So I’ve been thinking:
1) I don’t think cars should have to stop for school buses. I know this probably makes me sound like a child-hater, but I really don’t think it’s in children’s best interest to assume that the whole world revolves around them. Where I live, school buses stop just about anywhere to unload their noisy throng and the children, particularly the teenagers, slowly meander across the street (not by a crosswalk, mind you) while talking on their cell phones and bopping to their Ipods. They are not learning to respect the individuals who are coming home from long days at work, nor are they learning to look both ways before crossing in the street. Instead, they are learning that they set the pace of life.
I think that school buses should stop near crosswalks and if parents are truly concerned for their children’s safety they should network amongst themselves so that a responsible adult is always waiting for the children to get off. Then they can make sure that their children are looking both ways before crossing a busy street. If cars see children crossing, of course they should stop. Otherwise, everyone should be able to get home from work without interruption.
2) I recently watched a film called, “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers.” It’s premise was that Christians have stigmatized themselves as argumentative, intolerant, judgmental individuals who can’t wait to send hellfire and brimstone down on people who think differently from them. Though good points were made, I disagreed with the producer’s opinion that Christians should only speak tolerance and acceptance to those around them and not speak up when rights are being trampled underfoot. Yes, Jesus did love everyone and was forgiving; He also called sin what it was and never condoned it.
Christians must find a balance between boldness and humility. We should be able to speak up against injustice and offenses to our faith, while still showing compassion to those who have offended us. That is what should set us apart. As a Christian, I do not have to be a “Yes Man” in order to prove that I am a believer. My faith should be revealed through gentle disagreement and a firm explanation for why I disagree, with an unwavering desire to see my fellow human beings living God’s plan for them.
I know these thoughts are somewhat disjointed, but I also think there is a connection. I feel strongly about raising children up without an entitlement mentality. Many people assume that Christians should not have opinions because doing so means that they are judgemental or argumentative. However, I disagree. I have many strong opinions but I hope can deliver them with an open mind and an interest in knowing yours.