‘For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men. As a cage is full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich. They have grown fat, they are sleek; Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the fatherless; Yet they prosper, And the right of the needy they do not defend. Shall I not punish them for these things? ’ says the Lord . ‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’
Jeremiah 5:26-29 NKJVhttp://bible.com/114/jer.5.26-29.NKJV
Idealogies differ greatly, but I am guessing that when placed in direct situations that require a human response, not an ideological response, that both Democrats and Republicans would be fairly close in how they respond. But their response won’t be based on political party as much as it will be based on their worldview – how they make sense of why things happen. However, some people are sociopaths and will respond apathetically (without emotion, just with reasoning as the situation relates to themselves). But the rest of us have our emotions to deal with as we process the world around us.
What is happening in our nation is a polarization based on ideology. I do not believe any human society will ever achieve their ideal design or purpose. Utopias are political myths. The American people are being puppeted by both sides of the aisle in a modern day version of our tribe verses their tribe (don’t think nations, think corporations and top tier influencers in commodities). I think a large percentage of our citizenry is wise to this but we are struggling to find our place amongst the squabble as we are being pressed upon to move like a chess piece when we desire to be the chess player instead.
I don’t have an answer as to how to solve it, but I am concerned that a lion is being raised up to catch the eagle of the west and to devour us. To what end? I don’t know. And I am not talking Russia. I think this lion is one that is being raised within our borders as another chess piece on the board of life.
My only encouragement is to keep loving people as redeemable creations of an intelligent being and to offer an abundance of grace, of forgiveness, and of mercy when faced with difficult situations. It was Jesus who said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” People will know who you are and who you belong to by the love you have for one another. (I don’t remember where that is found but I am guessing the Apostle Paul said it.) Let the hate go. Let the fierce anger go unless you believe it is righteous anger. But remember what James said, in your anger do not sin.
May God have mercy on all our souls, and may He grant us wisdom, repentance, and love to be human today.