The hatred made the room feel hotter than the humidity. The professional and rightfully protective mother rushed her young girls, ages 10 and 13, out of the abusive atmosphere. It should have been a historical, special experience for them to witness in the United States Capitol. But instead the brashness and harshness of political bullies invaded and pervaded the room.
The mother and children were Ashley Kavanaugh and her daughters. And the event was their father’s confirmation hearing, which was supposed to be a dignified and historical experience. But hecklers and bullies changed that in a painful hurry.
Social media lit up with outrage.
Regardless of your political persuasion, we hope you will agree that today is time to say, “Enough.” Yes, the hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh was more than enough: On TV, the activities of adults sank to a new low and dealt a blow to the hearts of the children present. No more.
Protect the children of all who serve in the public eye.
Today must turn the tide for political bullying to end. Anti-bullying proponents and protestors allowed their hearts to erroneously and wickedly dehumanize the father of two innocent bystanders.
He is a person. He is not a personification of whatever issues they hate. He is a person. This should never happen again.
People from all parties and backgrounds need to get a grip or get the pink slip from voters or media viewers. (E.g. If we refuse to watch commentators who hate on the innocent, ratings will plunge, and networks will take note.) The civic-minded must re-invite civility.
Two Important Reminders
First, all people in the public eye need to remember that God's eyes are watching them and that we need to act and pray accordingly. Second, the eyes of children are watching, and they are copying what they see. Yet when children copy the bad behavior of adults, children get punished. But the adults often do not. The Kavanaugh hearing vividly illustrated this fact.
We need to love God and neighbor: Repent and really live out God’s love. Honor veterans. Stand up for what is right while helping others up. Pro-life, whole life, and living out God’s love in everyday life.
And if you disagree with the policies we just mentioned, we will not hate you for it. But we will continue to vote, stand up, and pray for it. That’s America.
It’s time for us to be living out what we are voting. Give grace while not giving a place for the enemy to sow hatred and any other evil.
Children are watching. And children copy adults. It’s that simple. It’s that serious.
Children are watching people who say not to bully get up on the national stage (as in the confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh) and witness the anti-bullying adults start bullying others. This ought not to exist! This is a time for America to resist the temptation to get attention with words rather than to gain traction with our conduct.
Yes, today is the day for us to say, “Enough.” Enough of the bad. And then offer more than enough of the good.
Say, “Enough.” Then collect thoughts, offer prayers, and live out true love for God and neighbor — including our fellow Americans of different political persuasions. Pray for the children of all who serve in the public eye. (Yes, all.)
Often, bullying occurs alongside dehumanization. Many have fallen into the temptation to dehumanize an opponent. But our political enemies are still human beings. With families. With kids. With souls.
If we return to a positive message and focus most on what is best in America (e.g. veterans, freedoms), civility will likely follow faster than Twitter trolls. We need to set a trend of hope again. We need the honesty of Washington, and the approachability (but not the policies) of Roosevelt. We need to return to the good-naturedness of Reagan and the sincerity of Lincoln.
How to Stop the Madness
With God’s help, we can reduce the political bullying. Spread the word that you want people in office to straighten up. Post about it. Share this article. E-mail the media about it. Write to the people who represent you in office.
Today. After all, kids are watching. And they’re hurting. It’s time to seek God’s face and extend our hands to help others understand His love. When people know Him, hearts and votes change.
As Millennials on a mission in our beloved America, we close with these powerful, irreplaceable words: “And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:35, Amplified).
Whether singing for U.S. presidents from a young age or launching national outreach events for veterans, Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth Stoelting have desired to share God’s love and hope in order to unite the USA in a positive way. They have appeared repeatedly on major media, founded Unite the USA, written and been featured in books, and recorded albums in order to share God’s love, hope, and help for veterans and citizens. Whether hosting a weekly radio program or launching an outreach for veterans and their families, Stacie and Carrie are Millennials on a mission. Currently, they are in doctoral programs and feel excited to share a thoroughly Christian, patriotic, and positive message with America. Carrie and Stacie, along with Stacie's husband, Jim, live in the beautiful state of Iowa. Sign up for their monthly newsletter at UnitetheUSA.org and a weekly devotional at PrayingPals.org. To read more of their reports — Click Here Now.
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