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It’s important to disagree with someone in a loving way

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:18 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Election day finally arrived.
After a long two years since the mid-term election, America has once again chosen who it wants to be leader of the greatest nation on earth.
Since my editorial is written prior to final election night results and on the press hours before Page 1, I’m unable to announce  who the winners will be on November 6 in my column.
Whatever the results, one large part of our nation will be happy while another part of our nation will be frustrated that their preferred candidate didn’t win. Unfortunately, with most polls showing a near split at 50-50, this leaves many of us at odds with one another in political discussions.
Some of these conversations might create bad feelings, hurt relationships, and cause some to avoid those with opposing views.
My challenge to the Vandalia area is to not let this election change who we are as people. We continue to live in the greatest country on earth because of the freedoms we have that were set up when our nation was formed. They’ve stood the test of time.
Our veterans have fought and sacrificed to preserve these freedoms. At the end of the day, we have the freedom to vote for whomever we want to. We don’t have to worry about physical harm being done to us depending on how we vote like in many other countries.
I think too many of us take this for granted sometimes. Instead of being upset with how someone else voted, just be grateful they exercised their right at all.
If you have a belief in God, who can find peace in knowing that God is control of everything, no matter how the results turn out. He can forsee what is to come and ultimately has a plan charted for all of our lives regardless of who our political leaders are. While feelings do get hurt and frustrations might rise with some during political conversations, I think everyone should remember Jesus’ words in how we should treat one another.
In Mark 12:28-31 (KJV) he said: “28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
This is not a suggestion, it’s a commandment.
If we disagree with someone, there is nothing wrong with it. It is important, however, the way we do disagree with the other person. It must be respectfully done in a way that still shows love towards the person we disagree with.
Conversations shouldn’t get loud and name calling shouldn’t take place. Be thankful the other person cares enough to share how they feel on a particular issue but don’t take it personally.
Treat the other person the way you would want to be treated in these types of conversations. Politics hit their peak every two to four years, relationships last a lifetime. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.