Love Always Wins
I posted a Tweet about the horrific Orlando nightclub shooting and then I deleted it, which is something I don’t normally do. When I tweet, I tweet with authority, come what may. But this time I caught myself writing and then backspacing what I had to say because on the one hand I was being social-media certain that everyone knew that I knew that it was most-definitely an Islam-fueled terrorist attack even before the official announcement indicated so. But hold on. At the same time, as a Christian I don’t want others assuming that some radical bible-thumping gay-hater was committing this crime against gays in the name of Jesus, which was also a possibility. The irony is, they are both the same kinds of accusations and I don’t want to be any part of that kind of nonsense.
Boy, the shooter got us good and confused on this one.
This attack gets complicated. The guy was an American on paper, born and raised here, but culturally he appears to have ethical issues with our ever-emerging American diversity. This shooting has the gun control crazies vibrating with exasperation, it has the fear-mongering Islamophobes all but hysterical, it has both the homophobes and the LGBT community spinning in confusion, it has the uber-conservative cults plotting mayhem and it has Americans of all races and religions recoiling in the realization that another mass murder has taken place against a very specific, often-targeted group of innocent people, by a very familiar enemy (who, by the way, doesn’t represent his faith any better than bible-thumping gay-haters represent mine). We are currently a hornet’s nest of blame and finger-pointing.
People love who they love. People hate who they hate.
Take heart. There is not a blameless society in existence on the face of this entire earth. Everyone is bad. Check the Bible, check all the world’s bibles. They all say so.
People are also good, too, and we, the humans of the earth, have but two choices: We can roll down into that ditch and dirty ourselves with the scum of hatred and the grime of intolerance and blame (I kinda sound like Martin Luther King right now), or we can stop giving our attention to all this ugliness and look around instead at the tiny, incredible, magical things that happen every single day.
At the end of all the sadness and hatred, no matter what horrible version of tragedy has taken place, Love Will Win. It always does. There is awesomeness and happy stuff everywhere. Seriously…look around…
Puppies running, beach sunrises, babies being born, chocolate ice cream cones and high school graduations, finding unbroken seashells in the surf, belly laughing with your kids, your favorite dessert, the smell of a hard rain, a cold beer with friends, waking up in the United States of America on the 4th of July, a delicious-smelling book you can’t put down, saying ‘Good Morning’ to someone you love, a perfect cup of coffee….. beauty and sweetness are literally everywhere.
Just turn off the television.