We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson penned these famous words in the first months of our country’s fight for freedom from Great Britain. According to our declaration and the Bible, God, our Creator, sees us as equals and wants us all to experience freedom and joy in life. This is what I hold onto each time I step up to a voting booth, and today is no different.
A Country Divided
Some would say our country is split between Democrats and Republican, with Independents and Tea Partiers gaining media attention. Based on the bickering amongst politicians and citizens alike, it’s safe to say we’re in a civil war of beliefs. No side wants to compromise their position. To a point, that’s understandable. To rethink one’s stance for the sake of “peace in politics” would be difficult indeed. However, our nation must work together if we’re ever going to accomplish anything.
“Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” (Matthew 12:25, NLT)
We need integrity and hard work coming out of our nation’s capital instead of endless “debates” that delay real action. Righteous indignation on certain issues is valid and biblical, but let’s make sure that whatever we “fight” for is perfectly aligned with God’s Word.
The American colonies were a refuge for the persecuted in her early years, yet we bash each other today for our personal platforms. Wouldn’t it be appropriate for an updated version of Matthew 19:19, to say: “Love your opposing party as yourself?”
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