We still have . . . two . . . months . . . to . . . go. Are . . . you . . . getting . . . tired . . . of . . . all . . . the . . . political . . . fighting? That’s the way I feel. Like everything is . . . jerky . . . disconnected . . . and discombobulated. (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence.)
As you read all your social media feeds and “like” what you want to like and “share” what you want to share, here are two challenges I give you to help us all stay sane and rise above the cacophony of our current national and political turmoil.
1. Don’t reject the political process due to political mayhem.
I get it. Fatigue leads to apathy. But apathy leads to anarchy, and anarchy leads to the deconstruction of our nation. Whichever side of the political aisle you’re on, make sure you uphold the founding principles of our great republic: all people are created equal and have fundamental rights such as liberty, free speech, freedom of religion, due process of law, and freedom of assembly. If we reject our civic duty to engage in our republic, we acquiesce to the dismantling of the core values upon which our great nation stands. The brilliant British statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, once wrote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
2. Remember that there is always more good news than bad (even though it doesn’t feel like it).
I’m tired of handwringing, doom-and-gloom, negative, and hopeless-acting Christ followers. Yes, we’re living in some pretty dark days, but the light shines brighter the darker the night. A study by the Pew Research Center for People & Press examined news stories from over 165 surveys and concluded that while 90% of the news Americans hear, read and watch is negative, there is NOT more bad news than good news occurring in the world. As Americans, we have, according to the same study, a “negativity bias.” In other words, bad news sells better.
We of all people should point others to the good news rather than getting sucked into the vortex of the bad. This doesn’t mean we stick our heads in the sand and pretend like everything is just fine. It means we fight for justice, because we believe in a just God. We stand for the oppressed, because we have a Redeemer who actually redeems. We present hope through words and deeds, because we are not without hope. We believe the good news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, brings healing and transformation into our broken world and broken hearts.
What if, instead of joining in all of the political attacks, we join a movement to share the good news of what Jesus is doing to make our nation . . . and world . . . great again? That’s the story we all should “like” and “share.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jesus, John 16:33).