Love not Stones - Election 2020
Last night, I had the great honor of being a part of a prayer group lead by my dear friend
Yoshika Green
and new friend Pastor Amie Dockery. Yoshika felt called to lead this group to pray for our nation and this amazing group of people was on fire praying for each and every one of you. One of the most powerful things that was prayed for was the healing of our nation’s hearts and it personally brought me much-needed inner peace so I am sharing this because I believe many of you can relate. 
Tomorrow is undeniably a big day and none of us know what the outcome will be. On my social media pages, I very deliberately try to stay away from very political, controversial or divisive topics with the exception of sometimes sharing speeches that Mario gives.
Times of elections are extremely hard for me, even though I care deeply about the outcome. It truly breaks my heart and makes me sad to see people so divided to the point where they literally hate one another for their differing beliefs. And we have never, in my lifetime, seen as much hatred towards other fellow Americans as we do during this election season.
I have lost friends and I have family members who have spewed angry and hateful rhetoric at me unprovoked and out of the blue. I still love and respect them even though I am hurt by their actions. And I have many, many other friends and family who do not agree with me politically but we work hard to have civil discussions about our differences. We have healthy debates where we give each other’s comments thoughtful consideration instead of feeling like it is a personal insult or attack. There are also many people who don’t even know me personally, yet they judge me and share very hurtful and untrue things about me and my family on social media because of our political beliefs. 
I avoid controversy because in my heart, I hope that my small role in the world helps to bring people together - not tear them apart. If you and I don’t have the same beliefs or lifestyles, I want you to know that you might hate me, but I don’t hate you. I understand and respect that you are different from me and I will listen to you with an open heart and mind. 
I believe with all my heart, that having two (or more) political parties is the best thing for our country - but it shouldn’t bring us to hate. By having differing points of view, each side can bring a healthy competition to help us continually improve, to hold each other accountable and to bring new and innovative ideas. Yes, one side wins at the end of the race, but our emotional goal shouldn’t be to completely abolish or cancel the other political side. 
Looking through history, it is opposing views that has propelled us forward. Jesus, of course, is the ultimate disruptor teaching how to love when others would throw stones. 
I pray that whatever the outcome is tomorrow, that we all come together unified as Americans to love and now throw stones. 

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