While I confess, I am a self-avowed news junkie, I have gotten to the point where I am hesitant to look at any news outlet. For too long, all I’ve seen is caustic hate.
Democrats hate Republicans. Republicans hate Democrats. And because of this, nothing is getting done in Washington D.C. Our politicians seem locked in a death spiral of uncooperative, mutual self-destruction and our nation is paying a heavy price. It has been suffocating.
Tuesday was the first day in a very long time, I felt a breath of fresh air. That’s because, in of all places, the gubernatorial candidates of Utah released an ad that warmed my heart. In a very uplifting way, they pledged, regardless of who won, to work with each other instead of against each other. They want Utah to be an example for the rest of our nation.
And while I am terribly disappointed this idea did not come from Texas; I must admit we can learn from those that do not live in the Lone Star State.
For too long, we have looked at those who disagree with us as the enemy. That is not the case. They just have a different view.
This is especially important for Christians because we do not have the luxury of hate. It goes against everything we are. We operate out of love which allows us to disagree and still look at the other as someone to be valued and cherished.
This is what John meant when he said, “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:19-21)
While we may not always agree, we can still cooperate for the good of our country. It’s the right thing to do.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, save us from the festering hatred that has enveloped our nation. Help me be an example for others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
It is possible to do better. The politicians in Utah have shown the way. As hard as this is for a Texan to admit, I think we should imitate Utah. It matters.
One last thing. Even though we are supposed to love and treat others with respect, if they say they like Brussels sprouts, all bets are off. Those people that shouldn’t be trusted.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.