Since when did complete agreement become the goal?
I’ve listened to the news quite a bit since the Orlando massacre and the amount of political talk and civil rights talk and gun rights talk is nauseating.
What about just being sad for 5 minutes before we launch into “These are the issues we need to address”?
Which, by the way, is what everyone says EVERY SINGLE TIME after a tragedy of this magnitude.
Here’s what I want to say: Everyone, shut your mouth.
This is not the time to start a conversation about gun control.
This is not the time to start a conversation about conservatives vs. liberals.
This is not the time for Christians and the LGBTQ community to stand off nose to nose.
This is not the time to pick a part Islam.
I just want everyone to please be quiet.
There are 49 families who are mourning. Their son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, lover was killed.
If you can’t think of a kind, compassionate thing to say, please shut up.
We can riot in the streets later.
We can debate for hours later.
I am sad about this senseless loss of life. None of those victims set out thinking, “This is it, my last day on earth.” They were just out having fun (albeit at a later hour than I like to be out) on a Saturday night.
Please pray for the families. There are some hard days ahead.
Pray for ways you can show kindness and compassion to those around you–no matter how different they are.
Pray for strength and wisdom on how we should all properly respond to this tragedy.
But for now, I think we all need to take a breath and just sit in this space for a minute. Let’s take a few moments to grieve before responding rashly.