I don’t normally take my theological cues from Taylor Swift, but after a recent scan of Facebook, I felt compelled to ask her question: “Why You Gotta Be So Mean?”
I get that you are voting for either Trump or Clinton or Johnson. I get that you feel passionate about your candidate. I even get that you feel like our country needs strong leadership and needs to go in a different direction.
What I don’t get is why you gotta be so mean? Why are you re-posting something that isn’t true and is an obvious lie (“Trump’s Hair is done by Alien Hairdresser!” “Hillary’s Secret Love Triangle with Putin and Beyonce’!”). Why attack other people? People who vote for Donald are not deplorable. People who vote for Hillary are not crazy.
I was reading last week about the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” If the Spirit is at work within us, that fruit should come out, even when we talk politics. Jesus doesn’t grant an exception during election years.
If you are a Jesus follower, pray for God to soak your soul in the fruit of the Spirit, and for all your words between now and election day to be words of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness gentleness, and self-control.
Ain’t no reason you gotta be so mean.