November 16, 2009

Respect.

Some of you have probably seen this floating around, but I believe it's legit.

Two gay (by their own admission), liberal, and Democrat-voting bloggers who are huge supporters of Hillary Clinton (?!) wrote a very telling blog post about former President George and Laura Bush.

Two articles are important to read.

This post was written on January 20th, when President Bush left office. It helps to read this first.

And this post was written recently on November 10th.

I don't agree with every single thing written, but these are two very good articles. I wrote before about the liberal media bias, and these two men really pleasantly surprised me. In fact, I was kind of shocked at what I was reading.

Some time ago, after a certain post that I wrote, I felt that I had really offended some readers, and offered an apology. It was not an apology for my beliefs or convictions, but for the way it was said. A reader of this blog then sarcastically "congratulated" me for being true to my Republican self and immediately doing damage control and apologizing. She was basically insenuating that I was quick to recount what I said and didn't know what I stood for.

No.

It's called being gracious and admitting when there's some degree of fault on your part. And these two men were so gracious in this post about the Bushes. Admitting faults and having a respectful dialogue would get us so much further in discussions and debates. Now don't get me wrong; there are times that we need to be passionate for what we believe in, but it's like our Christian walk. I fully acknowledge that the Gospel WILL offend people at times, and we should never compromise the message. We can be righteous as can be and even have good, pious intentions, but if it's presented in a pushy, tactless way, no one will be won for Christ.

So, in that same vein, I'm grateful to these two Chicago bloggers. They didn't gain my agreement with their beliefs, thoughts, or political swayings, but they gained my respect. And isn't that sometimes the more important thing?

8 comments:

Emily Dupuis Powell said...

I've always thought that. Often it is not what is said but how it is said. You don't have to agree with other people all the time but if we get angry and argue and bash then we lose God in the message...He won't be heard.

Thomas and Jamie said...

I came over from Kelly's Korner as I do most times when I see that you have updated, yet, I've been a bad blogger and haven't commented. However, I MUST comment on this. I, too, have written a political post and caught flack for it. I, too, took a different approach in my next post and, I, too, was accused of backpeddling. It's funny that we're blasted if we DO take a stand and we're blasted if we take a stand and don't defend it. Then, we're blasted if we take a stand, then admit a bit of (human) fault in our delivery. No, not the content, just the delivery. Sometimes you just.can't.win.

Sorry, I know I've rambled in this comment, but, I think you'll know how I am feeling! I enjoy your blog tremendously!!

Kathi Fish said...

Great Post! Thanks for sharing that with us. I miss George Bush

Brittany said...

Thank you so much for sharing that. It's nice to hear something positive about the Bush administration. And remember, this is your blog to write what you want and to state your own opinion. If people don't like it, they can choose not to read it. That's what is nice about making our own decisions and freedom of speech. :)

Sarah Denley said...

GREAT post. I appreciate your commitment to your convictions and your grace in disagreements. You are so right that a little more respect on both sides would really help us!

Sonya said...

Thanks for posting these articles. I really enjoyed reading them.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I was so glad to read those articles.....thanks for sharing....I have had so little time to do any blog reading and I have missed it...stop by my Christmas blog and leave a comment. The giveaway is a great Christmas CD to add to your collection.
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mrs.leah.maria said...

Considering that I was messaged by an Obama supporter the day that he won the election, basically shoving it in my face, I too have been there.

Although I don't voice it as eloquently as you, I so appreciate our solidarity. :)

Thank you for sharing these blog posts!

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