I’m really getting annoyed with people and all their judgements. Why, as a culture must we be so quick to jump all over each other and beat each other down? Why is it so hard to reserve judgement and not make assumptions? Our differences are what makes this world such an interesting and fun place to live. It really is okay that we’re not the same. Really.
I have a very strong faith and belief system, and I live it to the best of my ability. For me, it is right and what I know to be true. Do I disagree with other people’s beliefs and actions? Without question. Do I avoid situations and events that I don’t “agree” with, yes. Does that mean that I am better than anyone else, No it doesn’t.
I almost never swear, and I rarely drink. But some of my most favourite people curse like truckers and drink copious amounts of liquor. I LOVE them in spite of our differences. I attend church weekly, and yet many of my friends and associates, don’t. I still thoroughly enjoy my time spent with them and enjoy the things that they bring into my life. I have many friends that support causes that I don’t support, watch movies that I question, and fight for things that I don’t believe in. I choose to wish them well, and go the other direction. I may not participate in your events or join you in a solidarity march, but I won’t call you names or belittle you. I just ask that you give me and my beliefs the same respect.
I challenge all of you with strong beliefs and attitudes to show some compassion when sharing about yourself. Recognize that others are just as convicted by their truths as you are about yours. Do I suggest that you compromise yourself and what you know? Absolutely not. But it won’t kill you to stand there with a listening ear, and be respectful to what they have to say. What you do with their information is up to you.
Frankly, if what you believe in is so important, you may want to leave the lines of communication open. Someday, these very people who you so freely judge may want to learn more about your truths and what you believe. If you honestly care about sharing what you believe, stop being such a jerk and practice what you preach.
So please, as we enter the Christmas season where opinions and judgement thrive, Choose Grace. (grace – a disposition to kindness and compassion.) And please know that when I wish you a Merry Christmas and you reply with a Happy Holidays, I love you in spite of our differences.