“But what do I know?”
My step-mother is a wise woman. Over on Facebook, she admonished two groups of people for their bigoted stances over yesterday’s Supreme Court decision. She took a moderate stance, expressing distaste for how far removed these groups are from what most of us would consider to be “normal folks”.
She ended her post with a question that many of us have asked, albeit rhetorically. “But what do I know…”
I started to type this long answer out on Facebook, but I think it’s better served here. I am not ashamed of my point of view, and I want to share it to whomever would like to read the words.
So Tiff, here’s what you know:
What you know is what far too few people care to understand.
You know that he greatest things in life happen because two sides agree to meet in the middle. Democrats no longer look like Democrats. Republicans no longer look like Republicans. The religious right and the secular left are too busy wasting energy bashing each other to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around their flavor of the month subject about which they chose to be angry.
You know that love is stronger than hate. I know that you know that, because you have shown that in your own life far more times than I can count.
You know that living by example is more important than proving a point with words.
We talk about ending separation. We talk about compromise. And yet at every turn, humanity seems to want to place itself into boxes that serve no purpose other than to separate us from one another.
For all of the bad in the world, I’m incredibly happy that my children will grow up in a life where two people who love one another can be afforded the same rights, regardless of their genitalia.
To those who want to turn this into a debate on church versus state, I’d like to remind you of a verse from a book you might have read before. It’s called The Bible. It says some pretty interesting things about what we should do when authority makes a decision:
Romans 13: 1-2 - Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
There’s also another verse that I think many people could benefit from reading again. I know I could. The bolded words are there to highlight what I think is an important point.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
So what do I know? Not much. But I do know what’s important. I do know that I am called to love, not hate. I do know that judging is far beyond my given privileges or earned responsibilities. I do know that people I thought were kind, loving, patient and caring are showing themselves to be anything but.
I do know that I don’t know all the answers.