***Edit--I published this post last night. I was super frustrated and mad. I almost immediately took it down. But if you get my blog through reader, I'm pretty sure you still got it! I feel the same way as I did last night, but I did want to add one thing. I don't feel this way towards most people in Vermont. There have been some amazingly kind people here, who I can talk with without feeling ridiculed or looked down on. And some of the people that incited this aren't even from Vermont! I just didn't want any Vermonters to read this and feel like this was a bit put down of the state as a whole! So I'm putting it back up, with that disclaimer!***
Okay, I just need to rant. I usually try not to put too much negative on my blog or really even share my feelings too much. I don't want to be "that" blogger. But at the end of the day, it's my blog and, I suppose, I can say (or rather write) whatever I would like on it.
I am so excited to be moving back down South. And most of that is because of friends and family. And there are some things I am going to miss about being here.
But tonight I am just frustrated! I am tired of being put down and made fun of for my beliefs. It is fairly constant here. I try to be really respectful of other peoples religious and political beliefs. I pray for Obama and try not to publicly speak ill of him. I do not belittle others for having voted for him. While I don't agree with the beliefs of most of my friends and acquaintances here, I do not tell them they are wrong or stupid. I have listened and given advice for so many situations that I personally completely disagree with.
But yet, I get made fun of. My beliefs get trashed. My religion (not my personal belief but Christianity as a whole) gets made fun of in front of me. I don't understand why people think that is okay? Why can someone demand respect for their own beliefs, but yet not respect mine at all?
And as much as I just want to speak back, I know that, in most cases, the best response is to bite my tongue and try to be kind.
Aghhh! But I need to remind myself that, as a Christian, I have it really easy. No one is threatening my life. No one is physically persecuting me. I can freely practice my beliefs. And I am so thankful for that.
So perhaps you could pray for me. Pray that I would have a gracious and loving heart. Pray that I would know when to speak and when to keep quiet.
Less than 2 months...