The month is June. The year is 2019. There is no big election until November, 2020, yet you would think that the presidential and congressional elections are imminent if you listen to all of the hubbub on the news or radio. I have decided to remove myself from the conflict. There is a Scriptural reason for this.
When you turn on the water at your faucet, you can easily turn it off because there is a faucet there, a valve that lets water flow freely or turns it off. This isn’t so easy if you are just watching the natural flow of the water from a spring. You can change the course of the water by digging a trench, but you can’t stop its flow. Ask those who have been in the path of a raging river caused by torrential rains. Ask those in Louisiana if you can stop the destructive path of the water once it begins. They know because they lived through the destructive forces of floods. That is what arguing politics is like, a flood that cannot be stopped once it starts.
There are so many online posts that I want to respond to, sometimes with wisdom from above, but usually just from my own nature that cries against lies and deception. But I am holding myself away from the fray. I don’t want to be the one who starts that rolling flood of contention online about one candidate or another. Do I have my beliefs and my favorite candidate? Of course! But that doesn’t mean that I have to toot the horn of my candidate or make him look superior in any way. I have decided to sit quietly, be as active as possible in the local elections and let God help me to keep my spirit quiet. After all, the quarreling online does no one any good but generally causes ill feelings that last a long time. For example, one of my siblings did not speak to me for over a year because of my vote in the last election. She is speaking to me now, but she won’t allow my husband anywhere near her because he is such a staunch supporter of the one who was elected, and she wants no part of anyone who supports him. To me, it’s all like a game. I choose to sit it out and see what happens. I don’t argue online with my liberal sons who consistently post memes demonizing the one whom I support. I don’t answer any online friends who post political memes. Silence, as they say, is golden.
Did you know that when someone tries to start an argument with you and you remain silent, then the argument soon dissipates? It is absolutely true! I listen to my sibling rant and rave without answering her and pretty soon, there is silence. I had tried in the past to reason with her, to point out my reasons for my vote and support of a particular candidate. But that just made her angrier and more determined to show me “the error of my ways.” So now I just patiently (at least I try for patience) listen and wait for her to realize that I am not arguing. In the coming months, as the political campaigns ratchet up to fever pitch, my plan is just to stay calm and not answer. People who know me already know how I feel and I refuse to argue politics with anyone. That’s just how I feel. Water will flow…but I don’t plan to put myself into its destructive path when it starts to rage.
I wish you peace, joy and the love of the Father in your hearts and lives. Blessings!