The Chicago Tribune just released an article titled, “Election is turning out to be unhealthy source of stress for many Americans”. The Tribune reports that, “We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” said Lynn Bufka, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy”.
The paper further adds, “Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory,” she added in an association news release”.
Arguments. We are arguing with each other over politics. We have become frustrated, hostile and inflammatory. We are attacking each other and the devil is loving every second of it.
Jesus made it all very simple for us. He made three points very clear.
1) The Lord our God is one Lord
2) Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength
3) Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself
Jesus concluded His statement with, “There is none other commandment greater than these”.
It can be difficult to remember to, “love thy neighbor”, especially during this political season. Especially when someone is pointing a finger at you and calling you misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racists and a host of other derogatory terms and names. The carnal impulse is to strike back. That’s what the devil wants us to do. But remember this. The devil doesn’t win when the fiery darts are shot at you. The devil wins when you return fire and engage. He wants tempers to flare and names to be called. This battle will never have a winner, only losers so do not engage.
The key point to this are the fiery darts. They will only come from an angry person. You can’t talk with anger. All anger wants is a target so don’t become one.
“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go” (Proverbs 22:24)
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away” (Proverbs 4:14-15)
With any political battle you have with someone ask yourself this question. What did I gain by engaging? If you’re talking with an angry person then it will be hurt feelings and a marred if not ruined relationship. The devil wins. Remember, love thy neighbor.