Good Evening, God!
Speaking up. Speaking out. Caring for those who are not respected. That is a pretty good description of what we all need to be doing — to meet the challenge of Our Times.
And, harder yet, we need to defend those being disrespected without being disrespectful ourselves. Because Disrespect begets Disrespect. Meryl Streep made that very point in her Golden Globes talk accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award. I just watched it. And I watched the video of Trump imitating a disabled reporter, that she referred to, too. Meryl stressed the importance of respecting one another and the responsible use of power — quite respectfully.
What it made me think about, God, was my personal responsibility. I must commit myself to both think and act respectfully . . . and to speak and act in defense of those being disrespected. Those being bullied . . . being made fun of . . . being treated as Less Than.
Maybe, it begins by not thinking I am more than? I have to admit, God, — that in this political season — if the Right has been angry and hateful . . . the Left has been dismissive and condescending.
OUCH! It hurts me to admit that. But I have been guilty of disparaging others and I need to clean up my heart.
Just because someone sees the world differently does not make them less than me. That sort of “worship” of being right . . . makes for deep divisions and enough disrespect to cover the World.
Help us God to see that Respecting one another is everyone’s responsibility.