Let me give you a new command: Belong to my political party. In the same way that I do, you should as well. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples–when they see that you belong to my political party.
John 13:34-35

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Of course we know that this isn’t exactly how these verses read. Since Inauguration Day and before, you would assume from the behavior of a good many Christians, that these verses have been rewritten to say and mean exactly that. And the absence of love is played out in their disdain for those who don’t belong. They ridicule, degrade and name call. Simply because they don’t share the same political affiliation.

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Dumbocrat    Hypocrite    Idiot    

Nasty    Stupid    Demwits    

Ignorant    Snowflake    Irrational    

Pansy    Uneducated    Liar   Crybaby    Garbage

These are the names I see scrolling across my social media feeds all day long. I wouldn’t want to be called any of those names as I’m sure you wouldn’t. Yet you have no issue with using the terms above when interacting with anyone who doesn’t belong or challenges what you believe. Ironically, you brag about blocking and defriending anyone not in your camp for using anything similar in addressing you.

You call anyone who dares to say, not my president, a hypocrite, conveniently forgetting that you said the exact same thing for eight years.

Before you drag me over the coals, I know it happens on the other side as well. I’ve seen it, but in my experience, not with the same vehemence and vitriol as I do amongst those that claim Christ and the GOP.

You say that a friend would never make a derogatory comment or bully you, yet you do that very thing. You post memes that deride and shame. And you all laugh and cheer each other on. After all, those that don’t belong should learn their place. They don’t want to make America great again. They don’t love Jesus. And yes, I’ve seen folks say they don’t see how anyone who claims to be a Democrat, could ever be a Christian.

That may come across as harsh, but in reading your interactions, this appears to be exactly what you think. And I’m afraid anyone who doesn’t know Christ will think the exact same thing.

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In one particular thread, someone asked the following question, quoting the author of the post:

“Would the irrational liberals know that you love them?”

“They don’t have to know. It doesn’t change my heart.”

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They don’t have to know.

So disheartening. And I absolutely disagree. We may be the only bible that someone reads. Yes, it’s christianese and cliche, but it’s also the truth. 

It seems that some of us have forgotten the greatest two commandments; Love God and Love people. Somewhere along the way, we’ve decided that love of country trumps love of our neighbor, and love of God. For those who claim this party will bring God back into our schools, our government, our very nation, I’m not seeing a lot of that happening. When our attitude is they don’t have to know, it speaks volumes regarding what’s in our own hearts.

We can have civilized conversations and even disagree with those who don’t share our political views without the denigrating. Without the name-calling and shaming. My mantra, these past months has been love God, love people. I’ve caught myself firing off responses to things I feel are wrong and deleting them many more times than I post them. It’s difficult! And if you see me do it, please hold me accountable to these words.

If we have to insult someone in order to make our point, maybe our point isn’t all that important. Regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum. If we feel the need to sacrifice love in order to be right, what’s in our heart needs to change.

I would like to challenge all of us to be kinder. To love more. To examine our hearts before we jump head first into the fray.

To always err on the side of Love.

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Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way that I have loved you, love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples–when they see the love you have for each other.
John 13:34-35 MSG

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