United We Stand

This mid-term election year has been one of the worst I have ever seen.  I don’t know about you, but I am so completely disgusted with bi-partisan politics, I’m ready to throw just about everybody out and start over–regardless of party affiliation.  Neither side wants to give an inch.  Many of those that have been in government for term after term, have dug their heels in and decided that if the opposing party wants something they are going to vote against it, filibuster, or just keep things tied up in gridlock because it wasn’t their idea, or because it doesn’t line up with their party philosophy.

Who cares?  Get over yourselves and do what’s right for the country.  Listen to your constituents.  It’s time for some new blood in the government, people who just want to work together to get something done.  Race, party, gender are all irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.  We are all created equal and should treat each other with the same respect due the president of the United States.  We are created with dignity regardless of economic status, social standing, race, culture, or religion.  We are people.

We were once known as a Christian nation because we had moral standards, because we believed that people should not be treated like animals, but rather with respect and dignity.  Now our politicians treat each other as if the only people with rights are themselves and their own agenda.

When you go to the polls Tuesday, please vote for someone who genuinely wants to make a difference.  Let’s get rid of the ones who stand stiff-necked against anyone who dares to disagree with them.

Remember the song “United We Stand” from the 60’s? I know the song was about a couple sticking together through thick and thin but it can also apply to us as individuals.  We need to support each other, listen to each other’s ideas.  Let’s not be swayed by media bias and hatred.

Another song:  “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Dionne Warwick (one of my favs from the 60’s: I called her the lady with the golden voice).  We need to stop bickering, fighting, and finding reasons to hate.  There is good in everyone if we just look for it.  Mine the depths of compassion; see someone else’s perspective.

“Love Train” was another song about accepting each other, no boundaries.  It doesn’t mean agreeing with everything, but realizing that we all come from different backgrounds, different beliefs, different experiences, which have combined to make us who and what we are.  Love, especially the love of God, poured out through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins, is what changes things for the better.  Hatred destroys.  Love builds, encourages, and strengthens.

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

by Isaac Watts

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.
  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.