Pondering Politics

Just a quick note-this is a picture of my family after we voted.  You can just barely see Myrah’s head over my shoulder.  My sticker was covered by Noah’s head and Scott’s covered by Myrah’s jacket lol, but here it is!  Lessons were learned and fun was had…and we were in and out quickly!

So here goes probably the only political post you will see from me, for at least the next four years anyway.

Ok, so here’s the deal in black and white (and, of course, in my very humble opinion). When Obama was voted in, a ton of people were up in arms about it and I told them that even if they do not like the president, they should still respect the office. Think of all those times your mom or dad made you mad or annoyed you, you may not have liked them, but you still should have respected their position.

So, of course, I am going to say the exact same about Trump. I will NEVER share who my votes were for in either election, but I can tell you that Obama was not my first choice in two elections, and Trump was not my first choice in this election. Neither of these men took stands that represent my personal beliefs on many issues, but here we are. If you want my honest opinion for this election in particular, we the people lost our best choices when we didn’t push them through in the primaries, (we really had some decent candidates back then, remember?) but that’s neither here nor there.

SO, I know there are conspiracy theorists and I KNOW the American system is NOT the best, but one thing I have seen proven in our government is the system of checks and balances that keeps control out of the hands of one person so we do not fall to tyranny. Whether or not you like the president-elect, try to have faith in this system. Pray that the system works so that any nonsensical plans do not get pushed through, but the things that truly do make America great will be brought to light or kept in place. Pray that our elected leaders (Senate, House, Justices, etc.) will stand firm in what is right and best for the people whether it is foreign policy, education, or health care.

Teach your children the history of the United States whether you are a home educator or they attend public school. Teach them the words written in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Teach them WHY the people chose to immigrate here and write these documents. Teach them the trials some groups of people had to overcome to get the right to actually vote and have a voice in this country. Teach them about the men and women who have fought and literally died to protect the rights of this country to have a voting system and democratic republic. We have that, guys. A democracy is a form of government where the power lies with its citizens who elect representatives. A republic is a sovereign state whose ultimate power rests in its citizens who elect representatives. (It is also a constitutional republic…the semantics go very deep).

Teach your children what the Electoral College is and why their vote matters, but stop teaching hate. We are teaching hate with our words and actions! Do this now, guys, because tomorrow will be too late. If you don’t like what is going on, help change it, but don’t lay the responsibility of educating your children about the workings of the government on another, take time to do it yourself so you KNOW they learn it correctly. Teach them it is ok to disagree but, for goodness sake, that there is no sense in tearing another down. And if you choose to be uneducated or not to vote, don’t complain and remember you are teaching your kids that it’s acceptable to not use your voice (I am a firm believer in voting, can ya tell?).

Finally, can’t we all just get along? I know that sounds preposterous, but when I look on social media and see the gloating and insulting of one party and the shame of defeat and insulting from another party it just seems gross. Everyone is being so ugly and mean! Of COURSE the world is scoffing at us, we are all being hateful! What if the whole point; the grand scheme of this election was just to divide us further!? Let us all, every American citizen, unite and take a stand against division. Let’s follow the words of our pledge and, when we recite that we are “one nation under God, indivisible”, let’s actually be one nation under God and indivisible! Our country looks weak and silly from the outside; we are divided among race and gender and even lifestyle choice, but what if we weren’t?

What if we lived our lives in peace with everyone so far as it depends on us? Christians, are we not called to do this? And no, I am not taking this out of context.  I KNOW we are to confront our brothers and sisters in love when they sin, and I KNOW we are to first examine our own hearts and be blameless so we are not hypocritical when we do this.  I also KNOW we are called to love the least. We are divided, America, and the fault really lies with us.

We have allowed a few to dictate the beliefs of many. Who has decided to make America the land of rampant racism again? Who has decided to make America the land of division among men and women again? Who has decided that one group of people is better than another again?  Friends, we have! We have made these choices. We have collectively made the choice to believe lies and fall prey to the enemy which has resulted in division.

I don’t care who you voted for, it isn’t my business, (there’s a reason we are taught not to share, I happen to like having friends…HA!)  just as who I voted for isn’t your business. But it isn’t the elected that is the problem at this moment, it is us. Let’s quit allowing this division and remember to love one another again. Let’s be an example to our leaders. Remember that we are to love our Lord with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourselves. Christians, we are NOT doing this. There is much division even among believers!

Friends, let’s write in the sand and let us not be the Pharisees. Let us respect the office of the president without sewing discord among ourselves. Let us unite and be strong and courageous, and let us have faith that God is in control and that the system of checks and balances our forefathers put in place will work in our favor.

Whether you were for or against Trump, the reality is that he is our president-elect. History is made, it is done.  We can either unite and flourish or we can continue to be divided and flounder, the choice is ours. Let’s not lose our friends and loved ones because of it. If you got annoyed when people talked bad about Obama, remember that feeling when you talk bad about Trump. Treat others how you want to be treated, not how you were treated ;).

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:9-18 NIV).

Remember, these are my opinions, I do my best to stay neutral. I also do my best not to insult others for their opinions and would appreciate not being insulted for mine.  If you have a strong opinion, I have no problem with it, however, please email me directly with any comments of a negative nature and we can talk.  I don’t have an issue talking, but I won’t allow my posts or page to be turned into a political tear down session of other people. Let’s build each other up in love.

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