It’s been that kind of day!
Anyone who follows me on Facebook might have caught the drama, as my friend Diane called it, on my Facebook page. It serves me right! I deserved it! I mean what was I thinking to actually post a recent quote from the Rev. Billy Graham after he met with and prayed together with President Obama?
As we approach the National Day of Prayer on May 6, I want to encourage Christians everywhere to pray for our president, and for all those in positions of authority, and especially for the men and women serving in our military.
Graham has met with and prayed with now 12 consecutive presidents dating back to President Harry S. Truman and as always, walked the talk of a man after God’s own heart keeping his political views to himself and focusing instead on spiritual matters during his visit. I found the news of the meeting inspiring and historical considering the possibility that this might be the last US president to meet with Graham. And feeling inspired and hoping to perhaps unite some of my friends after seeing a hateful joke circulate on Facebook I shared Graham’s quote with my Facebook friends. I respect that my friends have opposing political views but why couldn’t we united on one thin g, Graham’s call to us all to pray for our leaders and our troops.
I know…what was I thinking!
I was thinking that my friends could see that this was not a political statement but rather a call to prayer. I was thinking that my friends could put aside their own political agendas and righteous I’m-right-and-you-are-wrong-stupid-and-clearly-going-to-hell way of thinking and just focus on this simple act.
It started out nice enough. Then one “friend” just had to leave a snarky comment that waved his dripping tea bag all over the idea that we should/could pray for those who serve our country. What followed was childish, churlish, ridiculous and completely disrespectful.
Um, thanks friends. Truly. Thank you! Your political street fight is now deleted and if you can’t take it elsewhere I’ll delete you too. Don’t like it? I don’t care. Delete me. I don’t care. I am disgusted, disappointed and done, done for the day.