Today marks the 7th day since Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States, and predictably some people are happy, some are wait-and-see, others (and plenty of them) have been in vile-anger-hatred mode.
Social media has provided a venue like never before to barf an opinion to the world and make a point. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34) and close friends, decent neighbors and friendly casual acquaintances, and some people who attend the same church as I, all effectively told me they hate me, look down on me, and they can’t stand me. All indirectly of course – because I didn’t vote for their candidate.
I am the embodiment of evil to them. The next time I see them they’ll be as cordial and kind as ever. But irrational Facebook rants or hurtful pointed Twitter posts have exposed what is truly in the heart of man, and that will be in the back of my mind when we interact. Count on it. Not because I want to have it there. It’s because they put it there, as a giant flag in the front lawn of their character.
For my part, I did try to combat what I saw as irrational negativity being thrown by those in political opposition to my point of view, so I did post optimistic views and actions for my candidate. Thumbs up pictures of my wife and me voting. Telling folks there is more reason to be optimistic for my side than not. I even posted a blog about it : Election 2016 – Reasons to be optimistic. Even then I noted the fear-mongering and the intellectually vacant name-calling:
For all these reasons, if you are concerned for a Trump loss, you have more reason to be optimistic than not. This trend wil likely to continue barring another deflating October/November surprise from the media/democrats. But with all the panic and childish name calling happening right now, I suspect that is not the case.
I am clear of conscience I didn’t say anything that demeaned anyone’s character nor said anything factually incorrect about the candidate I opposed, even when opposing strongly. When someone had something factual they disagreed with my candidate, I may not have liked it, but I never count that as a derogatory statement. When the adjectives from hate start pouring forth, that is when they cross the line.
Seriously, when people have to resort to name calling and throwing adjectives around, they have nothing. Just hatred and bile. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).
In previous days of liberal losses, people were stuck with CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the big networks to lament America’s choice. Peter Jennings (former ABC news anchor through the 90’s up to 2007, his final sign-off) said in the 1994 midterm elections during Bill Clinton’s presidency, the voters threw a tantrum because they gave Republicans won control of Congress with a decent majority:
“Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week.…Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.”
— ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings in his daily ABC Radio commentary, November 14.
Personally, I was deftly concerned (even fearful) of a Barak Obama presidency (a sin itself for not fully trusting God.) I shared the sentiment of Rush Limbaugh in hoping Obama’s policies would fail, but they have succeeded wildly beyond imagination:
- Frank-Dodd Finance Act
- Benghazi ISIS Gun Running
- Command and Control government philosophy plunging us deeper into a mailaise that trends towards recession
- 1/3 of US population out of work on Government assistance
- Iran nuclear deal
… many of us out here in Fly-over-country don’t see this as a success. Check this: you did not see me taking to social media to impugn anyone at that time. Most people probably couldn’t recall my position at that time. I took the loss and watched the world move on as my life moved on without derogatorily harassing a single Obama voter as they glowed over Hope and Change. God demands better from his kids (thats me.)
How would you react if someone like me sat here railing at voters for Barak Obama, or Hillary Clinton as Stupid, moronic, without a brain, and other endless insults hurled at me? Knowing Liberal reactions, I would still get the “What-for” and have heaped on abuses on my Facebook profile not to mention in person.
Today people are free to unleash on social media, give the world a “What-for” and really show what’s in their hearts. Hopefully those who use Social Media as their avenue of anger expression will eventually come to regret the derogatory statements they’ve made and even begin to remove them from their profiles. But regrettably the damage has been done.
I will remind the reader there is Grace. God’s grace. He washes away the sins of the past and makes you a new creation. And because of that reality in my life, there is also near-immediate forgiveness from me for the not-so-kind statements being hurled about.
The Internet has a long memory, and the people they offended or hurt have memories as well. Hopefully Grace will cover a multitude of sins and they will become lost memories. I prefer sweet friendship over an adversarial, personal grudge myself – as I suspect most people do.