Thursday, August 2, 2012

Whatever Happened to 'Agree to Disagree'?

With all the talk of free speech, boycotts and even healthcare issues (vaccinations, obamacare, etc.) abounding, I've been a little overwhelmed and tired of the conflict.  No matter my opinions and values, I know there are those who disagree completely.  But I don't feel the need to accept or pick a fight with anyone.

As a Christian, I do believe in sharing my faith and supporting the things I believe in.  Absolutely.  As an American, I respect the right of free speech.  And that means EVERYONE'S right to free speech.  Some people's 'speech' will be ugly, condescending and full of hate.  Why are you surprised at that?  I'm not.  Disappointed and saddened sometimes, but not surprised.  Is it my job to change the world's mind? Probably not.  Is it even my job to make sure my neighbor agrees with me (or gets a talking to if not)?  Probably not.  I believe its my job to live in the way I believe is right, with love, kindness and truth, honoring my husband, teaching my son.  Energy fully spent on that will go much further in the world than spitting out arguments to those that just want someone to fight with.



I guess I just wonder why agreeing to disagree isn't implemented more.  Our lives should demonstrate our beliefs and values.  Arguing about them, especially in wildly public venues is probably going to embitter your opposers more.  It is a beautiful day, no matter where you are so choose to bring good to your corner of the world.  Support the things you believe in.  Pray and  have mercy on those who you disagree with.  And at the end of the day, sow peace.

A gentle answer turns away wrath.  -Proverbs 15:1
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