10 years!

I wonder what it would've been like if Mat + I were around in 1967 and we all had Facebook and social media. Loving vs Virginia in 1967 is when the Supreme Court decided that multiracial marriages are ok. I wonder if me, Mat, and our littles would be hated upon and discussed over by those we call our friends and brothers and sisters. If we would be looked down upon with disgust. Probably.

The U.S. hasn't been a true Christian nation in so long, not the kind that extreme conservatives want it to be. And you can't change that, you can't turn back the clock. "The good old days" meant segregation. Think before that, no religious freedom, slavery, the Holocaust...  So good right? (sarcasm of course) What is it with so many Americans thinking that they are better than others? Didn't everyone's family migrate here at some point too?! Doesn't everyone sin? Doesn't everyone do things that could be considered weird, stupid, not cool, different, and even immoral? I've been called out by someone at church for something as petty as listening to music. MUSIC you guys!

As we can see from years and years of conflict in the Middle East, trying to change things with hate, exclusion, and personal judgement doesn't work. The only thing you could do to wipe out those who think, act, believe, behave, or look differently than you would be to pull a Hitler. We all know what he did was awful, wrong, unimaginable, but I hear some of the same things I imagine he thought coming out of the mouths of those around me. So many high horses and soap boxes.

Go ahead and measure someone against God's standards, but remember that he measures you against those same ones. Look inwardly first. "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." 

I'm going to straight up throw almost an entire chapter at you.

Romans 3:3-30

[3] For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? [4] God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. [5] But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) [6] God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? [7] For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? [8] And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. [9] What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; [10] As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: [11] There is none that undestandeth there is non that seeketh after God. [12] They are all gone out of the way, they are together become profitable; there is none that doeth good, no not one. [13] Their Throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: [14] Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: [15] Their feet are swift to shed blood: [16] Destruction and misery are in their ways: [17] And the way of peace have they not known: [18] There is no fear of God before their eyes. [19] Now we know that what things soever the law hath saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. [20] Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. [21] But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; [22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: [23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; [26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: [30] Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith.

I highly encourage you to get yourself a King James version Bible and to read all of Romans, this whole chapter and the following one especially. You could probably also just google it. Romans is so good, and one of my favorite books! 

This month, our anniversary month, our 10 years later, I am so thankful for grace, for love, for friendship, acceptance, and freedom. I'm surrounded by white people on this farm I live on and in the Ball family. In the midwest all of this is still new, including the cuteness of biracial couples and our children. But that is ok, because love, grace, and family.