I use the internet often. I use it as a tool of my daily life. I check in on friends. I listen to music. I work on finding my ancestors and learning their stories. I journal. I send messages to those I am praying for. I look up how to make stuff. I look up symptoms to see how sick my kids really are. But I am really starting to get sick of one thing. I hate the public shaming on the internet. We tell our kids not to bully, and then we post pictures of people that we think don't look good enough to be seen in public. And we laugh! At their clothing or their face. We laugh at a child of God. We give no thought to their feelings. To the fact that they may see their picture associated with some terrible joke. Why? Is this what God would have us do? What about our Savior that says "Feed my sheep" This is not feeding. It is slaughtering.
We comment about people we do or don't know and the decisions we don't think they should make. We profess to believe things, but do we actually do what we profess? As Mormons we state, "We claim the privilege to worship all mighty God, We allow all men the same privilege to worship HOW, WHERE, or WHAT THEY MAY. I've seen friends call for taking away another's rights in the name of liberty or religion. What right do we have to do that? None.
We as Americans profess to believe in freedom. Our Rights. The rights that were written into our constitution. The “unalienable rights” explicitly protected by the Bill of Rights include, but are not limited to, the rights of free speech and religion, self-determination with regard to one’s own property, the right to be secure in one’s own property, protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and so forth. The Romans and the Jewish leaders took those freedoms from our Savior. He forgave them of course, because he is perfect. He will also forgive us for our imperfections.
The reason for this post is today was that it was a sad day for me. A family was tragically dragged through the mud after discovering infidelity and pornography addictions among their family members. The wife can't privately mourn for her husband, her innocence or her future. There is no where for her to hide while she walks through her pain. This family is known especially in the USA. There is no where that they could move to get away from the pain and anguish of their situation.
I pray for the hearts of our generation. Please Father don't let our hearts fail us. Please help us to remember to count our blessings not our trials. Please help us to remember to give grace to those around us. It is not up to us judge others. That judgement is for Thee, the all knowing, loving, giving God and Father. I worry about those of my friends who seem to be caught in a whirl wind, grasping for something substantial to hold on to as they struggle to raise their families just like the rest of us. I pray that they will find light. Something of Thy teachings. Something worth finding. I pray that we can teach goodness. I pray that we can show grace and understanding. Father let us be the shoulder to cry on not the arm throwing garbage. Let us wipe tears not cause them. I know that Thow has sent thy son to bare these burdens. Please help us teach of Thy divinity, please keep us from turning others away from Thee and Thy Son.