Message of the Day: Love
I was so busy this week! Amongst the chaos, I observed this picketing/preaching event that these christian extremists had on my campus, just to witness the clash of personalities (I’m in a Cultures in Conflict course and it seemed like a good example to observe – I even got extra credit for turning in an essay on it!). Anyways, I heard some of the most hateful things I’ve ever heard, from racist remarks to anti-homosexual remarks to sexist remarks and everything in between. Frankly, it was disgusting. Yes, I am a christian – and even I was offended. I think God made everybody perfectly, no matter who you are, what you look like, or who you love. John 8:7 said: “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” — So who am I to judge?
Nonetheless, I felt compelled to share some of the music that shares a message of love. Of course, I will start out with the most popular one ever; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”.
The next (my favorite) is “Free Love” by Mod Sun is pretty much the foundation of what I’m going for. AND HE’S SO GOOD LIVE! Check him out
The next song is “She Likes Girls” by Metro Station. Love on, ladies! And for the gents, I present to you the tatted hunk/Lead Singer Trace Cyrus (yes, he’s Miley Cyrus’s brother).
The quality of the official music video for the next song, “Hold On” by Good Charlotte, is depressingly terrible, so bare with me. Some people respond to affirmation, like in the music above. However, some people want a song that addresses the pain directly. For those people, this one’s for you.
At the end of the day, I just want to convey a few messages.
1.) A reminder that culture is fluid, meaning no one person or small group of people can represent a culture (or religion) in it’s entirety. This is to say that christian extremists linked to or modeled after the Westboro Baptist Church DO NOT represent the religion as a whole. In my experience, christians are taught to love unconditionally, not spread propaganda and hate. And to the students that were the victims of oppression, judgement, and bigotry this week at Oregon State, I apologize on behalf of the traditional christian faith.
2.) These hateful types of people will always exist. Always. There nothing anybody can do to stop them, and it’s best to learn to understand that if there are 6 billion people in the world, there is a good chance that no matter who you are, someone is bound to find you offensive. But there is also bound to be a much larger number of people who will love you. If you close yourself off from society, you’ll never find those people. Basically what I’m saying is that the worst reaction to “haters” is to avoid people all together. Find the “lovers” out there. That’s what you call opposite of “haters,” right?
3.) Don’t quit. By “quit,” I mean don’t give up on life. Now I know this won’t apply to 99.99% of the people reading this. But to the .01%, you are worth taking the time to speak to directly. Especially for those who are young, I know that you don’t have the life experience to know that things actually do get better, because things may only be getting worse right now. But life has it’s ups and downs, and just because you’re experiencing your first down (even if it last four whole years – yes, I’m looking at you, high school…), it doesn’t mean life won’t turn around and start going back up. I promise you it does.
4.) LOVE. Simple as that.
Have a good rest of your weekend, ya’ll