Let me preface this blog by saying that I am not in the best place today. I am exhausted beyond all belief, I am so stressed out I am breaking out with cold sores, and yesterday my mom scared the living snot out of me when she called to say she was hooked up to an EKG machine because she almost fainted at school.
In short, I am a grump pile today, and then this happened...
I was on my way to work this morning, listening to my usual radio station of choice, when the conversation changed to the results of "American Idol" last night. The DJs were all very angry that Adam did not win (um, I ditto that) and they were taking callers to give their opinions on the matter. Here is what the snooty, snoot-head woman with an Australian accent said, "If you are going to post pictures on your MySpace page of your unclean lifestyle, then you are going to lose." What she really meant to say was, "If you are gay, you are going to lose."
Now, I am very aware of this particular outlook on the world - you know, the one ignited by fear and hate - but I still feel as if I must respond in the way I know how (i.e. writing on my blog). After all, if I don't, then I am no better than the hate-spewers themselves. Those who know me know that I do not see life in terms of right or wrong, good or evil, or even black or white, but there is one area of humanhood that I simply will not negotitate on, which leads me to this -
What I know FOR SURE is that HATE, my friends, is the one "sin" that leads to all others.
So perhaps - just perhaps - before any of us make the decision to label anything or anyone "right," "wrong," "good," "evil," "clean," or "unclean," we should ask ourselves what sort of lasting impression we want to leave on this planet.
After all, nobody will remember you for your so-called righteousness.
What people will remember is how GOOD you were to others, irregardless of your judgments about what people do or don't do with their lives. And hopefully, most of all, what people will remember about you is your GRACE.
If that's what others remember about me, then I will know I have lived well.
I know that FOR SURE too.