PEACE IN POLITICS, IS IT POSSIBLE?

Peace in Politics, is it possible?

Peace in politics, is it really possible?

Imagine a world where every driver held to their own rules for the road. Or where each road had a different set of rules for drivers. There would be chaos, heartbreak, and lots of accidents. In my opinion, this is why our country is in chaos politically. Even our Constitution and Bill of Rights cannot prevent this, because even if we dissected every word, trying to come to some sort of universal definition and agreement about each word, we would still have our different views (rules for our road). For example: we can’t even agree on the definition of “life” as shown by our thoughts on abortion. The Constitution and Bill of Rights themselves allow for diversity in thought. So my personal belief is that agreement on all political issues is impossible. Peace however is possible! For Ronald Reagan said,

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

Those “peaceful means” are what each of us must consider. In doing so, we just may eventually be able to live and work together in peace, as Republicans and Democratic, and see each other as “individuals,” rather than by gender, race, color, political party, or religion.

Finding those “peaceful means” is not always easy however.

When we can’t find a path to peace, it is helpful to go to God in prayer, asking for wisdom, grace, and strength . . .

Sometimes that strength is the strength to “yield”, rather than be “right.”

Other times that strength is the courage to speak truth in love.

And yet other times that strength is the strength to just listen . . . who knows, we might learn something new.

Today is World Kindness Day. Let’s use this day to celebrate peace, and offer each other (including those in politics) the GIFT OF PEACE. I️ can’t think of anything more kind to do for the world at this moment in time. A wonderful declaration to make each day is this:

Peace begins with me.

In closing, I’d like to draw attention to the Preamble to the United States Constitution. We get so focused on our rights at times, that we forget a very important word in this text. The word is “more” . . . I’ve placed it in red below in the text. A “more perfect union” implies a “work in progress.” Meaning that the work is not over. The writers of this text have passed the baton to us, to continue to work out these lofty ideal in our daily lives, in word and deed.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form amore perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Preamble to the United States Constitution)

“Blessed are the peacemakers.” —Jesus (Matthew 5:9).

May you find peace in His presence!

Leila Grandemange

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