Wouldn't it be great...
I've been reading a lot and posting very little recently. I'm saddened, a little bit angry, but mostly hertbroken about the conversation surrounding Haggard, Driscol, and women in general.
I'm angry that women are not accepted as equals and that somehow we have to take the blame for the choices of others. But, even more, I'm saddened that this whole thing has opened up Pandora's box of mean-spirited conversation and--most of all--hate. I am not speaking ouf this blog in particular, but I've clicked on a few links here and there and it has taken me to places where I've read some pretty disheartening stuff.
I don't know if it's already out there, but wouldn't it be great if there was an open letter to Ted Haggard and his wife that just said "you are loved" "." And to Driscol--who although I do think needs to be challenged for using his voice to hurt women--"you, too, are loved." "."
Wouldn't it be great if somehow this whole mess was an opportunity for Christians (emergent and not) to stretch a hand across the void and say, "you are loved" "."
Wouldn't it be great if, for once, we could show the whole world that it is love that identifies us as Christ's followers, not hate?
Wouldn't it be great for this tragedy to be redeemed by our loving God, in order to bring hope to others?
I guess I'm a dreamer...But, I just can't take any more hate.
We all need a little hope. Last week, I visited www.bensbells.org. It's a website dedicated to love and hope. It's kind of a Tucson thing and I already knew a little bit about it, but boy did I need to visit that site this past week and see how it is possible to turn a horrible tragedy into love and hope. If you need a little love "." today, check it out. It's not "christian" in the evangelical sense, but it has the kingdom of heaven written all over it.
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