So often, an even split is a good thing!
Some of those might be when sharing your favorite sweet treat, splitting your prize money, or when the final score is tied at the end of a game. In those situations, most people walk away with a sense of satisfaction or at least holding one’s own.
Tonight on the news, I was struck again by the poll on how the Nation views impeachment. 52 to 48%. This blog is not about which view was 52 and which was 48. It is more about how often this year our political divide seems pretty much split.
I have a sense of dread every time I see just how divided we are.
It is easy to wonder how the other side could see it differently (often the honest thought is how can the other side see it so wrong?)
It is feeling pretty normal to hear political leaders or individuals of both sides villainized.
I have always liked Ecclesiastes 3.
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
But now that “time” doesn’t seem so easy to understand. When one believes now is the time to plant, and another thinks it is a time to uproot, how do we know?
It is hard to know how to live with transparency when you are left wondering if what you share will be received and respected by those you know and love. (or thought you knew and loved)
Politics makes life hard right now.
Politics causes anxiety to be high right now.
Politics has divided our Nation and brought violence in so many places.
As we go into a weekend where riots and violence are expected, may we guard our tongues and hearts, pray without ceasing, speak the truth with kindness, and cling to hope.
Lord, heal our Nation,
Blessed Be His Name,