I have been having a hard time with the election. I rewatched Andy Stanley’s video and he said this:
Your political views make perfect sense to you. Everybody’s political views, everybody’s political views make perfect sense to him or her. So here’s the lesson, Christians, look up here. When you don’t know how someone could do such a thing, when you don’t know how someone could believe such a thing, when you don’t know how somebody could support such a person, when you don’t know how somebody could support such a view or support such a bill, when you don’t know how in the world could they do such a thing, support such a thing, believe such a thing, it’s because there’s something you don’t know. I’ll say it again. When you run into, hear about, talk to someone who holds a view that you’re like, “How in the world could anybody believe such a thing? How could anybody support such a thing?” The problem is there’s something you don’t know.
A key question he says to ask is “what led you to that view?”
When you discover somebody’s story it’s very difficult to continue not liking the person. When you get context for a view, when you get the context for an opinion, when you get the context for somebody’s persuasion, you begin to understand. And when you begin to understand the temperature goes down in the room.
So what led me to my view: Life. This is my story. You don’t have to read it, but it will help you see why I am the way I am.
My husband had a stoke at 31. We were denied social security two times and had to get a lawyer. But even that was a tricky path because of where we lived and the back log of people who were trying to get disability. For those reviewing your disability application, if you wrongfully give someone disability who shouldn’t get it, you have a strong possibility of losing your job. If you deny someone who should have gotten it, no big deal. We finally did receive disability after 2 years of waiting,but we weren’t working the system. My husband had a blood disorder no one knew about and had a stroke…at 31. Having to be on disability at a young age is hard. Most people are much older and not trying to start or have a family. So my husband hasn’t done anything wrong! But he is on disability and relies heavily on that and on his Medicare. So SSD and Medicare affect us right now. This was the hand we were dealt. I’m not complaining, but please know everyone on disability isn’t lazy and some people really do need it.
Then our son was born 10 weeks early which resulted in a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Did I think I would have a child with a disability? No. But we do. My child does some quirky things. He holds his hands a little different. His muscle tone is not all there. His speech is different. So when I see the children with disabilities are not going to have some of the high quality education needs and services given to them, then I have to say what I feel. I love my child and just because he has a disability doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve the same education and help he needs. There is also a way he can get Medicaid, which would help pay for therapies and give better coverage. But only a certain number of people can be on medicaid, so it can be years and years before he will get covered. Again, not complaining, but just because someone needs Medicaid doesn’t mean they aren’t trying.
I’m a public school teacher. I love my job. I teach 23 kids and try my hardest to get them to succeed in math, reading, writing, spelling, science and social studies. And try to help them be better people. To think about other people’s feelings. To help those in need. To be kind to others. I teach children who are highly gifted, who struggle and who are just where they need to be. I have children who do have parents who came here illegally. All my letters are translated in English and Spanish. (Google translate is my best friend) I get some of the best tamales I have ever tasted!!! And I’m so thankful that from my background growing up in New Mexico that I didn’t see and look for our differences.
A dear friend of mine chose to keep and parent her child as a single mom. I would do anything to help support her along the way. I’ve seen the miracle of life and how truly amazing it is. I love our local pregnancy center because of the support they give to women and children. There are always “what ifs” and I truly can’t imagine being in one of those situations. I think it’s important to support women while they are pregnant, but also support them when the baby is born and as the child grows.
Psam 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in ithe depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me,when as yet there was none of them.
In all I do I rely heavily on prayer. God is my moral compass and I believe both sides truly believe they are showing God’s truth and love. Whether it’s supporting the unborn or caring for the poor. And I’m the first to admit its hard for me to understand why someone feels a certain way. I don’t want to be that way. I want to show love. I want to respect what you have to say. The Bible says
Gosh that’s hard!! It doesn’t say just those you like. It’s for all in authority. That means past and present. So if we are excited about the upcoming president, should we bash the past president? And if we are sad about the upcoming president, should we bash him? No. That’s hard. And what’s harder is children are watching and listening. I had a child come in crying because she doesn’t want her dad to be deported. What could I do? I prayed. I prayed for peace! Look at the scripture- “so that we can live in peace.”
Our life is not the “normal” family’s situation. But this was the story God wrote for us. So yes, I am passionate about certain things. This is the story we have and I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness and the journey. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes I cry, but we pick ourselves up, fight for what we think is right, pray and keep going! Just keep swimming!!!
So if you truly want to know what someone thinks and why they think it…ask! There’s a reason. And it makes perfect sense to that person. It might not make sense to you, but it allows the conversation to take place.