Yesterday I received a text from my son, Nicholas. He is a sixth grade teacher in a school north of the City of Pittsburgh.
The text, along with a song written by a 12 year old middle school student accompanied by a music video crafted by her teenage sister, was heart breaking. In a world that seemingly is increasing with hate, issues we might have assumed died in years past, are resurfacing. The context of the information you will read and listen to brought back memories of being bullied as a child simply for being a Christian in the back woods of rural Virginia. Of course, the scale of my being bullied and what you will read and hear are so minor you probably wonder why I would even bring it up. The point being, those situations we experience, especially as children, are buried deep within one's fiber and can never fully be forgotten.
It breaks my heart to hear of young people going through the climate of hate because of their ethnic background, color of skin or their given lifestyle. Although I might not agree with a person's lifestyle, God has taught me that I need to love others....period. I will hold to the boundaries He has set forth, but treating others in a demeaning way....that's out of the question. Who am I to judge? Could I throw the first stone? Judging is left up to God, not me. Would anyone ever listen to what I have to say as a woman bearing the name of Christ if I'm treating them without the tolerance I am requesting of them?
This world in which we live is reeling. We have lost our spiritual footing. Politically we have slogans, outcries, posters, marches and numerous unrests occurring which are teaching our children if you don't like what those in places of authority are doing, just rebel. Human rights are being questioned. Drugs are being sold to our youth in untold numbers and children being sold into slave traffic would astound the law abiding, suburb living adult. But when are we going to take off the blinders and unite to pray that Almighty God will anoint our hearts and minds with His love? "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13 That one scripture verse alone would change the world. The Word of God is not obsolete and it's time we realize God is the only way to correct our humanistic finite wisdom that has taken us down a path of everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.
I would ask that you search your heart, pray...even if that's not what you have been accustomed to, and ask God Almighty to intervene in the hearts and lives of those who are full of hate. Remember their hate was not born in one day, but is a product of past events or past teachings of previous generations. Ask God to erase hate from their hearts and place within them a heart of love for their fellowman.
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." I John 4:8
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as
yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31
Hello friends and family...
I rarely, if ever, send out a mass email like this. This is not a forward, this is an original from me.
I wanted to share a song with you. A song written and performed by a young lady who experienced hate in way she had only read or been told about. When confronted with this, she turned to her main outlet...she turned to music. This young lady wrote this song, performed this song, played the guitar for this song, put her heart into this song....
She is 12 and a student in my period 4 class. She is Jewish. And this is what she wrote and recorded after a swastika was spray painted on the street directly in front of her house. Her 17-year-old sister made the video that accompanies this song. She gave me permission to share with anyone. You should do the same if you feel as though you should.
In a world that needs so much more good in it, we unfortunately still have things like this that the children in this world must still deal with.