Your newsfeed probably looks a like mine.
Disagreements on Duggars and a torrential flood of opinion on transgenders. Racial divide. Controversy. Hate.
Last week, I decided to avoid the conflict and instead write about my son at the pool.
And while it’s disheartening to see my name and blog being shamed online by a small percentage of readers for supposedly shaming innocent girls, I believe my community at large understands my heart, supports truth and can clearly recognize the double standard.
I’ve never apologized for being a Christian parent and a conservative writer. I’ve never hidden that I believe in absolute truth or avoided the Bible’s standard of right and wrong. I’ve never run from standing up for what I believe in. I’ve openly shared about my desire to raise Godly kids who live a pure life. Over the past 8 years, I’ve also talked about my family’s failures in faith. So, it’s always a shock when my views are attacked and ridiculed for being conservative.
Although I tend to find unkindness a little unsettling, I honestly don’t care what people think about me.
But I am weary.
Maybe you are, too.
My newsfeed makes me sad. The divide and contempt and disrespect for each other makes me tired. I’m weary of the double standard that says we can speak freely and take a stand for what we believe in as long as it’s politically correct or doesn’t offend anyone.
It’s not just liberals against conservatives or Christians against atheists, it’s also ugliness between Christians. Maybe that’s the most exhausting thing of all?
We all read opinions we don’t agree with or have family and friends we don’t see eye t0 eye with on every subject. For some reason in our culture, we’ve drawn the line in the sand so many times, we are gridlocked and everything is a battle. Except what matters most–loving God first and others more than ourselves.
We have to remember these small battles and disagreements and daily struggles are just that-small and temporary. Because there are real people- believers- facing certain death today. From ISIS in Iraq to Al Shabab terrorist in Kenya, there are followers of Jesus who aren’t worried about sex changes and reality TV stars or being offended by something they don’t agree with.
So, what do we do when we are weary and heavy-ladened?
We keep doing what is right.
But we choose kindness over proving we are right.
We refuse to run away when the world opposes us.
We shine our light wherever we go.
We pray for our enemies.
We remember who the enemy really is (and it’s not always those who disagrees with us).
Above all, we love people no matter what.
So, if you’re like me and you find yourself a little weary of all the heartache and heartbreak in our world-don’t give up and don’t lose heart.
For greater is He that is in me, than he who is in the world.