How can you talk about Politicization without becoming political? I don’t like being political about anything, especially when it comes to my own personal feeling about something. Yes Politics has its place, but in recent years it has managed to sweep into every aspect of our life. You can’t by a tube of toothpaste without it being politicized (okay, I’m exaggerating, but It feels like that on some days). Just watch the news or open the newspaper.
The most recent example and the saddest example of that is the division lines drawn in the death of the four service men in Niger. Instead of honoring them for their service, and feeling for their family it was turned into a Political tug-of-war between left wingers and right wingers. Really, people? Two interviews about the condolence calls were all over the news, and it became front page news, overshadowing the real story; The four men who died serving. (Please no tomato throwing) one call came from one mother her received call, and then out comes a rebuttal interview from another mother about her private call from the president. STOP! Can’t they have time to grieve the loss of their sons, before our government takes their words as weapons against the other side? Really. It disgusts me to see the government (both sides) and the media using these words as weapons. These men died as they served our country, it should not turn into a political campaign mudslinging, free – for- all. They hold the highest honors among all Americans if you ask me. I am so ashamed of the behavior of our leaders in government, and those in the media, I have no words or words that I can use. I’m trying to make this blog family friendly.
Now I am no expert on politics by a long shot, but I am old enough to remember that these last few years have been shameful. Riots on the streets. People who are hurting each other because they don’t like what they look like or what their opinion is, everyone needs to take a breath and remember why we are here. Come on this is America. United we stand – Divided we fall. We’ve forgotten the united part. I’ve lost friends over this political crap, and not because of how I believe, but because of how they or other family members believe. They think that because of some things certain members post on FB that I agree with them. So not true, they may be family, but I do have my own independent views as well. That is what is so sad.
I have my own opinions yeah, but I don’t try to push them onto others. It’s a practice that I have learned at the Hard Knock School of life through the years, and I think it is one that we all should think about, and maybe practice.
“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. Galatians 5:14-15
Consumed: To destroy totally
If you look around you, and are totally honest with yourself, is not that what we are doing? By becoming a world of hate, and drawing lines in the sand, we are doing exactly what Paul predicted in Galatians. Scary huh? I’ve seen so much in my 54 years that this only saddens me, and my heart becomes heavy in my chest for my neighbors, family, and friends. When Politics seeps into everything in our life, including family, and lines are drawn between members and good friends who used to compartmentalize this stuff, and look more at what they had in common, or the love one had in their heart toward their neighbors. This nation could right itself from this crazy upside down position, and become a nation of hope and caring once again. The holiday season is at hand, so now it is the time to do it, let’s show the rest of the world what love and uniting to defeat a 2 common enemies, “Hate and division” can do. United we stand, divided we fall could come into focus once again. What a pure blessing that would be.
Love to all!