So Super Tuesday was not so super… at least in my opinion. A Trump/Clinton showdown for the presidency in November is nearly a foregone conclusion. Like fellow blogger Steve Austin said in this amazing piece, I’m too liberal to be a Republican and too conservative to be a Democrat.
So what’s a girl to do when you feel like the world’s gone insane and there are no good choices?
First of all, like a lot of people, I’m going to step away from the news coverage. Watching the nasty just makes me miserable and it doesn’t change anything. Philippians 4:8 says:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (New Living Translation)
This isn’t just about being super spiritual. It’s about stuff like this. Watching political candidates act like middle schoolers on a sugar high isn’t making me a better person.
It’s a cliché to say “be the change you want to see in the world,” but there is a lot of truth in that. I’m looking for ways to be intentionally kind to people. It’s the perfect antidote to nasty. And not just to people who look or think like you. Be gracious to the guy with the opposing candidate’s sign in his yard. Don’t engage the Internet troll who bumps into your happy. Don’t look at every disagreement as an invitation for a Texas death match. Don’t threaten to unfriend every person on Facebook who doesn’t vote just like you. Very few people’s minds are changed by ugly confrontation. A whole lot of our current problems stem from the fact that we’re having too many confrontations and not enough conversations.
One of my favorite verses is Micah 6:8. It’s perfect for those times when I have no idea how to proceed in difficult situations where the choices aren’t clear:
… O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God. (New Living Translation)
When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with this. Even when you have no idea what direction to go or what God’s ultimate call is, this always applies. To do what is right. To be kind and merciful. To walk humbly with God. All good decisions will be rooted in this.
No matter who wins the election, everything will be okay in the end. Politicians come and go. Kingdoms rise and fall. Fads come and go.
To quote the Prophet Junior Asparagus from VeggieTales, “We don’t have to be afraid because God is the biggest.”