Chip and Joanna Gaines Change the Conversation in 2017
Chip Gaines, star along with his wife Joanna, of HGTV's Fixer Upper has decided to change the conversation in 2017.
After being targeted by the website Buzzfeed for going to a church where the pastor holds to traditional Christian marriage values, they've turned the other cheek and sought to build bridges instead of fences, foster unity instead of division, love instead of hate, healing instead of more pain and division in our nation. In a recent blog post dated January 2, Chip appears to indirectly address the article in Buzzfeed and the resulting culture war, in a way that is winsome, smart and in a way that his opponents would have a difficult time countering.
"In my lifetime, I can’t recall humanity being more divided. Plenty of folks are sad and scared and angry and there are sound bites being fed to us that seem fueled by judgement, fear and even hatred," Chip writes.
He continues in his post titled, Chip's New Year's Revelations, calling for a new conversation. One that heals, restores, helps and shows love between people who may not agree.
"You wanna talk about how to build bridges between people that disagree? We want to be a part of that conversation. Do you want to talk about healing and compassion and kindness and restoration? We’re in the restoration business, we can for sure make time for that."
Gaines believes if we come from a place of love in all things, we can see a restoration take place, a business they are very familiar with.
In terms of those who don't agree with them or want to pick fights and bait him and his wife to use their influence and show to fight and divide our nation further, they'll have none of it.
"Our family wants to fight for a world that knows how to lovingly disagree. We believe it starts when we operate from a position of love in all things. If your position only extends love to the people who agree with you, we want to respectfully challenge that position. We propose operating with a love so real and true that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside the very people that are most unlike you. Fear dissolves in close proximity. Our stereotypes and vain imaginations fall away when we labor side by side. This is how a house gets unified."