We hear a lot about bullies these days. For various reason. For various causes. Physically abusive. Emotionally abusive. Relationally abusive. Verbally abusive.
Both videos told multiple stories. I think one of the most poignant is the danger we all face from bullies.
Abusive fellow students.
I read today (Thursday) that many are taking shots at Rick Warren for the suicide death of his life-long mentally ill son. It has come from the religious community. (Shame on you!) It has come from the LGBT community. (Yeah, I read the comments).
Come on people! This is a man, yes he is a pastor, but a father (and mother) whose son took his own life after battling depression all his life. Doctors. Medicine. Clinics. Treatment. All were temporary fixes for what was “wrong” from the beginning. But for the religious world to castigate him and for others to use this as a bully pulpit to condemn him because of his stand against gay marriage is unconscionable.
I am speaking more from the religious viewpoint here (for obvious reasons). I have always heard it said, “The church is the only army that shoots its own wounded.” When I read that Rick and Kay have taken shots lobbed from those who call themselves Christians, I was appalled. I applaud those, like Louie Giglio and Beth Moore, who took a stand against that. So many others. It is sad though that a few “jerks” will be used to represent the Christian community in this story. Instead of this being the time for the followers of Christ to shine in their actions of grace and compassion, we are seen as heartless idiots who don’t care about our own people. Frankly, I don’t always agree with Rick Warren. And I am pretty doggone sure not everyone agrees with me. (I could make a catty comment here, but this is not the time). But holy mackerel! Talk about shooting when a man is down! Those who do-religious or irreligious-ought to be ashamed of themselves. Religious people using it as one more example of God’s wrath on an unfaithful servant. Religious and irreligious people who use it to satisfy their agenda. Take a hike! Go back to your pit!
I would like to apologize for my “heatedness” in this post…but I won’t. There are some times I find myself getting a little “hot” and this is one of them. To all the “Christians” who are shooting…shame on you!!! To all those who are using this as a bully pulpit because Rick did not agree with your choice…shame on you too!!
Maybe if we had some character (like the dude in the video). And maybe if we reached out (like the young lady in the video), we might actually find it feels good. And for some, it is actually being Christ-like. Any thoughts?