These last few months have been very disturbing to me.
- Obviously I was distraught and unsettled when Trump won the election and I still can't believe it happened.
- And then there were some voices I followed with a reminder that God is still on the throne and He is to be looked at, not man.
- This is why I put up Christmas so early. I needed some JOY in my life.
- That calmed me down and what also calmed me down was people praying and taking action in volunteering, donating to causes they believed in and so on.
- There was also enough distance (just over two months) that I was prepared to engage my logical brain and give the man a chance to do his stuff.
And then the inauguration happened.
That speech! I couldn't believe it. I'm not even American and I don't know that America. It felt so exclusionary towards everyone other than those who think like him.
Anyway, I didn't watch much after the formalities.
(by the way, years and years ago, I used to follow a marketing coach and she said on a teleseminar that she only employs American people as she doesn't want to send her money elsewhere. I stopped buying product from her there and then because I was so insulted. For the record, I send my money all over the world and I receive money from all over as gratefully. The speech left the same feeling with me, X 100)
But then, the next day, the Women's March.
I want to say this carefully. I am anti-abortion but if I were a resident in the US, I would have marched for all the other things. The Human Rights things - equality and decency and common human rights.
On this abortion matter... I am firmly anti-abortion... for ME. But who am I to tell you what to do with your body?
I have two friends, one online and one in real life, who have both had terminations. The online one's life was in danger had this not happened; the other had other issues going on and she was desperate. I still think had I been in her situation I would have done differently but how can I be sure? I have not walked those miles in her shoes.
So I believe the thing I am is a pro-choice anti-abortionist :)
If just on this one issue it is so complicated. imagine if we add all the issues at play.
Back to the women's march.
I read and follow a very wide spectrum of women on social media from all countries.
The clear democrats were very vocal with pictures and points of view, and got trolled in some of their comments. I read some and quickly realised this is a thing. Not even a March was about standing for things people can agree on. Everything is so nuanced.
One faction that was very quiet (during the march and the election cycle actually) was that of the white Christian woman.
I follow many of those ladies too.
My own church is also quiet. I don't know if it's just because this is the South African branch (there are US branches too) or if it's the same over there too.
But I want to know how people feel and more importantly, why.
Then one young lady posted something about being disturbed about all the divisiveness in the church, and in her comments, I saw links, followed those and read all that stuff.
You know how this goes.
Some of the Christians voted for Trump based on this abortion thing and nothing else.
I had no idea that this was so nuanced. As I said, if I were in the US, I would have marched but I'm still anti-abortion.
Are these either/ or positions? If so, why? Why can't you believe in everybody deserving dignity and equal rights, and decide that abortion is not for you?
It has gotten worse over the last week (I can't even comprehend!!!) and honestly, I'm staying off social media as much as I can because hours go by and I feel worse.
But still, I feel compelled to speak about these things.
By the way, not one South African I follow is talking about this stuff so I might be talking to myself. That's okay too.
Are you thinking about these things or are they far removed from you?
Okay, happy Sunday!