I am sure by now everyone know…oh yes…EVERYONE knows about the recent tragedy in Paris.
EVERYONE knows of the tragedies that happen because of media coverage, social coverage, newspaper coverage…
Recently, I have been berated for not “Changing my profile pic to reflect the recent tragedy and support for the people”…I have been accused of being insensitive….hard hearted….cold…even anti-social because I have not changed my picture as many HAVE done. Some have decided that since I will not support one issue, or condemn another that they simply do not need to be around someone ‘like me’….let me tell you this: I will NOT lose sleep over someone leaving my parish of their own free will.
Remember the recent unpleasantness with the whole “Gay Marriage” issue? Remember how so many changed their pictures to reflect their support or denial of this? Does anyone remember ME doing it? NO…because I DIDN’T.
I DO have a very good reason for it…just because I do not change my picture, or choose a side, does not mean I do not have an opinion on the subject..OF COURSE I have an opinion, silly people, it just means I am not weighing in because I WILL NOT because of the REASONS I have been ORDERED to by GOD.
I have seen people LOSE THEIR FLIPPING MARBLES over others who HAVE done so. They take a side, declare their intentions, argue their support for one side of another,…arguments ensue…. and I see friendships DISSOLVE like a snowflake in Hades.
I DO NOT TAKE SIDES.
ANYONE can tell you that.
I do not support one side over the other, nor do I take a stance on one side or another….
Reason: I HAVE A SIDE ALREADY.
I take my MASTER’S side.
It says in His word: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:13-16
I am THE MIDDLE…I pray for EVERYONE in this issue..I pray for the families and victims (As you no doubt have seen on my wall)…and I ALSO pray for those responsible…yes….don’t look so shocked! I pray for their eyes to be opened to what they have done…I pray for them to realize the error of their sins and repent…I pray for justice through my Master…oh yes…just because they have done evil does not mean I will not pray for them.
“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” – James 5:19-20
Why would I do such a thing, you ask? BECAUSE I WAS TOLD TO…yes…even Jesus, my Master, tells us to pray for those who do even these vile things…
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:43-45
I take no sides because I see one inherent truth: WE ARE ALL RELATED, whether we wish to admit it or not.
Now then..I will explain…
Most people point to Adam and Eve, and say we all come from them. Some would dispute this and say otherwise, but let’s go with this for now…sure..we all came from them…BUT, does anyone remember Shem, Ham and Japheth??
Yup…NOAH’S SONS…so…some argue that there were others outside of Eden, and that loads of people came from there, not just Adam and Eve…BUT…remember the flood? How it covered THE WHOLE EARTH..? Remember Noah’s sons? Okay…let’s keep that in mind.
Noah and the flood…all living things wiped out…then they landed, NO HUMANS ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THEM…so…Ham went one way..Japeth another…and Shem as well….so…they produced a LOT of kids…and moved elsewhere…so…do the math…we are ALL RELATED BY BLOOD. There is no “Master race”…there is no “ONE real people”…there is only US…TOGETHER…one big disfunctional family who cannot seem to get it through their thick noggins that it does not matter what colour skin you have…where you are from…or HOW you pray to God….WE ARE ALL RELATED. BROTHERS AND SISTERS…CHILDREN OF GOD.
Some may have strayed, and gone to ‘the dark side’, but I can name MANY families in my own parish who have kids and family like that and they never seem to give up hope that they will some day right themselves and return to the open arms of their kindred.
Remember the story of The Prodigal Son? SAME THING HERE.
So…why would I condemn one side, support he other, when GOD HIMSELF told us to live in harmony, praying for each other AS A FAMILY..?
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” – Luke 6:27
Am I angry? You bet your sweet bippy I am…Do I want justice for them? …HECK YEAH… I want those repsonsible brought to justice as much as any who have been wronged do….but this is where my faith and my natural inclinations differ.. I CANNOT call down fire from Heaven and wipe them away…so I leave justice to One who CAN.
Of course I abhor the loss of life…of course I wept for the families and victims…of course I want justice for them…but does that mean changing my profile pic to reflect a certain colour stops that?
Will by doing this it somehow make them realize “OOPS..we did a boo-boo”??? No…so hence why I PRAY for them…even if they do not receive justice HERE, I know when they get up to HIM and they say “We killed many in Your name, O God” He will look at them and… (well…you can fill in the blanks according to YOUR faith’s teachings, but MINE says they are CONDEMNED from the word ‘go’…)….
I HAVE to be the pillar everyone rallies around in grief… to be there to support, comfort, and keep them upright…and I cannot do that if I am fending off people who seem to think me changing my profile pic is somehow going to stop them from doing this again, or support others in their grief….want to know how I support them in their grief? I PRAY FOR THEM as I have been told to do…I weep, I shout, I cry, I pound my fist into the cushion over the loss of life and stupidity of those who did this..but I DO MY JOB.
So please…quit trying to sway me into doing something ‘popular’ because I have never BEEN popular, nor will I EVER be…quit berating me for not doing something one way or the other, because I ALREADY have a ‘guide book’ as to WHAT and HOW to do it….
If you somehow feel I have offended your delicate sensibilities somehow by NOT doing something, or supporting one thing or denouncing another, then you miss the entire reason I am here, and the ENTIRE meaning of what I have been saying these last 9 years…
Think about it…
If I were you, I would think there are more IMPORTANT issues at hand rather than a simple cleric’s picture being changed…don’t you?