Nov 3

There is Nothing New Under the Sun

Some election day thoughts…

I am not going to tell you who to vote for or share who I am voting for.  My hope is by the time you’re reading this, you’ve already voted.  Casting a vote is the only way we can do our part to control the outcome.  We do not have control of other people’s actions.  They have their freedom, voice and opinions and we need to be respectful of that.

Photograph by Ashley Slater Photography of autumn views at Misty Valley Barns

You do have control over your reactions to the results.  Political unrest is nothing new.  Some of the issues and topics causing the most controversy in the election are not new.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9.

History repeats itself, it’s a fact shared straight from the Bible. I’ve been reading books that talk about the times leading up to the Revolutionary War and while the storyline is fiction, the historical events surrounding them and the politics involved are historically accurate. Some of the riots and outcries are terrifyingly similar.  People being cast out of their homes and towns because of differing political loyalties.  Good people being hung or tar and feathered because they refused to speak against their current government and align themselves with the rebel cause.  And other’s being arrested and sentenced to death for treason because they do.

While I may not be in living in fear of death over who I choose to vote for, I have heard the fury and seen footage of the riots.  I have seen towns that I love destroyed and watched the anger and hatred displayed on the evening news. 

Human kind will never 100% agree on the same ideas. 

My message is this – don’t let truth be over shadowed by emotions. Fear, anger, anxiety, doubt and even joy are all emotions. These are all things we might be feeling tomorrow (or whenever election results are official).  However, none of those emotions will change the truth.  Seek truth.  Push away how you are feeling and seek truth.  There certainly is a lot of noise at the moment and truth can be little tricky to find, but remember that feelings are not facts. We may be angry over the way our neighbors chose to vote.  We may feel disgust when upon seeing certain signs in people’s yards.  Those people are allowed to have opinions and are still our neighbors.

“Love your neighbor as yourself, there is no greater commandment than these” Mark 12:31

“Love your neightbor as yourself”.   Not only if they agree with you, but always.  Truth is found in God’s word.  Trump will not always speak the truth.  Biden will not be honest 100% of the time.  The Left and the Right will both mislead us.

We can control our own actions and reactions.  “There is nothing new under the sun”.  The anxiety and unrest we feel today has been felt before.  There is hope and comfort in Truth.

Speaking of history repeating itself, I apparently felt this same unrest 4 years ago and quoted similar verses. You can read that post here.


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