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On Sunday, there was a large gathering of BLM protesters in my little town of Lynden, WA. A lot of us who don’t toe that particular line were mildly nervous about how it’d go, but it went fine. Some counter protesters, Trump supporters and flag wavers, etc.
My daughter, a brash young woman if ever there was one, decided to drive by the protesters with her Keep America Great hat on, and the national anthem playing loudly. Apparently, this effrontery was much too much for a couple of her “good” friends. Within minutes she had a text: “On behalf of [nitwit] and I, you are no longer our friend. The national anthem is disgusting, and driving past us with your Trump hat on is disgusting.” Or some such nonsense.
I told our daughter: Good for you for standing up for what you believe in! I reminded her that standing up for what you believe in will always cost you something. Unfortunately and often it costs you relationships with friends and family. She didn’t quite understand why someone would react that way. She knew her two friends had gone to the BLM rally, and they’d even had discussions on the topic. But she was not “unfriending” them. I explained to her: Some people are very fragile in what they believe. Because they are fragile, they cannot tolerate others not agreeing with them, much less people actively arguing against their views. I reminded her of a liberal friend of mine. I said, “We don’t agree on much of anything, politically. But we are still friends. We are brothers in Christ, and we know that each other’s view on political matters is the result of our commitment to Christ, each of us in our own way. We have built a trust in each other that rests on the foundation of Christ. That supersede’s our political disagreement. We are both firm enough in our convictions that we can stand to disagree with each other. And in fact, we value that disagreement because it sharpens both of us.”
I am not troubled by COVID, nor by protesters, nor counter-protestors, nor by police, nor by Joe Biden, nor by Trump. I AM troubled as I watch our nation divide even more sharply over something which, when you get right down to it, we don’t disagree.Published in