Can’t do it.

Everyday I think to myself, “Maybe Facebook isn’t a good place to talk about controversial topics.”  Then everyday a FB friend posts support for the Confederate flag, a statement that our president is anti-American, a statement that if you support gay-rights you’re anti-Christian, that being suspicious of Muslims in America is completely acceptable, that jokes and images that perpetuate rape culture are okay and, the most common, that racism is caused by people pointing out racism.

Everyday I struggle and worry that I’m alienating people.  I don’t want to offend people I care about, even when I disagree with their opinions.  

But – I can’t ignore lies.  I can’t ignore racism.  I can’t ignore spinning of the truth for political gains.  I can’t ignore Christianity being hijacked by bigots.  

Sometimes I wish I could.  I try to live my life according to a philosophy of “live and let live”.   Mostly I do.  But I can’t seem to live according to “live and let lie”.  

Most people I know and am friends with on social media are not purposely lying.  They are choosing to trust the wrong sources.  If someone says to me, “Trump hates women.”  I’m going to look up the evidence and see what he actually said and decide if I agree it’s hateful.  It is my responsibility as a citizen to know what people have said or done before reacting to it.

You won’t see me posting a lot of sensationalist left-wing stuff even if it supports my political beliefs.  You won’t see me questioning anyone’s faith.  You won’t see me insulting someone’s looks.  But when it comes to false biases and propaganda,  you’ll hear me.

When it comes to violations of human rights, you’ll hear me.

When it comes to equality, whether by race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, you’ll hear me.

When it comes to protection of children or disabled people, you’ll hear me.

I can’t stay silent.

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Sign of the times? Who knows.

I’ve been reading a lot about end times.  I’m not a biblical scholar, but I’ve spent a good deal of time reading the Bible.  Many people have used “clues” in the Bible to predict end times and, obviously, been wrong.  One of these times it will be end times, I’m sure, but I’m not about to put a lot of trust in any particular date picked by a human.

That’s not really the point of my post though.  My point is that end times has been hinted at because men are allowed to marry men and women are allowed to marry women in the US. 

Interesting.  Do you mean to tell me that in the 1200s when Ghengis Khan had 1.6 million people killed God wasn’t angry enough to put Revelations in motion?

What about when Muslims and Chrsitians fought over Jerusalem during the crusades, both claiming to be fighting for God and against Satan? Sound familiar?  200,000 people died.  God thought that wasn’t so bad?

Or when 11 million Tribal people were killed to allow for the expansion of what is now the United States…

Or when people trapped and chained 6 million human beings, stuffed them in the hull of a ship, and brought them across the ocean to be used as beasts of burden…

How about when a man named Adolph Hitler ordered the torture and death of 6 million Jews, and, in addition, 6 million more people including Christian clergy, homosexuals, Roma’s, and disabled people…

Perhaps God might have had been disappointed when the British stole crops from the starving Irish during the Great Famine, leading to the deaths of 4,000,000 Christians at the hand of Christians.

Or when the Ethipian government refused to allow food to be delivered to their starving citizens, resulting in the slow, painful death of hundreds of thousands.

It may, in fact, be, the end of times.  I can’t know any better than anyone else.  But the God I believe in would not end His beautiful creation because adults are allowed to enter into a legal contract with the person of their choice.

Now THAT would be disappointing.

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