I Believe That We Are Better

I don’t say and post what I do because I think you should feel guilty or bad.

I don’t hate police officers or soldiers.
I hate war and our country’s love of and seeming addiction to violence.
I hate that our judicial system incarcerates people of black and brown skin color at rates disproportionate to people who are white.
I hate that the violence perpetrated by law enforcement against people of black and brown skin color happens at rates disproportionate to people who are white.

I don’t hate unborn babies.
I emphatically believe that everyone has a sacred right to life.
But I don’t presume to know everyone’s own situation and circumstances that would lead them to make such a decision.
And as long as this country continues to spend more money on war programs than on social services, I can’t, in good conscience, affirm that we, as a nation, actually believe that everyone has a sacred right to life.

I don’t hate heterosexual people.
I hate that for years, people were forced to lie about or deny their sexuality, because it was socially unacceptable for someone to be anything other than straight.
I hate that in many places in our country those feelings still exist.
I hate that my friends who are gay men can’t donate blood because there are those who view them as less of a human.
I hate that my friends who are not heterosexual feel afraid to show affection to their partner for fear of what someone who is “grossed out” by their affection might do to them.
I hate that my friends who are not heterosexual feel afraid to live and be exactly who they are created to be.

I don’t hate the rich.
I hate that there are systems in the world that put one at an advantage or disadvantage simply based on their access to opportunity.
I hate that the geographics and demographics of where one lives during their education years advantages some but disadvantages others.
I hate that the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing at astronomical rates and is accelerating rather than slowing.
I don’t begrudge anyone their money.
I begrudge that while some are making billions of dollars a day, thousands are dying every day because they can’t afford to eat.

I don’t say and post what I do because I think you should feel guilty or bad.
I say and post what I do because I believe that we are better.
My faith compels me to believe that God has hopes and dreams and a vision for God’s world, and to recognize that we are not there yet.

There is goodness in the world, but we are not yet the complete fullness of the world that God has called good.

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