A nice Christian lady just told me I was going to hell, apparently accompanied by many of my friends. “What kind of person are you?” she squawked. (Even over the anonymous internet, I could tell she was squawking.)
What set her off was my saying that I love my gay friends and family just the way they are, and so does God.
Well, hello there!
It is said that the internet’s value is in the information it offers. But I say there is as much, if not more, value in the people it helps connect. Yes, I hear your unspoken disclaimer loud and clear, though. Technology as a whole can certainly lead to people missing some precious face-to-face time.
In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. ~ George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
Language isn’t a static thing, it’s constantly evolving. At times that can be annoying. For instance, my significant other and I find it reprehensible that Merriam-Webster says irregardless is a word, even with the qualification of “nonstandard.”
Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand they say. Or, Ignorance is Bliss. I believe the first one, but the second is misleading. It’s somewhat akin to the lie our parents always told us (at least, mine did), “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me“. That’s just not true. Words can cut to the core in irreparable ways, where bumps and bruises fade away quickly.
It started when I was eight years old. Depression and anxiety hit me like a brick. At that age I now had two brothers and not quite as much attention. I started to think that no one cared about me anymore. I thought about killing myself or running away just to see if anyone cared. I did run away once. I got about half a mile before getting homesick and coming back. It was about that time that my love for music truly began. I started writing songs and poetry to let my feelings out. That was also about the time when I dedicated my everything to Christ. I was ready to let Him rule my life.
Vicious invasions from hordes of northern tribes, and the inaction of its own rulers, were leading the united Roman Empire towards a total collapse, as orthodox Christianity continued to battle against a rampant Arian and pagan culture. In the western city of Milan, the bishop Ambrose championed the orthodox faith against the Arian elite, as John Chrysostom spoke out against excess in the Eastern city of Constantinople.