Politics, Opinions, & Harmony

Dear Friends,

I’m attending a Romney/Ryan political rally in my hometown on Thursday… there I said it. lol

Until now, I’ve been hesitant to let anyone know where I stand. It seems that politics are dividing people more now than at any other time in history.

Please don’t let this happen to you and your family and friends, if you can help it.

As a leader, I take a big risk with this post.

I care deeply for many people who are republicans, democrats, and independents… and I don’t want to lose a single friend over my political position.

Over the past 4 years, I have been very careful not to say a single negative word about our President. I have honored him in my heart and I have sincerely prayed for his success. (I’ve likely prayed for President Obama more than 98% of Americans. I’ve invested hours and hours of personal prayer for him.)

And now as a nation, we have to decide together if we keep this President or elect another.

In my humble opinion, after hearing both visions for America… it’s clear to me.

I want to rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. I want to build a stronger middle class, with more jobs, more take-home pay, and better opportunities.

And I personally believe that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a real plan to accomplish this.

To my friends: It’s ok if we disagree with each other about which direction is best for our country. If you are voting for President Obama, I can still love you.

We should not be angry and hateful about our disagreements. We should not power up on each other with sarcasm and hostility.

To me, harmony is more about mutual respect than it is about agreement.

Please make sure you are registered to vote and that you are active in the political process. Please be respectful with those who do not share your opinions.

Most of all, consider this: No matter which candidate we choose, we will need God’s grace if we will have any chance at thriving again. So please pray for America, that God will help us rise from the ashes… and live again. God bless you all, and may God please bless America.

Have a beautiful day.

Dream Big, Live Bold, & Make A Difference!

Chuck Balsamo

PS: Have you read my book, Make Me A Legend? It was written for the dream of a better tomorrow. Check it out!

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4 thoughts on “Politics, Opinions, & Harmony

  1. Chuck,

    I really agree that it would benefit all to reinstitute a culture of mutual respect. I also see a clear pattern of opposition to rebuilding our country though. Dennis Prager writes in his columns that there are two visions for America in competition. One is the vision passed down to us by our WWII parents, the other: a diminished America and an increased role of government, (in a secularized society), so we might take a lesson from Nehemiah 4:

    “But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

    Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

    So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

    Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease. And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you. Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

    And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.”

    Indeed, those of us who are involving ourselves in this great work must not be distracted. The rebuilding needs to begin with prayer and revival. Our greatest woes are not economic. Yet that does not free us from the task of rebuilding our section.

    That should not preclude civil debate, but there are times when, like Nehemiah, we must say to those who oppose us: “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” — Nehemiah 6:3.

    • Very true Jonathan. Sometimes, this is a challenge for people… because they form positions from situations that greatly impact their lives.

      It’s unavoidable, there are times when two people are in the same circle with conflicting positions.

      True, we can bond with our agreements… especially concerning politics when we are followers of Christ… because we definitely have MORE to similarities than differences… and God’s eternal Kingdom is far more important than what’s happening in the kingdoms in this earth.

      But also, God clearly wants Christians to be involved in making this world a better place while we are here. He has asked us in Romans 13 to pray for our government… meaning that He wants us to care about what happens in that arena. Also, in scripture there are numerous references of people being called and anointed to serve in governmental offices.

      Thank you for adding your thoughts to this conversation… we can definitely unify with our many agreements. But I think also, it we can better unify during times of strong disagreement when we consider my statement…

      To me, harmony is more about mutual respect than it is about agreement.

      By the way, I love your website. Happy blogging!