The other day I was on Twitter and was just overwhelmed by all the discord, hatred, and lack of logic. So I just started tweeting some thoughts. I’ve put them together in this post.
I honestly can not figure out why any free speech demands only seem to apply to the party calling for free speech. If someone has a differing belief, that is somehow not allowed or is hatred or bigotry. This applies to any kind of argument or divide, for either side.
Have we totally forsaken logic & civil debate and gone to demanding my way or the highway? I see this on every side of political debates, religious debates, coding debates, software debates, and on and on.
I’m starting to think social media has destroyed logic and clear thinking.
Social media seems to have become a leading cause of stress. I know it is for me. I don’t fit in someones neat little box. I have friends and embrace ideas from many different viewpoints. Because I like X doesn’t mean that I hate Y. And vice-versa.
Why can’t we all just get along? If we all thought exactly the same way, what a boring world this would be. If we didn’t embrace people with different views, we’d never have reason to examine and grow our own views.
Maybe this is totally idealistic and naive, but let’s drop hate and self-righteous anger.
I surround myself with friends from many political and religious views, and I’m the better for it.
I even have friends on both sides of the WordPress Guttenberg debate – gasp!
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But my number one goal, my mission in life, is to glorify God in everything that I do and all that I am. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” That’s it. That is my mission. God has assigned that mission to me (and to all followers of Jesus) and I have chosen to accept that mission.
But because I want to glorify God, and to honor Him with everything I do, I invite Him to search my heart, my thoughts, every single day. The things I’m anxious about, the times when anxiety or even depression seem to overwhelm me, I want God to see those thoughts so that He can handle them for me.
I have many new friends who probably have never seen this and/or don’t know why my birthday (yesterday, August 17) is always so bittersweet for me. It’s hard to believe it has been 48 years since that fateful morning. I can remember those details so clearly. It really doesn’t seem possible it was that long ago.
Psalms 119: 66-68 I believe in your commands, now teach me good judgment and knowledge. I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word. You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees. I was raised in the church. I was dedicated to the service of…