Just because you disagree with something doesn’t make it fake.
I haven’t yet figured out a way to talk to people who refuse facts without getting angry. Mind you, I don’t get angry right away, but I am tired of providing people with facts that I can support with actual evidence only to still be argued against and eventually disrespected. I am not just talking about racial matters or in cases involving discussion of our sloppy political arena here in America, but in matters concerning God, religion, and Christianity as well.
On a discussion board about former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley who was recently acquitted of murdering a Black man although it appeared as though he had planted a gun on the deceased, several posters decided to use that forum to suggest that cops have every reason to be afraid in Black cities because of Black on Black crime and to classify Black Lives Matter as a racist, terrorist organization. When I merely mentioned that more White people kill cops than Black and that Black Lives Matter has advocated heavily for White victims of police brutality as well as Black, those comments were not well-received.
On another board that discussed dumping more money into our military, I remarked that that much money could do worlds of good for healthcare, education and infrastructure, and that it is interesting that America can find all the money in the world for war but can’t figure out that the best way to decrease violence here is by decreasing poverty with…you guessed it… investments in the healthcare, education and infrastructure that will provide all Americans with a better standard of living. Those comments were not well-received and I was accused of disrespecting the military. “Why wouldn’t you want our soldiers to get more help?” Um, because they probably won’t. That money is going right into somebody’s pockets. War is profitable. And pointless. I was also accused of being a socialist and told that if I hated America so much, I should leave. I’ve been told that on multiple occasions. And that insinuation right there, ladies and gentlemen, is almost guaranteed to infuriate me to almost cussing.
And now, for the most recent meme I attempted to combat:
Jesus take the daggone wheel.
This was posted by a person who has full-fledged jumped into the Atheism-under-the-guise-of-Black-empowerment bandwagon. By that, I am referring to the growing group of Black people who think a Black person can’t be woke and still accept the White man’s religion. Now, it doesn’t bother me when a person is an atheist. That is their right. But before people try to combat Christianity it would help if they did their research instead of blindly accepting the unverified information they see in random Facebook memes.
Basic remedial Bible 101–John 4:24 tells us that God is SPIRIT. Although as the author of all created things God can come in any form he wishes, his true form is…not a form. You know what I appreciate about Islam? They prohibit visual depictions of Muhammad. One of the most unfortunate developments in Christianity, in my humble opinion, was when people took it upon themselves, based on their own biases and not Bible fact, to portray God, Jesus, angels, etc. Because of this, it has been widely accepted that God the father is an older White man with a balding head and a beard (sometimes he is shown with long White hair); Jesus has either brown or blond hair and blue eyes; and angels are women. What good did this do? All it did was cause division and confusion. I doubt that God is pleased.
But I digress.
The poster asked, “If there was a God, shouldn’t he be beyond the confines of gender?” Since a question was posed, I assumed that meant the poster knew he might get answers…How foolish of me. When I informed the poster that God is genderless and that male pronouns are typically ascribed to God–I mean how else are we to refer to God? It? He/she? Who really wants to read that?–you’d have thought I attacked his mom. He responded with immediate vitriol. According to him, it’s a shame that someone as intelligent as me has been so badly brainwashed, and that I’m the one who needs to do some research.
Unbeknownst to him and all of the other people in the aforementioned situations, I do tons of research. I read voraciously. I don’t read only the things that I agree with. I read things that I find absurd, if nothing else to understand the people that subscribe to those beliefs and ways of life. I studied psychology and sociology as an undergrad. People are flipping fascinating to me. My soft heart towards vulnerable populations–society’s underdogs–is why I have a hard time ignoring the posts that deride minorities and provide false information about vulnerable populations. And this heart that loves God and truly is saddened by the realization that these people who are railing against him simply because they believe the religion was foisted on us by our White slavemasters might find themselves in Hell makes it difficult not to gently correct them.
What am I concluding in all of this? Unfortunately some people cannot be helped. Shrugs. Or, maybe it is not me that can help them. Maybe I’ve planted a seed that someone else can cultivate.
Yet I still wonder why people can’t accept that people have other views and outlooks on life. Does that mean that they don’t respect or appreciate those of other people? It doesn’t have to. Why when I describe my experience as a Black American am I told to get over it or leave? Why despite the evidence that poor people aren’t bad does this stereotype still pervade? Because I believe in Jesus, does that suddenly make me less Black??
I hate the day that “Fake News” became the battlecry used by people to mask their blindness. If the term is used to call out errors in reporting, fine. But when people are given statistics, links to resources and websites, personal testimony, etc… “Fake news!” Because you don’t believe it??? Well, there were a ton of people who thought Jesus was fake news when He came too. Wonder what they’d say now…