Peace through strength can be bullying.
Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBTQ youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. About #SpiritDay | GLAAD
No one should ever be bullied for any reason. LGBTQ youth are a group that have it rough for just being their authentic selves. I want all those who are in the community to know they have a friend. Be yourself, always and you shouldn’t be afraid to do so.
Bullying is a form of intimidation often identified with school rooms, locker rooms and internet chat rooms. But the church? The refuge where we are admonished to love one another as Jesus loves us?
I have been in the church for the vast majority of my life and the church is supposed to be a haven and a sanctuary for people. Places of worship are to be places of love, understanding and safety. From my own experiences its not always the case.
Bullying is a thing people deal with in the world and even the church. There are a lot of reasons why it happens. None of us is perfect so that is why we turn to a higher power to help us be the best we can be. I, myself have been bullied in church and even in the church related college I graduated from.
This article from my hometown newspaper tells the story of why bullying happens. Its more complex than just someone picking a fight. Houses of worship can be wonderful places of community and connection but in many places there is dysfunction just like an any family.
Every blogging platform should have a blocking feature as to protect people from unnecessary harassment and hate. Too many folks out there are ridiculed and bullied for no reason at all. Protecting one’s heart and soul online is imperative these days. We can’t take any chances especially with younger folks who are the most vulnerable. One day I hope WordPress will have such a feature. We cannot take any chances in the world in which we live.
I believe no one deserves to get bullied. In our world that is becoming more diverse there are some who face bullying just for being who they are. LGBTQ kids are just trying to get through this life just like the rest of us and they shouldn’t have to face harm because of who they are. Matthew Shepard was one of those people who lost his life just because people didn’t like it because of his sexual orientation.
I am reminded that we are to love one another, period. Every person is valued and cherished by their higher power. To me God loves all the children of the world. I stand with you my LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Grace and peace to you in this world we live in.