If you’ve followed the blog for awhile you’ve noticed that I rarely use this space to comment on current events unless they intersect with my experience of child loss.
So I have pretty much stayed away from our crazy political scene during this presidential election cycle because why add another voice to the screaming chorus when no one is listening anyway?
But as we make our way to the inauguration and I see heightened animosity, ugly speech and cruel separation of previous friendships, I realize that my experience is relevant right here, right now.
Until you wake up one morning to find out that your child whom you love, whom you raised and whom you were absolutely certain would bury YOU is gone, you have the luxury of assuming whatever bridges you burn can be rebuilt someday.
You may feel pretty confident that in a few days or months or years you will have the opportunity to pick up the pieces and reinvest in the relationship. You might justify your arrogance and impudence and violent speech that pushes others away by standing on principles, waving the banner of your just cause or simply being adament that YOUR viewpoint is the absolutely only correct one.
I’m a firm believer in social justice, political action, correct theology, and strong opinions.
If you’ve been around me for more than five minutes, you know this.
But I believe even more firmly that nothing gives me the right to be hateful, to be dismissive, to act superior or to cruelly treat another human being.
I am also a believer that whatever happens in Washington is only part of what makes the world.
Laws have consequences.
Policies have impact.
Politicians make decisions that make life better or worse for millions of people. BUT-how I treat the people I come in contact with every day also matters.
You can call me a coward or tell me I’m “selling out” but I am convinced that I can champion a cause without condemning a friend. I know I can disagree without being disagreeable.
If my goal is to sway opinion, what hope do I have of that if I am blasting holes in the fabric of relationship?
Each one of us is making the world-day by day, decision by decision, interaction by interaction.
We are burning bridges or building relationships.
Today–just for a single day–let’s all be kind.
Let’s not bash others with our team banner, our polical banner or the banner of our favorite cause.
Let’s just love one another and offer a smile instead of a smirk- a hand up instead of a put down.
We might find we like that world a whole lot better than the one we are currently making.