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It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

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Is there any way to unite our country once again?  We live at a time when our nation is deeply polarized and many people have chosen to completely give in to hate.  There are a lot of Democrats that deeply hate Donald Trump with everything that they have inside of them, even though they might not be able to clearly explain to anyone exactly why they hate him so much.  And the same thing could be said about many Republicans when it comes to top politicians among the Democrats.  Yes, there are very important issues that divide us, and there are certain things where compromise simply is not an option.  But just because we disagree with others politically does not mean that we have to hate them.  The following is another excerpt from my new book, and hopefully it will inspire people to start loving their enemies (even their political ones)…

 

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What do you think would happen to our society if we decided to just start loving one another?  I am writing this at a time when the United States is the most polarized that it has been in decades.  Democrats hate Republicans and Republicans hate Democrats, but all of this hate is not really getting us anywhere.  I think that most of us have forgotten that we are supposed to love our enemies.  If we only love those that agree with us and that are just like us, what is that going to accomplish?

Following the election in November, there were news reports about leftists that were being “triggered” simply by seeing the name of Trump somewhere.  I don’t know if I have ever seen so much rage directed at a new president, and some of the things that are being said and done by those on the left are absolutely frightening.  For example, Kathy Griffin made national headlines when she posed for photographs “with a ‘beheaded’ President Trump”

Kathy Griffin sent shockwaves through the internet when she posed with a “beheaded” President Trump.

The comedian looks somber in pictures that are reminiscent of ISIS beheading videos and photos. She holds a facsimile of Mr. Trump’s detached, bloodied head by the hair.

The photo was taken by Tyler Shields, who is known for controversial art, including a photo of Clint Eastwood’s daughter burning a $100,000 Hermes handbag.

(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kathy-griffin-takes-photos-with-beheaded-trump/)

Why would someone do such a thing?

Many of those on the left have no idea why they are feeling so much rage.  They just know that Trump is on the “wrong team” and that he supposedly stands for things that they aren’t supposed to like.  But if you would ask many of them to put their feelings into words, most of them would not be able to do so in a cohesive manner.

Of course many on the right have heaped a tremendous amount of abuse on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in recent years.  Even though they stand for things that are truly appalling, does that justify the horrible mistreatment that they have received?

You can love people without agreeing with them.  In fact, you can deeply love someone and still disapprove of every single thing that they stand for.  And even though Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both completely unfit to hold any political office anywhere in the country, that doesn’t mean that we should hate them.  Like so many other political leaders, Obama and Clinton have done some exceedingly terrible things, but that doesn’t mean that they are beyond all hope.  All of us have done things that we are now ashamed of, and all of us have needed some grace at various points in our lives.  We should always be willing to love our political enemies, to forgive them, to pray for them, and we should always want the very best for them and for their families.

As it stands, America is at a very dangerous place because of all of the anger and frustration that are boiling just under the surface.  According to a recent Reuters survey, only 25 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction, and the protests in our streets have turned increasingly violent in recent years.

Many on the left are using terms such as “Nazi”, “racist” and “dictator” to describe Donald Trump, and that is the kind of language that can spur people to take violent action.  There are some that believe that America is heading for a “civil war”, and there are others that believe that one has already started.  But none of us should ever want that to actually happen.

In my adult life, I have never seen America so divided, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

What if we decided to start loving one another no matter what we look like, where we are from or who our ancestors were?

What if we decided to start loving one another no matter who we voted for or what our particular political beliefs may be?

What if we decided to start loving one another no matter how much the mainstream media, our politicians and the entertainment community tried to stir up hate?

Not too long ago, a distant relative decided to cut off all communication with Meranda and I simply because of a pro-Trump article that I authored.  Apparently someone must be anti-Trump in order to be loved and accepted by this particular individual.

Of course similar things are happening all over the country because of animosity toward Trump.

But if we are not willing to talk with one another, how will we ever solve any of the problems that this nation is facing?

Don’t get me wrong.  I am certainly not suggesting that we should ever compromise our most cherished values and principles.  If the left is going to hate us because we refuse to move from the values and the principles that this nation was founded upon, there isn’t much we can do about that.

But even though they may hate us, we can choose to love them.  When we do good to those that hate us, it has a far more powerful effect than if we return hate with more hate.  The following is one of the most famous quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Those are very wise words.

We will never defeat the leftists that are trying to destroy our nation by hating them.  But if we shower them with light and love many of them will eventually come over to our side.

I am a big believer in the marketplace of ideas, because I also believe that truth always wins in the end.  If we can respectfully engage with those that disagree with us and show them that there is a better way, we will win many of them over.

One of the reasons why the left has made so much progress in recent decades is because most of the population has abandoned the core values that once made America so great.  If we rediscover those values, they can provide a basis for healing and reuniting our broken nation.

For example, in the Declaration of Independence our forefathers declared that “all men are created equal”.  We should all be able to agree that every single individual is of immense value, and that all of us should be treated equally under the law no matter where we came from, no matter what our skin color is and no matter how much money we have.

The Declaration of Independence also tells us that we have been endowed “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  If you follow my work on a regular basis, you know that first one is absolutely huge for me.  Elsewhere in this book I am going to spend an entire chapter on that topic.  But for the moment I want to focus on Liberty.  In every human heart there is a desire to live free.  This is one of the reasons why big government liberalism is such a bankrupt philosophy.  Big government always ends in tyranny, and I don’t know any true American that actually wants tyranny.

There are so many things that both the left and the right should be able to agree upon.

One is that Congress has become a cesspool of filth and corruption.  Can’t we agree that the way that we run our elections needs to be greatly reformed and that special interests and big donors should have much less influence in Washington D.C.?

Another thing that we should be able to agree upon is that we should have a country where freedom and liberty are maximized.  Instinctively, most of us want to live our lives without someone else constantly telling us what to do.  We all proudly sing that we are “the land of the free”, and we need to start making that a reality once again.

We should all also be able to agree that terrorism is a growing problem, and that we should do all that we can to keep our communities safe.  Of course there are disagreements about how precisely to do that, but in the face of a common enemy that is intent on destroying us the American people should be able to come together.

In addition, we should all be able to agree that we need to strengthen the Social Security system so that it will always be there for retiring Americans that need it.  Unfortunately, our politicians raided the Social Security trust fund and have badly mismanaged the system, and so now the future of the program looks shaky.  But we should be able to work together to get it back on solid ground once again.

Of course all of us want an economy that is vibrant and growing, and that hasn’t been true for a very long time.  Barack Obama was the only president in U.S. history not to have a single year when the economy grew by at least three percent, and over the past ten years U.S. GDP growth has averaged just 1.33 percent per year.  If we would just take the shackles off of the economy we could do so much better.  The greatest era of economic growth in our history was when there was no Federal Reserve, no IRS and no income tax, and we can do it again.

We all want better lives for our families and our communities, and we can make America great again if we start doing the things that made America great in the first place.

Ultimately, much of this book is about restoring American values.  It is about restoring God, family and country to their proper places and getting our priorities back in order.  It is about learning to love others the way that we love ourselves.

It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall.  And if we continue down this road of hatred and division, America will surely fall no matter what ideology eventually triumphs.

There is nothing that says that we all have to hate one another.  It doesn’t have to be this way, and we need a new generation of leaders that are willing to take us in a different direction.

Because right now what we are getting from the corporate media and most of our politicians is a steady stream of strife, discord, bitterness, resentment and hatred.

The only way that we are going to become “a shining city upon a hill” again is if we learn to love one another truly and deeply and from the heart.  To close this chapter, let me share with you what President Ronald Reagan said about this shining city during his farewell address to the American people…

The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the “shining city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.

Reagan’s dream is still alive, but in order to live in harmony and peace we must reject hatred and division.

Just because America is deeply divided today does not mean that all hope is lost.

There is a better way, and we can get there.

 
  • Syrin

    Sorry Michael, I disagree. I cannot only not love someone like this, but I can’t even like them. Explain to me how I can like a president or candidate whose entire background is either purposefully buried or littered with dead bodies all murdered for political gain? How do I like people who constantly take more of my property then insult me for not letting them take more? How do I like someone who wants to limit what I am allowed to say, think, do, express, watch and who also spy on everything I do? How do I like someone who not only defends baby murder, but does so even after they learn those hacked up babies are being sold for their organs? How do I like someone who fights to allow terrorists into the country then apologizes for terrorist acts while acting Christians? These aren’t rhetorical questions. To me, it’s like telling me to like Satan since they are all equally motivated, equally evil.

  • Bill Tymes

    Look man… God is a God of judgement… Everything has a season… It might be that we want it this way or that… It don’t matter what we want… God demands balance between sin and justice… The gavel has come down, and the ringing can be heard the world over… All you need to ask yourself… Is.. are you ready?

  • Jack Hydrazine

    “There are so many things that both the left and the right should be able to agree upon.”

    Such as????

    The Left has made it particularly clear that they are anti-life, anti-God, anti-Torah, anti-masculinity, anti-science, anti-law, and everything else that God wants for us to be blessed with. I’m sure that Able loved his brother Cain, but that didn’t stop Cain from murdering him.

    Sure, we can show our love for them by praying for them, saying kind things to them, and doing acts of kindness, but in the in end they will still be full of unjustified and irrational hatred and angst for us and will stop at nothing to eliminate us from the planet.

    Study the parallels between the first attempt at world government and multi-culturalism known as the Tower of Babel and the second attempt known as America. It did not end well for Babel, nor will it for America.

  • Christina

    We all need Jesus! Love always counter acts hate. Satan doesn’t want anyone to love each other. Why it’s so important that the true walking body of believers need to shine their light. We need to pray even for our enemies and we need to allow God to teach us how to love even the unlovable. We need to pray and repent for the sins of our Nation and seek God and he will hear from heaven. We nee to plead He will heal our land if we turn from our wicked ways. Why don’t we start reminding people to stop arguing and to starting love one another. I look all my conservative news sites and the comments are usually full of mean bitter words. I try to remind everyone two wrongs never make a right. If we are a believer and the Holy Ghost resides in us then we will not feed into the hate. We will rebuke it and remind others that we all need Jesus!! Jesus is the way, truth and the life! We don’t have our moral compass if we don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If we don’t hve Hi, then we look, talk and act like the rest of the world . That NEVER glorifies Yeshua! Jesus ! May we all demonstrate more love each day and get right with God before it’s too late! Blessings and His peace be with you!

  • Christina

    The word of God says to hate their sin but not the sinner. The person. You can dislike and not agree with their actions of course but it doesn’t benefit us any to hate people. It builds up nasty rooted seeds. Building up anger, bitterness, hatred gives the devil a foothold in our lives. I understand your angry and why and my friend I will pray for you. We all need prayer and we all have times of struggles. No man is perfect but one Jesus Christ! May the Lord overwhelm your heart with peace , love and His joy! Blessings!

  • HadItWithThem

    We could “reunite” as a country if we:
    1) Remove ALL of the ILLEGALS, most of the blacks, most of the Mexicans, and most if not ALL Muslims, especially the ones that were brought over here by Odumbo.
    2) Put ANY and all types of immigration to a complete HALT until further notice.
    3) Bring ALL of our jobs back over HERE.
    4) Find and execute all who reside in the “J3W machine” (entire families as well) starting with S0R0S!
    5) Disable ALL fake news networks (owned by the j3wes as we all know) and REPLACE them with 100 percent FACTUAL NEWS!
    6) Fire EVERYONE in, and affiliated with the White House and replace those with good, hard working men and women (if there are any left out there).
    7) Institute a flat-tax across the board for EVERYONE including ALL big businesses and ENFORCE IT.
    8) Make the death penalty a STANDARD in ALL 50 states with a 2 day waiting period after conviction and execute all of the hardened criminals and all gang members of any kind right NOW, no waiting period. That would be a FANTASTIC start!

  • tz1

    Sometimes the sinner becomes the sin. Look at the scriptures where Jesus talks about the Pharisees. A brood of vipers. Sons of the Devil.
    What anger and bitterness? The opposite of love is NOT hate, but indifference.
    Indifferent to the horrible murders of 60 million unborn babies? That doesn’t make you angry? Do you even care?
    You don’t love the most innocent who are being murdered daily, so from what abyss of darkness are your prayers comin from? Continue to shout peace peace, when there is no peace, just shredded babies.

  • Dan Smith

    As Christians we are NOT of this world so Christians need to dump voting, gun ownership, and patriotism NOW!

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

  • tz1

    2 Cor 6:14-17
    Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.

    You also seem to have the shallowest notion of love. Give a drunk cash or an actual bottle of booze? Pay for a smoker’s cigarettes? Pay for a woman’s abortion because she wants it (lets not talk about the baby).

    It has to be this way because no one rose to oppose the newly sprouted evil, nor would cut down the tree when it was a sapling, and now that it large and spreading its poison fruit of death? 60 million horrendously murdered babies? If your father was beating your mother causing serious injuries, what would you DO out of love for your father? Make him responsible and stop the sin and evil? Or buy him a better rod to beat her with?

    It didn’t have to be this way, but cuckolds like you raised the devils children leaving no alternative but war. This is 1860. Do we endorse and enshrine slavery? Do we let the south go? Such sin itself – the defrauding of workers of their wages (James) and innocent blood (Abel in Genesis) cries out to God for vengeance. Your pretending not to notice, not “loving” the unborn or the poor who were led into sin (out of wedlock births, “no fault” divorce), and the corruption of those in high places is an even greater sin which you show no sign of personally repenting for.

    There have been Jeremiahs constantly warning that God’s patience and mercy aren’t infinite. We’ve spit in his face for a generation. Now you want to talk about love? God has raised up a population lacking love, any sense of decency, and who enjoy violence. Love your executioners.

    What if we decided to start loving babies even if they were inconveniently in the womb? Oh, can’t mention that. We might actually have to hurt someone to prevent a murder.

    Even you noted it was the other side that unfriends and cuts off communication if you aren’t Anti-Trump. Go ahead and love the antifas, but you will be sprayed with acid, sucker punched, or get a serious head injury from a bike lock, while they smash and burn.

    Even here, you don’t want to really talk, have a rational discussion. You want to posture, virtue signal, pander.

    And is it really a value or principle if you aren’t willing to defend it? That is what has been missing, not lack of love, but a warped excess of “luv” that creates a form of indulgence that Luther would have considered 10x worse. Single mothers? Shall we bring up divorce, adultery, fornication?

    If you choose to love the sinner, you must hate the sin in the deepest way to do whatever necessar to stop the sinner from sinning. Not merely suggest reading the bible or coming to church. Save their souls. They must turn from their wicked ways. Nowhere do you label them as wicked. Are they? Will you fight the wickedness tooth and nail or just say nice, soft, flowery meaningless words to make them feel comfortable with their evil?

    And light and dark agree on nothing. Crooked Hillary was favored because she would shower taxpayer cash on her base and continue to subvert the rule of law so illegals would have amnesty, but those in red states would continue to be crushed. Can we agree Hillary – after her email server and the corrupt Clinton Foundation (see Haiti) and cheating Bernie – belongs in prison? Along with her husband Billy Jeff, the rapist? How does that go over? Does the left agree?

    We don’t agree on liberty. Christians must bake cakes, do photography, or arrange flowers for Gay weddings, they don’t agree with a leave you alone. Oh, and muscular bearded men must be allowed to use the ladies locker or rest room if they happen to identify as a woman that minute.

    The only “terrorist” the left recognizes is Dylan Root. San Bernadino, the Pulse Nightclub, and the rest are excused because you and I are islamophobic and they are reacting to us. Even the most recent Manchester, they care more about any reaction than dead girls. Ask a leftie.

    Social Security is robbery and a ponzi scheme. That you should approve of robbing the young to pay for the old shows you don’t keep the commandments, as long as the stealing is done by proxy. The CHURCH is supposed to take care of the widows – and the sick, disabled, elderly, orphans. You’ve given this holy purpose to the profane state. And because it is pay as you go, it is a FRAUD, just like fractional reserve banking and fiat currency, but Christians approve of fraud and USURY today. We’ve lost our sense of property and economic sins.

    A house divided will fall, but it needs to fall, because one side is irretrievably evil and demands the remaining good people capitlate and surrender. Will you sell your soul to the devil in the name of unity? As I said, it is too late for any other alternative. A divisive war that will cause the country to collapse (the economy will anyway) and split it, or burn incense on Caesar’s altar. And if the latter, if God fails to destroy America he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. If the former, it will of necessity need to destroy all those with foreign gods and idols like Israel failed to do – assuming we can yet win.