“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
Abraham Lincoln

One wonders if, in light of recent political events, the founding fathers might be rolling over in their graves. Pride and arrogance seem to be the new and primary watermarks of prospective leadership. “The world is too much with us,” one once wisely said.

Perhaps a new, or just clarified, understanding of “humility” is in order – one that doesn’t infer the synonym, “weakness.” After all, it is possible for one to be wise, strong, and, I believe, humble.

Just to be clear, I don’t usually advertise my political thoughts in public, intentionally choosing not to become unnecessarily divisive or argumentative. When you’re in ministry, you try not to alienate anyone, no matter his or her political bent. But we’re over a year away from the election and I’m already tired and sad – emotionally and spiritually.

This morning I found myself particularly invoking the memory of Abraham Lincoln, who was both wise and extraordinarily humble, who sought to reunite an extraordinarily divided nation. In my opinion, we need more of that and less of what we currently have.

To be clear, I’m not talking about political correctness run-amok. I’m referring to plain human decency that isn’t so easily offended as to resort to childish name-calling. And I get that people are, “fed up.” Indeed, I am one of them. However, I strongly propose and urge, that especially in this day and age, we do not need bravado and bluster…rather, we need wisdom, coupled with the aforementioned humility. I’d also throw compassion in there. And we need to vote with our hearts and minds, not just our emotions.

And I’m also reminded that the journey between now and next November will be a long and arduous one, but I guess that is the price of freedom. Sigh.

August 9, 2015

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Kim Chafee

I am a lover of the God who sings! I am a Christ-follower and an ordained minister married to the other Rev. Chafee (Scott), with two grown children and a multitude of pets. And, I love chocolate. Read more about me and the reason for this blog on my ABOUT page.

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