I saw this helpful picture, making the rounds on social media:
“You weren’t the gunman, but you didn’t want to see gay people kissing in public. You weren’t the gunman, but you don’t like gay characters on TV. You weren’t the gunman, but you think gay people are sinful and need saving.
You weren’t the gunman, but you were upset when gay people gained the right to marry. You weren’t the gunman, but you use slurs for gay people. You weren’t the gunman, but you would vote against protections for gay people.
You weren’t the gunman, but you’re the culture that built him. You’re the bullets in his gun.”
Apparently, a love for personal responsibility isn’t ever going to catch on with this generation.
We’re absolutely determined to blame faceless, unrelated people for every tragedy.
We never miss an opportunity to say “I told ya so!”…even when the person we dislike had nothing to do with what happened.
So, fine. I’ll join the bandwagon.
EVERYONE is guilty for the actions of a few, correct?
Then I expect anyone who considers him/herself a “liberal,” and particularly members of the LGBT community, will meditate on this list of offenses until they feel sufficiently remorseful:
- You’re not a gunman; but you swear at those who disagree with you on the internet.
- You’re not a gunman, but you openly mock that religious persecution is a “thing.”
- You’re not a gunman, but you believe conservatives are bigots who deserve shaming.
- You’re not a gunman, but you spend all of your time demanding that others focus on your tiny, little world.
- You’re not a gunman, but you have enemies.
- You’re not a gunman, but you shoot words like “hateful” and “wing nut” and “fundie” and “Bible-thumper” and “Jesus Freak” on people you’ve never taken the time to understand.
YOU’VE NEVER BEHEADED A CHRISTIAN OR JEW OR HOMOSEXUAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT THEY HEAR YOUR SILENCE LOUD AND CLEAR.
If you’d rather make up an indirect way your conservative neighbors are responsible for everything than publicly denounce the teaching of Muhammad–YOU are the culture that built this.
Or, if you don’t think this is your fault, then let’s stop with ALL the “My people” vs. “Your people” stuff, okay?
I read an article this week reminding Christians of the danger of lumping people into groups.
It was well-stated. And convicting.
The “lumpers” in the LGBT community would be wise to read it and take their own advice about building cultures of undeserved blame.