I can’t wait for this political season to be over -an ugly smear campaign, void of ethics and values. 

Regardless of which candidate wins,  you and I wind up on the losing side –  we, the common parents and grandparents, who are trying our best to raise up children in a country that will be led by individuals caught up in devouring each other in order to protect and enrich themselves.  

We lose because we don’t really have a valid choice. 

Just in case you are wondering — I am mad.  I find no joy in my privilege to vote this election season.

 I am tired of watching our candidates engage in this nonsensical contest in which honesty and fairness and morality have no place.

Instead it’s a battle about who can gain control, regardless of personal integrity.  We are left to make a choice between who is the “lesser of two evils.”

At least we still have a say in how to lead our own families. 

 Most of us have very little impact on the political state of affairs in our land.  We are merely the recipients of what our politicians determine is best on our behalf.  But we certainly can impact our own families and purpose to lead them with integrity. We can still purpose to raise our boys and girls to become men and women of integrity, morally grounded and rooted in their faith. We can still teach our kids to take the high road when this is seldom modeled for them elsewhere.

We can choose the way of the Spirit rather than the way of the flesh. Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other. Galatians 5: 16-17

Our politicians are giving us plenty of examples of how not to lead and what not to model for our own families.

Here’s a few “what not to do” ideas for you:

  •  Regardless of how much you disagree with each other, or how much you frustrate each other, do not be against each other.  Instead strive to be for each other- on the same team.   Our nation may no longer be “one nation under God’ but you can still be one family under God.
  • Don’t be partisan, or one-sided in your own perspective.  Instead be fair-minded with each other. You can disagree and still try to earnestly understand each other and try combining your ideas.
  • Don’t push each other’s buttons, and try to ruffle each other. Instead treat each other as you would want to be treated – by the Golden Rule.
  • Don’t bite off each other’s heads for perceived offenses.  Offer up apologies and extend forgiveness readily instead.  But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. Galatians 5:15 
  • Don’t engage in mud slinging contests trying to prove who is worse than the other. And don’t relish is spreading bad reports about another. He would conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18
  • Refrain from all forms of dishonesty which breeds distrust.  Don’t distort the truth in an attempt to win a battle.   Speak the truth but speak it in love.  Ephesians 4:15
  •  Don’t be about self-protection and self- enhancement.  Consider the needs of others as more important than your own.

Regardless of the leaders of our country, we can choose to be different and live peaceably within our homes, with our most important relationships.   We can stand up against the schemes of the devil, who loves to push our buttons when we are most vulnerable so that we fight those we see rather than our true unseen enemy. He wins when we oppose each other, when we are guided by selfish thoughts and actions, and when we engage in mud slinging.  As the Father of Lies, he does everything in his power to distort our lens and blind us from the truth.
It is possible however to live above all this ugliness and choose instead to be guided and empowered by the Spirt of Truth.  We can live peaceably by letting the peace of God rule in our hearts and homes instead. John 16:33 By God’s grace we can be different.