The Right for All to Live

I was sitting on the patio Saturday morning, reading the book of James and tears welled in my eyes. Then I swore a little…or maybe a lot.

Sorry God.

I’m a tad bit angry these days.

It’s about life and the right to live life.

It seems that humans forget it’s not just about your unborn babies. It’s about all of your children.

We’re supposed to love and protect everyone. Correct?

Love our neighbors as ourselves. Right?

Follow in the footsteps of your Son?

But we don’t.

We’re so focused on one issue that we don’t see the forest for the trees.

We don’t seem to always care about the rest of the population.

It’s our lack of empathy and concern, and many other human traits that prevent us from completely caring about all life.

How did your children get here?

When did we stop loving our neighbors?

When did we forget about the living?

…The addicted, who die from drug and alcohol abuse.

…The elderly, who can’t afford their medications and air conditioning on a hot summer’s day.

…The poor, who can’t afford their next meal or rent for an apartment.

…The homeless, with no hope for the future or holding a job.

…The students, who die at the hand of a madman and his gun.

…The students and adults, who suffer at the hands of a bully.

…The mentally ill, especially children, who receive little or no therapy.

…The handicapped, who are looked upon as different and incapable.

…The abused and neglected, who exist in fear and filth.

…The marginalized, who are made to feel “less than” because of their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

…The immigrants, who only want to be in a country free from genocide and persecution.

…The children of immigrants, who want to be with their parents.

The living, breathing babies, children and adults who deserve to be loved and respected and cared for by the rest of humanity.

I’m angry and heartbroken. Loving others, loving your neighbor, being a follower of Christ does not include idolizing a public figure, celebrity, political party or anyone other than your God. It does not include allowing harassment, bullying and name-calling. It does not include offering thoughts and prayers without taking action. It does not include skewing the Bible to your benefit. It does not include being judgmental when God is our only judge. It does not include favoring one part of the population over another. It does not include looking the other way when people are suffering and dying. 

James, or Jacob, was Jesus’s half-brother. He was the leader of the mother church in Jerusalem. His letter in the Bible takes a no-nonsense approach to hypocrisy and that was, in part, the reason for my anger and tears. I see so much hypocrisy from those who are called to love their neighbors, but find reasons and ways to do the opposite. They listen to an evil voice, not one of their God. It is their false idol, the talking heads, and themselves that they hear. They do not hear Jesus’ voice of love, peace and understanding.

God, I don’t know how to feel about this anymore other than alternately hopeless and angry.

When will we wake up?

When will we take care of each other without question?

When will this lack of empathy and tenderness toward all human beings end?

When will we become one world, one people, one humanity?

When will we stop building walls and start tearing them down?

When will everyone have the right to live?

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26 responses to The Right for All to Live

  1. Claudia says:

    I believe more have compassion than we realize. The majority of those stay silent, knowing that there is not much we can do as individuals except live the life and share the life we know with others. Compassion doesn’t sell headlines like murder and deception. We are a boring lot. But we exist. Everywhere.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Claudia, I love your response. I know we exist, but you are correct. We see the negative headlines, not those that are positive. I have been staying away from the news, but watched it Friday night and all it did was make me angry. I had to write this to get the anger off my chest, but also to speak of compassion and love for others. I think our boring lot needs to keep doing what we’re doing, but speak a little louder.

      • nascoblogmaster says:

        I stay away from the news too. And help out in my community when I can. A much better balance.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    This is such an important question. I’m afraid the answer eludes us and will continue to do so. I join you in being angry. I wish I had an answer.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We, and many others like us, may need to be the answer, Dan. The power of positivity and love, one person at a time, one step at a time…to be humbly loud about it, if that’s possible. And, of course, to vote for those who really care about the entirety of the population.

  3. dweezer19 says:

    When indeed. Great expression Mary. I feel just as you do. Too many people take up a cause apparently as an excuse to be angry, cruel, judgmental and right. What has happened to civilized human action?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t know, Cheryl. I’m just astounded at the angry, negative voices I hear from social media and TV, even from people I know personally. This has been the most difficult part of the current times, understanding where the thought process comes from.

  4. dweezer19 says:

    I inderstand. There are friends that I never realized felt certain ways about others that have astounded me.

  5. Very well written. These are challenging times we find ourselves in right now. I pray we find our way back out. I could probably write an essay here, but it wouldn’t make a difference except to act like a tennis game with the comments going back and forth. So, I’m back to treating others as I want to be treated and praying.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Keep doing what you’re doing, Judy. I still have hope and pray that the current climate will change in a positive way and good will overcome.

  6. loisajay says:

    I wish I had answers, Mary. I wish I could say answers will be forthcoming. But that would be an untruth. These questions you ask bring more questions. And so we go on….beating our heads against a wall and trying so hard to stay positive.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s going to take time to change hearts and undo the damage, but I have faith, Lois. It’s all I have in between my bouts of anger.

  7. Fandango says:

    “When will this lack of empathy and tenderness toward all human beings end?”

    When we vote out of office those who lack empathy and tenderness toward all human beings. When we vote out of office those who want to build walls instead of bridges.

  8. Sharon says:

    Mary…I love your work here and I’m thankful that you see the good. It can certainly be a difficult thing to do. God wiped out a wicked world, but promised to never do that again. Instead, He sent us his PERFECT Son to show us another way, but we have free will and not everyone believes. So…evil continues…and will, until we see Him again. It is the responsibility of each of us to bare the fruit of our belief in Him, to the best of our ability, but we are terribly flawed. I love your sweet spirit…you are a great example to me. Plus…I started reading in a James today…just before I saw your article!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Sharon, I love your words. It’s truth, but there is comfort in knowing that He still watches over us and guides us in the midst of evil and aside from our human flaws. I read James this past weekend as my ladies’ group from church is starting a study of this book in a couple weeks. It will be a very interesting conversation about its contents and how we live our life.

  9. Susan Scott says:

    Anger can be healthy if it prompts us to act and be better and NOT to engage in any form of hypocrisy. I am confounded confused and angry at all that is sooo wrong in the world …

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m trying to be healthy and not let this anger turn into something it shouldn’t. I will keep doing my thing, be part of the light, and hope that the future of the world is bright.

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