The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Harper Lee (1926-    )
American Writer, Pulitzer Prize Recipient

Let love and faithfulness never leave you…write them on the tablete of your heart.

Proverbs 3:3

It is election time again.  I am reminded by a precious friend that when looking at others, “their journey is not your journey.”  So I look and I listen to the mean, hurtful things being thrown around on Facebook, on the Internet, on television.  And finally I have the courage to say what I think. 

How can a person, in good conscience condemn a whole group of people because they support a certain candidate?  How can a person snipe, lash -out, profane others because they do not agree with that person’s opinion? One person does not a party make.

Last election, I was excited to discuss politics with a friend, and ended up straining two relationships.  I know I have said this before, and I am saying it once again.  Be careful.  We are to be in this world, not of it.  We are to look at the candidate, pray for the sitting administration, and proceed to the best of our ability.  We are to vote, because it is our right.  We are to research what someone is putting out there as fact, because often the “fact” is tainted with spin.

When I think about “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I remember learning a new word, “chifforobe,” and I remember that opinion is often swayed in a courtroom based on circumstantial evidence, based on slanted looks at things.  As we face a new season in Washington, D.C. let us be mindful the possibility of a middle way, of the directive of Proverbs 3:3, letting love and faithfulness never leave us.  Let us do our best not to judge, but to pray for those with whom we disagree.  Today, as you listen to the news, try to hear what they person is saying instead of what you might think they mean.  Then pray for that person, that organization, that candidate whether you agree or not.

Because of Him,


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