There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24
In the days leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, the political landscape is filled with attack ads, partisan rhetoric, and just plain snarkiness. This year’s election will surely be remembered as one of our nation’s most contentious campaigns. We cannot turn on a television without being bombarded with messages about how the other candidate is a jerk. Many of these ads are misrepresentations; some are outright lies. “Truth telling” segments are often broadcast to help us sort it all out. Why can’t everyone just be nice?
On CBS a couple of weeks ago, Steve Hartman (Feel-Good King of the Five O’Clock News) relayed a story about Lucy Rogers (Democrat) and Zac Mayo (Republican), engaged in a highly competitive race for a state house seat in Lamoille County, Vermont. Each believes in his/her own party’s platform. They both want to win. Each is knocking on doors—all 2000 plus in the county. But there is one very different “vibe” between these two candidates: the both love music. At the end of a debate recently, both candidates began moving furniture and took out their instruments to provide a short concert. Zac played his guitar and wrote a song for the occasion. Lucy played her cello and sang harmony.
Wait, what?!? How can the word “harmony” appear in a description of a candidate debate these days? Don’t these candidates know that campaigning has become a blood sport in this “partisan politics” atmosphere? Reaching across the aisle has been soundly replaced with shouting, blaming, and insulting! But here were these two opposing contenders not only making beautiful music together, but seemingly enjoying it and being one hundred per cent civil about it. It was enough to get my attention, and I expect God looked down with approval as well.
In Romans 3, we are told (again) that there is no difference between us. Not between Jew or Gentile, man or woman, right or left or in between, Democrats and Republicans and Independents. Can we remember that when we go to the polls this time around? Please?
Father of All, we pray for civility in our daily exchanges with all of Your children. Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has over thirty years’ experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, war veterans, and other trauma survivors. Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .