There are certain people within my family that DO make crude and/or cruel comments about people that are over weight or disabled, intending it to be a joke. Although I have never been overweight, I have been on the receiving end of comments that were intended as jokes-but I was never the one who was laughing. I have always believed that when anyone pokes fun of another person for physical differences, it shows weakness, insecurity and ignorance of that person.
Not only do I feel embarrassed for a family member’s cruelty, I get irritated and angry when the comments continue to come from their mouths. What I have asked these family members is, “How can you say things that are obviously only intended to inflict pain on someone”? I have asked them if they can recall all the afternoons I came home in tears, because of something that someone said about my appearance, and how angry they became because I was hurting so badly. Why say something that attacks another person? Why knowingly make comments that when heard can only do one thing which is to hurt someone whom is undeserving of such judgment? It makes no sense to me.
Unless there is someone who is the definition of perfection, people should really rethink the way that they are thinking when it comes to the way that they perceive and judge individuals who may look a little different that they are. We don’t know what others have been through-what genes they have inherited or what they may be experiencing in their lives-it’s better to leave the judgment up to God and worry about improving ourselves and bettering the world with kindness-not adding toxins with cruelty and uncompassionate comments.