred out there.  We sit here anonymous behind our keyboards, so very willing to blast our belief system into other people’s homes.  This is a double-edged sword though.  We also get inundated with other people’s belief systems.  The internet is a tool though.  We must use it wisely.

If there are comments to be made on this blog, please feel free.  I will exercise my right of the delete button if things get out of hand.  I want people to debate, I want minds to be open.  I want us to examine why we believe what we believe.  I just ask that you keep things civil.  Respect and love each other, even if we do not agree.

Love as thou wilt my friends,

Liz

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2 Responses to “Hatred and Faith”

  1. “Folks, let me tell you, God is entirely too big for the box we put him in…I will not be a BLIND follower…I will put that scripture up to studies of history, science, archaeology and the like to see how the scripture holds.”

    YES!!! 🙂 If you were in Toledo or nearby, I would tell you to come to the University Church because my pastor preaches this in one way or another EVER WEEK! 😀

    Also, THANK YOU for sticking up for me and the hubby. Your love and compassion was evident and it goes such a long way in our hearts ***HUG***

    • I truly dont believe God wants us to be stupid. He wants us to educate ourselves and be critical thinkers! For too long i WAS that blind follower. I look back and thank God that i moved beyond all that!

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