I don’t know about you, but I do not like the way folks are behaving during this election cycle. Everywhere we look and listen, we hear sound bites and concerns about the fitness (or lack of) regarding folks running for office. Even Facebook whose mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” has people blocking and un-friending one another over differences in opinion on political issues and candidates. I am sick of the way people are behaving, including myself.
I have actually tried to keep my political two cents to myself on Facebook and in conversations with most people, understanding that it can be divisive and that relationships with people that I care about are more important with throwing my unsolicited viewpoints out there for all to see and hear. But when I am with those I am closest to, it spews and flows, and it’s not a pretty sight.
I do not like my behavior. God has a great sense of humor and a way to teach us a lesson. One night recently my husband (who gets to hear all the stuff that I can’t say out loud to most other people) was the listening ear to one of my rants, and he didn’t offer much of a response. There really wasn’t one to offer unless he wanted to jump on my bandwagon or get into an argument, so he opted out. The next morning I ended up in a conversation with a friend as I confessed my sins of being so judgmental during this campaign season. Soon afterwards I was faced with an opportunity to serve as a listener to one who is struggling over their wishy-washiness on who to vote for. This person who needed a listening ear did not need, want, nor ask for my opinion, I was simply to provide space for them to think through where God was leading them throughout all of this. If I have ever been challenged to provide space for God to speak while keeping my own stuff out of it, this was the time.
In reflection, there are smart and thoughtful people who are not going to vote for the same people that I am going to vote for and I need to respect and honor them. There are people who are not very well informed who are going to vote alongside me and whose vote will cancel mine out. Most importantly, these are political elections people. God can and will redeem all things. Let’s keep it in perspective.
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