I’m already tired from a long weekend and I’m getting even more tired of all the bickering on social media. I’m not gonna lie. It’s nights like this that I don’t feel like writing but it’s on nights like this that I feel I need to… just to hash out my feelings and clear my mind.
Today there was a shooting in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church and at least 27 people were killed as they worshipped. My heart is heavy and grieves for the lost and those who mourn.
I’m also sad that such a horrific event can be so divisive, so fast. Online I’ve seen non-believers attack believers and vice versa. Those that support the 2nd amendment are clashing with those calling for stricter gun laws. Trolls join in to add to the overall noise.
Fear seems to be driving the debate. All sides appear to be so afraid of losing ground to an opposing viewpoint that no one is even trying to work together to start talking about a solution.
Can we start with the common point that no one wants to see a tragedy like this happen again? Surely, we can all agree on this. Then work from there.
Give and take on all sides is needed. When everyone is shouting no one is listening. When no one listens, nothing changes.
My fear is that the shouting will continue. The venom will escalate… another shooting will take place… and the cycle will start over again.
I don’t have all the answers. Honestly, I’m not really sure I have any of the answers… but it’s at times like this that I grieve, pray, and try and listen through the noise.