Friday, July 3, 2015

Peace, Love and Harmony

I think we got along better before social media came along, we followed the rules of etiquette that religion and politics shouldn’t be discussed in general groups and there was no Face Book or Twitter for public bashing.

This week two events, neither having anything to do with the other, have turned this United States of America upside down and inside out.

A very sick and confused young man sat in a church for over an hour during a bible study in Charleston South Carolina, only to gun down nine human beings, who would later be determined to have been his planned victims/targets all along.  So many things have been talked about and decided about, and at some point the Southern Flag of Confederacy entered the picture as a participating culprit and it was decided that ALL of those flags in the land must come down from their poles, come off the shelves of sale items, and be banned from every single government building and monument that exists.

I personally do not believe that guns nor flags kill anyone as they stand alone, but the minds who own them and carry them we can never really know, until a tragedy reveals the whole story. It is my opinion, that mental health is one of the biggest issues in this country receiving the least attention.

Then today the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of legalizing same sex marriages for the entire United States. I don’t know about your computer but mine absolutely blew-up about 10am this morning. So many pro and con comments flying in every direction, some simply stating their opinions, some so very happy and finally acknowledged, and some were downright ugly. 

On this matter, I sit in judgement of no one. I believe you love who you love and should be free to do so, marriage inclusive. To quote a friend of mine today “who am I as a filthy sinner to judge them or anyone, I only have to answer for myself when that time comes”.

The 4th of July is right around the corner, the holiday that celebrates our country’s independence and freedoms. Our right to live in this country with our own thoughts and opinions, freedom of whether we practice religion or not, and the ability to follow our own political party of choice. I’m just not sure it’s original meanings of those freedoms was for all of us to tear each other down with raw hate in our words and our hearts when the opinions of others do not agree with our own. We are slowing but surely ripping apart our own neighborhoods, cities, and small towns with all of this misery and hurt. We have got to learn to live together, among one another, with respect and love for one another, and let that bell of freedom ring true, not dulled with the thickness of built-up madness, hate and tragic deaths.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I was once lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.” 

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