Because Right Now, I’m Sad.
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.