Thursday, October 20, 2016

i'm not political.

i am not political. i use to be, i use to be that annoying alabama republican that would post annoying long three paragraph statuses about how wrong every liberal or democrat in the world was. yep. not my shining moment. but i've learned a lot about life lately and i've grown more in the past six months than i have in my entire life. and with all the political posts and videos and statuses, i realized, i am not political. 

(don't worry dad, still a forever registered republican)

all i am saying is there's more to it than being 'political.' america has gotten so caught up with who is the bigger 'bad guy.' i mean, obviously, look at our candidates. the presidential election has turned into a popularity contest. who has the most money? who has the most friends on the inside? who can get the most likes on facebook? i was thinking about the election more than usual after the debate last night when all the talk about late term abortion came up. and that whole topic, i mean WOW, that's a whole other post. but, like, Jesus wasn't famous. he wasn't popular. he wouldn't have been the most liked guy on facebook. but oh goodness did he know how to lead. and you know what he did? he led by example.

i'm reminded of my sweet leaders while living in Egypt. i have a whole series of living in Egypt that will be posted on another blog really soon and i'm SO excited to share more about what we did and what i learned. but, back to my leaders--matt and christina. i have met few people in my life that pushed and inspired and led me as well as they did. they set boundaries to keep us safe. they prayed for our team every day. they sacrificed more than anyone of the team members ever really knew. who else led like that? 

Jesus did.

i'm not political. i don't even want to say i'm religious. i'm in a relationship following the perfect example of what a leader is.

i'm not going to vote on a politician based on what they say. i want a leader to LEAD. by EXAMPLE. i want a leader of America who isn't afraid to go out on a limb and fight for our country and keep our military safe. i want a leader who goes hard after the refugee crisis we are facing. i want a leader who is forgiving and accepting and brave and a leader who uses discernment and by all means i want a leader that loves Jesus.

and the more i think about it, why aren't more of us being leaders in our everyday lives? we have the capacity to be better leaders everyday. you are a leader to SOMEONE in your life. it could be your younger siblings, your co workers, your children, etc. Someone is looking up to you as a leader. 

we've gotten so lazy in america. we want to post a status about how we are voting for the right option. we take part in tearing down other citizens on social media because we are 'right.' right? but how many of us are sincerely fighting and advocating for what we want to see change?

a big part of our ministry in Egypt was working with Syrian and Sudanese refugees. before i left for Egypt i will admit i had a negative outlook on refugees. i assumed that each of them were muslim extremists who wanted to kill all the christians and they were staged as refugees to look helpless. that was SO wrong of me to have that preconceived idea of what a people group were. 

the first night we visited Sudanese center and met with the leader he showed us a video of the war going on in Sudan that is driving millions of natives to surrounding countries. i had tears pouring down my face the entire time the video was playing. i had never felt more compelled to act on the injustice. it is unjust what is happening in Sudan. and you know why? it's a political battle and struggle. what if they stopped being so political and started loving people the way God created us to? there would be no war. there would be no politics.

i've been praying a lot about what the next season in life will be for me. i have so many amazing opportunities in front of me and i want to make the right choice. i want the world to be a better place. i want to be a part of the change. 

i felt like i was a part of the change when i lived in Egypt. like mentioned above, the Sudanese and Syrian people taught me so much about life. they taught me about fighting for justice. they taught me how to love better. they taught me how to be a better person. because, to them, the war was political. the war was personal. they were fighting for their country to be like it was at one time. they had more hope and faith in humanity than i have ever have. 

they made me not want to get so caught up on being political or being a fan of someone. i want to be a fan of humanity in general. 

so, i want to stop being political and i want to be part of the change. i want to fight to give the people of Syria and Sudan a voice. i want to fight for the girls being sold into sex slavery that they will not have to go through that. i want to fight for our country to see the love of God in every day life. i want people to be fair--because every soul is equal.

we had the perfect example. Jesus. he fought for the needy. he prayed for the sick. he shared with the poor. he sat with the hated. he talked with the quiet. he wasn't political and he saved human kind. :)

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