Well, today’s the day. It’s finally here and while many are relieved that after today there will be no more ads and the decision will be made, I am questioning our future now more than ever. What will tomorrow look like? How will one side or the other respond if their candidate is not chosen? How can I look some of my Facebook friends in the eye again after their messages hurt my heart so much? What is our nation turning into?
Honestly, I refuse to blame it on politics or the presidential candidates, for these two individuals are a direct reflection of what our society has become. We live in a culture that sees only what we want to see, what will satisfy our current desires. We are an unforgiving people. We are quick to an opinion or a judgment without thinking about how it affects those around us.
This election is the buildup of years and years of allowing the wrong things to get our time and attention. We’ve lived a life believing the lie that everything that sounds good, looks good, and feels good, IS good. We’ve been told to be successful, you have to watch out for #1, while cheating, lying and stomping on others to get there. We’ve allowed all of this yuck into our workplaces, homes, schools and relationships. Shamefully, we’ve turned a blind eye to so many wrong doings and injustices.
For all this, I am guilty.
But no more. No longer will I allow pride to rule in my heart over kindness and the respect of others. Pride is killing our nation and we are the only ones who can stop it for the sake of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of my favorite scriptures is playing over and over again in my heart this morning;
“Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3
Take this into every situation. Where there is conflict or unity, these words will heal and help us all to share in life’s journey together. Take it to the voting booth today, start now.
No one person will fix this mess, only God can. So I ask you all, after today, whether your candidate wins or loses; be kind, selfless and respectful. After today, what we have seen played out over the past few months will most likely continue in some shape or form. But we don’t have to buy into it. If we choose kindness, selflessness and respect from this day forth, we just might save our nation. We have to answer the Jesus’ calling. He does not say to love ourselves; what we do, say and feel. No, He says, “Love they neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Matthew 12:31)
- Instead of questioning your neighbor’s motives, go seek to understand them better. Ask them why they feel the way they do. Share your heart and encourage them to share theirs.
- Instead of making a statement and telling the world what you think and feel, be humble and ask the Lord to reveal the time and place for your message to unfold and to whom it will serve the most good.
- Instead of blasting out wrongs and rights, be encouraging and uplifting.
This route is the hardest route. This route takes self-control, patience and love. But what do ya say…let’s give it a try?
Live Loved My Friends,