I’m going to repent on behalf of the insensitive and cynical and to borrow from the Apostle Paul, of whom I am chief sinner.
This mostly applies to the Right side of aisle on account of the fact that the Left has so little self awareness I’m not sure they even know what being sensitive towards others even is. It’s more like, Wait, there are others?
See, insensitive and cynical, of which I am chief sinner.
I speak mostly of all the snide, snippy, little comments on the internet that basically amount to, “you made your bed, enjoy sleeping in it” or “I got mine, sucks to be you” or “guess you get what you voted for!”
Not that anyone on the Right cares, but “sucks to be you” and “serves you right,” are NOT winning campaign slogans and partially responsible for why the Right does not win very many elections in my neck of the woods. I’m all for personal responsibility but, “eat dirt, loser,” inhibits my ability to see how you might have policies that could be FOR me, rather than against me.
This mindset or heart condition comes from a place of exasperation and frustration. It comes from being able to see cause and effect in a way others often can’t. It comes from having a keen awareness of how unintended consequences work in a predictable pattern.
It comes from being unable and unwilling to feel anymore pain on behalf of others. It’s like, I already have to suffer and endure the consequences of your actions myself, and you expect me to pour out compassion and sympathy because you are now suffering from……the very predictable consequences of your own ideologies that you have now inflicted us all with??
Bahaha. Nope, I got no more cares to give.
By the way, it’s not entirely ALL coming from the Left, I mean as a Christian I get to suffer for the behavior of every pharisitical, cultian, abuser who has ever walked the planet, and the Emperor Constantine, too. People discover I’m a Christian and they don’t see me as a person, they see the Spanish Inquisition and a youth pastor back East who molested everyone at band camp 30 years ago.
Trust me, I get it, I understand where the bitterness and cynicism come from. I even find it darkly humorous that some women here who voted for gender neutral dressings rooms, are now outraged and horrified to discover there are actually men in them. So what did you think “gender neutral” meant?!
I’m not repenting of cackling hysterically over here in my little corner of the internet. “A merry heart is good like a medicine.” I’m repenting of the insensitivity and cynicism that often closes off my heart and the hearts of others.
The Bible has some good advice about all this. First of all, “love your enemies.” “Bless those who curse you.” “Forgive as you have been forgiven.” If you are merciful and kind towards the foolish, the Lord will be merciful and kind towards you when you are foolish. That’s not in the Bible, it’s a paraphrase based on some learned Biblical wisdom.
My favorite (or least favorite) is actually in Romans 15, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” If you want to be a leader, it means you must absorb the cost. You must bear the infirmities of the lowest common denominator, or the weakest link in the chain. We are not here simply to please ourselves. If you are actually one of the “strong,” then you are going to have to make accommodations for the weaker ones and input that data into your overall equation. Rather then tearing people down for being weak, wrong, or foolish, your job is actually to build them up.
The next couple of verses in Romans really reflect that truth, too. “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
All in good humor here, but if we Christians could just learn how to consistently act and think like actual Christians, we could change the whole world.