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A Kinder, Gentler Nation

By Terri Sloan

I admit it. When Obama ran in 2008, I was against him. I was entrenched in the Evangelical Republican doctrine like a cookie cutter saint. I didn’t want Obama and his crazy liberal politics in the White House. I didn’t like Michelle in her sleeveless dresses. At reelection time, I went to the theater to see Dinesh D’Souza’s movie 2016: Obama’s America and believed every word of its propaganda; hook, line and sinker. I had been properly programmed. I had been hearing it, from the pulpit, for years.

Over the last few years, I’ve been conflicted with the Evangelical Republican agenda. I eventually found Barack and Michelle Obama to be kind and gentle leaders… good natured and smart. While I still may not especially agree with the politics of the Democrats, I have learned to love our President. He’s a good man who has put up with a lot of narrow-mindedness, nonsense, and, yes, racism; and he’s taken it in stride.

What we now see flung at Hillary – the rhetoric, the hate, the often baseless accusations – is simply an intensified continuation of the Obama opposition. It’s a fire that has been burning for a very long time. And it is now burning out of control. And here’s another admission: It turns out that I don’t find Hillary to be a maniacal, criminal, corrupt she-devil.

Hillary Clinton is not our enemy, church.

I have had the unique perspective of being on both sides. And I haven’t liked it. I don’t like that we take sides. That politics divide families. The blatant promotion of one-sided politics has caused me to leave my church. The puffed up and public rhetoric of this election season has left our country in fragments. The people and leaders of other nations are watching us in dismay. How can we as a nation hold our place as world leaders with this level of divisiveness? How can anyone take us seriously?

I long for a kinder, gentler time.

In his book A Farewell to Mars, Pastor Brian Zahnd asserts that, throughout history, nations have had an unhealthy need for a common enemy; otherwise they are likely to divide against themselves. And we’ve seen this in our own brief history. Of course, the Civil War comes to mind as the most horribly and obviously divided we’ve ever been. On the other end of the spectrum, after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we were tremendously and obviously united – against a common enemy. I can’t remember in my lifetime ever witnessing such patriotism. But it wasn’t long before the next election season had us back at battle with each other. Is that how it has to be? We must have a common enemy or we will tear each other apart? I refuse to resign myself to this.

I am not so concerned with agendas, platforms, politics or politicians. I am concerned with families, neighbors, the poor, the disenfranchised, and the immigrant. Tomorrow when we go to the polls, we have been given the privilege to help decide whether our president will be concerned with those things as well. But whatever the outcome, let’s come back together. Let’s move into 2017 as a nation united; a nation which takes care of each other – regardless of the differences in our politics. Let’s remember that politics are ideas, but politicians are people. Let’s give our politicians grace and respect. We can disagree. We can vote. But in the end, what speaks most loudly about our nation and the kind of people we are is the level of grace and respect we give to each other and our leaders.

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Jesus (Mark 3:25 NIV)

About Terri Sloan (13 Articles)
Christian. Not Republican.

8 Comments on A Kinder, Gentler Nation

  1. greenmountaingirl // November 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm // Reply

    I think we’re having a great chat now. Would love to talk face to face. I admit to being a bit jaded about my government and the corporations that actually run it. I believe personally, that universal health care and free – or at least much less expensive – education could and should be available to all. However, I also know that this country was founded on profit first, and if that means start a war every 10 years, so be it.

    I see my daughter going to law school and the debt load she’ll have when she gets out will be staggering. It will haunt her for the rest of her adult life. The problem with Obamacare and our own state’s Healthconnect is that they are designed so that the insurance companies can be sure to get their profit first so they’ve ratcheted up the cost so much the average American can’t afford to buy it and then the government has the nerve to fine us for every year we don’t have it. For almost everyone, it’s cheaper to take the fine. You’re also right though, we do dislike paying taxes. 🙂

    ‘Nuff said.

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    • Dear green mountain girl

      A war every 10 years to line the pockets of the already too rich is unconscionable.
      This is why the rest of the world hates America. And “so be it” is a lazy cop out when innocent people pay with their lives. I understand that you are religious and I can only ask here, what would Jesus do? More bombs eh?
      I am sorry your daughter will be paying her loans back for the rest of her life, maybe she can study a bit in Germany to lighten her load.

      On the topic of taxes, free schools and hospitals do cost money and you would have to pay more. Or maybe not, bombs must cost a lot as well there must be some savings here.

      Hope you all are having a great day.


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  2. Brian Zahnd’s quote is very insightful and I began to think about my country and what happens during politics.

    Then I stopped and thought, why is it that we need an enemy to unite? What’s wrong with us if need hatred to have love?

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  3. fatimayousuf // November 15, 2016 at 5:36 am // Reply

    This post is so important, especially the quote at the end. Even though many citizens may not agree with Trump supporters and Hillary supporters, hate and crime and killing is not going to get us ANYWHERE. I love this post!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. The world will be a Paradise for all if we learn how to love and stay with one another.

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  5. I really enjoyed this piece. I’m glad you’ve come over from the dark side. Haha. I’ve been driven to writing about Trump, as well. I just wrote about Obstruction of Justice. I just can’t believe so much is going on!

    Go to if you want to see my side of things. I think we’re kinda on the same page!


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