I have always been taught that every life has the same worth. Women are worth the same as men. Children are the worth the same as adults. Those starving in Africa are worth the exact same as those selling tech companies in Silicon Valley. Those born in America are worth the same as those born in Mexico. Those with mental illness are worth the exact same as those creating policy on national health care. People are people, every life carries the same worth.
My heart and my head are tired of watching group of people be torn down as if their lives are not important, as if the things that they care about don’t matter. It seems like every time I turn around, another group is being attacked for being different in any way. Immigrants, LBGT, Muslims, women… Recently that group was Transgender people, who were told that they are a burden and a disruption.
This can’t be what God intended when He created humans to care for the earth.
I’m working my way through the stack of books on my bedside table: Love Does by Bob Goff, Love Lives Here by Maria Goff, and Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle. Anyone sense a theme? These Christian writers/activists/leaders are all talking about love. Not sin, not doctrine, but love.
Glennon Doyle’s words continually speak directly to my heart. She tells us that drawing closer together is the answer to this hate and divisiveness. Closeness repels hate and fear. Glennon explains, and I believe, that when you get close to people, when you get to know them, you can’t hate them. You can only care more deeply. PREACH, SISTER.
So as simple as it sounds, we’re going to love each other. We’re going to pay more attention to wisdom and less attention to Twitter. We’re going to look out for each other. We’re going to stand up for each other. And we’re going to care a little bit deeper.
I’ve decided it’s high time that I get on this train. Your fight is my fight. Black Lives Matter. Trans Rights Are Human Rights. No Human is Illegal. I’m here. We’ll sit together, we’ll drink all the coffee, and we’ll figure out how to make the world a little bit better. “Coffee and revolution,” as Glennon says. That’s what I’m here for. I’m all in. Tell me how to help. I’m here to love.