I am so average.
I’m the girl who gets mistaken for every other white girl with brown hair that you’ve ever seen. Weekly, not kidding, someone comes up to me and either assumes I’m someone else or tells me that I look just like… I love it when people tell me who I look like and how they feel about that person. “You look just like a girl I used to hate…” Great…
My parents always told me that I was “smarter than the average bear.” Which I realize is not saying much because bears, though very intelligent for mammals, are not smarter than the average human.
So when it comes to politics, I usually don’t feel smart enough to make a strong opinion. Mostly because almost nothing is black and white. I almost always feel that every option is a lose/lose situation.
Let’s take our most recent executive order on immigration. Before you state your extremely strong opinion, look at the facts* with an open mind. My prayer is that during the current 90 day ban he will have wise advisors come up with a reasonable way to vet incoming immigrants. My fear is that currently people who have already been vetted are at risk of being sent back to the wolves. I’m also aware that the current vetting process is already all politics.
I hate politics. I trust no one.
It’s a mess. It’s not good. It’s lose/lose and it always seems that way. In this case the loss is great on one side, much more than the other.
So what do we do?
I know I’ll get push back on this statement, but today, I don’t think you have to have an opinion on the executive order. We can just quit talking about it. But don’t just sit there.
Love your Muslim neighbors well. I mean give them a hug and stand up next to them. My neighborhood is having an interfaith feast at the local Islamic Foundation. I’m gonna be there.
If you feel strongly one way or another, let someone know. Emailing and writing our representatives is not pointless, but calling them on the phone holds a little more weight. Tell a story about how this affects you and the people you love. Make it meaningful and personal. Remember that the policies can be gray so be specific about which parts you oppose or support. (This is implying that you already know the facts about the policy.)
Put your money where your mouth is. Help refugees who are already in the states. If you care so much about the ones who aren’t allowed in, make sure you’re loving those who live down the road. A staggering statistic from the link in the last sentence says: It is estimated that less than 10% of the refugees living in St. Louis will ever be befriended by an American. That’s yuge. We can do something about that at no monetary cost to you.
The point is that the executive order affects people and now we’re all thinking about those people. Let’s do what we know we are called to do and love them well in the ways we are able. Period.
*One thing I always have a strong opinion on these days is how far the media stretches facts and how we can’t trust so much of what we read and hear. Don’t let opinions and strongly stated articles form our beliefs for us on such important subjects. Please continue to seek out full truth before making judgements and strongly posting them all over social media.