Love More 2020

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Election season, yes that’s totally what I was talking about. Not. I appreciate living in America, I truly do. It’s a great country and God has blessed it. Elections are so important and yes, I believe voting matters. It matters very much, but before we get too political here let me just say this, Love More 2020. That’s where I’d like to cast my ballot. 

Anyone else? There are two major parties, neither of which candidates is perfect (or am I the only one who thinks that?). On November 3rd, or earlier if you’re voting by mail, you will choose who you want to lead this country and cast your ballot. If you’re a Christian, I hope you’re praying first, but what matters more than this election than, dare I say, the fate of this country? People.

We’ve spent the past how many months relentlessly politicizing and judging things that never should’ve been such a big deal. Wear a mask suddenly you’re assumed to be an ultra liberal democrat, don’t and you’re a rebellious republican who wants to murder us all with Covid-19. No one seems to recognize the whole ‘That person may be dealing with PTSD, anxiety, or a variety of other things that actually prevent them from wearing a mask.’ 

When did we become a culture that is so twisted that we’re a cancel culture which cancels anything or one we disagree with, no discussion much less reasoning other than “I was offended”? 

You’re allowed to make your own choices, but when you’re blocking out the truth then insisting everyone around you agree with you because you’re offended, I think there’s something wrong. It seems we live in a constant state of “That offends me so it should offend you” but going back and asking “Why are you offended? That’s hardly offensive.”

When a show that clearly exploits children in the most shameful sense leading to further exploitation and innocent sufferers, and no one speaks up, we have a problem. Yes, some spoke up, some canceled their subscriptions for two weeks, but it didn’t last because convenience and personal enjoyment are more of a priority. The reality is it’s only acceptable to be offended if it’s beneficial to the people making the big bucks.

After all of this my question is when the election results are in, what will you do? We as Christians know we are called to love one another, (and not just loving other Christians/ people who agree with us) we’re called to love everyone with Christ’s love. If Biden wins, will his supporters rub it in and make a mockery of Trump supporters? If Trump wins would Trump supporters rub it in and mock those who voted for Biden? Loving one another, no matter the political affiliation is more important than politics. Being there for you’re sister as she battles cancer is more important than shunning her while your political views clash. 

When your uncle votes for Trump as you vote for Biden, no matter the outcome will you still go out fishing every Saturday morning with that same deep connection and care? As the new President prepares for inauguration day or the old prepares for the next four years in office, my genuine hope is that your family comes together on Thanksgiving and gives thanks for one another no matter who voted for who. I pray there are no debates around the table as the six-month build-up of frustration and anxiety begins to settle.

I understand it’s tough. It’s hard to feel right (maybe you are right), and see that your brother doesn’t agree, but yelling at them, cussing them out, calling names, none of this helps. What if, just what if, you’re wrong? I know it seems far-fetched, but what if it’s true? Even if you’re right, I’d be way more open to hearing you out if you weren’t accusing me of being a narrow-minded idiot because no matter how wrong I am about one subject, I’m no idiot and if I were, I wouldn’t be more likely to listen to you when you’re calling me one.

It’s an election year yes, but there’s no call for all the hate. It’s hard enough to know how to vote. I think it would help though to know no matter what, Aunt Sally will still love me and Dad won’t shun me for life. We can still love each other. That will never be illegal no matter who’s president and I’d love it if this year especially we could see just a little bit more of that. It’s our calling to love as Christ loved and God, he’s a whole lot bigger than an election and if you follow his guidance, he won’t fail you.

Romans 5:8 (ESV)

 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 13:34 (ESV)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Matthew 5:44 (ESV)

 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,