Today’s guest post is different than what I normally share on Winstead Wandering. Rayben, a former student of mine, sent me a text asking if she could share this post here. I said yes because I love to see young people with a passion for writing and with a passion for politics.
TO SECRETARY CLINTON & MR. TRUMP:
“Love Trumps Hate.”
Does it really?
A clever play-on-words created by an experienced word-weaver, the phrase is more often used as a tactic of destruction rather than that of benevolence.
One of you declares his love for the minority; the other makes well-known his amnesty toward the radicals: Polar opinions with identical approaches.
Who really loves the most?
Some would say the left-wing, with their attempts to prove that “all are loved,” and “your life matters.” What they fail to inform the general populous of is that with every “we’re all equal” statement (to include a minority), a majority is displaced. You, the candidate say that “your life matters,” but not if the person they’re speaking to has been blessed with a hardship-free life, or if they’ve worked hard to live comfortably, or if they seem to have never been in a situation in which they had to choose between a luxury and necessity. You say our religion is accepted, but not if I worship this type of god, or if I pray more than once a day.
If the love expressed is “love” comprised of thinly-veiled attempts at gaining political momentum, how true are his intentions? Can love really be love if the person giving it has hate in his heart for the opposite opinion? If you’re using love as a means of demeaning others’ opinions and their beliefs, you’re not actually loving anyone.
Love does not envy
A neighbor who loves does not covet what his more fortunate neighbor is blessed with
Love does not boast
A proud leader is usually not very well-received
Love is not rude
Where rudeness is, loyalty is not soon to follow
Love is not self-seeking
Self-promotion and self-adoration are unflattering
Love is not easily angered
A short temper is not quickly admired
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
Lies and schemes are not in fellowship with true love
Love always protects
A true leader does not provoke and stand back while his people are attacked from the inside-out
I say to you both:
Love may trump hate, but only, only if the love being expressed is a love cultivated with pure intentions: intentions only possible if one follows the outline given in 1 Corinthians 13.
Give me your love and acceptance, or bluntness and blatant disregard for others’ feelings all day, but I’d much rather have truth and discord, than lies and unity.
Regardless of how I vote in November, good luck to you both.