In our culture of heated political debate it is easy to demonize people who do not measure up to your political standards. We call the other side names, mischaracterize their position, and do our best to make them out to be evil incarnate. This does nothing but create divisions and build up walls.
As Christians we are called to be peacemakers and to love our enemies. Often our participation in politics makes following Jesus in these areas very difficult. Even within the Church politics tends to divide rather than unite, the very opposite result that Jesus expects from his followers.
That is why I think this post from Micah Murray at Redemption Pictures is so powerful. It is a reminder that we are called to love, even those that we disagree with.
I have a dream.
I’m at a park, or a convention, or at the White House, and he’s there too. I wait around for the chance to talk to him for a moment. When he sees me, I hug him. I tell him that even though I don’t like all his policies and stuff, I love him. I apologize for all the terrible things people say about him all the time. I ask if we can take a picture together, for me to put on Facebook. Then I wake up, disappointed that it was just a dream.
I’ve had this dream half a dozen times in the past two years, but it wasn’t always that way.
When I was in college, I cruised the streets Minneapolis in my beat-up two-door Cavalier with a McCain sticker on the rusted bumper, jamming out to the sweet sounds of Beck, Limbaugh, and Hannity. I thought the Tea Party was a great idea. When Obama was elected, we all worried about the fate of America.
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