I’m already feeling angered enough that I need to write a somewhat political post, so leave now if you want, although this message is for all:
I wanted my next post to be about my time at The Melting Pot, but after the news that came out today re: the military/transgender rights, I have decided to change plans.
I’m friends with many different people with many different beliefs. I know people who voted for Trump. I know people who voted for Hillary. I know people who voted for neither (3rd party candidate). I know people who are pro-LGBTQ, and I know people who are incredibly against anything besides sex between a man and a woman.
I’m not writing to get into who is right and who is wrong.
I decided on this post after reading Lady Gaga’s status re: this issue. She writes:
“President Donald J. Trump The message you have just sent has endangered the lives of people all over the United States and overseas bravely serving our nation. Research says at least 1/2 of High School, University Students, & Employed Young People rarely/never discuss mental issues w/ anyone. Many of these young people are transgender & suffer daily from the exact types of social isolation & targeting ur message encourages. Sincerely, did you know of the group you singled out today, 45% of them ages (18 to 24) have attempted suicide already? Within the Trans Community are many also who are strong & brave. They should be able to serve if they wish. To have honor if they do”
I really appreciate where she is coming from because suicide is always horrible, whether or not you are pro-LGBTQ.
What I was horrified by were the comments on her post. They were atrocious. On BOTH sides.
I can understand how people in the military feel that anyone outside of the military doesn’t get to comment. I can understand how transgender people feel incredibly targeted and infuriated. I can understand how there are those in the general public who are for and who are against this issue.
What I DON’T understand is how vicious everyone is being towards everyone else.
Whether or not you support what President Trump said, there is NEVER a reason to be hateful to another human being simply because they have a belief that differs from yours. I am saying this to Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and any other political, or even religious, group.
If you don’t like what someone believes, try talking to them about it. See why they believe what they believe. You don’t have to change your mind, and you don’t have to try to convince them to change theirs. Have a conversation.
And if at the end of that conversation you’d rather not be close to them because you just can’t get past the fact that they believe what they believe, you can respectfully remove them from your social media or stop engaging with them in a social setting, but, please, I beg of you, do not respond in a hateful manner.
Our country is despicable right now, and it’s not because of our president (though he certainly doesn’t help), it’s because of the citizens who are self-centered and bull-headed, and I’m getting pretty sick and tired of it. You want to make America great again? Love your neighbor. You want Republicans to hear you out? Stop hating on them left and right.
I, for one, am going to keep loving everyone and praying for this country and ALL who inhabit it because my Savior created and loves every single person on this earth, despite their sexual orientation or who they voted for.
“but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8