Is God in Politics?
I'm trying to pull out of the
Safeway parking lot and this woman is doing this weird driving
thing where she's going really fast towards me, then she slows
down to a creeping crawl for no apparent reason. She's doing this
accelerate-slow down-accelerate dance that is downright confusing
to any driver around her.
Okay, I am very well aware that
I have some "other driver judgment" to work through.
Bad drivers make me crazy. So here I am, blood pressure rising,
muttering under my breath (no, I will not tell you what I was
muttering) when, suddenly, I see a political bumper sticker on
her back window. It has my presidential candidate of choice on
Literally that second, I went
from feeling antagonism to kinship with this other driver. I relaxed.
I thought, "Oh, she can't be that bad!" I immediately
stopped judging her driving and felt a common bond with her.
It then hit me, that whenever
I see the opposing candidate's bumper stickers I immediately begin
to judge the person behind the wheel. I already don't like you
because your politics are "wrong."
Yikes! Is that really me?! I'm
the one who teaches oneness and unity and love for all humankind.
Do I really let a little sticky piece of paper play with my emotions
and my thinking? Yep. I sure do.
So, all of this happened last
week. This week, I'm saying a prayer of blessing for every driver
with a bumper sticker, no matter which political persuasion. I
refuse to judge like that any longer.
I will continue to feel strongly
about my candidate of choice. I might even debate a few people
regarding the merits of the platforms. I still get to be passionate
about politics. I just have the opportunity to allow others the
same passion, even if their views are different from mine.
I relax in the knowledge that
God is in all people, working for the best possible outcomes for
all of humanity. Is God in politics? You betcha! Remembering to
relax in God and release judgment was my lesson last week.
I wonder what's coming this week!
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