If you've been on Facebook, twitter, or any news website, you've seen political opinions posted EVERYWHERE. There's no escaping it. Finally, we have a president elected for the next four years. Does that mean we can escape the nasty, cruel political posts many people feel obligated to share? Of course not.
Why is it that politics have become so emotionally charged, leaving a trail of hurt and discord along the way? People care deeply about certain issues in government that are being discussed today, like gay marriage, abortion, economic issues, and foreign affairs. The parties are so divided and focused on their own opinions, all active listening skills and knowledge about conflict resolution have gone out the window. Granted, it's good to form solid opinions and stick by them. However, I detest that politics have become a blame game, with each side refusing to engage the other in meaningful conversation but instead pointing fingers and acting like immature adults. No one side is 100% correct on every issue. The government's purpose is to lead the nation as best as it can and to help the nation remain strong. I believe that neither party is out to "get" the United States; everyone is working toward changing our society for the better. These changes just look a little different, depending on what you believe to be the best decisions.
In addition, no matter who is elected and put in office, I believe that God is in control. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him!! How refreshing is that! We don't have to worry that because of a divided Congress or a certain candidate elected for any position, God has to resort to plan B. He is sovereign, and time has no bounds to Him. We, as citizens of the United States, are called to pray for our elected leaders, whether we agree with them or not. That is our duty--not to freak out and post hateful comments on Facebook or spread gossip with friends, but to love our nation by praying for its leaders. I will be in prayer for President Obama, members of Congress, Vice President Joe Biden, and all the other elected officials over the next four years- for their personal salvation, for guidance as they lead the USA, and for unity among all sides. That is the most important thing I can do for my country.
I am thankful to serve such an awesome, powerful God. As you reflect on the election results, remember not to be hateful or cruel to the other side, but speak out of love and kindness, constantly praying for those God has placed in authority.
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." 1 Timothy 2:1-2