So I had the amazing opportunity almost a month ago (yeah I know, I need to stay on top of posting currently haha!) to go on the March for Life. But surprising enough, the impact on me was not mainly my zeal for protecting the unborn (which definitely increased) or bonding with my fellow sophmores over 25 hour bus rides and spending days and nights together (which was amazing). But it was finding that I need to stop being afraid of closing off my opinions. Stop being afraid of "offending" others because my opinions are, frankly speaking, not the "normal" now a-days.
Yeah, it kind of hurts my pride to say that, but this past year or so (coincidentally when I started using social media) I have found I won't like certain posts, write certain things, or comment on things I believe in, just because I feel like someone will always have a retort, will always discredit me, will always tear me down.
It didn't used to be that way. I grew up learning that your beliefs were something precious to your being and the world deserved to hear them. That my stand points on issues are not unimportant, but special and powerful and convincing. But social media taught me otherwise. Social media taught me that a lot of times, sharing your beliefs ends up in backlash, in your friends insulting you and laughing in your face. Social media threw hate in my face day after day and after day and it made me want to craw into my little bubble of beliefs and never come out because I didn't want to be hurt.
But I'm glad it did that. Because that's what the real world is like. Sometimes hateful, spiteful, full of insults and ignorant people. We are all like that sometimes. And it's sad that's the first thing I see on my Facebook feed. And it's sad that I was scared for the longest time to write powerful posts about what I believe in in fear of other's opinions. I realize now how stupid I was. And I mourn the little girl I was many years ago who would say her opinion in the middle of class, but I realize that's when I didn't care what anyone thought about me- ever.
My friends, we are not called to be indifferent. This culture today is a culture of tolerance. The Truth has lost its way, because according to culture, if you feel it, it's right. Everyone is right because no one deserves to be offended. I stood in the shadows because I was afraid to stand out with my opinion. But the homilies on the March taught me otherwise.
There is one Truth. We are called to be radical in believing, preaching and witnessing to this truth.
That's what Jesus did.
I think it's super easy for us to fall into the trap that Jesus' life pre-crucifixion was easy. I mean, He was God- so everyone listened to Him, worshipped Him, praised Him, right?
Jesus taught the radical. He taught things that were so out from the "normal" that he had a group of the highest ranking Jewish officials after his skin daily. They looked for anything, a small mixup or confusion to condemn this man to death because what He was preaching was so radical. So new. They saw the potential the words He spoke to have, and they wanted it to stop.
"Then, many of his disciples who were listening said, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?" Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, "Does this shock you? ... It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe."...As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him."
John 6: 60-62, 63-64, 66
People left Jesus because what he was saying was too hard. It was too out of the ordinary, it was so against their normal culture that they "returned to their former way of life". How many times do we do that in our daily lives? We reject Jesus because it's too hard. That's what we do every time we sin, we choose our old ways and ignore Jesus because the path of Truth is too rocky. Too hard.
The Truth is hard. In today's culture, it's not the norm. But thats why we must fight even harder. That's why I realized my fear, and decided to showcase the March as often as I could on my social media. People need to see the Truth.
Let me also say something to my brothers and sisters who have different beliefs than mine. I applaud you. I appreciate you. I love you. Those people out there who never stop fighting for their beliefs- I admire you. We need more people in the world like you, who don't care what other think, who will always continue to fight. Go you.
To those people who are indifferent- I encourage you to fight out of indifference. To face the fear and find what your heart is telling you. No matter what you find, keep searching for the truth, for the facts, for what is right. (I'll give you a hint, I've found the most Truth comes from the Bible, just saying). Find what makes you feel alive and never stop fighting.
And let me end with a quick story.
So like I previously mentioned, I tried to post as much social media about the March as I could since I have many friends who are kinda on the fence/are pro-choice. And yes, I was kinda nervous of the feedback I received. But one day I check on my Facebook post and my friend who has different beliefs than me commented, "Proud of you for standing up for what you believe in."
AHH that made me so happy. We need more people in the world like her! At first I was like "Why would she comment that if we are in different stand points?" But she taught me what it's like to love others. If everyone was like that, I feel like the world would be a better place. :)
So there is my rant for the day. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you learned something. If not, I hope you appreciated my scrambling of thoughts. xD
All through Christ,