I love this quote I saw on a friend's facebook page:
"I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a
friend." -Thomas Jefferson
Indeed - thank you Thomas Jefferson!!
We would do well to remember that this country holds such a broad range of viewpoints and opinions.
We who call ourselves Christians claim citizenship in a heavenly country - while we traverse this path below - we must remind ourselves of the heavenly kingdom to which we belong.
Yes, I see the need for changes in our country. One party doesn't fit all the things I want to be changed.
At some level I need to trust the God will carry out His purpose for our nation. And if anyone puts me in charge, then I suppose I will get to change everything to how I want it. Ha ha. Not really – because we have this great system where there are checks and balances.
Anyway - I remain committed to the open hand of friendship to those with whom I disagree.
And as far as friendship goes - it's even more enjoyable if friends can discuss and understand the various views of each other. This is one thing I do not appreciate about American culture (distinctly American - not Western because in much of Europe the following 'rule' does not apply) - that conversations over politics or religious views are taboo and must be kept out of civil, polite discourse. It is to our shame that our friendships cannot be robust unless we censor the diverse views we hold!
So, that's my plug to change America.
Thus endeth the lecture.