To Love a Liberal

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Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)

I confessed to a group of conservative friends today that I’ve really been struggling with frustration over everything that’s going on in our current political climate. And by everything, I mean, well, everything. 

Putting together these articles for Civil Patriot, I’m forced to look at daily news stories. To be honest, I don’t want to see them. I don’t want to think about all of the awful stuff Democrats are getting away with. It gets me really angry and frustrated. I don’t want to see the ugly reality of where we are or where they’re taking us. I’d rather stick my head in the sand for a while and forget all about it. These are familiar feelings. 

I remember these same emotions taking hold of me when I faced with a mountain of debt awhile back. When you come face-to-face with something so huge you feel dwarfed by it. It’s icky. It’s gross. It seems insurmountable. It can make you feel defeated before you ever begin. 

I don’t want to stay in that mindset and I’m sure you don’t, either. We’ve got to get past it, no matter how bleak things look right now. 

Many people have asked: “How? How do we, as conservatives, get through these next four years? These people are going to make our lives a living nightmare. How do we survive this?”

As I pondered that question, I was led to that verse I posted above: 

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)

A couple thousand years ago, long before there was a Donald Trump or a Joe Biden, people struggled with political enemies. And the answer for how to deal with them came in the most unusual of suggestions: 

Love them. 

Do good to those who hate you. 

Pray for those who spitefully use you. 

It goes against everything inside of us to want to do those things. We’d rather post more facts about election fraud or gripe about the latest executive order Biden has signed. The last thing we want to do is love any of those people who stand in direct opposition to us.  

But we must, if we want to get past this. 

Instead of hyper-focusing on the latest horrible executive order Biden is signing, or that crazy Instagram AOC is posting, maybe it’s time to get to bring this story a little closer to home. 

That liberal neighbor, the one with the Biden sign in her yard? Maybe it’s time to reach out to her—not with a rant or an argument, but with a smile and a wave. Tell her how pretty her yard looks. Ask for her suggestions for your garden. 

That co-worker who keeps his “Impeach Trump” sticker on his desk? Engage him in conversation as you hand him a tin of home-baked cookies. 

That brother-in-law who tried to ruin Thanksgiving with his ongoing rants about Trump? Send him a “Thinking of you” card. . .just because. Try to think of something positive to say in the note. 

Here’s the point: We’re probably not ever going to come face to face with those people in D.C. but we are going to have to find a way to live with our left-leaning neighbors and family members. It doesn’t do any good to stay amped up all the time or to cause further division. You’ll end up with an ulcer and they’ll end up not speaking to you. How does that solve anything? 

I’m not suggesting you need to lay down your conservative beliefs. Just the opposite, in fact! Don’t give in to the temptation to walk away and forget about your love for America and for freedom. And I’m definitely not saying you need to dive back into a relationship that’s toxic. Protect yourself from that.  

I’m only saying that, this Valentine’s Day, let love lead the way as you deal with liberal/progressive loved ones who are still on your radar—whatever that looks like for you. 

It might mean baking cupcakes for a neighbor. Or taking your coworker out to lunch. Or springing for tickets for a ball game for that pesky cousin.    

You’ll figure it out. And when you do, the peace that settles in your heart will convince you that love really is the answer, after all. 





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