What I believe…

To continue with the “rabbit trail” post from yesterday; I have given some thought(s) to what this blog might be about.  Still no definitive answers, but here we go with a bit of wandering.

I usually avoid confrontation if at all possible.  I’m just not into drama for the sake of being dramatic   (Actor friends, you know I’m not talking about you, right?).  There are certainly some things worth being emotional about: The world is an imperfect place full of imperfect people.  Against my usual inclination, today I became involved in an online thread about homosexuality.  I’m all for spirited discussions, but this particular thread turned into an argumentative, personal attack.  I have friends who are gay, and friends who are not, and conservative friends who believe it’s a sin, liberal friends who don’t.  They are all my friends.  For the most part, I would prefer not to know anyone’s sexual orientation…just not that interested in what’s going on in that respect.  It is a big issue for folks and I’m not altogether sure why.  There are a lot of problems in this world of ours – things we can all agree need to be solved:  homelessness, hunger, loneliness, and the list goes on.   If it is a sin, (and I personally don’t believe it is) then it’s not my business.   We all make our own choices based on our beliefs, needs, and understanding of the Bible.    I’ve read the Bible and don’t personally believe there is a definitive answer to be found there. Who’s right and who’s wrong?  What if we spent more time in conversation with God and worked at becoming the person God envisioned and created us to be?  What if we came to understand that the one yelling the loudest and longest wasn’t necessarily right.  If everyone walks away angry and hurt than no one “won”.  Simplistic to be sure, but I’m a fan of simplicity.

I guess my point with this post is:

1.  I believe in a world where folks can get along despite their differences.

2.  I don’t want to hide who I am because that would be dishonest and just not very interesting.  I will always try to be respectful in expressing my opinions.

3.  I am a follower of Christ although somewhat disillusioned with organized religion.

3.  I definitely don’t want to be insulated from the world and only involve myself with people who think the way I think, do the stuff I do, and believe what I believe.

4.  It is a big and glorious world full of beliefs, opinions, creativity, and different types of people. I believe we can learn from each other and make the world a better place.

5.  I don’t want to force my opinion on anyone or create conflict.  I am just not interested in anger dwelling here.

To sum it all up, I’m finding my way as a blogger and a human-being.  It’s a long road and blogging is a new trip for me.  I’m in it for the journey and not the destination!

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