If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.   ―1 John 4:20-21

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
                                                                                       ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s a shame that some have traded in this golden chain for a crowbar. On August 10, 2016, the Associated Press reported:

             Bloomfield, N.J. –Police say a man was assaulted with a crowbar in the parking lot of a New Jersey restaurant for wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt.

 Police said the 62-year-old victim was walking in Bloomfield last week when a man in a vehicle questioned him about the shirt featuring the Republican presidential candidate and cursed at him.

 Authorities said the man got out of his vehicle and struck the victim several times with a crowbar.

 The victim suffered injuries to his arms, hands and thighs and was treated at the scene. Police said the suspect fled before officers arrived.

 Is this what we’ve become?

If your political beliefs have come to dominate you to the extent that you are incapable of showing civility and kindness to those with whom you disagree, you have made an idol out of politics. No candidate, party or platform is worthy of absolute allegiance.

Must less our worship.

I have never told anyone how to vote. As far as I understand, Pleasant Valley has never had a minister or eldership that has done this. As far as it depends on me, we never will. Surely God is greater than Caesar, and his kingdom more important than the city of man. (Matt. 22:21)

When we become so hardened in our political views that we no longer show kindness, we’ve already lost…no matter the outcome of the election.



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