I don’t even know where to start in trying to process what is happening in our country.
All of the killing has left me numb and speechless.
It’s especially difficult to feel comfortable trying to express how I feel about everything because we have managed to divide ourselves into very strict camps. Either you’re pro black lives matter or you’re pro police. It’s like you aren’t allowed to be both. So my Facebook feed is filled with posts by extremists from both sides. But the silent majority…is silent. Because we fit somewhere in the middle. Because most of us feel we don’t have a “right” to have an outspoken opinion on the subject because of the color or lack thereof of our own skin.
I don’t know about you, but I think we need to make a new camp: PRO LIFE. All lives. All humans. No matter their color. No matter their occupation. No matter if they’ve made mistakes in their lives. No matter their sexual orientation. No matter what. We need to have a camp that just values LIFE.
Because if we can all meet on level ground, then we have a place to start. We can all feel free to express our opinions because we can acknowledge that all of our opinions matter because we would be in it together. We could value what someone else was saying, even if we didn’t completely agree, because we would see them as valuable because they are made in the image of God–just like us.
When I really sit back and think about all of the hateful acts we have been committing to our fellow countrymen, I’m not really surprised that we ended up here. We live in a society that has no regard for human life. We have built for ourselves a world in which we get to decide if a human life has value or not. When we make it acceptable to take a child’s life simply because we don’t want them, then anything goes. When we strip one group of their intrinsic human rights, then we remove those rights for everyone–including ourselves.
We live in a society that has a stronger reaction to the death of a gorilla who was endangering the life of a human child then we do over the fact that the child survived the accident because the gorilla was put down.
We live in a society that ruins a family’s life over the death of a lion–a predator animal–but says nothing when news is released the same week that the body parts of aborted babies are being sold for profit.
We live in a society that says a baby is only human if a mother wants it. If the mother wants it and she is murdered while pregnant, then the murderer will be charged for two counts of murder. But if the mother does not want her baby, then she’s allowed to call it lifeless tissue and pay to have a doctor kill it.
Last year, 258 black people were killed by police. In 2014, approximately 954,000 abortions took place in the United States. Black women account for about 36% of all abortions done in the United States. So approximately 343,440 black people were killed in abortion last year.
There is undeniably an issue of racism in our country. But that is not the main issue. If it were, then the rates of black on black violence wouldn’t outweigh the rates of black people killed by cops. 90% of the 3,021 black homicides in 2014 were committed by other black people. If racism was the biggest problem in our country, then how do we explain the 494 white people who were killed by cops last year? The number of white people who were killed by cops last year is nearly double that of black people.
Our biggest problem in this country is a lack of morals. This issue of morality that no one wants to talk about because we don’t think it’s relevant to political and social problems. This issue of morality that if we continue to ignore, will prevent us from ever being able to heal our land. This issue of morality which is actually the source of the chaos we live in.
If we are going to make a case that life matters, no matter it’s color, then we must also make the case that life matters no matter it’s age. Otherwise, none of our efforts will matter. How can we fight for human rights without extending that right to all humans? How can we begin to care about the human deaths and human violence that surrounds us when we fight harder to protect animals than we do to protect people? How do we teach our children that all lives matter when we allow the bloodshed of abortion to happen in our backyards? How do we teach ourselves that human life has value and rights, when it very obviously does not?
When we strip away the right to life, how can any of us ever be safe?
We need to get to a point where we value human life again before we can make effective change.
The truth is that we live in a Godless, selfish, and morally bankrupt society and our current state is the child that we have created on our own. The truth is that we will be the cause of our own destruction, with no one to blame or prosecute but ourselves.
But here’s another truth: it doesn’t have to be this way. I still believe that we can change. I still believe that we can make a new camp that is for life, in all it’s forms, colors, and occupations.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is this: I’m on the side of LIFE.