Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A Time for War and a Time for Peace

It truly doesn't matter who you vote for, or if you're straight, gay, black or white. It doesn't matter if you're Latino or Asian, or even living in another country. It seems as though the world has divided. Cops against blacks, blacks against cops. Whites against blacks, blacks against whites. Trump supporters against Clinton supporters, and vise/versa, you know the rest. Conspiracy theories fly around, hoping to terrify the next Hillary voter -- to urge all to vote republican. The left tells us that the right will take away...our rights. And it's just utter madness. When the argument gets too much, some resort to name calling, or demeaning one's intelligence and integrity.

When you tear somebody apart for their choices, whether it's for political or religious reasons, you're EGO is the culprit. When the person gets offended, their EGO is insulted. We are tearing each other apart due to people we don't even know. And that's the way it works. Most angry memes are to stir up someone's ego. "My candidate is better than yours! Look what yours did!" As well as, "My God is better than yours!" It will never end and unfortunately, it's only going to get worse from here.

So if you insult me because I made a choice, then I won't get hurt by it. You're initially insulting the candidate, not me. These were the choices given to us. When you think about it -- who knows the exact truth of anything regarding politics, or what they've done or haven't done -- who truly knows if the media is true or false or maybe somewhere in between to pacify the Americans? I don't know. None of us do.

None of this will even matter soon enough. God is in control. We were warned in the Bible about corrupt leaders and how our future would pan out, if you believe it. And why should you believe it anyway? NOTHING is TRUTH, unless you have faith in it for yourself. There is no right or wrong, because ultimately, everything is in that huge gray area. Nothing is black and white, true or false. If it were, we'd all be voting for the same candidate, or we'd all be following the same God, or just believing or not believing in God altogether.

I will tell you, that the only "right" thing to do, is respect one another, love one another, relate to one another, because we are all in this together. And that's a fact. No matter what anyone thinks -- rise up above all egos and take the higher road. All fights lead to ended friendships and relationships with family members. Is it really worth it?

What does God say about war?

War is a terrible thing. Some wars are more “just” than others, but war is always the result of sin (Romans 3:10-18). At the same time, Ecclesiastes 3:8 declares, “There is…a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

In a world filled with sin, hatred, and evil (Romans 3:10-18), war is inevitable. Christians should not desire war, but neither are Christians to oppose the government God has placed in authority over them (Romans 13:1-4; 1 Peter 2:17). The most important thing we can be doing in a time of war is to be praying for godly wisdom for our leaders, praying for the safety of our military, praying for quick resolution to conflicts, and praying for a minimum of casualties among civilians on both sides (Philippians 4:6-7).----source.

We're not only heading toward war, but we're already having war amongst ourselves. I'm not 100% sure if we were ever connected and loving toward one another as a whole, but I do believe that spiritually, we are all one. I do believe that we can somehow overcome all of this animosity toward one another, stop the racism, bigotry and misogyny. We have the choice to love or hate. We have the choice to treat one another with respect, or not. That's totally up to you because God gave us free will. But think before you tear somebody apart with your words, just because they had no other choice than picking one candidate over another. This election should be about bringing Americans together, not apart.

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