Pray for America
It seems that, more and more, people in the public eye -- politicians (left, right and center), celebrities, even just average Joes with an internet connection -- seem to think that they somehow "win" a disagreement by being rude, uncivil and vulgar. The loudest, most savage voice wins, the more ad hominum attacks, the better. The self-proclaimed "tolerant" conveniently exempt those they disagree with from civil discourse or even the possibility of hearing because "they're [fill in the prejudice of choice], so they don't deserve a voice." They say it's wrong to mock someone or hurt someone's feelings, unless it's someone they don't like, in which case, it's okay because "that person deserves it." Those who claim the moral high ground excuse this behavior in themselves because "so-and-so acted that way first." The ability to exchange ideas and beliefs, to find comonality despite differences, to agree to disagree, seems to be rapidly vanishing. Acting like an adult seems to have fallen out of favor.
God loves us, every single one of us, more than we can possibly imagine. He so desires to heal us, to forgive us, to bind our wounds and use us to bind up the wounds of others, but until we humble ourselves before Him and cry out to Him for forgiveness and mercy, until we acknowledge our sin as sin and stop calling good evil and evil good, He will let us have our own way. He will let us sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Even then, even then!, He will still be waiting for us, ready to run to us with open arms, ready to claim us as His sons and daughters, if we turn back to Him.
I am sorry if this offends anyone. It seems that taking offense has become our national pastime. This is not meant to be a political post. I am not a political person. I do love my country and I want her to continue to prosper, to be blessed, and to bless other nations as we have been blessed. All of that begins with 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Please pray for America.