But it’s also been a little bit stifling. Right now, I’m just going to write. Because right now, I need to write. Right now I am so sad.
Two shootings. Two people so filled with anger and hate that they felt a need to explode on the world around them. Two people who didn’t value life, who didn’t care about anyone else. I’ve read the reports, I’ve seen the images. And it hurts.
It hurts that so much more time has been spent on the Chick Fil A thing than these shootings. That so much more energy is being put into standing for what people believe in, even when it causes pain, when it causes hate. So much anger.
And then there’s this shooting at the Sikh temple. Do you know anything about the Sikhs? They are a peace-loving wonderful people. No one deserves this, least of all them. Did you hear how the people of the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, in accordance to the teachings of their faith, went and administered food and water to the members of the police forces and the media? This, in their time of pain.
Why aren’t hundreds of thousands of people not going to Sikh temples and standing with them now? Because they aren’t serving chicken sandwiches? Because this doesn’t constitute standing up for the traditional family? I’m more afraid of God’s condemnation over a country who spends so much energy fighting over something like gay marriage, and so much less supporting and sustaining others- no matter what their religion, their sexual orientation, their race. We’ve got it so wrong.
Tonight we will pray for the Sikhs, and we will pray for those who are hurting because of other people’s hate. We will pray for a country that makes me sad.
13 thoughts on “Because Right Now, I’m Sad.”
"I'm more afraid of God's condemnation over a country who spends so much energy fighting over something like gay marriage, and so much less supporting and sustaining others- no matter what their religion, their sexual orientation, their race. We've got it so wrong."Seriously. Priorities are backwards; we fight for what's least important and give minimal attention to what's truly important. It is sad, sad, sad.
I have been praying for the Sikh people since I heard about this. Very sad, indeed.
It breaks my heart that these things happen. If there is one place where you should be safe, it's in your place of worship.
"I'm more afraid of God's condemnation over a country who spends so much energy fighting over something like gay marriage, and so much less supporting and sustaining others- no matter what their religion, their sexual orientation, their race. We've got it so wrong."AMEN x100
Very well said. It’s so easy to lose perspective of what should really matter.
This is beautifully stated and so very true.
Like most Mormons, I was baptized at 8, with little understanding of the church or covenant I was entering. But in the subsequent years, I have realized that if the covenant has any meaning at all, if I bare any responsibility, it is to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those who stand in need of comfort. It's not always easy. There are times when I'm tempted to turn away from suffering and times when I don't know where to begin; but I trust that with God's help, we can be agents for good, we can help others feel God's love, we can mitigate harm.Love you Lexi, keep up the good work!
The media is focusing so much on the drama, or course, but there are a lot of good people in this world doing really good things. Loving, compassionate service. Cheer up, Charlie.
I'm sad with you, Lexi. I pray we all learn to look to what is truly important and "Love our brother as ourselves".
Lexi, I am there too. I have been thinking of something to write about getting back to treating people well and loving them because they are people– instead of fighting and hating. My heart is just sick for the lack of love and support for people who are hurting (especially in light of recent shootings). Some where along the way or several some wheres along the way our country as a whole has turned the wrong direction. Away from community, away from support, away from basic humanity, to a place that thrives on hate and anger. It breaks my heart, and I am sure it breaks God's heart to see all the hate happening "in His name." Eventually I will get to place where I can find words to explain my heart.
This is why I do not blog. Because there is always someone, somewhere, just waiting to attack every post a person is willing to publish, no matter what the contents. And when it comes to anything dealing with Chick Fil A and all it entails, the first ones to attack are the ones who project themselves to be HOLIER THAN THOU, the regular church goers, the ones who should not judge, yep those people. It's sort of the same with my son, Noah, who has Down syndrome. There are those who bully, who hit, who hurt and who torment children just like him, just because they are "different", even though he would NEVER do this to anyone ever. It's funny, you don't really hear stories about people who are gay judging, attacking or disliking because of someone else's beliefs. Weird huh?
Im sorry I know I am going to get skewered here but I have to kindly disagree with the previous comment. A man who happens to own a business was asked what his beliefs on marriage are. He gave an honest answer. And now he is being attacked, his businesses are being boycotted, and political figures have decided to ban any future building of his business in their cities. I would have to say that in my opinion that constitutes, judging, attacking, and disliking. I believe tolerance and understanding should be applied to people on both sides of the fence. I do however whole heartedly agree with you Lexi. Too much time and energy is focused on the things that don't really matter such as where I get my chicken fix from.
I should have just read "Down in the Basement" or at least it was something close to that…and just typed…ditto or amen. That was one wickedly smart and fantastically written post. I don't know who she is but I would definitely join her in the basement. Thank you for the link.