I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s been a crazy week. One that saw my daughter starting college full-time, me getting a “job” and included my 1st “hater” on the blog.
But the craziest thing this week occurred on Twitter tonight.
I got in the middle of a religious/political “conversation” and found my worst fear may be true.
We can’t talk to each other.
I jumped into the conversation with a snarky remark to this comment:
Him: I have the Holy Spirit…
Me: Is there a vaccine for that?
Now, I think it’s pretty funny even out of context, but just so you know, this filled-with-the-Holy-Spirit person is a white, conservative Christian male who uses Twitter and his website to spread truth hate. (Yes, it is a matter of perspective.) In any case, my point was, I don’t want what he has if it makes you behave in this way.
Since I wasn’t really a part of the conversation, I didn’t expect any response. Then I got this:
Him: You think it’s a funny thing to mock The Lord God – it’s not –
Me: Oh, pardon me. I guess that’s YOUR job.
Now, even if you haven’t been a long-time reader of Lisa-Unmasked, you get the sarcasm, yes?
His response floored me.
Him: It is my job – it is actually ever born again Christians job
Did I miss that he just admitted to mocking God?
That doing so was EVERY born-again’s job?
Me: You do it well, sir. I’m not interested in being on the payroll. But I do appreciate the laughs.
Him: You choose Lisa – God “your father” loves you – clear your heart of any anger and talk to his Son Jesus
Did I sound angry?
(For the record, I wasn’t. Just in utter disbelief.)
But, I thought, maybe, just maybe, I could open up to some dialogue. I needed to get out of my head with all it’s judgment that this guy is nothing more than a RWNJ (right-wing-nut-job) and see him as a human being.
So I offered this:
Me: TY. Now, if u could only clear ur speech of anger & hatred, we might be able to actually have a convo. Until then, b blessed.
To which he replied:
Him: No I am sorry I must continuing providing good news to people
No. He was not willing to try what he just asked me to do.
But I admired his honesty and countered with this snarky remark:
Me: I applaud u for ur honesty in not being remotely interested in my p.o.v. Keep spreading the good news…Hate is IN this season.
And his response is where I lost all hope:
Him: There is only one p.o.v. that mean anything and that is Gods – everything else has all been tried and has all failed
I sat at my computer for awhile, processing all of this.
This guy has a close to 30, 000 followers on Twitter watching a constant stream of anti-Obama and “all liberals suck” rhetoric.
And there are MILLIONS like him.
But don’t get me wrong.
Just because I don’t agree with his opinion, doesn’t make him “wrong” for sharing it.
What disturbs me, sickens me in fact, is that he does this under the guise of LOVE.
Love of God.
Love of country.
Here’s the news flash: Love does not divide.
Love builds bridges.
Love .UNITES.Us. ALL.
So as I sat losing hope about where this country could go if Progressives don’t get out in large numbers to vote in November, I came across Dr. King’s quote.
I tried to imagine how difficult it was to hold this belief when you are being attacked by dogs, spat upon, beaten and arrested. When your friends and supporters are being killed. When you know, they are probably going to kill you too.
Today, some 47 years after Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, I offer you my dream:
A planet where UNCONDITIONAL LOVE rules.
Today I ask you, with all the love in my heart, to remain OPEN.
In disagreement…stay OPEN.
In confrontation…stay OPEN.
In the face of hostility…stay OPEN.
Stay open to LOVE.
For I truly believe that is the ONLY thing that will save us now.
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