Thoughts on Our Nation’s Culture

I’ve been thinking, praying, and reading different posts about what happened in Orlando. I’ve watched another gun control debate erupt. I’ve watched leaders ignore the Islamist extremist aspect of what happened, and I’ve seen so-called Christians take this opportunity to say God did this because He doesn’t like gays. First of all, as a Christian, I want to say that I am standing with the gay community. No one should be murdered for their sexual orientation. My prayers are with the family that lost loved ones and those injured for a speedy recovery.

In today’s society, everyone responds to something immediately as it happens because the quicker you get it out there, the quicker and more times you can get liked and shared. I want to address more than the attack; I want to address our culture and nation as a whole. Many are angry at the government and each other. Many of the reasons to be mad at leaders are justified, but I have to say as a whole, I think we are losing our humanity; we are losing respect for fellow human beings. I will proudly stand with the gay community’s right to live the lifestyle they choose without fear of being beaten or murdered. I don’t have to agree with their lifestyle to support their safety.

Somewhere along the way, many of us have bought into the lie that to be civil to one another, we must agree, what page is that on?

We can look at the two major political parties, and both of them are in turmoil, and both are eating their own. This is primarily due to a lack of human decency in society and specifically a lack of love.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to love everyone, regardless of if we agree with them or not.

John 13:34-35 ESV “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Mark 12:30-31 ESV “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

We need love for our fellow citizens back in our country again. We need mutual respect for those we disagree with again. Earlier this week, the letter written by President George H. W. Bush to President Bill Clinton was released. It was a warm and respectful letter. The men had just fought on the campaign trail, and Clinton won. These were the last words of that letter, “you are our President now and I wish you and your family all the best.”

It’s time for us to love again. We may disagree with people’s politics, choices, religious beliefs, or whatever, but we are called to love.

The hope for our nation is not President Trump or President Clinton; the hope of our country is found in love and mutual respect. The hope of our nation is found in God. As heated as things are in this nation on every level, the election cycle is just magnifying what has been simmering for years; we need to take time to step back and love. Love is the answer to restoring our nation. Before things can be fixed politically, economically, or anything else, we must love each other.

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