If there's one thing I've been thinking of more than usual lately, it's the sad and strange fact that all of us are human. We hold some people up to higher standards for whatever reason (pastors, politicians, police, etc.) However, even those most austere and auspicious, are still only people. People with sin. People with personalities and passions. People with ideology and false theology and tendencies and past experiences and misinformation.
Isn't it a beautiful and strange thing?
Yet, especially in our act-now, social-media world, it becomes so easy to defend our own humanity that we lambaste someone else's without realizing it. We can follow only those who agree with our opinion, and suddenly wonder why other people "in real life" are disagreeing with us, when all our online friends have the same opinion we do.
So what do we do about this?
Realize the beauty and sadness in humanity. We are all broken people. We all need a Savior. Those of us sitting in church pews are the rule, not the exception.
Don't get caught up in pride of your own ideals. Take some time to consider the other point of view and love someone completely different than you. Spend more time in person than online. Pray for others, and yourself to be brought closer to Christ in humility, faith, and love.
It doesn't need to be more complicated than that, but I'll finish off my point with a little free verse...
If you've lost your hope and faith,
seek solid ground.
If you get easily offended,
If you hold onto your anger,
let it go.
Don't try to make the teaming, pulsing, organism of humanity into your foundation.
You are not alone,
but don't think that you're better.
Your church, community, culture is
as big a mess of humanity as the rest.
Bumping and bouncing into one another
with offenses, opinions,m and personality galore.
Isn't life beautiful?