When I look around and see what is happening in our country, what is happening around the world, I feel sad. So much hate, division and Intolerance. We have leaders who instead of bringing us together actually divide us more by taking sides (even though they try to hide it). Loud minorities cause chaos, anger, riots and even murder and they are being defended by others as well as our leaders. It seems that the world has turned upside down. Criminals are being protected and law enforcement is being attacked.
I think we all know that evil exists and we all know that racism is real, but accusing everyone of racism simply because there are a few who are like that is wrong. Accusing the whole police force of racism, hatred and such is also wrong. Every family/ group/ community has some bad apples, but that doesn’t mean the rest of them are the same way. I am so sick of hearing people label others.
Racism isn’t a color thing. Anyone can be a racist. Using the race card is way out of control and it makes me angry when people use such a lame excuse when they don’t get what they want, or someone disagrees with them. People who do that are just as arrogant and prideful as the ones they’re accusing of being racist. They are being a hypocrite! I mean how do you know that the other person is really a racist? By accusing someone else of hating you for your skin color simply because they have a different opinion and view on things, you are doing the exact same thing you accuse them of doing. Why is it so hard to accept a person like who he/she is even though we don’t agree on everything?
There isn’t just one group who matters and is important. We are all created by the same God and we all matter. It is time that we remember who we are and that we should stand up and protect those who can’t defend themselves but we shouldn’t tolerate behavior that is wrong and lawless. We need to be responsible again for our own actions and stop blaming everyone around us for everything that is going wrong. No matter what situation we are in, there is always something we can do, and speaking up is definitely part of it as long as it is done the right way.
I have friends from all kinds of different backgrounds, religions, political views and countries. I am grateful that I know so many different people and yes there are many times when we don’t agree on things. We don’t have to agree on everything to be kind and be a friend. I’ve had my fair share of discussions and even arguments, but no matter how I want to change someone’s elses point of view sometimes, I have to respect that they have the same right I do. I have been in situations when I clearly wondered why I was friends with that person in the first place and other times I did have to step away from a “friend” because they tried to force their opinion on me in such an aggressive way that I had to make the boundaries very clear. But with most people I can disagree and then we just focus on the things we agree on. Whenever I get to a point of not being sure whether or not this friendship works, I try to remember the reason why we became friends to begin with. I try to remember the things we agree on and I try to remember that despite some hardcore disagreements we love one another for many other reasons. It is like being married to someone. We will not always agree with our spouse either, because we come from different backgrounds, families and even cultures, but we can find a common ground. Marriage needs work every single day and it has to come from both partners. Other relationships function the same way. We can’t just become friends and then hope things will work out somehow. If we have differences we can either try to work it out or we can agree to disagree. We will never be able to change someone else’s opinion unless that person wants to change it himself. If we try to force someone to agree with us, it will never end well. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t discuss it. Discussions should be done in a respectful way though and as I said both should be willing to agree to disagree when it is clear that we are thinking too differently on a certain topic. I love my friends and family members. I might not always like what they do and say, but I love them. I will always try to get along with people and respect and accept them for who they are as long as they do the same in return. Disagreeing on issues, lifestyles and opinions does not equal hate or racism. It just means we don’t see eye to eye on certain things and that’s okay. As Rick Warren put it: …”You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”