Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I tried - not caring {2016 election}

I tried not caring.   I tried not caring who was President.  I tried not caring who of my friends voted for whom.  I tried not caring about who said what, which statistics is skewed, and what we consider acceptable or moral.   I tried not caring.

This morning I woke up.  Still tired.  I went to the gym.  Same gym.  I ate breakfast.  Quickly in the car.  My day to day life has not changed because of who is president.  Yes, there will be changes in policy, but it is life.

But I do care.

I care about all the people I know.  I care about all the people I don't know; but guess what God knows them.  God loves them.  Jesus died for them.

I care about my friends and family who are acting somewhat embarrassing - from both a winning and a loosing point of view.

Friends - if you lost - be kind.  If you were claiming that Mr. Trump was a rude, a bigot, a racist of a person and then turn around and say hateful things about Mr. Trump or the people who voted for him.
Are you better than they are?

Friends - if you won - be kind.  If you were claiming that Mr. Trump is the best thing for America since slice bread and that he truly does love people and has the best intentions for the country than stop smiling about people leaving the country and using unkind words about the democratic party.  You once said that we needed to be united - so stop pushing people away.
Are you better than they are?

I still don't care who's president.
Trump will do good and bad.
Clinton would have done good and bad.
Just like Obama has done good and bad.
And every other president before and after will always have some good ideas and some that need to bet tweaked and changed.

But I care enough about people to realize how sad and broken our country is right now.   People are talking trash about people they used to so deeply love.   If this was any other election we would be talking about policies not people. I am truly heart broken.


For my Christian Friends - no matter who you voted for.  Please read Romans 12 and 13.
Please study it and reflect on it and live it. 

Romans 12

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members,[e] and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,[g] serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[h] Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 13

13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.