The other day I read what can only be described as the single most horrible article I read this year.
It was titled “Top Five Reasons Why I’m Glad Paul Walker Is Dead.” I’m intentionally not linking to the site or article and would suggest that you not go and read it. It doesn’t deserve the honour. It is simply the most insensitive piece I think I’ve seen in modern times. What stuns me is that the author seems oblivious to how inhuman her article is, continues to defend it and continues to intentionally insult her furious audience. Most recently she’s claiming that she had to go into hiding because of all of the death threats she has received, and apparently she’s on suicide watch.
She wants sympathy.
So why am I bringing this up here?
The author (who lives with her “heterosexual life partner”) claims to be writing as a Christian and she claims to be the national spokeswoman for Goths for Christ. The article is, in the truest sense of the word, anti-Christ. It is anti- everything that Jesus stood for and stands for.
Okay. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.
But here’s the thing that gets me. In her profile description she boasts that in high school she was voted “most likely to make a difference.”
We always hear slogans like “be the change you want to see,” or “make a difference,” or simply, “be different.”
You can be a difference-maker in a way that tries to better humanity. Or you can be a difference-maker in a way that makes humanity as a whole, worse.
Being a difference-maker is nothing to boast about. Hitler made a difference. A big difference. Nero made a difference. Evil people with evil intentions always make a difference.
The woman who wrote that article? She made a difference. She enraged thousands of people and unleashed the most cruel and insensitive and hate-filled ideas into the blogosphere. And that’s the “difference” she’ll be remembered for.
I’ve made a difference from time to time. Some of the differences I’ve made I’m not proud of. Others I wear like a badge of honour.
I would urge you to not just “be different,” and don’t just “be the change you want to see.” Because you and I, we’re carnal more times than note. We have too many hidden agendas, agendas even hidden from ourselves.
So don’t be the difference the you want, I want or the world wants. Be the difference the world needs. (Batman)
And for that, we have to look to Jesus.