I do my best to not lump people into groups. I know some jerk Republicans, and I know some wonderful Republicans. I know some jerk Democrats, and I know some wonderful Democrats. It's always easier to hate and insult a group than it is an individual.
Of course, it's too adult to say, "I disagree with point 1 of the Republican platform." It's too civilized to say, "Point 3 of the Democratic platform won't work." It's much easier to deny someone's citizenship or mock their religion or say all Democrats are godless and all Republicans are heartless.
To make such actions easier, we have mastered the mathematics of justification: "They did it so we can do it. We do it so they can too. Their wrong = our wrong." And yet Jesus said in Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you."
I often get accused of "preaching" to people, and in the past, I have let myself be cowed by such remarks. Still, if I love Jesus -- and I do -- then I have a responsibility to share His loving words -- even if I'm told I'm preaching -- with everyone I can.
Understand that I only do so now because it grieves me to see my friends and family and fellow citizens be hateful and destructive to each other. I know I'm rather childish about this, but seriously, shouldn't you feel that way, too?
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