We're All Bastards But God Loves Us Anyway
Human beings are complex creatures. The power of our minds is incomprehensible. We are capable of solving complex problems and expressing a variety of emotions. All of us are capable of the greatest good and unspeakable evil, often on the same day.
I can hold the door for a lady at the store, exchange pleasantries, and then get in my car and curse at the same lady for cutting me off in traffic.
I can extol the virtues of marriage and at the same time have caused the pain of divorce.
I can judge someone for yelling at their kids in public, knowing full well that I’ve lost my temper with my kids in public in the past.
I can jump on the bandwagon of encouraging everyone around me to vote, and then get ‘too busy’ to cast my ballot.
I can sit in judgment of all of the problems related to the housing crisis, knowing full well that I overextended myself in the past and lost my home.
I can accuse one political party for overspending, knowing that my party of choice hasn’t fared much better.
I can hate being slandered by someone who doesn’t know me, and turn around and slander another person that I don’t know.
I can complain about litter on the freeway, and then throw my straw wrapper out the window, thinking ‘one more little piece won’t hurt anything’.
I can have my heart broken and cry out in pain, and then turn around and break the heart of another.
I can talk to my children about staying out of debt while we’re sitting in a restaurant where I will pay with my Visa and carry a balance.
I can talk all day long about conserving energy, until I’m in a hurry and have to stomp on the gas to get where I’m going.
I can encourage you to keep your mind sharp through reading and study, and then plop down on the couch later and watch Judge Judy or South Park.
I can tell you how negative emotions such as jealousy can ruin your life, while harboring many of the same emotions in my own life.
I can look at a person who looks like they may need a shower and make all kinds of judgments about them, without realizing that they could do the same to me if they caught me right after I had mowed the lawn on a hot day.
I can wish that people wouldn’t judge me until they’ve walked in my shoes, and then quickly judge another, though I haven’t walked in his.
Will Campbell once stated it bluntly – “We’re all bastards, but God loves us anyway.” We’re saints and sinners. We are the accusers and the accused. We are lovers and haters. We all speak out of both sides of our mouth.
In the words of the great theologian Bo Diddly, “Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself.”
Jesus said the same thing, and you don’t have to be religious to see the wisdom in it. When a woman was caught in adultery, and was getting ready to be stoned by a crowd of people for what she had done, Jesus said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Upon hearing these words, everyone dropped their stones and walked away.
We should do the same.