Leaving the Country?

I wish these words would be read from pulpits, on radio programs, on television, and at dinner tables across America. Because they are true, timely, and, if we listen, perhaps transformative.

When either party wins an election, a certain percentage of the losing side talks openly about leaving the country. They become agitated and fearful for the future. They have put the kind of hope in their political leaders and policies that once was reserved for God and the work of the gospel. When their political leaders are out of power, they experience a death. They believe that if their policies and people are not in power, everything will fall apart. They refuse to admit how much agreement they actually have with the other party, and instead focus on the points of disagreement. The points of contention overshadow everything else, and a poisonous environment is created.

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  • Malcolm

    There was quite a sense of irony when I read that a number of republican supporters were considering emigrating to New Zealand after the Obama win. The shock they would have recieved on getting here and discovering how far left we are (by american standards) would have been priceless.
    It’s a great article though, if only governments all round the world would find a way to work together to do the best they can for their countries rather than just playing obstruction games with new policy. I guess this has to start with us though, the more we can get in behind our government, holding them to account and encouraging them the better things will be.

  • Jonas

    Quite excellent. And rather convicting no matter what side one falls on, liberal or conservative.