Friday, June 26, 2015

Life goes on . . .

Dear ladies and gentlemen . . .

Just because the Supreme Court ruled about gay marriage today in a way that you either agree or disagree with, we need to remember a few things.

Life will go on.  We still need to go to work, buy groceries, clean the house, talk to our neighbors and make peace with God.  History has not ended.  There are plenty of things we still need to work on.  I mean let's focus - dozens of people were killed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait by ISIS.  

If you love the decision then today is a great day for you.  I don't want to take a thing away from your sense of accomplishment - especially if this was something you really worked for.    
If you are upset about the decision, PLEASE don't be a jerk about it.  If it is your faith that leads you to disagree, please don't forget that your faith is so much bigger than politics.  Marriage and Christianity will not die because of today.  Christianity flourished in the first century Roman world that was more permissive than our culture.  It flourished because people of faith knew that God was bigger than human events. 

They just kept following God in their own unique (and oddball) way.  Keep on believing and let belief lead to loving actions.

Get a grip.  
Take a breath. 
Continue to love and serve people regardless of headlines.

What not to do:

1.  Please don't post mean-spirited and hurtful things on social media - even if it makes you feel better. Chances are, that is all it is doing.  Alienating people is not the hallmark of Jesus followers.  

2.  Please don't de-friend people or sever relationships.

3.  Please don't post news articles about how this is ushering in the end times.  It may or may not, but even Jesus said things like this distract us.  Keep alert because you have no idea when the time is.

And please don't post comments to this article that inflame.

What to do:

Talk with someone who really is happy about the outcome and understand where they are coming from.  I have lots of friends who are excited about this.  I don't share their feelings, but at least I can understand where they are coming from and still have a friendship to speak of.  That is the point.

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