So, yesterday was actually stomach-clench-enducing for me. Someone I have known since I graduated high school and had been at one point reasonably close to let something be on her Facebook that was purely hateful (she didn’t say it herself, but a friend did). As in “I hope these people catch COVID19 and die” hateful. Now, I’ve hidden her posts for a LONG time because she leans towards politcal ranting. And I just DON’T DO ranting. Nor do I do politics (which I’ve stated here many times). My opinions are just that, and yours are just that and I can be your friend regardless.
Anyway, I stewed and stewed about it, because this person is a Christian. And I finally private messaged her. She basically defended the person and then went on to share someone on the other side of the political spectrum sharing something equally awful, like just because A is doing it, it’s ok for B to. After saying my piece I was silent. And sad. And thoughtful. And sometime yesterday evening I had an honest epiphany.
Friends aren’t truly friends if you have to hide part of yourself from them for fear of what they are going to say.
If I have to hide how I vote with you, you are not my friend. We may have a shared experience or much in common, but no longer are we friends. Friends can be open and honest with each other, and kind and accepting. Even, hopefully, iron sharpening iron.
This epiphany included this friend, her husband and another couple that we have been friends with since Jim was a teenager in youth group. When I shared this with Jim, he agreed.
And Satan laughs and claps his hands in delight.
So, what happens when you don’t like–not even even a teensy, weensy bit–either candidate?
I’m completely staying out of political ANYTHING on Facebook. People are slinging mud every which way. If their momma’s could hear how they talk they’d get their mouths washed out with soap! And this goes for the candidates themselves! Whatever happened to “I think I can do a better job than the other guy.” and leaving it at that. Why do we have to throw all the mean things at the others? Good gracious, we all want what’s best for the country; we just disagree with how to get there!
So, I repeat, what happens when I don’t like either candidate? I’m really, so very, utterly tired of voting for “the lesser of two evils”. It’d be nice to actually LIKE the person. And where they stand. And what direction they would take the country.
I have always voted. People in the Revolution literally died so that I could have this privilege. I don’t, and never have, take it lightly. But neither can I look at both of the candidates and say “I choose THIS one.”
What would you do?
43 men have held the presidency in this country. 43 men have tried their best (we hope) to lead our country. Could I tell you even half of them? Or what they accomplished, good or bad? Probably not. The next four (or 8) years, our country will be led by Barak Obama. Am I happy about this? No. Do I feel like the earth is going to stop spinning on its axis and Armageddon is on its way? No. Our country has survived good presidents as well as bad presidents. Which Mr. Obama will be is yet to be seen. But, in the end, it’s only four (or 8) years. There will be other presidents. Good and bad.
God is still in heaven and in charge, so I’m not going to worry. Because, “which of you by worrying can add even an hour to your life?”
That does it. I’m taking a stand and going to vote. In the presidential race. Yes, I’ve said it. I read Terry’s Blog this morning and came off the fence finally. She’s a conservative African American Christian woman, and the things she had to say today were the prompt I needed. I have been in prayer over this for a while now, honestly not knowing what to do. I’m so glad to finally be at peace with one decision!!
Dipping the toe in, once again….
I had a friend post on Facebook that she will not be voting in the upcoming election; she cannot accept either candidate as supporting her views and doesn’t want to vote for the “lesser of two evils”. While I feel that McCain is the lesser of two evils, I don’t know that I can vote for him, either. And it seems to be creating WWIII in my staunchly Republican family. Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not going to vote for Sen. Obama. It’s either McCain or I vote in only the local elections. The one candidate I can really get behind, Alan Keyes, isn’t on our PA ballot.
I believe in the sanctity of the electoral process. 230 years ago people literally DIED so you and I could have the freedom to vote. And 80-some-odd years ago, women went up against an unjust system so that I specifically could have the priviledge of voting. I don’t take it lightly. I vote in all the primaries and general elections, and have since I was 18 (lo, these 21 years now). To not vote is something that goes against every fiber of my being. Yet I’m leaning towards it.
Another friend has chosen to vote for McCain, not because she likes him, but because she is 1) voting against Obama and 2) because she believes that God is in control regardless.
Well, I agree with #2, but I also believe that He’s going to allow us to reap what we sow.