There is something that I've been thinking about that I think we all need to internalize, no matter our religion, our race, our nationality, our socio-economic status, our political party, or anything else about us. And it's this --
We have to stop shooting each other. That can't be okay.
We have to stop threatening each other with any kind of violence.
We have to stop abusing and forgetting about the elderly members of our families and our communities.
We have to stop killing babies before they have the chance to be born.
We have to stop taking drugs and selling them to members of our communities, especially kids.
We have to stop abusing animals and leaving them abandoned to die.
We have to stop abusing our children. Those innocent faces are solely dependent on love from adults to survive.
We have to stop forgetting that there are hungry members of our communities that need our help.
We have to stop neglecting the homeless. Look at their faces, because they are children of God, just like we are.
We have to stop putting ourselves first, and others later. It's YOU first, then me.
We have to stop ignoring that there are real problems in our communities and instead do everything we can to help.
We have to stop forgetting that everyone has a bad day, and even if someone speaks to us in anger it's our choice to respond in love.
We have to stop being afraid of people who are different from us.
We have to stop putting other people down to make a point or bring ourselves up. Single moms, stay-at-home moms, working moms -- aren't you all moms? Doctors who put down lawyers to make a point about student loans and the ability to bring money in during one's career -- is that necessary?
We have to stop making our children think they are little gods. Children have to have rules and boundaries, and it will serve them better to be brought up with loving instruction and discipline.
We have to stop doing everything on party lines -- Republicans hate poor people and don't care children are starving, just like Democrats want everyone to get a free handout. Is this helping?
Imagine if everyone woke up this morning determined to put others first, respond in love, and do something to help. Put down the guns, put down the fists, put down the hate.
Guys, we HAVE to STOP. We have to stop. WE HAVE TO STOP.
"This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another." - 1 John 3:11
"Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.