Actually, it’s tea this morning. My midsection was a bit troublesome yesterday, so I’m not going to put coffee down there just yet.
Someone posted on Facebook yesterday that he’s been unfriended by a couple of people because they disagree with his political opinions. Because I know him fairly well, I’m pretty sure the people who unfriended him were fellow believers, probably from the church they all attend.
I think that is very sad. Mr. Obama did all he could to divide us along racial and political lines for the last eight years. It is tragic that his legacy, if you can call such a thing a legacy, is only creating more division among people who should know better.
After all, if other Christians are our enemies, who will we have left for friends? Believe me, there is a time coming when true followers of Christ will find very few friends. If Hillary wins, she will continue and enlarge Obama’s policies. If Trump wins, we really don’t know what he’ll do concerning limits on our freedoms. He is, at this point, an unknown quantity.
I don’t have much faith in campaign promises. They’re quickly forgotten once the White House is achieved.
My point this morning, however is not about politics. I’m truly and heartily sick of politics. It is my concern that we are allowing political points of view to alienate us in personal friendships, family relationships, and workplace relationships. This is wrong, and it is dangerous.
If you will look back throughout history, and especially the history of the Marxist/socialist movement, political division leads to bloodshed. It leads to anger and hatred among family members who disagree. It divides us as a nation in a time when unity is more important than ever.
1 John 4:7-10King James Version (KJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
(Romans 12:9-13; 1 John 3:11-24)
31Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. 33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. 34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
I had a conversation the other day with a woman who is the polar opposite from me in her political views, but we are both believers. The conversation was civil and courteous. Neither of us will change our views. We hugged before she left, commenting on how thankful we are that our mutual love for God allows us to respect and love each other in spite of some clear political differences.
That’s the way it should be.