I know this isn't the first article, post, or opinion you've read regarding this topic. It made national television, went viral on the internet, and has been the trend of nearly every conversation for the last few days. And it still infuriates me.
I keep hearing all the "heartfelt wishes" for America to "evolve..." We need to "evolve" into a new way of thinking, "change" the way we view crime only when committed by certain races, and "transform" what marriage is, has been, and will be. Well, I don't believe in the theory of evolution one bit... Yet, even I look at videos and news clips and think to myself, These people are barbaric! They're running around like cavemen, starting fires, and grunting and groaning like idiots. And I don't even want to hear, Well, they're hurting, or, They're just longing for justice. That is malarkey if there is such a thing. Any and all participating in these ludicrous riots are the injustice. How just is it for innocent bystanders to have to hideaway in fear or children miss school due to probable harm? What about the good, moral, kind human beings that have worked tirelessly to build businesses that have been damaged or burned in this madness? Where is their justice?
Hear me now and understand that I do not like the thought of someone being killed at all, let alone unfairly. TD Jakes said it best, "We're not saying we don't want our youth tried; we just want it done in a courtroom instead of on the streets." I get that. But, if the way people are choosing to "take a stand" is any indication of the victim's behavior... Well, I don't think I really need to say anymore. I also want to make it clear that I'm not saying it's impossible that an occasional citizen in uniform hasn't acted out of anger and sheer frustration. However, why has this become an issue of race? What about similar cases in which the color of the skin was reversed? For example, what about Dillon Taylor? Does that name ring any bells? Probably not. This incident didn't make the headlines like that of Michael Brown. Dillon Taylor was an unarmed 20 year old white male that was killed by a black police officer in Utah right outside a 7/11. Let's not forget about white 18 year old Gilbert Collar, if we've even heard of him. Although unarmed, he was killed by Trevis Austin, a cop of a darker color. There's also the case of Cameron Tillman. He was a 14 year old African American unarmed boy shot and killed by an officer sharing his skin color. Where was the outrage over this tragedy? It just doesn't make the news, because it's not going to create enough energy or animosity... and that's what American has become infatuated with.
Do you see my point? These issues are not about race. The "race card" really can't be played anymore in most cases. I understand that there are always going to be ignorant people that can't see past skin color, ethnicity, or even religion for that matter. But the majority of the population doesn't even think twice about it. Seriously. Do you know who has been in the White House for the last 7 years?
People are people no matter what they look like. They all have talents, skills, and gifts to offer the world. I am a strong advocate of treating people right and looking at the "content of their character." I abhor the thought of anyone being treated unfairly for any reason at all, but especially because of anything as meaningless as an outward characteristic. But, I'm also sick and tired of being on the defense because of my appearance. I'm a white woman... and if I say "black" some people are offended. If I say "colored" people are taken aback. If I describe someone by saying "white woman" or "African-American gentleman," a comment of disapproval is never far away. You can't say "Muslim" without a "Why does that matter?," and now "really skinny" and "bigger" have become words that can easily destroy your reputation if spoken around the right person. If you know me at all, you know what I think: We were created equal and God loves us all. Period. If you don't know me yet, don't dare assume how I feel about situations simply because of where I come from.
If we're not being attacked because we're a part of the so-called "majority" regarding color, we have to shield ourselves from darts thrown at our belief system. Apparently Christians are now old-school and unlearned simply because this faith has been around for millenniums. If you're someone who upholds, respects, and supports traditional marriage you're immediately classified as a bigot and a hater, instead of someone who simply stands by their moral conviction; one in which has forever been appreciated and valued. If it's not something the gay community is after, there's always the feminists. So now people who are against the inhumane torture and death of an unborn child can't speak of it without being spat at and mocked because of our "selfish, conservative ways." But then, if you agree with a parents right to correctly spank their child, you're showing support of abuse? If you eat meat, be prepared for someone to preach at you about animal treatment. If you fully encourage homeschooling, please know that you will be labeled as one who stands in the way of your child's proper social development.
It will never end. The very ones who cry out for "justice and equality" are the same ones who lash out and destroy businesses and reputations either by defacing their property or attacking their faith with a lawsuit. It's become acceptable, and even applauded, to belittle anyone associated with any majority group. They receive nothing short of national humiliation, because they were literally targeted for the sole purpose of having their thoughts and opinions criticized. Ridiculous and ruthless.
Remember Phil Roberson? How about Tim Tebow? And most recently, Christian owners of bakeries? Remember that animosity I mentioned earlier? That is the fire fueling our country; not the pursuit of justice. Our culture is driven by revenge, is in love with quarreling, and has become addicted to looking for offenses to address. The larger part of the population has fallen prey to immaturity and selfish behavior.
I appreciate so much the people of every race, nation, gender, and religion that have learned to view humans as just that: humans. We all breathe the same air, our entrance into this world is achieved the same way, and one day we will all die. No one is any better than another. There is no respect of persons with God, (Deuteronomy 10:17, Romans 2:11, Acts 10:34, etc...) and there shouldn't be with any of His children either. There is a way to love others, without always agreeing with their choices. Pray for wisdom to get it right no matter which end of the spectrum you fall on.
It can be done, and I'm delighted to say some are leaving quite the example. Despite the countless crazies, there have been some who have taken a stand and won the respect of this great country during this time of immaturity and shame. I'm sure you've ran across these photos before, but they are worthy of re-sharing.
|Amazing people offering protection for cops.|
|A mother doing her job. Get it!|
|Precious baby... I want to hug him!|
1 Chronicles 7:14- If my people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven; I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.