I have refrained from giving my opinion during this election. The discouragement and lack of respect given to each of the opponents show little to no value for the American people. How can we respect our leaders when they lack the respect of one another? The candidates have slandered one another and pointed fingers at each other’s wrongs. We have seen this before. It’s become the new norm. Political ads are all about bringing the other candidate down. Does that make them any better than their opponent?
I’ve tried to form an opinion of who to vote for and haven’t been compelled to say a word about this election. How do you view this candidate? How do you think this candidate would be better than the other? If you listen to the media you may be swayed over one candidate than the other. The media is obligated to report unbiased news and report the truth, but the reality is that sound bites are not enough. Hearing things out of context sways your opinion. This is in itself a violation of trust. How can we trust what we hear?
I heard a great sermon today about respected others. The pastor said respectful people are faithful. They can disagree with one another and be different without demonizing the other. Pastor Hybels leads the Willow creek community in his important message. How are we breaking God’s heart? Just look at our world today. By our disrepectfulness how damaging we are to our own people. We cannot live in a world that cause division amongst us. We have to learn to respect one another. This is what we were taught as children. Somewhere along the way we have failed.
It may not start with our leaders but we can begin within our own lives. We can respect our neighbors, our races, and our difference of opinions without harsh words and demonizing or devaluing one another.
Would you join me in doing this today? We can change the world. As the words from Eric Clapton state, “If I can reach the stars, I’d pull one down for you. Shine it on my heart, so you can see the truth. …baby, if I could, I would change the world.”