So much hate in this world today, and it’s difficult to remain fully immune to it sometimes.
At least for me.
Seems there’s madness everywhere I turn. Short tempers, raised voices, bullying, mocking, beatings, murders…
As you may or may not be aware, “go kill yourself” has apparently become an acceptable insult, at least on social media. Most of the punks who spew this kind of garbage wouldn’t have the guts to be so vindictive in person.
Someone dares to have an opinion which doesn’t line up with the majority, and angry fools squeal, “Go kill yourself!”
I suppose these idiots think messages like this are funny:
I’ve typed and retyped a response to these pictures in this blog, each time deleting it. As a Christian, I can’t do it without my VILE anger cascading out, aimed directly at the deranged imbeciles who think this crap is funny .
As someone who has had family members commit suicide, these depraved messages are BEYOND offensive.
The thing is, people are killing themselves.
I recently read about an adult film actress who, fearing for her own safety, refused to do a sex scene with a man who had been having unprotected sex on film in other pornographic movies.
Turns out her would-be partner acted in a few gay films, so people labeled the young woman a “hater,” and relentlessly harassed her on Twitter.
“Gay hater!” they spat.
“You should be ashamed!!”
“Go kill yourself!” a few wrote.
In December, 2017, 23-year-old August Ames did just that, committing suicide by hanging.
Sad thing is, most people didn’t care because she was a “porn star.” Never mind the fact that her friends all said she was one of the sweetest, kindest people they knew.
Even sadder is there was a six-month period when five young, adult film actresses passed away, either by suicide or drug overdose.
You can read about this tragedy here: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/5-young-female-porn-stars-dead-in-3-months-what-is-behind-recent-spate-of-deaths
But that’s ok, they’re all just “sluts” anyway, right?
How dare we.
Tell me: HOW LOW DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO SINK BEFORE THEIR DEATH NO LONGER MATTERS?
In the biblical book of John, chapter eight, a lady was caught in adultery. Not sure why the DUDE wasn’t dragged out in the street and almost stoned to death, as she was, but that’s another story. People felt this precious lady was lower than a dog, and wanted to kill her.
Jesus, however, forgave her. He showed love, when nearly everyone around Him was vomiting hatred and murderous intentions.
But we let our judgmental attitudes decide whose life is precious and whose is not.
It’s like when we hear about the homicide of a female, but breathe a little easier when we hear it was “only” a prostitute.
As if that suddenly makes it acceptable. “They put themselves in that position,” we say. Meanwhile, there is a dad or sister or daughter who was not only dealing with the sadness of their relative being “out on the streets,” but now has to process the fact that this person was killed.
How many of us, when we hear the news of someone dying in our neighborhood or a friend’s family, immediately dismiss it because, after all, it’s “just another drug overdose?”
Families ripped apart by violence, sadness and death, but it’s “just another overdose,” or “just another prostitute,” so it’s cool, right? No biggie.
Shame on us. Who’s to say the desperate lengths we would go to if we were poor, homeless and/or addicted? What if that was YOUR mom? What if that was your sister or best friend from high school?
Anger, strife, contention, hatred…
It’s everywhere. Oddly enough, as I began typing this blog, a song came gently whispering through my speakers…
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
Well, how’s THIS for a little dose of reality?
In Matthew 7:2, Jesus said, “For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.”
Additionally, as we just celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day this past Monday, I stand with him:
“For I have seen too much hate, and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love.”
From Martin Luther King Jr’s speech, “Where do we go from here?”
Keep your judgments. Keep your bullying and your violence and your hate.
I’ll dare to be the weirdo who stands up for love, no matter what.