The Best Assignment

The average citizen, thinks we are wasting money. While that is true, I think the bigger issue goes back to the ways we treat each other.

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, New International Version).

When I was teaching high school government a couple of years ago, toward the end of the semester. I felt like I needed another grade in the gradebook, I had already given them writing assignments.

We were talking about the presidency during class and I decided to do something different. We spent a couple of days watching old campaign commercials. We discussed how the commercials were made, why the candidate would want to communicate that particular message.

After watching those commercial along with quite a bit of discussion. I gave the assignment. I split classes in half. One because the “Purple” party. The other half was the yellow party (school colors). From their “party” they were to select candidates for president and vice president. Within the structure they had to have that much but they could also add to it as well. Their campaign was to create a television ad for their candidate.

Unlike times past (…back before the turn of the century…) they could do more than simply write out a script and stand in front of the house. They were to write a script and then record the commercial itself, using the cameras on their phones.

To say I was surprised at the result would be an understatement. Their commercials were very well done. They didn’t do a 30 second “Here I am” ad. The commercials had a lot of reasons why someone should vote for their candidate. But the biggest thing was, there was no mud slinging back and forth. It was a, “Just the Facts” kind of commercial.

I am a student of campaign commercials. But I am also having a bigger problem. Both of our political parties have grown further and further apart. They have polarized the citizens of this country and worked hard to create an attitude of mistrust, childishness, and intolerance for anything or anyone with an attitude or belief different from their own.

The end result has become a greater and greater separation and intolerance for those on the other side. It has forced people to move out into the extremes.

Then along comes this week’s debate and all the slamming of not just each others but anyone who would have an idea or suggestion.

All this is to say, we not only have an intolerance of each other’s political beliefs but it has grown. “If you disagree with me, then you are my enemy.”

It bothers me to hear the constant level of junk from both sides. There is an unwillingness to compromise no matter how much voters may actually want it. And, we treat those on the other side badly, just because we don’t agree.

The problem to me is, there is nothing of real substance here and none of them can do it on their own. If they did that our process would be far better. Up to this point, it keeps getting worse because we just leave others wounded, battered, and beaten in ways damaging to the Kingdom, painful to the one who gives us light, life, and love.

Paul opens 1 Corinthians1 13 by saying, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” And, what we keep hearing are gongs a cymbals.

Then, after all that, there are two men running for governor of Utah, Republican Spencer Cox and Democrat Chris Peterson. They decided to do a campaign commercial that would feature them both. Take a look.

What a breath of fresh air. There is much more that unites us than divides us. Yes, I have my political opinions as do you. We need, however, to stop and listen to the voices of others. Each of us are people of value and what each person has to say, “I think this. You think that. Let’s sit down and work out a plan to see it through.

No, we will not always agree. This post is intended to be anything but that. We are loud and often don’t agree but God is still with us, and still loves us and GOD will see us through.

Cox and Peterson are making some progress. I pray they will continue and that others might follow their example.

Be blessed

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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