I may be one of the most patriotic people you will ever meet. I love this country. I’m blessed to live here. I’m grateful for my children’s service in the military. I fly the American flag and stand proudly when our anthem is played.
I am equally one of the least political people you will ever meet. Oh yes, I have political opinions. Strong ones. But outside of family and a few close friends, I never discuss politics. And I certainly don’t do it on social media.
But today I’m going to talk about politics. Well, just a little anyway.
National election years are not my favorite years. I hate the junk mail, the ridiculous commercials, the debates, and the incessant news cycle. I believe campaign reform ought to start with moving the entire election cycle to the three-month period just prior to the election. Think of all the money we would save if there weren’t 18 months of campaigning before the date to go to the polls. What in the world could we do with that extra money? I have lots of ideas about that.
This year has been one of the worst in my memory. This past week’s debate was a debacle that I couldn’t even bear to watch. Grown men standing on a stage shouting at one another, casting aspersions on one another’s character, and calling into question everything the other one said. It was undignified and embarrassing…and I think they all owe us an apology.
But here’s the real thing that kept hitting home with me…
In a time when there is so much that is dividing the people of this nation, why aren’t our leaders looking for ways to bring us together, rather than continuing to tear each other down?
Why aren’t they encouraging us to care for one another? To be kind to one another? To look past our differences and find our commonalities?
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
Last week, I didn’t see anyone acting out of humility. I didn’t see anyone counting others as more significant than themselves. Each one of them was looking out for their own interests…not the interests of the others on stage with them…and certainly not our best interests as a nation. Isn’t it just the least bit hypocritical of them to ask us to come together as a nation, to care about our neighbors, to be accepting of those who are different than us, when they can’t manage to do it on a national stage, with plenty of rules of protocol, for just one hour?
I frankly don’t care what political party you belong to, or who you decide to vote for. We all should vote and vote for the person we think best qualified to lead this country. (However, I did hear a podcaster say yesterday that she was hoping there would be a “None of the Above” category on the ballot. I just might agree with her.)
But I do care about how we treat one another…regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, or political parties.
And I’d like to think our leaders would actually lead the way in humility, kindness, and compassion.
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