Just before the Republican Convention began and Hurricane Isaac was threatening to hit Tampa, actress Ellen Barkin sent out a tweet in which she hoped, among other things, that the hurricane would kill “every pro-life SOB.” I heard about this story when it happened, but it was another story on LifeSiteNews that really caught my eye.
Entitled, “Distressing, vicious responses to Barkin and Cher story (Cher expressed a wish that Congressman Akin would get raped),” the article expressed the dismay the website felt about the violent reactions of many to the story. Some readers wished harm on the two women and had made comments expressing equal vulgarity. The writer explained that the website would be removing the offensive comments and encouraged their readers to respond in love and not hate.
One paragraph in particular expresses my own reaction. It reads: “these two women are likely in need of much love, prayers and help to overcome whatever has made them so irrationally vicious. Clearly, self-love is absent in their lives and it could very well be that one or more abortions are behind their actions. That is what abortion can do to women.” Anger and hatred should never be the response of those whose lives are committed to Jesus.
It is going to be a long 10 weeks between now and the election. I can only imagine how fierce and ugly the battle is going to be. There are huge issues at stake. I have stated many times that I firmly believe those stakes include the lives of millions of more unborn children who will die if ObamaCare is allowed to stand. The facts also point to a full-out attack on any unborn baby who is discovered to have any type of handicap. Or upon the elderly who cannot defend themselves. I feel as passionate about this election as anything I’ve felt in my life.
I admit that it frustrates me greatly to hear other believers dismiss these concerns. I expect those kinds of things from the left, as difficult as the twisting of the truth can be at times. However, from those who profess Christ, I sometimes want to tear my hair out in frustration. It is hard to have patience or love when I hear that they plan to vote against everything I believe in.
And yet, when I pray, the Lord is kind to remind me that I do not know the circumstances in the lives of people to make them think the way they do. Plus, love is the most important thing of all and our discourse must always be respectful and kind. That does not mean we cannot stand up for the truth, but it does control the manner in which we do it.
In my opinion, vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, conveys the right attitude when he speaks. In last night’s speech at the convention, he said many hard things. However, I could not see any hatred or even condescension in his voice or demeanor. Rather, I felt he conveyed a sadness that things were the way they were and a deep conviction to try to change it. I was also glad to hear the same urgency in him that I have felt for so long. He seemed to grasp the necessity of change but also conveyed that with hard work and determination, things could still be turned around.
So, will I continue on to bring issues to the surface? Yes, we must all speak the truth. However, as ugly as things get, love must rule our hears and our tongues. I commit, with God’s help, to make this my aim. After all, very few battles for the heart are won with anger. Instead, Christ woos us to the truth with kindness and love.
Keeping it true! Barb