Thursday, July 29, 2021

Love Always Wins

If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's to love people as much as you possibly can, and help as much as within your capability to do so. Sometimes, when you see someone on a daily basis, familiarity can breed contempt. People may think they know you, or feel compelled to make assumptions as well as snide remarks. I usually just blow it off, but when it comes to someone threatening me with conspiracy theories off their own, I will stand up for myself. The other day while in a Zoom meeting, they hired a new guy who seemed to be nice and helpful. As time went on, I began to really like him and enjoyed what he had to offer to the group. Unfortunately, the topic regarding the vaccine came up in a group where it was a mixed bag of opinions and views. I placed myself on mute, because I didn't want to sway someone else's decision. That's their business---not mine. I also don't judge anyone for taking the vaccine. With that being said, there is one thing that will make me speak up: threats.

It wasn't an all-out threat on my well-being, but the new guy also was aware of everyone else's 'status' if you will. So he took it upon himself to say, (while smirking), "You know they're gonna knock on your door and put your into quarantine camps, right?" 

There are so many things wrong with that one sentence. For starters, it's misinformation. Nobody is coming to my door to drag me out of my home and into some FEMA camp. (Not yet at least.) Yes, they may knock on my door to offer it to me, and I will be respectful to them, but this isn't Nazi Germany, though it's beginning to feel that way. 

For the first time ever, I took myself off mute and gave him a proverbial bloody nose. Surprisingly, as an African-American, did he somehow forget the 40 year syphilis study at Tuskegee, where they gave them all experimental vaccines that killed so many people? People are erasing history more and more, which ultimately makes them forget, more and more as well. Soon enough, by taking away movies like, Gone With the Wind, or anything remotely having to do with slavery, will make people forget it altogether. It's a part of history that we should hold onto, so that we don't repeat it. But many don't see it that way. 

After President Biden assured the American people (which is on video) that you cannot get COVID if you are vaccinated, is in itself, misinformation. There are people in our hospitals with COVID right now who have been vaccinated. Gov. Cuomo wants people to go door-to-door and bring them in a car to put a needle in their arm. He said that the other day, which I have the video for. It wasn't only creepy, it was almost dictatorship creepy. This is not the America I once knew. He also is trying to get restaurants to deny the unvaccinated, when in fact, it's the vaccinated who are spreading the virus as well. None of this makes any sense at all. Your vaccines do not work, otherwise there wouldn't be "breakthrough cases." 

Here's my opinion: if you take the vaccine, that's a personal health choice you made, which is none of my business whatsoever. We are all vulnerable to the virus. I had COVID most of June. It was a punch to my lungs, but God got me through it all. I isolated, stayed home, didn't mingle with anyone. I am not a threat to you or anyone else. I can't even get the shot because now I have to wait at least eight months (if) I choose to get it, due to the antibodies, per my doctor. I have the best vaccination ever---antibodies. I'm good with that.

My reasoning for being hesitant refusing the vaccine is mainly for religious reasons. You can't fight me on that one. I will not do something that I feel goes against God. I won't. I'd rather die. And I am willing to die for my God. That's how passionate I am about it. But I'm not going to say to you ----"Oh you won't get into heaven if you take the shot." No. That's between you and your God. That has nothing to do with me. Your health has nothing to do with me. 

And my health....has nothing to do with you.

The problem is, people are dividing. Families are even shunning one another. My friend's mother won't let her visit any longer, due to refusing the shot. Friendships are severing. If you feel so safe with your vaccine, then why would it matter who got it and who didn't? The government has succeeded in "dividing and conquering." This is what they wanted all along, and it's working. 

Even for myself, I almost made a decision to separate from those who were vaccinated, due to the conversation even being brought up. You can do all the research on the left, you can do all the research on the right, and it'll always be, "I'm right and you're wrong." 

Sometimes it has to come down to faith, and picking and choosing those who will uplift you in life. In the Bible, it clearly says, "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" 2 Corinth 6:14. 

But then I think of the greatest commandment of all. Jesus said, "Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." --Matthew 22:36-40  

I will stick with the greatest commandment as a rule of thumb. 

I will love those who are different than I am, and if they accept me, I will be more than happy to have them in my life. I'm not going to shun anyone, in hopes no one shuns me in return. I will accept those who no longer want me part of their life due to this politicized propaganda. It has destroyed too many relationships, and I'm going to fight this negative tug and keep loving those, even if they don't love me in return. I will always pray for them, in hopes that they receive perfect health, love and happiness that can only come from God. 

I will NEVER laugh if someone falls ill, from the virus or the "cure." I will be there for anyone who needs me. 

And this, I promise. 

If you are in my life right now, especially my family and my close friends---I LOVE YOU and will always be here if you need me. If you need food, if you need a place to stay or just someone to vent to, I will always be that friend or family member to welcome you with open arms. Even if you decide to shun me due to my personal health choices, I will understand. I'll pray for the both of us from a distance.  Remember, love always wins. 

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