This election cycle has brought out the worst in everyone! I am so weary from this current election cycle. It’s not just one party, but both, that is super nasty. I, personally, tend to enjoy politics (to a degree), but this year I am worn and weary from it.
My heart is heavy and even broken at the nastiness I’ve seen surrounding this election. Over the weekend, a campaign office in North Carolina was firebombed. While yet, threats are being made for endorsing certain candidates. It is out of control! When did we become savage animals? What sort of example are we setting for our children? Will this nastiness come to an end when November 9 comes?
Jesus has a lot to say about how we should treat others. I’m pretty sure that as He is watching us through this current season, His heart is broken for us, as people, as a country, as His children. Just because our culture is increasingly less like Jesus, He still loves us. There are some basic principles He has given us to follow that are good for the overall human race.
The Golden Rule is something Jesus gave us during the big sermon on the mount. Whether or not we agree with someone, we still need to be respectful of them as a person. I don’t know about you all, but I sometimes have an issue with noise sensitivity. Yelling & screaming are the worst. I sure don’t like being yelled at and I bet you don’t either. So why has it been ok to yell at our family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers during this election cycle?
Words are powerful things. All throughout social media, especially, hate is being spewed through words. It’s disgusting. People are personally attacking friends that have opposing views. It’s enough to make one crazy! Friends are no longer friends and the personal attacks are just uncalled for. What happened to treating others as we want to be treated?
We might have differing views on things and we might have others we don’t like because of all the differences. That does not mean we should act hateful. Even Jesus had enemies. I mean they had Jesus crucified on a cross. I’d say He had some enemies. Yet, Jesus never retaliated. Instead, He instructed us to pray for our enemies instead of hating them. I think this is something that has even become lost on Christians during this election cycle. When was the last time you sat and prayed for the candidate you don’t like/agree with? When was the last time you prayed for those who have opposing views? Even as I type this, I feel convicted by this thought.
Our kids are watching our every move. They will grow up and emulate a lot of what we do. If you don’t think so, think back to the last time you did or said something that was something you remember your mom or dad doing. We are the strongest influence of our kids. They learn so much by watching us. That’s why we need to watch our words, our mannerisms, and our actions.
The first is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and might. When we do this, we should be exhibiting behaviors such as The Golden Rule. This is the first and greatest commandment Jesus gave us. It is something He reiterated from the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6). It is the basis for how we should be living our lives.
Jesus mentions several times through His short 33 years that we need to love our neighbor as ourself. This doesn’t just mean our direct neighbor, but every person we come into contact with. The homeless guy on the street, the lady in front of us at the grocery store with her 10,000 coupons, those whose views we oppose. Yep, I said those whose views we oppose. Loving them as we love ourselves will go a long way, even though we can’t see that far ahead.
As this election cycle enters its last two weeks, we are weary and sick of all the hate. Let’s show our kids a better example – that of Jesus. Let’s show our children how to love God wholly and live out His commands. Let’s show our kids that although we might have differences of opinions, we can still love each other. Let’s show our kids that we need to pray for our nation, those we don’t like, those in leadership (whether or not we agree with them). Let’s be an example to our kids of what it means to live like Jesus. When November 9 rolls around, God will still be the ultimate leader. He will still be our sovereign king. Let’s love each other as God loves us.