Dear US Citizens

Last Thursday, I read the news that another shooting took place in the US. And during breakfast on Friday morning, I listed to president Obama’s statement. I saw his frustration. His anger. And decided I would write this blog post.

I happen to live in the Netherlands. We happen to have gun laws in place. And still, shootings happen. Unfortunately. I am glad to say though that in most cases, shootings in the Netherlands are related to criminals and criminal organizations trying to get ahead of each other.

Is my country a safer place than the US? I don’t necessarily think so. You probably know that we recently had an attempt of a terrorist attack in the Thalys train on its way to Paris. And you’re right. Paris itself was a terrorist attack quite recently. And we still have these criminal shootings that happen every now and then.

However, it makes me feel quite safe to know that not everybody in the Netherlands can simply walk into a store and buy himself a gun. I am lucky to have many friends and I am almost sure that none of them has a gun, which to some extent, is equal to the Dutch society. It gives me a safer feeling to walk on the streets without the thoughts that every third person I come across may carry or own a gun or something similar.

Bringing in place gun laws won’t solve the problem but it may reduce the number of shootings over a longer period of time. The US, like the Netherlands has a legal system in place that is meant to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes. Fight them that way, not by posting heavily guarded guards in front of every public building or learning your kids how to use a weapon.

“Jesus lives”

Upfront notice: I personally believe that Jesus lives. But that’s not what this post is about.

Some of you know that I am involved in politics. Some of you may know I am a Christian. At leat you know now. In the Netherlands, there is a political party called Jezus Leeft (Jesus Lives). According to their website, they are the party where Jesus’ rules are true and set above all.

I don’t mind people bringing religious arguments to political discussions. After all, that’s why we have free speech over here. However, I am honestly very worried if parties proclaim that their standpoints are Jesus’ standpoints. Like they just got of a Skype call with him where he presented his points, for this party to bring them into this world.

What makes it even stranger are standpoints that truly do not touch any religious areas. For example: Jesus Lives is aiming for “more independent and smaller”, not completely a christian point of view (love your neighbour like you love yourself) if you ask me. And what about leaving the European Union? Can someone please point me to the part of the bible where that is being discussed?

These are some brief examples why I don’t believe this party. I don’t believe them. Despite the fact that they are fellow Christians, I am convinced that this is not the right way to get Jesus’ message across. There are other ways.