I don’t watch the news most of the time because I find it full of unnecessary, sensational reports and, frankly, just flat out depressing. So I learned about the fairly recent Disneyland drama and the renewed passions of the vaccines debate flaring up through social media.
It was a rather snarky Facebook status of an acquaintance about those that were on the opposite side of the issue than her. While I now know that she meant it bit sarcastically, at the time her comment felt like a punch in the gut and literally made me sick to my stomach… because I am one of those people that has a differing view on the matter.
My first reaction was anger and frustration because her opinion truly hurt my feelings. Then I was just saddened by the lack of love and respect in the many comments made by several people on both sides of the issue all over social media. After mulling the situation over in my head for awhile the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart and convicted me.
Sometimes I can be just as judgmental. Maybe not on social media, but definitely in my heart. And maybe not over immunizations, but I have my own pet principles that I hold to tightly. Regrettably, I have had a prideful heart over certain parenting issues and have looked down on mothers that don’t hold the same views.
Here’s the thing, friends…
We need to give other people–especially our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ–a little grace. If we feel strongly about an issue and feel compelled to share it, we need to do it in a way that is respectful and full of love (Ephesians 4:15).
God has called each one of us to walk this journey of parenthood just a little differently. You may be convicted to lead your family completely different than me. And that’s okay. Because the reality is, in the light of eternity some decisions we make just aren’t as important as we make them out to be.
Honestly, I think the Lord is much more concerned about your children being taught about God and the message of the Gospel than whether or not they are vaccinated against the measles. I believe our Savior would rather see Christians “spur one another on to love and good works” instead of debating political issues on social media (Hebrews 10:24).
Don’t you agree?
Now I’m going to get off my soapbox and get on my knees, praying that God would forgive me for my prideful heart, give me the wisdom I need as a mother, and grant me the grace I need to love others like He does. And then I’m going to pray for you…whether or not you vaccinate your children.
What are you thoughts on this? Share in a comment!