This is not a political post. It is a post about how events at the highest levels of government have divided us from each other. The virulent hatred that is being spewed by both sides is unconscionable. The only real winner is Satan, because he has managed, over the course of many years, to turn us into a nation of name-calling, physically violent, hateful people who have lost their way.
I’m not even going to look for a picture to illustrate this post, because I’m sick of looking at all the protests, parades, attacks and screaming obscenities that have polluted our landscape.
I’ve even promised the Lord that I’m going on a politics fast this coming week. That means I’m not going to look at anything that has to do with the unrest in my country for seven days. I need to have a brain cleanse, you know?
It makes me so sad that friends I have who disagree with me on political issues can’t even discuss it with me without becoming angry.
So, what is the answer? Do we all just have to throw in the towel and give in to one side or the other even if it goes against all that we believe?
No. Absolutely not. We do, however, need to find a way to have a more civil discourse that will actually accomplish something rather than just ending in a shouting match.
If I’m tired of it, and I truly am, how much more must it grieve the heart of God? This country has access to more teaching from God’s Word than any other nation on earth, yet we have become so impeded in our ability to speak rationally with each other that the air is constantly polluted with F-bombs and name-calling, threats and abuse.
What can we do?
Pray more. A LOT more.
Spend a lot more time in God’s Word.
Educate ourselves by reading material that is written intelligently on all sides.
Avoid TV channels that you know provide only one aspect of the news. I know, it’s hard to find that, but it IS out there.
Be careful what you read online. Avoid the click-bait. It can eat up hours and hours of time that could be better-spent in other ways.
The best way to make sure your voice is heard is to vote whenever there is an opportunity to do so.
The thing that makes America a republic—NOT a pure democracy– is that we send people to our state and federal governments to be our representatives and senators to speak for us. If every voting-age citizen had to vote on every piece of legislation, nothing would ever get done. So we vote for those who speak in our behalf. That’s why the every-other year elections for the House and the Senate are so important. We need to pay attention to what the people in Washington are doing. They may not be representing us at all, but instead voting with special interest groups who will line their pockets in return for votes.
Yes, it does happen. Don’t be naive.
Let me clarify : America is a democracy IN a republic. It is not a pure democracy, which always leads to anarchy and then to totalitarianism.
If you hated history class, were bored spitless by civics (does anyone teach civics any more?) and had no interest in the Constitution when you were still in school, maybe now would be a good time to go back to basics. Most American who were born in America wouldn’t score very well on the test that immigrants have to take to become American citizens. We’re ignorant about our own government, and when that becomes a widespread condition, government can do whatever it wants to.