Founder’s Brewing, Dirty Bastard – © Michael Warth
People are like craft beer. You have the good and you have the bad, you have the one everyone loves and you have some that make us wonder WTF. Today, I write this post for those of us who get the job done, we keep on moving when the rest of the world has lost their minds, we work when others lay down, we pick ourselves up when others give up, we continue to do our best when the “haves” talk badly about the “have-nots”.
In trying to keep this post simple and direct, I won’t go into the details of what has been going on in my life (those of you who know me well already know). Nonetheless, outside of the kind of week I’ve had, I have watched people hate one another and condemn them for their decisions. I get it, some people take their religion very seriously – that’s not what this post is about. At the core of the issue, and at the risk of causing a riot on this site, for those of you that feel your religion dictates that you condemn another; why not just pray for those you are hating? It is a simple as that, in relation to your belief (and not my own), “stop throwing stones at them, because you all have your own sins to deal with.”
I’m sure you have seen the news regarding the confederate flag, the supreme court ruling on gay marriage, and the spin everyone from the left and the right can throw on the mob. I’ve got nothing in the fight right now but from my view, you all better learn to deal with change. Learn to love one another, be compassionate to others, understand that not everyone on the planet has the same political, religious, or sexual orientation views. When a white kid rushes into a church and kills because he hates black people, it’s not about a confederate flag…it’s about hate. When someone publicly rants about how God is going to bring his wrath on the world because the supreme court ruled in favor of gay marriage, it’s not about your religion…it’s an opinion.
The social media sites are in a frenzy right now. All I can see in my feed is a division among people who have no business being concerned about the issues. From my perspective you have lost your minds! I get it, your religious texts tell you that you must be a certain way and think a certain way because God commanded it. But there are billions of people who do not believe the text in that book or that it is the word of God, and in some cases, there are people who simply don’t believe in God.
Personally, I don’t care what you believe, but I also don’t think it is your right to condemn others because they don’t believe what you believe. In fact, in the U.S., it is your right to practice your religion. But never think for a moment, or confuse the fact, that this particular freedom, gives you the right to condemn or act out your hate for others. Again, if you must do something productive, then I would suggest you pray to your God and stop hating others for their beliefs and actions.
Religion and politics are two of the most heated topics in this world. And the simple reason for that is that none of us can agree what is right and what is wrong. Like craft beer, there are some that are good and some that are bad, but it is a matter of opinion. After all, we all know the guy who likes to call Blue Moon craft beer, and loves to drink his Bud Lite by the fire — he’s just weird, and there is no hope for him, you can’t win with these people, so let us move on.
To the hate-mongers and extreme believers, you kill all that is beautiful in the world for the sake of your opinions and the rest of us are starting to see you as small-minded people who only care about yourself. Just move along and learn to comprehend what your books are telling you. I may not think the ark ever existed or that Moses parted the Red Sea, but I do think the teachings of Jesus Christ are lessons we can all learn from. Loving our fellow man, and having compassion is something we can all try to do better than we already are doing. If you are a Christian, try living like the examples of Christ written in the New Testament and stop trying to dictate laws expressed in the Old Testament. Because I know, you will fail trying to follow the old testament laws no matter how devout to your religion you are.
Photo: Beer from my beer run to Weiland’s Market / © Michael Warth
Be humble, mind your manners, be kind, and stop looking down your nose at those who choose to think different and be different. Your money (or lack of), religion, political views, and social standings are worthless when you die. I hope your God has enough compassion and love to look past your faults because some of us feel like you have no chance to have peace in your hearts.
If you feel the need to quote scripture, tell me I’m going to hell, or bash me publicly, understand this. I don’t care what your God thinks, I don’t care what you believe. Just be prepared to have a normal, clear-minded human being who is proud of his Scandinavian and northern European ancestry come at you like a viking raiding your precious monastery. I don’t care who I offend, and I believe in living in the now and not hoping for a mansion in heaven, serving a God who teaches hate the way you have interpreted it.