On the eve of our election here in the U.S., I’m not sure any of us are ready for the outcome. Many are ready for it to be over with. The bickering, the political ads, the yard signs, the slinging of half-truths and insults. The media, the polls, the opinions and the what-ifs or what-thens.
Why can’t we just get along! What happened to finding similarities and common ground?
If you are anything like me, you have family and friends who disagree on politics. While we are smart to avoid those conversations at the dinner table, it is not so divisive as to wish the other harm. There remains a bond.
One thing is certain. We will never unite as a country if we continue to magnify our differences. Our media (broadcast and social) thrives on division. Division drives ratings and advertising. But it tears apart the core values of the nation.
Regardless of the outcome, I wish everyone would just stay home and be quiet for a change. Turn off your televisions. Let the dust settle. Be civil to one another and have a healthy chat. Don’t let outsiders tell you how you should feel.
Acknowledge that all sides are right. That may not seem possible, but admit that life according each person’s environment, influences, income, upbringing and education forms their truth. If you were in the “other persons” shoes you may have arrived at the same conclusions. Accept that we are all at least a little misinformed.
I’ll be praying for our country and for someone of influence to set the tone of peace and unity.
I have a lot of hope for our future. Faith gives a person a reason to embrace hope. Hope is not quite tangible, but it is something people have in common.
John Ortberg on Hope:
“Hope means, among other things, a joyful dying to my need to have my life turn out any particular way at all. Hope comes when I live in the reality that the world is in better, larger, more capable hands than mine.”
And so it goes.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances."
Run in Peace, Rest in Grace