I made a startling discovery this week. One that has taken me 38 years to figure out. Not everyone is like me. Shocking, I know! I have meandered through life assuming that everyone I came into contact with shared the same views, believed in the same things and behaved the same way.
Oh sure, I know all about the protesters, and atheists and generally irritable people in the world. I see them on the news and hear about them through random Facebook feeds. I am comfortable in my little world, and my little town where I believed that we all felt the same way and believed in the one and only GOD and taught our children the same values. Boy was I wrong.
This past week, I have really seen what differences there are out there. And shocker, it exists in my town. I have seen billboards go up that a group of Atheists paid for, advertising there is no God. I have come into contact, for the second time, a person that is so negative and mean and irritable that I am not sure how to handle. That they can speak to children the way they do is unbelievable and foreign to me.
I have been in two situations these past couple of weeks, where I realized that most people go with the flow and agree with the majority to just agree. I never realized this before and how easy it is to sway opinion if you just have a voice and are willing to say something.
I wonder why it has taken me so long to come to these realizations, and if it’s just me getting older. But I do know that it’s ok to be different. It’s ok to have an opinion and speak your mind. It’s not ok to speak in a way that hurts others, especially children. It’s not ok to keep God out of schools and communities, but think it’s ok to broadcast to everyone that there is no God. If you have that right, then we as Christians have the right to pray, and keep Him in our schools and neighborhoods.
I have always been a non confrontational person. I don’t like conflict. I don’t like to rock the boat. I have been the one to agree just to keep the peace. To go with the flow. I’m not so sure that I’m like that anymore. I find myself wanting to rock the boat. That’s a scary thought to me, but one that is worth pondering. I want to stand up for my beliefs, for the right thing.
So, we’ll see how this river of change in my life goes. And if you see a boat rocking, it may just be me.