It seems that many folks are quick to claim political independence. Our broken ‘2-Party’ political system makes that quite easy to want to flee to. I am still a believer that we’re actually a 1-Party system in disguise, but that argument is perhaps for another day.
Whenever it seems that the sky is falling, most of the ‘vocal moderates’ no longer seem very moderate.
Our President leads this by example. Whenever there is a shooting (for the few that actually make it to CNN & FOX News), more restrictive gun laws is always the answer. Anyone but the shooter receives blame. Typically, the NRA (which encourages responsible and safe gun ownership) is ALWAYS the target. On the another note, he has been quite silent about the two police shootings in Chicago (although he’s been quite vocal about several others including Ferguson)…and I believe it’s because he’s trying to distance himself, knowing that their ‘beloved’ mayor was once his Chief of Staff.
When the Planned-Parenthood shooting in Colorado occurred, much of the media quickly assumed that the shooter ‘must have been’ one of those crazy, Pro-Life PP protestors. Due to the fact that the male shooter identifies himself as a female, many others assumed he was a far-left liberal. Political sides were chosen…victims hardly acknowledged.
When the shooting in California happened, the media was quick to point out how many of the weapons were legally purchased as they were to point out how many folks had just lost their lives. What about the bombs in their home…were those household ingredients legally obtained? Does it matter? Hundreds, if not thousands of folks were personally affected by their illegal rampage. Their neighbor, who legally purchased two of the guns, illegally sold them to the terrorists. Do you think any of them cared a whole lot beforehand if they were following all of the already very much present California gun laws?
Good ole’ Jerry Jr. at Liberty University opened his mouth this week and is now one of the top-trending current events online. He encouraged students to be prepared to protect themselves. That wasn’t wrong, in my opinion. However, the next few words out of his mouth (should have been many fewer) were a train wreck, in my opinion. Concealing a weapon…means not letting others know you have it. When you reveal your conceal…you’re no longer concealed. You and others around you are now more vulnerable. He also was seconds away from brandishing his weapon. That is indeed illegal and irresponsible (to say the least). Some have defended Jerry in saying ‘he’s a great marksman.’ Sweet! This doesn’t mean though that he’s a responsible gun owner. Questioning the legality of brandishing and revealing that he had a weapon on his person showed some big irresponsibility as a gun owner. Most folks have either blasted him AND the university for EVERYTHING he said and for everything the university stands for. Others have quickly defended him for everything he said…and in their next breath…well, maybe he was a little unkind to Muslims.
In the cases of #ChickFilA and #Starbucks and #JerryJr and #DonaldTrump and #BarackObama…we take one thing said and automatically attack the entire entity of the person/organization. Why? Who do we do this?
Why do we disagree with one thing said and automatically demonize folks?
I believe Chick-Fil-A loves EVERYONE and I also believe they hold tightly to their Christian values. I believe Starbucks is not out to destroy Christmas and I disagree with with them on some of their social stances…and I still enjoy a Starbucks drink from time to time (sorry BeanTree).
Jerry Jr was irresponsible with his gun AND he very wrongly targeted Muslims verbally. Yes, he failed the Good Samaritan test that day. How many times have I, have you, failed that same test? He was right to encourage his students to stay alert and prepared AND Liberty University does a lot of good for its community and for the Kingdom of God.
Donald Trump is smart and rich and ‘apparently wins a lot’ (whatever that means), but I disagree with his bigotry rants and I’m doubtful that we want MORE OF THAT in the White House. I don’t.
I believe Barack Obama and I disagree on a lot AND I don’t necessarily think he’s trying to destroy us. If anything, I think our entire government is collectively on the road to destroying us AND I’m not sure they’re doing so intentionally. I think Obama’s a way better golfer than he is a leader AND I think I’d draft him for my Captain’s Choice team just about any day of the week.
To wrap up my personal rant…Jerry Jr is not the enemy, whichever ‘side’ you’ve chosen. So, stop treating him that way. Obama is not the enemy, whichever ‘side’ you’ve chosen. So, stop treating him that way. Starbucks isn’t destroying Christmas and Chick-Fil-A is doing their part to protect the cow population. Donald Trump wins a lot, although I hope he doesn’t win the election. Islam, Buddhism, Rastafarianism, Atheism, etc…not the enemy. Your neighbor, who is carrying a concealed weapon that you’re unaware of, is not the enemy. In fact, that may be the neighbor who saves your life one day…who stands up to that ‘bully’ on behalf of their family or yours or you.
I promise you this…Jesus is the only one who has never been used by the enemy, which is SATAN. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The enemy may use different tragedies and people groups and individuals at times, but he is always the enemy, not them.
Be mindful that you aren’t being used by the enemy…to hurt, to blame, or to divide.