Sometimes politics overwhelm me.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t vote in the last election for a few reasons.

  1. There are times where I feel like we can just do better. I know good people. I know great people! But why does it seem like we don’t have our “best” running for office at times?
  2. I wasn’t educated in the topics the candidates were disputing and I didn’t feel like I would be doing my country a great service if I voted based on my “feelings” and not facts.
  3. There were items up for vote on my local ballot that I had ethical issues with. To be specific, gay marriage. And no, I am not saying that I didn’t believe in everyone’s right for marriage. But I didn’t believe that it was something I was qualified to determine for someone else.

It all boils down to one fact for me. I am a child of God and He calls me to love everyone.

Mark 12:31 “The second is equally important; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

He says that above all else, it’s not my job to judge, it’s my job to show His love and compassion for others.

So while you may be judging me for not voting in our last election, I had my reasons and I felt convicted with them.

This election I will be voting, and it is such a different feeling I am having this time around. I am scared about what your vote may be. I am truly worried; therefore, I feel the need to vote.

This election has brought out the worst in people. In the people voting and in the candidates. We can say that every election gets dirty, but this election has been lacking class. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I have risen above wrinkling my nose for the person you are supporting. Or that I haven’t said you are crazy for feeling the way that you feel.

But, I find myself returning to that feeling I had 4 years ago. What am I called to do?

I am to love you regardless.

The leader of our country is not the leader of my life. The leader of our country is not going to dictate how I chose to live. The leader of my life, continues to lead my life regardless.

And He calls me to do one simple thing.

To love you above all else. Let him judge when the time comes, and let me love.

So that’s what I plan to do.

Please don’t take offense and write me out of your life if we see differently. Please know that above it all, I love you regardless of that fact that we disagree.

Rebecca Spohr

Rebecca is a mother to a handsome 10-month-old boy and wife to her husband of 3 years. They live in Huntington Beach, California where they run two businesses out of there home, allowing them to spend lots of time with their son. Rebecca and her husband met in Olathe, Kansas and moved to California in 2006. They are still very attached to the midwest and travel to see family as much as possible.