Election day today. I’ve been trying to think about what the proper response from a mature citizen should be regardless of the outcome and the best I can come up with is:
Love thy neighbor.
Jesus states this as the second of two great commandments when asked what is the highest and most important commandment.
Notice he also didn’t mention any exceptions….
Love thy neighbor….unless they are a Democrat.
Love thy neighbor….unless they voted for Trump.
Love thy neighbor….unless they shared a Black Lives Matter post on the FaceBox.
Love thy neighbor…..unless they are wearing a MAGA hat.
What does loving thy neighbor look like in this situation? What would it look like to live out Jesus’ command?
A few ideas to get you started:
Get to know and care about someone with different views than your own.
Bake a casserole and bring it over to that neighbor’s house with the signs in the yard you don’t agree with.
Offer to stay late for that co-worker that was crazy enough to vote for Joe/Trump so they can make it to their kid’s game.
Show some love. Take some kind of action.
The best part?!? You’ll be better off for it. You won’t lose some kind of political rightness or give in to the dark side. You’ll feel better. Your heart will be lighter.
Make it a great day.
Bonus point – the other commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart. Not a lot of room for hate or political anger if your heart is filled with love for God and your neighbor. Might be worth trying.