Well WTF do you care about?
Well, for one, I am a Christian per the bible's definition. I don't always make the best decisions/choices (like discussing politics), but I do try not to be self-serving or materialistic. It's hard when u live in a world that promotes their version of success '
I am keenly
aware that I have many God-given
rights. They supersede anything any country's constitution attempts to enumerate...for the sake of independence. But I also know, that sometimes I have to forego those God-given rights, for the greater good, or if it is in an effort to keep the peace.
So I am not going to picket a soldiers funeral, even though I think there is a better way to keep the peace in this world. This country's constitution
says I have a right to do that. I say that's disgusting, obscene, a lack of respect for, at the least, someone just following orders.
My God-given rights have limits. It forbids me to take the life of anyone except in the most extreme circumstances, much less the life of an unborn baby.
It governs and reminds me (by way of a conscience) that sexual relations outside of a marriage arrangement is wrong, and ultimately detrimental to my long-term relationships.
It gives me a strong sense of trying to be fair, to help those in need. Yes, the worker deserves his wages, and he who is lazy should not eat. But the greedy who oppress, whether they have a little or a lot, are still held in great disdain.
As a young black man growing up in New Orleans, all I can tell you is that I was shielded from a lot of reality by my parents. I worked hard at school, at work, and never once thought racism had anything to do with whether I 'made it' or not. Now I am 37, married to my beautiful white wife, with two beautiful children. I can tell you for a fact, racism is alive and well. It is certainly not in the majority
, but it's enough to make a noticeable difference.
Nobody blatantly comes out and calls you n*****. And I can understand maybe the uneasiness of seeing a 'mixed' couple (we are 60 years removed from segregation).
But if I am not allowed in your church solely based on my skin color, then your church is the problem, not me. Racism just seems to be evolving, becoming milder, which is good, but still not optimal.
You see, there was a time when blacks were slaves, and that became unacceptable
But there still was a time when blacks were segregated, and then that became unacceptable.
Now we are at a time, when blacks in certain unseen/unheard of, even sometimes considered 'exclusive
' only to whites
position themselves, and some have a hard time accepting it.
It couldn't be more obvious than in politics. For the life-long Republican, it's bad enough that the president is a democrat. He is also a Muslim, his father is from Kenya, he wasn't born here, and he is black. "And since I can't talk about the color of his skin openly, I'll talk about everything else I can get away with, make up, or embellish: he doesnt love this country, wants businesses to fail, wants higher gas prices, and hates the rich."
This country would love to espouse a higher-calling, a beacon to the world.
Far from it
This post was edited on 4/27 at 10:23 am