Jesus said in Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Across our nation this Thanksgiving, families will gather; there will be discussions, disagreements and debates stemming from the judgements we all made about the Presidential Election. Since the election, I have been doing a lot of judging. I judged the Democratic Nominee, I judged the now President-Elect, and I judged all their supporters.
With the passage of time and the conviction of Jesus and his Word, I am thankful this Thanksgiving for forgiveness. I ask for forgiveness for judging all Trump supporters as racist. I ask for forgiveness for judging all Clinton supporters as incompetent losers. I ask for forgiveness for all the foul, cruel, repulsive things that I thought in judgment during this campaign. I ask for forgiveness from everyone I have judged. For in judging, I have often misunderstood, misinterpreted and misconstrued from where people were coming.
Therefore, should I vow to stop judging? No, but I will try! Nevertheless, like all sin, judging is in our human nature. However, I am praying for divine power to help me. I plan to stay close to Jesus this Thanksgiving, as I gather in discussion, disagreement and debate:
- To consider and respect the point of view of the person with whom I disagree
- To work to find common ground
- To love my neighbor as myself, and to forgive.
I am thankful for forgiveness this Thanksgiving. I am confident that if we exercise forgiveness, then our discussions, disagreements and debates over the election will carry less judgements.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times,’” (Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV).
I am thankful for forgiveness!