Pssstttt! Don’t tell anyone … It really is ok to hug, pray for, talk to, or love someone who doesn’t live up to ‘your’ ideals, political ideology, religious sentiment, or whatever it happens to be you don’t like about another person. When you don’t know what else to do, love never fails.
On second thought, instead of not telling anyone, maybe we should remind everyone there’s a four-letter word–LOVE. Here is what the true picture of love looks like:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Darby)
Love has long patience, is kind; love is not emulous [of others]; love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up, 5 does not behave in an unseemly manner, does not seek what is its own, is not quickly provoked, does not impute evil, 6 does not rejoice at iniquity but rejoices with the truth, 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails …
From a die-hard person who loves peace and tries to live peaceably, Can’t we all just get along?!
I may not have cared for or liked every President that was in office, let alone other politicians, and I can definitely get cranked up at times, but I don’t bring harm to others over my frustrations. I never set fire to businesses, never went out and twerked 1/2 naked to prove a point, never was hateful towards those who differed in their political opinions, or never wanted anyone dead.
Life is hard enough at times, but the hatred between one another in society can make living even more difficult. It saddens me to see that people are afraid to say what they think because someone might get offended, or what they say might incite a hateful, lawless, anarchist-in-spirit mob to appear in their yard … good grief!!
Whether I like or don’t like those we’ve elected, I hope to always do what Christians are called to do — pray for those in authority.
I Timothy 2:1-3: First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men, for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior …