1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
I am browsing through my Facebook feed the other day when I come upon these thoughts written by Barry, one of my buddies from high school.
Just FYI, I really love and cherish the diversity of my FB friends, all walks of life, all religions, all different party affiliations. No harm meant, but you won't get a like or a comment this election season. My thoughts about this country and where it is and is going aren't going to change this polarized population, and my eyes will glaze over your posts, and turn to sunsets and puppy pictures.
Wow! Barry's words strike a chord in me. Especially in light of the number of posts I see on Facebook which are politically oriented.
And, as the November election draws ever closer, I envision these posts growing exponentially. As, I fear, will the potential for disagreements, confrontations, and, in extreme cases, de-friending. All because of differences in political opinions.
Is it worth it? Losing a dear friend because he or she doesn't share your vision? Your party affiliation? Your candidate? Is it? Really?
Like my friend, Barry, I, too, have a rich diversity of incredible friends on Facebook who are such blessings to me. And, truth be told, I know some think differently about this election than I do. That's okay. They are as free to have their opinions and speak their minds as I am. It's what freedom of expression is all about.
But, as Barry is doing, I'm choosing to ignore the ruckus. Why? Because, as Pastor Wallace is fond of reminding us, "Jesus was neither a Democrat or a Republican". Bingo! The Lord's Kingdom is not of this world. Politics are . . .
And, Satan loves nothing better than seeing Christians attack one another over worldly affairs. After all, can a house divided against itself hope to stand?
During this election cycle when you are tempted to vilify a friend's political views, remember this: You are a child of God, and so are they. And, as children of God, we are to be about our Father's business.
Loving Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Loving others as we love ourselves.
And, rejoicing in the glorious sunsets and adorable puppies with which He has blessed us.
If you are an American citizen, do you plan to vote in the Presidential Election?
Will you pray with me?
Help us to remember, Father, that as Christians, we are in the world, but not of it. Let us love one another as You love us, and respect the different opinions of others. May we live fully into the promise that we are Your beloved children. Amen.
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