Legislating Hate

I was watching the news with my family this evening.  This is pretty rare.  I stopped watching most of the news ages ago.  It’s so bias and causes too much anxiety.  What I saw made me sick!

My friends and acquaintances will tell you that I am a pretty conservative Republican and an Evangelical Christian.  I take my beliefs from the Bible.  There are things that I know are wrong and sinful in God’s eyes and it’s spelled out pretty clearly in the Bible.  I’m not here to argue those points in this post.  What I am going to rant about it Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062.

Fans of this bill say things like this:

The law in Arizona protects the ability of small business owners to serve, or not serve, whomever they choose, with or without any basis at all. The idea that it is about bigotry is entirely false and is a calculated attack on small business owners. If a place refuses to serve you, take your business elsewhere and tell your friends to do the same. Why would you want to force a business to serve you in the first place, when there are many who will welcome your business with open arms? (C.B.)

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What C.B. says just reeks of America pre-Civil Rights.  I’m not a fool, there are churches that call themselves Christian and still hate black people or Asians or Hispanics.  So, it’s OK in SB 1062 supporters’ eyes to do that?

Let’s just cut to the chase, the greatest fear is that gays and lesbians will be denied service because the business owner’s beliefs don’t support the homosexual life.  While the read may or may not have a belief about homosexuality, how is it OK to discriminate against someone you think might be gay?

I want someone to tell me where in the Bible it says that it’s OK to discriminate against someone because you didn’t like them.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you – Matthew 5:44

If the Bible says to love your enemies, then I’m thinking that it doesn’t say to discriminate or hate people you’re opposed to.

This is what the Bible says about people.  ALL PEOPLE!  People who aren’t like you, people you are afraid of, people you don’t understand, and people who live differently from you:

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31

Just in case you aren’t getting my position on Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062:  I’M OPPOSED!!!  SB 1062 is legislating hate.  If you hate someone, you can’t possibly love them.

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Five Minute Friday: Write

Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt from Lisa-Jo Baker is WRITE. I have to write for five minutes on that topic.

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I’m just starting to like this writing-thing that I do on my blogs.  The group of 4 other bloggers that meet together to discuss ideas, layouts, blog names, and other accomplishments has made me more accountable and stronger in the blogging experience.

These girlfriends I have invite each other to share giveaways and promote one another.   They poll each other for blog post fodder.  We all laugh and cry and support each other.  Just like girlfriends in this life should.  The first people I told about a blogging win were my blogging girlfriends.  I know two of them from college and one of the other girls introduced the other two and we’ve never met.  And instead of being jealous of the others’ wins, we love and congratulate.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:12-15

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What New Tires and Flowers Say About Love

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I imagine you’re telling yourself that there couldn’t possibly between any connection between tires, flowers, and love, but I bet I can prove you wrong.

The week of New Year’s, my son was home from school on break and my husband and I were working.  I asked my son, who is studying to be a mechanic, to take my car over to the tire place to get me four new tires.  My tires were last replaced in 2006!  It’s amazing that they still have tread on them.  He agreed he would take my car after he worked at the food pantry that my dad runs.

I came home from work that day to four new tires and these:

How lucky can one mom be?!  He had brought me home some of the carnations that they had received at the food pantry.  What a great kid!

So, what do new tires and flowers tell us about love?  My son agreed to my request for him to get me new tires out of love and obedience.  But, he brought me home flowers because he loved me.  He didn’t do it out of any sense of duty or obedience.

See, children are a gift from the Lord.
The children born to us are our special reward.
~ Psalm 127:3

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The Test Started on New Year’s Eve

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So, before I could even kick off the new year, my husband called me at work around 4 PM and said that the computer network was down and he was going to have to stay until the IT guy got there from 45 minutes away AND stay until the IT guy was done.  I asked him if his boss realized that it was New Year’s Eve and that we might (and did) have plans?  We changed some logistical plans and I waited.  The IT guy got there at about 5:15 (my hubby works until 5 PM and was the only supervisor working).  I sent my son down to drive him home, so he didn’t have to wait until the next bus.  Meanwhile, I couldn’t put food in the oven.  I had to wait.

I realize that my word for 2013 was patience, but sometimes I’m just not that patient.  And my word for 2012 was grace.  Ahhh…shoot that arrow into my heart.  While I drove home, my mind raced and I was so upset.  I want to be with our friends for New Year’s Eve.  I want things to be perfect.  I WANT TO BE IN CONTROL!!!  Sorry for shouting.

And again, it’s about me, me, me.  Not always the most appropriate thing for it to be about.  I can’t let my husband’s boss control my evening and ruin my New Year’s Eve.  The healthier, more appropriate thing to do would be to extend some grace to the boss and pray for him.  Extend love.  It prevents me from getting another tension headache and allows me to comfort my husband, in turn allowing him to enjoy his evening as well.

Meanwhile, he got home on time.  I was able to cook what I needed to cook.  And we arrived at our friend’s house on time.  Crisis averted.  And all that worrying, complaining, moaning, raging, anger, and bad thoughts for nothing.

Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.
Proverbs 10:12

My Word for 2014

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Happy New Year!  I hope that 2014 finds you well.  My word for 2014 is going to be LOVE.  The Merriam-Webster’s definition of the verb love is…

However, God’s definition is much broader and more encompassing.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says,

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Love is an action word.  Our church has a great slogan:  Love God, Love Others.  It comes from Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:30-31, and Luke 10:27 where Jesus talks about the Great Commandment.  But it really comes from Exodus 20.  The first 5 Commandments talk about loving and honoring God and the second 5 talk about loving others.  Combine them and in it’s most simple form it becomes Love God, Love Others.

This year, I’m going to work on judging less and loving more.  Giving more and taking less.  Touching more and ignoring less.  Being more positive and more optimistic.  So, come along with me on my journey.  Heck, pick your own word and start your own journey.  We can do it together.  I’m looking forward to the many different ways I can show love and to be Jesus to the world.

“Preach the gospel at all times — If necessary, use words.”
Saint Francis of Assisi