A friend of mine was recently going through some family issues and posted a message about it on GroupMe. Naturally, everyone in the group responded with words of comfort - especially, ”I’ll keep you in my prayers.”
As much as I refuse to believe it, something tells me that this statement is becoming as shallow as “God bless you” when someone sneezes or “How are you?” first thing in the morning.
How often do you simply use these phrases out of habit? Do you really ever set the time aside to lift that person’s name up? Do you truly want blessings for me and do you really want to know how I’m doing?
Our tongue has the power of life and death according to Proverbs 18:21. With the constant stimulation that we experience on a daily basis, it’s understandable if we get lost in the shuffle. But … we must watch we say. At the end of the day, your word is your integrity.
I have tons more to touch on, but then this would be a book and not a blog :)
I recently posted a photo on Facebook of a black barbie doll with “Lil’ Monkey” across her hat. The doll also came with a banana in hand and a monkey as a pet. If you’re like most of my black friends, you’re probably infuriated at this point.
When I first saw the photo, I thought it was super cute and harmless. Now that I’ve had some time to learn about the background of the phrase - or racial slur - I understand the disapproving comments all over my Facebook wall.
What I don’t understand is why people tend to only fight social injustices (yes…I know that’s a stretch) when the individual looks like us i.e., same race, same gender, same weight, etc. Why do we feel compelled to act for certain people, but as a society we preach equality for all. It seems a bit backwards, no? I’m sure there’s some psychology to this, but it still doesn’t make it acceptable.
If we all took the time to lend a helping hand and speak up … no matter what … humanity would be a lot stronger.
I know that everyone is not exactly the way that I just described. But … people like that exist and as long as I see it, I’ll write about it. Also, I do prefer to use black over African-American, so please don’t take offense. :)