And They’ll Know we are Christians by our Love

I’m sick and tired of all the election coverage, just like the majority of this country and probably quite a bit of the world. Yet I’m still tempted to click on an article or respond to a status. Glutton for punishment, right? And here I am writing about the election on my blog. Oy vey! But it’s almost over. A week from now we’ll be a few days into knowing.

What will that look like?

I sure as hell don’t know. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about the outcome. I’d be lying if I’d say I’m having a hard time trusting God to own my fears. I’ve been candid with my take on our candidates. Especially Trump. I won’t take back my criticism of him. I don’t believe he’s the right choice for America. I do believe he has caused damage to our country already.  I believe he has allowed racism, misogyny, and fear to run rampant and out loud. I believe that we need to stand in solidarity with those that are most vulnerable. And I believe that means saying NO to Trump and what he brings with him.

However, I am real life friends with Trump supporters. And I know they are good people. Our political beliefs don’t line up much at all, but we are both created by God and loved.  And GASP, Trump and Clinton are both created by God and loved. Holy cannoli! Blasphemy! Truly though, there is no “them”. Just “us”. And so it’s here where I stumble. Because I feel so deeply that I’m right, that I continuously forget that good friends of mine believe as deeply that they are right. So what do I do with that? Oh, I struggle. And obviously our nation is struggling.

But God isn’t struggling. Nope. Just us very flawed humans. Flawed humans who allow our fear to take hold and run unchecked in our hearts and minds. Fear turns us into hate filled monsters. Will we allow ourselves to fall to that darkness? Or will we follow Jesus and relinquish our fears so we can delve fully into Love?

Let the Spirit work in us, through us, around us. The Spirit is alive!

We will work with each other, we will work side by side. And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride. And they’ll know we are Christians by our Love. By our Love.

And they’ll know we are Christians by our Love.

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