Civility: polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior
Most people see the value in civility. They try to be that way; they hope others do the same; they teach their children to be civil so they will be more successful in life.
Yesterday was election day in the United States. I am sure many of you have read articles (or comments on those articles), or seen friends’ social media posts regarding the election.
As I read these things, I wonder where civility has gone?
Many people have been silent on the issue, or have simply expressed their gladness or sorrow over the results.
What I have seen much more of, though, is gloating, name-calling, complaining, eye-rolling, bashing, blaming, cursing, and judging.
Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).
Do we even know we are doing this? Do we realize when we do this we are alienating many of our friends, family and associates?
Here are some of the statements I have inferred from my reading:
1. My party is the supreme party and the only one that can do good for this country.
2. America is doomed and the world is coming to an end because someone got into office.
3. The candidate that won is going to take away our freedoms and all our money.
4. The Lord sanctions one political party, and frowns upon the other.
5. Everyone who believes differently or is in a different party than me is inferior and unintelligent.
My friends, please remember that all members and leaders of political parties are imperfect people. There is no supreme party, and everyone’s moral codes are to be respected. God does not choose our leaders for us, but wants us to choose with careful consideration.
…every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).
In order for our great country to succeed and continue to bloom, we must sustain, be respectful of, and be grateful for, our leaders. They need our support, whether we agree with everything they stand for and do, or not.
We can’t afford to turn against each other. Anger and hate will never bring positive results, but love and tolerance can. Americans need to stand together. By doing this, our great country stays great.
We are the land of the free, and the home of the brave. There may be times when there are laws passed that we don’t agree with. There may be policies put in place that don’t make sense to us.
When that happens, we must remember and fall to our knees in gratitude that The United States of America is a choice land of diversity, freedom, and opportunity. Our government exists to serve us. We control our destinies. We can do anything we desire, and can rise up from our circumstances. We have wonderful schools, technology, and medicine. We have clean water, good food, easy access to supplies and shelter, and an advanced road system to travel on. We have a strong and brave military, always ready to defend our liberties. We have beautiful and lush landscaping, and a rich history from which we can learn and draw inspiration.
Americans are special people – each of us, not just those of a certain political party. Every American can contribute and make a difference.
Please try to keep the golden rule in mind when discussing politics, or anything you are passionate about. It is good to take a stand. It is good to have morals and beliefs. Please just try not to judge others who are different, and instead think of how you would feel if someone bashed you, called you names, or spoke disrespectfully of you or one you revere.
Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12).
I thank God every day that I live in this wonderful country. No matter who is in office, I will always pray for them, be grateful for my citizenship, and love my fellow Americans.
God bless the USA!