Politics, Friends and a Common Ground

Politics and friends.

It is bizarre. It is cruel.

 It is an experience. 

 Animal Rescue generally lends to working with those who are often quite liberal. Farming is a mixed bag. You get radical liberals and conservatives. I'm fairly conservative, by and large, but then I deviate into liberty and liberal waters, too. Whatever all that means. I'm a farmer and animal advocate. Already, it seems strange to most folks. I'm a Christian who believes in the ability to live freely, where you are accountable for personal choice when it is all said and done, not to the religious folks in the here and now.

There are a few areas I lean quite left. There are areas where I am fairly libertarian (which is really neither conservative or liberal).

I know this nation is divided.

I live here, too. . . if that is news to you, so be it.

I know we demonize everyone who doesn't think like we think. It means you. It means me. It means us.

I've done the same. I do it now, sometimes. Then I remember. . .

We believe "they" are:

Stupid.

Illiterate.

Insane.

Wicked.

Backward.

Lost.

Unethical.

Believe in Jesus too much.

Do not believe in Jesus at all.

Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Dear me.

Then we come to realize "they" work beside us doing the same things we do, with the same passion.

We might remember their children are friends of our children.

We might recall how they helped us when we had a need. . .

And Sometimes, we might remember, these people who believe unlike we do are none (or few) of the above, and still, they do not agree with us.

Imagine that, If you can.

I cannot claim to know what that means. But it seems a fact.

I've found I cannot classify a person's value based on if they support a President I could not possibly. . .or on whether they could support a president I could.

There are so many different understandings of words out there, yet how sure we are "our" understanding of them and  they our understanding is all that is correct.

Some folks interpret liberty in a way I never will. They believe in love in a way I haven't extended it or they believe in what seems bad or  inferior me.

Do I care deeply about my interpretation of freedom, rights, economics and ethics?

I do. They are not lightly held. My goodness. Never lightly.

Do I believe that what you actually do matters more than what you say and who you endorse for president?

I do.

I want you to care so much about people and this world, you do all can fathom to make it better than before.

I believe, even if you do not, that we are the hands and body of Christ. I believe you must use that body. . .I pray eventually you will come to believe this same thing, but even if you never do, I will never decide your value exists only on your political theories and positions.

As a conservative, liberty minded, tree hugging farmer and rescuer, IF and when I see you giving 1,000% more than most to make this world kinder, better, more decent, more full of what is good. . .

I promise I will not determine your worth if you vote a way I would not.

Would I ponder this issue with you in person? Sure. Would I wonder why we differ? Yes. Would I decide you were without value? I hope not.

Perhaps you will afford me the same decency.

Maybe we will learn something worthwhile by that type of friendship?

So, this is where my cares fall.

In Ending . . .

How you live matters. What you say somehow matters much less than what you do.

What you do with your hands and heart and life can change everything.

Go change this mess with your body. Your words, my words. . .they will not do it.

I haven't seen and lived where you have. I haven't worked in the areas you have. I  haven't carried the things you have carried.

Yet, I do live in the same world.

I want to know why decent people have such a gap between them.

Do I believe the truth matters?

Do I believe the truth is black and white?

Always.

But I've seen those who believe the polar opposite 
politically work beside me, work for all I work for and fight for what I know is worth something.

This holds more value than a political candidate selection, more than a Party affiliation ever could.

If you do not understand this, perhaps you are talking more than you're doing. . .

and you've already failed.