This morning, on my facebook feed, I was called ignorant, stupid, misled, and conformist.
Oh, not me, of course. THOSE people. The large percentage of America that thought that Obama might be a better choice than Romney, and voted that way.
Apparently they are the people who are either too ignorant, too uneducated, or too ill-informed to have made a good choice in regards to the direction of this country.
Of course they MUST have been brainwashed by the media and the liberal left.
What a strange feeling to wake up and discover that I have become one of THOSE people. The ones that many people I know and love feel can be legitimately disregarded and disdained. Suddenly my community, once perceived as safe and steady, spins, as I realize so many of the people that I love do not even have simple respect for the views I hold dear and the people I find worthy of honor.
Disagreement is to be both expected and welcomed in a world of diversity and choices. Dishonor for those who are different is what has shaken my heart.
Yes, I voted for Obama. It is surprising and telling how difficult it is to write those four words. It is difficult because I am afraid of your judgment. I am afraid that you will no longer listen to my voice or really hear my opinions. I believe that it is possible, with a vote, to write myself out of your “good book”, the one that categorizes those you respect from those you don’t. I know you most likely will not seek to understand because I will become one of THOSE people, the ones you may only talk about, not to.
But do we not realize that this is the very reason people are voting for a president that many of you want to see gone? Many people are tired of being THOSE people. They are tired of being told that their views are wrong because you do not share them. They are tired of having Republicans and Christians say they hold the rights to absolute truth in every area – to the moral high ground. They are tired of having their behavior legislated while their hearts remain broken. They are tired of being told to do the right thing when their spirits swing loose because of hate and loss and lack of opportunities.
People without a secure identity can only choose morality out of fear. Our job in this world is not to legislate behavior but to touch hearts with the Love that is transformative. God is not looking for law-keepers but for lovers.
So it is with quiet strength that I inform you. I am one of THOSE people. The ones who consciously, deliberately and thoughtfully chose differently than you did. I am the same person I was the day-before-yesterday. The one you called wise, the one who sees deeply and truly into so many issues (though surely not all!) I can not tell you that I chose correctly. Perhaps I did not; eternity will inform us. I can only tell you that as part of this great American team, I supported you by voting for a man I thought was a better choice for the future of Americans and our world.
And I hope you will love me without condescension anyway. Because being one of THEM is not nearly as fun as expanding the definition of US.