Back in January, I posted a Letter to the Candidates concerning the tenor of their character and blueprints of their respective campaigns, pleading with both to find the higher ground.
Okay, let’s get real. Those who are steadfastly voting for Hillary will vote for her regardless of her transgressions; those who are steadfastly voting for Trump will vote for him regardless of his transgressions.
Those who are still undecided continue to focus on the transgressions of both candidates instead of their relevant accomplishments.
“And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” (Matthew 6:12)
For those of us who believe in God, can we focus on our real Commander in Chief?
When we take our focus off God, our vision becomes blurred. We focus on the small annoyances and allow them to get bigger; we focus on our anger and allow it to become resentment and hate. We focus on our lack and allow it to become jealousy and envy. We focus on mistakes others have made and allow that blurred vision to take us down a low road through a wide gate of combativeness, insults, blame, attack and defamation.
When we keep our focus on God and surrender our positions and agendas to the Holy Spirit, the difference in our vision is tangible. We see things clearly through His eyes. Small annoyances disappear into oceans of grace; anger melts before the warmth of forgiveness. Lack is buried by the abundance of blessings. We allow the eyes of God’s love to take us on the higher road through the narrow gate of grace and forgiveness.
Clear focus allows us the vision to see each person as His creation, worthy of grace and forgiveness, unencumbered by our own history, viewpoint, fears or prejudices.
So you must realize, my brothers and sisters, that through this resurrected man forgiveness of sins is assured. Acts 13:38
The things God commands us to do are sometimes difficult. They are sometimes against our human nature. We want to find fault, lay blame, hang onto anger and unforgiveness, and seek ways to punish. Those are not God’s ways.
Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison. Instead, be kind and compassionate. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)
As we begin to see with precision, we might even begin to pray for perception, to pray for all those who hold office and those running for office. We might ask God to give all those in politics a hunger for revealing their own truth, a thirst to place others before themselves, and a deep desire to love Him before all others.
While many in our country argue over the words, actions and character of the candidates for POTUS, let us travel the higher ground. Let us ponder over the reasons the Lord has placed them before us. Let us ask ourselves what He wishes us to learn during this unprecedented time. Above all, let us pray and praise Him for His wisdom and timing.
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to death is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)