A Facebook friend has called for Oct. 6 to be a day without politics. That seems to imply politics is evil and divisive and that, if we just separate ourselves from politics, we somehow can come together in harmony and understanding.
The problem isn’t politics. The problem is the animosity we harbor toward those whose opinions we consider wrong.
I’m not surprised when unbelievers post hateful comments, pictures, or cartoons about the opposing party or candidate. I am disappointed when believers uncritically share posts that express hateful attitudes. I’ve been guilty myself.
Strong opinions are fine. Share them freely. Enjoy the debate. Laugh at funny cartoons and political jokes. But people who claim to follow Jesus should be seeking the Kingdom first and loving their neighbors. Jesus didn’t hold back from plainly speaking hard truth to those who had decided to oppose him, but he started with an attitude of speaking the truth in love, giving people an opportunity to understand and follow his Way.
I don’t see a need to declare a day without politics in the final weeks of a crucial presidential campaign. I see a need for a day of loving your political neighbor as yourself.
Perhaps more than one day of that is needed.