The REAL tragedy of the 2012 election

Earlier this month Americans were given an opportunity to cast a vote for who they thought should be the President of the United States for the next four years.  Many called this the most important election in history (of course we hear this every four years, so take it with a grain of salt.)

When I woke up the next morning and got online I was immediately disheartened by what I read.  It wasn’t the election results, it’s no secret that I had no interest in this election and didn’t care who won. No, it was what I was reading from my Christian friends’ blogs and social media updates. 

I’m a Christian.  What that means is that I have found hope in the grace and mercy that God offers humanity and because of that gift of hope, I have pledged my life in service to God. Part of that pledge is that I conform to certain practices that are found in the Bible.  Some of those practices include avoiding temptations like hatred, slander, rage and bitterness.  We are also taught to keep a tight rein on our tongue, which has the power of destruction.

So, imagine my disappointment when I got on facebook and saw what was being vaulted into the public arena by other followers of Christ.

To say that it was vicious would be an understatement.  I watched as one after one they updated their statuses with incendiary remarks about our president and the people that voted for him.  It was frightening to see how fast a “church” can turn into an angry, blood thirsty mob. I myself was verbally attacked by a Christian republican for merely offering up a prayer for our re-elected President.

Christianity is not something that we can take off whenever we are having a bad day. Our morality cannot be adjusted based on whether we are happy or not.  We must stay the course even when it seems our world is crashing down around us.  Only then do we prove our quality.

Comments

Well said Derek. Thank you for sharing your message, perhaps this will get through to some who would otherwise refuse to listen to reaseon. If we all did as Jesus would have all Christians do I have faith we could pull this mess together for the good of our world.. There are so many other important issues to put our energy into other than hate and discontent it appears that we are losing in more than the political arena. God bless you Derek for you thoughts, I can honestly say it's the most positive exchange I've read Christian to Christian in the last 2 years.
 

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