Humanity Over Politics, A Concept We Often Forget
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This morning, I sat in a crowded church in my hometown. One amongst many believers. My pastor preached his sermon and I, as usual, was completely immersed in his words, his movement, and his passion. While every week he seems to teach the Gospel in a new and exciting way, this week impacted me like no other. My pastor spoke about something that is so crucial and, unfortunately, often pushed aside: unity.
In the craziness of this election cycle, the concept of unity is so important to hold tightly to. Politicians constantly use it in an attempt to mobilize and inspire voters. It is a key factor in fostering pride, excitement, and hope. While their intentions may be good, it is a known fact that politicians play a large role in dividing us. They are not entirely to blame for this, though, it is the nature of politics and life in a constitutional republic. What we must remember each day, though, is that what unites us is much more powerful that what divides us.
When elections are raging on and on, seemingly without end, it is easy to sink into the insane rhetoric. You’ve heard it before, “America will be doomed if [Candidate A] wins,” “[Candidate B] is the worst thing that could happen to our country,” and so on. These hyperbolic scare tactics are dangerous. They do more to weaken our nation than any man or woman ever could. They divide us on stark lines, giving us a justification to vilify our fellow patriots. News flash: the world will not end if your candidate does not receive the keys to the White House.
Now, I am not perfect. I am the first to admit that politics hold a special place in my life. Yes, I have engaged in the talk I am discouraging you from now. I am constantly working to distance myself from it. It is absolutely okay to believe in candidates, to think others are not the best for the job, and even to hit the campaign trail every once in awhile. Through all of this, though, simply remember and value the humanity of others.
Social media has made the divisive dialogue even worse. People can hide behind Twitter eggs and anonymous accounts while throwing insult upon insult at those with whom they disagree. The best part for these people? They do not have to take any responsibility for their actions. Death threats, crude comments, demeaning rhetoric – all made with no consequences. It has been able to heighten hostility and tension in ways no one imaged.
Now that a world without social media seems unlikely, we can only work with what we have. So how do we go forth with hateful antagonists flooding the Internet and showing up on our TV screens? I go back to my original premise, the concept of unity. Us Americans should understand how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth. Flawed? Yes. Irredeemable if your candidate of choice is not elected? Absolutely not. The fabric of America is her people, not her politicians. We need to remember this, make an effort to see through all the madness of campaigns, and take rest in the fact that we are Americans before we are partisans.
If you are a Christian, like myself, you already understand that true unity was given to us by God himself. As my pastor pointed out today, it is not something we can create but rather something that has been bestowed upon us. John 17:22-23 states, “I [Jesus] have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity.”
This is a priceless gift that we should cherish and take great care of each day. We do this, my pastor continued, by demonstrating it. Loving our neighbors, the ones that society tells us we should not love. Take a chance, once in awhile, by reaching out to those with differing opinions and backgrounds than you. I promise, if you want to make yourself heard above all the noise, this is the way to do it.
Elections will conclude, tenures will end, and the Oval Office will see many more people throughout the course of our nation’s history. Through it all, do not let the divisiveness of politics corrupt your soul. Choose instead to rise above and soften your hearts. Understand that life is about so much more than who is elected to become the next president. Stop relying so heavily on our leaders, and do not look to them for perfection, because I promise you will be disappointed every time. Take matters into your own hands – be the positive difference that you want to see and never underestimate how your display of unity can impact the world.
Alexa is a managing editor of FFL. She is addicted to country music, online shopping, and politics. She is passionate about the young conservative movement and hopes to inspire other young women to get involved and change the world.
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