Maybe One Day
Maybe One Day
By: Danny Wallace
So many people talk about what a sad state of affairs America is in these days – many so filled with hate for one individual or group of people that they would follow the loudest and most divisive voice off the edge of a cliff to signify just how deep that hatred runs.
2016 is the most awkward, revealing, and difficult year in American political history. It is the only year in my lifetime when children cannot view, or listen to the process. Any parent who would allow their child to hear the exchange of rhetoric in this year's Presidential election process is submitting their child to no less violence, hatred, and sexual innuendo than the R-rated programs they forbid them to watch on television and in theaters.
However, in the midst of the chaos, God always "whispers" in the room. After a second Presidential debate that would embarrass a drunken sailor, the evening comes to a peaceful close. It did so because of the single most relevant question asked during this entire election process. Paraphrased, it went something like this.
“After all of the rhetoric, slander, and biased innuendo – is there anything in your opponent that you would say you admire?”
The hush that fell over the room was palatable. The relief we all felt in our living rooms was equally calming. Each candidate said something nice about the other. With that, an evening that began with no handshake, followed immediately by sleaze and slander, closed with smiles and polite handshakes. Granted, it didn't last long, but it was what happened at that moment that is best to remember.
We get a brief glimpse of the healing that America seeks in the closing question and answer of that second Presidential debate. We are ALL in the same boat. We are ALL created by God, we are ALL blessed by God, and we are ALL adored by God. In God’s heart, there is no bias of American politics. In God’s heart, there is no hatred, bitterness, strife, or slander. From the lips of God, there is no sleaze or slander. There is a blessing, where evil offers a curse. There is love, where evil lashes out in hatred. And finally, there is forgiveness for ALL people, at all times, in all things.
Will America get it? I seriously doubt it. Nevertheless, if only "one" person sees the light and begins to bless, love, and forgive, rather than accuse, hate, and hold grudges – hundreds will be blessed by the influence of such wisdom.
Let's get real for a moment. We Americans, are a shallow people. We want what we want, and we will attack anyone that stands in our way of getting it. This year, those who profess to be Evangelical Christians are leading the pack of irrational hatred and division, shouting the loudest that "God endorses our guy," while implying that Lucifer walks hand-in-hand with the other. I'm embarrassed for my grandchildren to witness such utter foolishness proclaimed in the name of One so sweet as my Jesus.
Time will tell where we go from here. My guess is that most people will do as they have always done. If things don’t go our way, we will dig in when we should be kneeling down. I wouldn't doubt what we don't spend four more years hating the leader God gives us via this election process, the same as we spent eight years hating the last leader He sent. That choice has always been ours as free Americans.
Nevertheless, maybe one day we will decide to see what happens when we live as the redeemed of God, by the final sacrifice of Jesus, our risen Lord, instead of living for ourselves, by the propaganda of our agenda.