“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy: 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: and 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.” – John Wesley
On a day which most people see as divisive and cold, I encourage us all (myself included) to remember where our identity lies. I have never immediately identified myself as a “Democrat” or “Republican” or “Independent” when meeting someone for the first time (or second or third). It is undeniable that in the past few weeks and months, our country has been on a rollercoaster, but thankfully our political affiliation is not who we are! My identity is in Jesus, and if you know Him, so is yours. If you don’t know Him, I have a feeling that your values, family, friends, and even occupation play a bigger role in your identity than “Republican” or “Democrat”.
I am not saying that it is wrong to be active in a political party, and thank God for those that serve in elected office no matter which side of the aisle they fall. I do believe that it is so important to be an informed voter, discuss your values, and try to understand the values and opinions of others. I just encourage you to only speak out of love, never hate, and have compassion for people.
Lord, help me remember today and in the days to come that my loyalty is with you and not a person, group, or political party. I pray for wisdom and understanding for our current and future leaders, strength and safety for our military, and unity and compassion in our great country. Amen.