In lieu of recent events, I just wanted to share a few thoughts I’ve had regarding the United States of America.
America is a great nation, but it is in trouble. Along with much of the world, we are being controlled by evil and hatred, we have stopped loving one another. All of the shootings this past week really bring a tear to my eye. Not only are we having to worry about the possibility of attacks by foreign terrorists, but many also fear going outside in their own neighborhoods and towns. Danger is everywhere, and I know that, but we should not fuel the fire. Yes, racism exists, but only because people allow it to. It often is used as an excuse or justification for why something bad happens, but our issue is much bigger than racism. Racism is fueled by hate, as are any unnecessary acts of brutality, hatred and terrorism. We should not be dividing ourselves as a country by color (as in passing blame or judgement to each other and bringing up the differences in the color of our skin), but we should be using these tragedies as a reminder of why we must stand together. If we allow ourselves to be a House Divided again, we will crumble. If the great nation of America crumbles, the entire world will be affected economically, socially and politically.
We must stop hating each other and start standing together. Many Americans talk about how they want progress and change, but we have been going backwards wth our attitudes. Yes, we have new laws that allow equality for more people, but the way we treat people when debating our opinions is often done so incorrectly. We should be able to disagree and still love and respect eachother. If our arguments are not respectful and fact driven, but derogatory & insulting, we are the problem. It is perfectly fine to have differing opinions, but I believe we should do so appropriately.
For example, with the “Black Lives Matter” movement, many people respond that “All Lives Matter.” This is true, we all matter, so why do we have to be so rude when stating this? I’ve seen so many arguments both online and on social media where people argue their differing opinions on what “Lives Matter” movement they believe in by resulting to racial slurs and stereotypes, which is exactly the opposite of what either of these movements are meant to represent. The color of our skin doesn’t define what kind of person we are, so stop treating it as such. And within this, I’ve seen people post about how happy they are that police officers were killed. We shouldn’t seek revenge on the innocent because of the actions of a few. It’s normal to be upset about death, but taking another person’s life doesn’t solve anything, it just rips us further apart. We should grieve together and love together and move on in unity. If we are so upset about the occurrences in our country, we should stand together to stand up and change it, rather than letting our anger fuel unnecessary violence. Who are we to decide whose lives “matter” more than other? If we seek violence on them, we are essentially saying that they do not “matter,” and that is not our job. Our job is to love and support one another.
I, being a Christian, believe that God is love, and there can not be love without God. That being said, may things happening in our government and society today are leaving God out, and continue to shut him out. If we want to preserve the greatness of our country, we need to allow God back in. We need to allow love back in. 1 John 4:7 tells us “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone who loveth is born of God and knoweth God.” This verse is important because everyone should love everyone. This rings true to Christians as we need to make sure we are sharing God’s love and teachings by living through them. We must practice what we preach and not purposely disregard it, or else we appear hypocritical and can elicit hatefulness from eachother or for eachother. No matter who you are, you must show love. If we can unite ourselves in love and unite ouselves in God, our beloved country can survive. I urge you to pray for America, no matter your faith, that we can rid this evil that has been so evident. God will help us, but we must ask him, we must work on ourselves and we must have hope. It’s time that we step up and become “One nation under God” again, if we want to remain “indivisible, with justice for all.”
– xoxo, Cassie
“If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves, if they will pray and seek me and stop their evil ways, I will hear them from Heaven. I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14