Several years ago, a friend taught me this little slogan, “If you spot it; you got it.” He said, one of the best ways to grow as a person is to observe what bugs you in other people. The things that stand out to me the most are usually the very same things that are unseen to me in my own life.
In this emotionally charged political climate, I have been amazed by the people who seem to just be waiting for President Trump to do something they can pounce on. The name calling and irrational nature of the attacks is so obvious to me. This weekend a group of people were held up getting back into the country due to the new vetting process. A plan that just went into effect Friday didn’t work perfectly Saturday and the attacks are brutal, harsh and pretty unrealistic. I’m thinking to myself, it doesn’t matter for these people what Trump does it won’t be right. If one person was held up for an hour at some airport, there would be marching in the streets! When I was thinking about how irrational these people are, it hit me, if you spot it you got it!
I felt the same way about President Obama! I would have felt the same way if Hillary Clinton would have won the presidency. They could do no right in my eyes because my political bias would not allow me to see any good in them. So, the pendulum swings from election to election and the divide in our country seems to become stronger and more entrenched.
Until I can accept our president, no matter what party they represent, as Scripture teaches, I am part of the problem not part of the solution. Until I can accept no one becomes President of the United States unless it is God’s Will for this period of time, for His purposes, I will end up filled with distrust, and unrest in my spirit. Unless I stop fueling my bias by watching biased news reporting and listening to others who are biased against the President, I am part of the problem.
It has always been difficult to admit, the ugliness I see in other people around me is also deep within me. It causes me to pause and admit, the United States does not have a political problem we have a heart problem. The solution begins within.
If you spot it; You got it!