So many times we define ourselves by what we are against, when the real challenge is in finding out what we are for…. because when you are truly for something, everyone will know what you are against without you having to say it, force it or beat them over the head with it. The best form of protest is not in standing against something, but in standing for something better.
In standing for something, we are highlighting a positive. In standing against something, we are illuminating a negative. Which position will be better received by others? The negative or the positive? Which stance will promote growth and healing and birth new perspective? The negative or the positive?
When you live for something, you promote a positive energy, whereas, when you stand against something, you generate a negative energy. Actively standing against something makes others feel condemned, while simply living for something promotes a certain sense of peace and respect in the foundational faith in which you have chosen to live your life. Some people call this “tolerance” and frown upon it. Some even say it is a “sin” to not take an active stance against certain things. I smile and nod and walk away from those people. For, to me, intolerance and judgment are far more damaging and, dare I say, “sinful.”
Who am I to judge sin? Who are you to label what is sin and what is not sin? We are all mere humans, interpreting the Bible in many different ways; and in the process, sadly missing the truth. The truth is simple: No one is without sin. That means you nor I have the right to stand against anyone else and the choices they have made for their life. Before you raise that hate sign in the name of God or plaster duct tape across your lips in the name of God, go look in the mirror.
Let the man or woman without sin cast the first stone.
Religion makes rules. God wants relationship. There is no human being on the planet worthy of labeling any action “sinful.” Only God has the right, the power, the authority and the ability to label sin. Not even the Pope, viewed as the godliest man in the world, possesses that right.
We need to stop the negativity. We need to stop the Anti-Anti- Anti- and start promoting the Pro- Pro- Pro-. Isn’t it ironic that the Anti-, as in Anti-Christ, can so violently squelch the Pro-, as in Pro-mise of Christ? Isn't it amazing how negative energy seems to spread so much faster than positive energy? What would happen if we all stopped standing against something and started, instead, to stand for something better in our lives? What would happen if we stopped judging one another and started loving each other? What would happen if we stopped focusing on the bad stuff and started promoting the good stuff? Could it be that positive energy would spread faster than the negative if we only gave it a chance? What would happen if we stopped pointing fingers and started shaking hands?
Live in relationship with God and one another. Love God. Love others. Be thankful for the gift of life and the blessings that befall you. If we all stand for love, goodness, kindness, mercy and truth, there will not be a need to stand against anything.Start living for something today. ~