It’s been a rollercoaster week for me and I’m sure you feel the same. I’ve alternated between being scared for my own personal future as a Lesbian and as a woman, but also for this country. And wanting to do the right thing of trying to understand the other side. I hate living in a country so divided like this. Especially when I have friends who are on the opposite side of the chasm.
I am terrified that this will become a country like North Korea, cut off from the world and run by extreme Christians whose leader has probably never set foot in a church. A country so full of hate that LGBT are shot on site. A country so full of hate that women become the chattel we once were so long ago. I have friends in other countries that I would like to continue to communicate with and I fear that might come to an end. I am afraid that any country that pisses this president elect off in the slightest way, he’ll bomb into non-existence. That’s no way to handle things.
Yet I hear all of those who say that the reason we are in the situation we’ve found ourselves in is because we don’t talk to one another. So I sit in contemplative silence trying to find the means to start bridging the gap. I cannot begin to figure out how to unravel the hate. Christian Conservatives claim to follow the bible and while I haven’t opened one in a while, I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of verses in there about helping others. On a whim I have searched for a few…
- Matthew 5:42
- John 15:12
- Matthew 25:35-40
- James 2:14-17
- 1 John 3:17
- 1 John 4:19-20
- Philippians 2:4
And in each of these instances, there is no foot note or asterisk leading you to a note at the bottom of the page in tiny print that reads, “If you disagree with this, it’s okay, you’re still a part of the team.”
How does love conquer hate? How do I find hope again? I wish I had answers.