Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Outrageous

Outrageous is defined as shockingly bad or excessive - that is exactly how I felt the other day when I learned about the backlash in regards to the Coca-Cola Super Bowl video in which various people sang the song "America The Beautiful" in a multitude of languages.  Those on social media quickly took up the rant - speak English or leave and Tweeted the same across the nation.  How dare we - any of us - who stole "our" native tongue from - England - dare to complain about any language spoken here in these United States of America - the home of the "free and the brave" - the "lost and forlorn" - those seeking shelter and asylum from other countries?  How dare we - who trace our roots to anywhere else but America - except for a few native born Americans - complain about "foreign" languages - foods - cultures - that exist here in America?  I for one do not speak "American" - my heritage is not "American" - rather it is Italian - German - French - English- Irish - Scotch - Welsh - and with my marriage to Arlene introduced Polish as another beautiful addition to my family line. I am proud to be American - but my life lived is a mixture of all the cultures lived by both my maternal and paternal family lines.  All my relatives near and far - trace our roots to Europe - as do the majority of Americans.  Unless you are one of the few who have blood lines back to the Native American Indians - you did not get your start here either.  So America wake up - stop your complaining - immerse yourself in the multitude of cultures that this country is made up of - that and that alone - the diversity of colors - languages - foods -  cultures - is what makes America the best country in the world.  We are - the World - rolled into one nation.  Where else can you travel where every single culture - language - lifestyle is lived - except in America.  That is the one truth - so start living it - and liking it.  
God created us to experience and live life to the fullest - Jesus reminds us in John 10:10 that He came that we could do just that. Experience life - not comparing and criticizing the differences that exist - but to celebrate the uniqueness that each of us brings to this entire world - for the benefit of all mankind. Do that and the entire world will be a better place for all of us.

Deacon Dale 

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