I have watched the politics of these days play out in front of me… so much posturing and people speaking their opinion on things that most of them do not understand.
I see a lot of fear in the comments made by many of these people. The words go something like this, “We can’t let that candidate win. Our country will never be the same if they win!!!”
Now… let me make this clear… the purpose of this post is not to promote or disparage any of the candidates running for president. They do that pretty well all by themselves. My decision was made a long time ago on which candidate I will support in the coming election. I am of the personal belief that almost everyone who is going to vote has already made up their mind as well.
I keep hearing the volume get turned up over the past few weeks of the campaign and it all becomes a mishmash of meaningless drivel and catcalls of who is lying more than the other person. I have come to the conclusion that what is driving all this rhetoric is a fear that reveals a poor understanding of who is really in charge.
To think we have 8 more months of this. It’s exhausting.
This has been an election cycle that has brought out the worst in people.
And this “worst” applies to EVERYONE.
NO ONE gets a pass on this.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have given people a chance to do and say pretty much whatever they want to any person they wish. As a result many people do a lot of things which they would never contemplate doing in real life or face to face – and it seems more prevalent because there are so many platforms for people to use in expressing their opinions.
Both political parties – Republicans and Democrats – are known for getting carelessly carried away with name calling when stakes and tensions are high in the political arena. Regardless, there is no excuse for this type of name-calling that has surfaced, especially if you are a Christian.
What you speak are not just words. They mean something. They reveal something about you.
In the last 24 hours, I have been called ignorant, judgmental, a moron, uneducated, naive, racist, stupid, a woman-hater, a hypocrite, a bigot, a pinhead, an idiot, a rape-loving, gay-bashing wing-nut and a slew of other names that are not fit for repeating on this website.
All while getting lectured by an 22-year-old college student enlightening to me on the failures of George W. Bush that have caused ALL of our current problems and the finer nuances of the political process. Informing me how great Obama has been and that I am un-American and I represent all of these names if I don’t support Bernie.
This phenomenon occurs when someone becomes ten foot tall and bullet proof when addressing others on FACEBOOK. It is a common practice for them to make bold statements, on the internet, knowing there is no way to be held accountable.
If you’re selling anger and scorn against conservative Christians, the market is hot.
Now for the record… I do not offend easily. Pretty much you can say what you want to my face and I can handle it. At work, I hear bad language all the time and I do not wear my Christianity on my sleeve to the point that I get offended at the drop of a hat. So I want to make clear that these hateful words were not written specifically towards me, but were thrown in my direction and posted on Facebook last night. These words were posted to anyone who supports anyone other than Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.
The saddest truth is… that most of these words but not all were posted by a young man who calls himself a born again Christian.
Whether or not this young man is a believer or not is not mine to judge.
God will do that one day.
However, I wanted to so much respond to his rant and express to him that I had t-shirts that were older than him and that I wasn’t the person that was so naive.
He was all of six years old when George Bush took office and what possible life experiences could he possibly have that would give him the unmitigated gall to lecture others about George Bush, Obama, Hillary, Bernie, Trump or the political process.
I wanted to go “Chuck Norris” on him and give him a piece of my mind… but I didn’t.
As a matter of fact, the only comments about politics I have made in the previous months leading up to tonight were to make sure you voted.
I have held my tongue… I am glad I have. I have learned long ago that NOTHING changes by your political posts on FACEBOOK.
It makes me wonder whatever happened to common sense among those in politics and those who make it their business to opine about politics and politicians. The incredibly ill-received and offensive comments about rape and abortion that were flung from politicians during this election cycle are among the most horrendous assertions I have ever heard.
Shame on each and every one of us who have been unable to control their verbal outbursts, as well as their written feelings during this campaign season.
That goes for EVERYONE… Christian’s included.
Our Facebook and Twitter accounts do not give us free rein to say whatever we want without ramifications. There is a price to be paid and each one of us are going to have to give account to God for our actions. I found it enlightening that after an hour or so of just berating and tearing down Hillary or Trump supporters (depending on your position) some of these same people were trying to post comments about how great God is and He is in control. But you surely wouldn’t know that by their earlier posts.
I want to desperately scream for everybody to just take a deep breath and play nice. I want to tell them to take time to censor yourself… learn some self-control in how you respond. Others read and do judge you by the comments that you put out there on Facebook and Twitter… you can’t take them back. Once posted it is out there for people to read what is truly going on in your head and in your heart. What I have read is hate… and you can’t cover that up by posting a “spiritual” comment a few minutes later. They do not offset each other equally.
Being incredibly insensitive and unnecessarily offensive in your comments sets a bad example for all. It ruins friendships and it divides families. I have had to make the sad choice to delete some people off my friends list because of their comments over the past few days. These include people who I hope are embarrassed at what they posted in the heat of the moment. However, for me, I saw really what was in the hearts of some of my friends and it scares me. I do understand that mistakes happen, I have made my fair share and I know that I am not perfect but I have to take a stand somewhere.
Furthermore, the entire world is watching those who claim Christ as Savior and many people are embarrassing themselves and their testimony for Christ. I hope they learn to express their strong, differing views in a way that shows the world that as believer’s – with their right to free speech – can express their political differences respectfully no matter which side they are on.
News Flash!!! God is not surprised by or wringing His hands in fear over the political process that is going on in America.
Do not automatically assume your support of a candidate is equal to God’s approval. There is a BIG difference between God’s approval and what He will allow to happen.
We need to measure politics and policies by God’s unchanging character and revealed truth. For those who wonder where we are headed as a country, I don’t know where all of could lead. It will keep all of us up some nights I am sure but remember not all is lost.
Questions arise when fearsome things happen.
Fear is natural. We ask ourselves what’s next? What will happen to us? What are we supposed to do in times like these? How did God allow this to happen? It is during times like these when we have no real understanding as to the “why” and all we really want is answers.
Now I don’t know the answers why things like this happen. I know that they have been going on since the beginning of time. Throughout the ages God has allowed these type of things to happen.
It is not for us to question.
I think that during these times we have to remain confident that God is indeed in control and understand that He has a plan.
God’s redemption and God’s presence are the reasons we need to trust God and understand that He is control. In the midst of difficult days, the reassurance of God’s redemption for the future and His presence in our lives will sustain us during the trials at hand. Do not fear because our today’s and tomorrow’s are all taken care of. God has a plan and He is with us.
I think these ripples of chaos are only the first glimpses of what is to come.
The Bible is clear about what is going to happen in the end times. There are those who are predicting the end of times, however, I will not go there. I am not one to make predictions. Mainly because I believe that Jesus Christ could come back at any time… maybe even today.
The Lord’s coming is closer than it has ever been.
The question is are you ready?