Not My Enemy

I have been giving a lot of thought to the caustic political environment in our country. I cannot remember a time when the divisions have been so deep and so hateful. This bothers me a great deal. I follow the teachings of a savior who would not abide hate; not even for people who considered themselves his enemies. So I am ready to make three vows when it comes to politics.

I WILL NOT HATE ANY POLITICAL FIGURE

Admittedly, this is not easy. President Trump has elicited some very strong feelings among supporters and opponents alike. I am not a supporter.  But I have found myself drifting into feelings that were pretty close to hate. I will not allow that to happen. My faith is much more important to me than anything political. My Lord says that hate is the moral equivalent of murder.  No matter how much I disagree with policies or personal behavior, I will not hate him.  Hate corrodes the container that holds it. I refuse to hate him. I will strongly disagree with him. I will act politically to oppose him. But I will not hate him. 

FRIENDS ARE NOT MY ENEMIES

Facebook is filled with venom from both sides. People indicate that if you don’t agree with their perspective on Trump, then you must be stupid or evil.  There are a number of people who are Trump supporters who happen to be people that I love. I refuse to consider them my enemies because we disagree politically. I don’t know if real dialogue is possible at this time. That’s because there is a lot of emotion involved that clouds rational thinking and makes it impossible to debate the issues.  Maybe the best we can do right now is to agree to disagree without being disagreeable.  If you are a Trump supporter, I do not hate you. I will not cast aside our friendship because of our disagreement. I can only hope that you will grant me the same tolerance.

I WILL PRAY INSTEAD OF DEMONIZING

Donald Trump is not a demon. Neither are the members of Congress.  They are flawed human beings who are part of a very imperfect system. I wonder if our nation would be healthier and more God like if we would stop hating and started praying for each other and all of our leaders.  I will not fall into despair. This is because my faith and my hope are not in human beings or human institutions. My faith and my hope are alive and well because God is ultimately in charge. Let each of  us continue to be active politically, but stomp the hate, and for the sake of our nation, PRAY!