“Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.” – Mark Twain
Guess what peeps! Tomorrow is Election Day in the US of A! That means we all gather together at the election booths to vote for our favorite flawed mortal who is really just a mess wrapped up in business professional clothes and empty rhetoric. Even so, change is inevitable in the District of Columbia.
As this chaotic time of year draws near to an end, I can’t help but wonder how many relationships have been torn apart due to differing opinions. Is it possible to love someone, even though we may disagree on what we consider “important” matters of life?
There are two events that I see on social media that bring out the darkest parts of us: sports and politics. If you follow sports and you keep up with the chatter on Twitter, then you know what I’m talking about. If you have a Facebook account, then you have likely witnessed the brutal battles taking place over politics.
We can’t escape disagreements. As a follower of Jesus, I have been told many times that I “hate” people who don’t believe what I believe, simply because we have different opinions. That’s complete crap. If that is the case, then I hate everyone and so do my accusers. We all have disagreements upon morality, politics, and religion. Disagreement does not equate to hate.
Love is a verb, not a feeling.
Love is a choice, not a response.
A Democrat can serve a Republican with loving-kindness without expecting anything in return (and vice versa). That is not hate; that is humility.
A Christian can love an agnostic through their actions (and vice versa), even though they have differing opinions about faith and spirituality.
A fan of alternative rock, like myself, can actually love a fan of top 40 pop music…Believe it or not, it is possible, yet not without great humility…
“Thinking is difficult; that’s why most people judge.” – Carl Jung
It’s easy to look at someone who disagrees with you and to conclude that they hate you. It’s incredibly difficult, yet absolutely necessary that we consider that those who adhere to different opinions still have love in their hearts towards us. We can still be friends. We can still have an open conversation.
As this election comes to a close, my prayer is that we realize that love does not equate to absolute acceptance. Conversations and friendships thrive on differing opinions, for without them life would be quite mundane.