I postponed BlogTalkRadio last night because I didn’t want to interfere with the Vice Presidential debate. I thought it would be a good idea if we all watched it so I sent out an email to that effect. Now I’m having second thoughts as to whether that was such a good idea after all. I watched it and only felt dirty afterwards. Honestly, I wanted to take a bath. I felt embarrassed for any kids watching. These were very important adults, seeking the second highest office in the land, behaving badly in front of millions of people. Neither could resist the opportunity to tear the other down at the slightest provocation.
If either one of them would have taken the high road and refused to attack the other or defend themselves, but instead talk strictly about the positive ideas and policies of their campaign, they would have loomed so much larger in everyone’s eyes. Why can’t anyone see that? Well, at least we need to see that and learn from it.
Consider this, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:19-21). I’ve always wondered about those burning coals, now I get it. Your good will towards someone makes their bad will towards you look really bad.
Think about responding this way when you get accused or unfairly treated. Seek peace with others, be kind, return good for evil. So far, in this election campaign, if you do the opposite from what you see the main parties doing, you’ll most likely be doing the right thing.