Welcome to the world. Assumptions, begin.
- If you do not believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, you are not a true Christian.
- If you eat any animal products at all, you are not a vegan.
- If you don’t say the national anthem, you are not a true patriot of the United States.
- If you are non-violent, you would never approve of having a military.
- If you have been in a relationship/had sexual relations with the same sex, you’re gay.
- If you don’t recycle every single thing you use, you’re not an environmentalist.
A. Big. Fat: IT DEPENDS.
We should add that phrase to every textbook, sentence, conversation, statement, speech if we choose to use labels.
Otherwise, don’t slap labels on other people, and especially not on yourself. Too much breath is used defining the various “isms” of this world. Democrat, Republican, homosexual, heterosexual, liberal, conservative, Christian, Atheist…I do this. We all do, for the most part. I am especially bad at it. I’m working on it. I invite you into this conversation. The more labels we slap on people, the more lines and separations that we create between each other. The more self-righteous we become, the more complicated everything becomes.
Here’s what is important: You are a person, I am a person. Forget gender, sexual preference, romantic preference, how we connect to God (or not), how we live, who we vote for, how we eat, what we read, what we study our worldview… what’s important is that I love you and I’d love if you’d love me, too.
More reading on the food side of things comes here.