Today was a day to exercise my freedom to vote whether it really counts or not I am so happy that this freedom is allotted to me. I got to explain to my 5-year-old what it meant to vote and why I was voting. A seriously cool experience…I was raised a conservative Christian and as such a little close minded that NJis the nature of things when you are dealing with old school faith…in my growing up years I was plagued with guilt and feelings of being bad for not being a “good Christian”…judgment and unforgiveness was bred into my heart not because of the church but because I didn’t have clarity of heart about the true nature of Christ and his Father…now how this all relates to the election is when people speak in absolutes about what God would want and using your faith to beat someone over the head with your opinion about politics I can guarantee that has very little to do with what God would do…the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20 “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins” so who are we to judge? All these absolutes and intolerance in our society is sickening…democrat, republican WHO CARES we should be more concern with unity and working toward a greater goal that works toward what is best for humanity…one of my favorite authors is Donald Miller and he posted on his Facebook this quote…“I can’t think of much good an extremist has contributed to the world in any religion, including Christianity.” Freedom of speech is something that I enjoy on a daily basis. That being said when you use your words to bludgeon someone over the head with your extremism and you are unloving and unkind no matter if you are speaking in truth YOU ARE WRONG!!! Our country is falling apart at the seams because we can’t get along we do not love our neighbors in fact we are giving them a big fat middle finger saying unless you are like me I hate you. No wonder we are a much hated nation…I don’t care what seat you sit in to worship I don’t care what the color of your skin is and I don’t care who sleeps in your bed with you…what I do care about is how you treat others and what God wants is for us to love our neighbors as ourselves…Mark 12:29-31 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
The last part of this is a lesson for human kind not just for religious people…love and acceptance is key!!!! Lets all practice a little love today.
P.S. Love and acceptance doesn’t mean you have agree it means that you compassionately understand and respect the other person.