Not a whole lot is going on in my life right now, other than cramming for my last final and a pretty intense data collection that took up a lot of time last week, this weekend, and will continue to do so next week. I did just see a video though that weighed on my heart and I want to share it. Sometimes people let words fly or make stereotypical jokes that seem harmless–just a little off color maybe. In actuality intolerance in any form that is accepted creates an environment where people who are different are not safe. There is no race/gender/sexual orientation/disability/etc. that make a person immune to being bigoted against a different type of person. We ALL need to check ourselves from time to time. Even if you don’t want to live or be like someone else, we all deserve dignity, respect, and the benefit of the doubt.
Particularly, my heart goes out to this one kid that made a video below (click the link at the bottom of the page). I remember it was difficult being in middle school, but can’t imagine how much more difficult it is when you are gay and people remind you that you are basically not supposed to exist every day. I encourage you all to watch this video no matter what your opinion is of gay people. The bottom line is that they are PEOPLE. Then I want you to check out yourselves and ask if your are treating these people the way Jesus instructed us to treat others–with love.
We have no say in our ethnicity/disabilities/or (as a multitude of research suggests whether you choose to ignore it or not) sexual orientations. We do have a choice in how we treat other people. We need to remember we send a message to our children and youth in general about what is permissible treatment of people that are different from us. If you aren’t part of the solution (teaching tolerance, love, and respect for others), then why do you call yourself a Christian? Think about it. That’s a challenge. Just like in yoga, every now and then even the most fit need to check their form every now and then to make sure they are still in good form. Sensitivity towards others is the same deal–we need to evaluate ourselves from time to time.
Blame it on the hormones lol. I’m feeling really deeply right now.