I happen to be a fan of two shows, “The View” and “Bill O’Reilly.” Both can be explosive and when you put them together, fireworks are sure to happen.
Yesterday morning I watched Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on “The View” and as expected it created more than a few fireworks. In fact, it was downright explosive. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg ended up walking off the stage after a heated exchange about 9/11.
What was the problem? Bill O’Reilly’s reference to 9/11 was that “Muslims” were responsible. What Joy and Whoopi didn’t like was that he didn’t specifically say “terrorists” or “extremists.” Because he only used the word Muslims they felt he was categorizing all Muslims.
It was obvious that Barbara Walters was not pleased with the decision Joy and Whoopi made to walk off stage. She expressed that clearly to the audience and they did end up returning. But I guess what got to me is that they assumed Bill was speaking of all Muslims simply because he didn’t elaborate what he was really trying to say.
Here is the problem. I think as Americans we get too wrapped up in being “politically correct.” We have to walk around on eggshells when it comes to any topic related to race, religion or politics. It has become almost nonsensical to me.
Little issues become bigger ones and for no reason. It seems like lately everyone is sweating over the small stuff. We have serious issues facing our country and if we keep getting caught in the small stuff; we are going to fail to address what’s really important.
While this may not sound like a spiritual blog, I think it can really apply to every area of our lives…even in our faith. Sometimes we have to stop sweating the small stuff. There are so many lines of division even amongst believers. One denomination attacks another denomination. There are battles over interpretations of the Bible and the list goes on.
One slightly misplaced word or comment and everyone is up in arms. It seems like generally speaking our nation has become very uptight. You can’t really enjoy life or the freedoms of this country if you are constantly on the edge.
I don’t know about you but I would like to make a commitment to stop sweating the small stuff in every area of my life. I am tired of the tensions, the disagreements and the battles. I want to live a peaceful life, so no matter what chaos may surround me…I can feel right with my world.