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12 More Days Until Election 2016

img_5115I must confess that this feels like the longest election cycle ever. I can’t wait for it to be over and done with, and I still have no idea who I will vote for when I go to pull the lever. Both choices seem rather bad this year so bad that I have avoided watching most of the election coverage. This year I have even managed to only watch one debate. No doubt Andy worries that I have been secretly abducted by aliens because I usually watch the political theatre with bated breath obsessing over the outcome. This year? This year I just cannot wait for the election to be over because then we can find out what will happen next. Really, the outcome does not seem to matter this time. The two political parties that we have are the same. Both sides are too corrupt and owe too many favors to ever rule for the people. Our politicians rule for their pockets, and we do not hold them accountable with term limits. See why I’m boycotting this year’s election? Too jaded because we have the government that we keep choosing.

What will happen after the election is what I have my eye upon now. Will we come together once the results are known? Will business as usual return? We have spent this year screaming and bickering at each other. We’ve had a summer full of riots; innocent blood has been shed. Anger has been on display it seems like from the east coast to the west coast. We’ve been spending years angry at each other for stupid petty things that do not actually address our problems. We have been drifting further and further away from our nation’s Christian roots, and it has dragged us from loving our neighbor to making fun of our neighbor on Facebook.

Only love overcomes anger and hate. Make a conscious effort to practice random acts of love daily for the next few months. Does it matter who we voted for? No, so don’t make fun of someone on Facebook for their choice. I’m trying to remember that God’s got this way better than I do. He already knows how it all ends; trusting that is hard part though. Step out in faith, and love your neighbors. Ignore the political sign in their yard; do not be divided by an allusion. Be the difference where you live with your neighbors and your community and let the love grow. I’d rather love my neighbor than spend all of this energy being angry with them.

Deuteronomy 31:6 seems appropriate now. ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’

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