Fear perceived can be just as damaging as a true threat. I can’t say I fully understand the woman’s march that happened this past Saturday January 21st but I do know that fear was a big player in the day. Fear of not being heard drove people to shout all the louder. They said they wanted equality but excluded a group, who thought differently than the organizers, and not in the sense they were anti-women but they were anti-one part of the organizing groups beliefs. The words spoken out in a public media covered forums were not ones of peace or unity, they were full of anger and division.
Are we in a battle of who can be nastier? What is the common goal? What were the women trying to achieve? How is Ashley Judd declaring “Our p—ies ain’t for grabbing, Our p—ies are for our pleasure and they are for birthing new generations… of nasty women.” a productive way to fix our current problem? Madonna’s comment, “Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.” with adding that she knows it won’t change anything, leads us to a presume “so she wouldn’t do it” doesn’t justify the remark in the first place. Madonna also added that they choose love. Be angry and by all means choose love but choosing love means to love all, and that would include President Trump. Love and reconciliation is the only way we will be able to heal this problem both the legitimate ones and the perceived. I long to fully understand what it is the women were marching for. I am eager to know the action plans they have in place outside of the massive gathering. Assemble, it’s a constitutional right but what is the next step? How can we roll up our sleeves and get dirty for the cause you hold so desperately close to your heart? Perfect Love and fear can not co-exist, in beginning of First John 4:18 it directly says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Love covers (1 Peter 4:8), love bears (1 Corinthians 13:7) and love builds (1 Corinthians 8:1). You can’t spew disdain and destruction as you say you are choosing love. I love how James describes how one is to control their tongue in the third chapter, specifically in verses 10-18:
Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way. 11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water. 13 Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.
One cannot fantasize about blowing up the presidential residency whilst saying they choose love. Be wise, full of mercy and free from hypocrisy. Rise to a higher standard and cultivate peace. Choose love. Choose to listen across the aisle. Choose to respect the right to march and the right to sit out.