When I was growing up, I was taught to be kind to others and to be loving and respectful. I was taught that differences are okay and that all people have value. My husband and I are now teaching that to our son. It truly concerns me how far away from that we now are. Nowadays, so many people seem to think it’s okay to be mean to others and treat them badly.
We have a person running for president of our country who in my opinion is a bully. He has insulted people of a different race, religion, sex, and views than his own. Rather than building up others, he tears them down every chance he gets. He treats others with disdain or worse, outright insults and hateful rhetoric. The scary thing is that he has quite a few followers who seem to be going along with him.
Is that really what we have become — a nation of hate, skepticism, doubt, racism, sexism, and intolerance? I sure hope not. And, I pray not with every fiber of my being. I know we have always had all of these things and probably always will. But with many civil rights movements over the years, it seemed things had been changing.
I hope we aren’t going backwards. And, I hope and pray that we have learned from mistakes and travesties that have happened. There is always more work to be done and I hope that we will continue to do this work. After all, we do have much in common, despite the differences.
America is an amazing melting pot and my prayer is that it will continue to be just that.
Here are some things I want us to remember:
- May we continue to teach others how to love.
- May we forgive and learn from others.
- May we try a little kindness.
- May we be helpful to others.
- May we remember to build one another up, rather than tearing each other down.
- May we not have a leader who will teach our children that it is okay to be rude and belittle those who you don’t agree with.
- May we not let hate take over.
- May we remember that we are more alike than we are different.
- May we never repeat certain things in our history and truly learn from those who have gone before us.
- May we have hearts of love and forgiveness.
- May we have healthy and civil debates.
- May we stand up for what we believe without insult and harm to others.
- May we think before we speak.
- May we teach our children love and kindness, not hate and rudeness.
May we also remember the words from the Love Chapter from the Bible (1st Corinthians 13:4-8). This is how we should love:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
I wonder if we as a people can love like this? My prayer is that we can and will.