I haven't watched the news for a long time. Why? Because it makes me upset. I try to steer clear of most headlines on the old interwebs, too, unless it involves a puppy or baby turtles or Saved By The Bell. Those things make me smile.
But there have been some things that are so all over the place and in your face lately that they just couldn't be avoided. And I feel the need to share my point of view on them. See, right there? Where I said "my point of view"? That's because what I am going to share is my opinion. It might be different from yours. But that's the beauty of it all. We can all think what we want and no one should be forced to agree with anything that they don't.
Let's start with gay marriage, shall we. I'm Catholic. My faith, my Church, the basis for who I am says this is wrong. And I'm 100% on board with that. Do I hate anyone for being attracted to someone of their same gender? Of course not! My job, also according to my faith, is to love everyone.This applies to those who share my opinion as well as those who do not.
Now, let's move on to the call for stricter gun laws or, in some cases, complete gun ban outside of military and police that has gained steam since the recent Colorado mass-shooting. It really is simple. Guns are just things, the same as a knife or machete or crossbow. Yes, it is intensely infuriating when someone uses a gun to take innocent lives. But it also intensely satisfying when someone uses a gun to save innocent lives. And the fact is police do save lives with guns. But so do ordinary citizens. And police are often at least a few minutes away, and bad guys don't wait for a fair fight. I have been relieved on many occasions to not have to wait on help to arrive.
And now the final topic of the day, contraception and abortion. Let's swing on back to the Catholic Church, shall we? My Church, my faith, tell me that both are wrong. You see, life begins when the sperm enters the egg. Then that tiny life nestles itself into the uterine wall lining. Hormonal contraception (the pill, IUDs, etc.) prevent the uterus from making that lining for the fertilized egg (itty-bitty-tiny-baby) to tuck itself into. Thus, it it simply passed from the body in which it was intended to grow. This is why contraceptives in this form are called abortifacients.
And you can probably figure out from the previous paragraph why I think abortion is wrong, as well.
I know, I know. Your body, your choice. It's just that since I think of that little fetus as a defenseless baby, I worry about it from the very beginning. Just think of how upset and willing to act people become when they see an infant left in a hot car. I get that same feeling when I think of babies in peril from abortion.
Now I am not perfect. I am so far from it. So, so far. I'm judgmental, impatient, lazy, wasteful and so many other no-no's. But I am trying to do what I think God wants me to do, to be who He wants me to be and to share His commands even when I may not be well received.
I guess what I am trying to say overall is that we are allowed to have differing opinions. And we should be able to share them, hold them dear and teach them to our children without fear. So support what you will, just don't be evil to those who have a differing view. Don't expect everyone to believe the same things you do just because you see them as right.
Live and let live. And, above all else, love.
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