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Independence Day

Those of you who follow Turning Positive are familiar with my belief in the power of positivity and faith. The effort of positivity (and it is an effort at time) is the result of actively identifying things that are worthy of gratitude and focusing on them. Positivity is not some type of new age spirituality but is scripturally based. After all, the scriptures instruct us,“whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV. I am not able to create a better definition of positivity than that.

Despite my strong belief in exercising positivity, there are times where it is not appropriate. This is such a time. As we approach the day where we celebrate the independence of our nation, I am troubled with the division that is occurring within the citizenry of our country. Never before have I experienced a nation so divided in beliefs and emotions regarding political stances. I will purposefully refrain from expressing my political beliefs in this post — I’m sure those of you who have followed Turning Positive for a while are familiar with my religious and political beliefs. I want to instead focus on the fracturing of our nation that is occurring as we celebrate our independence.

Many American citizens are emotionally and expressively opposed to the activity of our current president. A like number of citizens have ‬‬similar emotions in support of President Trump. Such freedom of speech is indeed one of the wonderful tenants of freedom that our forefathers sought to provide to our great nation. However, as we celebrate our 241st year of independence, it is more important than ever that we find common ground to become the Re-United States of America.

Of course, this isn’t the first time our great nation has been at risk of fracturing over politics. The American Civil War was arguably a similar time where a United States President implemented policy based on his specific beliefs. As a result, the population of the nation was divided. Regardless of which side was right and which was wrong, over 620,000 Americans died as a result of the Civil War. Additionally, the division of Americans was so strong that there was a severe risk that the United States would become the Separated States of America. This concern is why President Lincoln delivered his well-known house divided speech where he paraphrased scripture in the book of Mark by explaining that “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. It was true in the day of the apostle Mark, it was true in the time of President Lincoln’s administration, and it is true today, and it will remain true tomorrow.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and loose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves” (Abraham Lincoln)

So, what is the solution to the problem? I honestly don’t know. But I do know where we begin the healing. Let me start by stating where healing will not begin. I know many believe that a change in administration will immediately result in a healed and united America. However, the results of the upcoming election (regardless of the outcome) will not solve the problem. That’s important, so let me re-state that using different words … the upcoming presidential election, whether it results in a new president, or the re-election of our current president, will do nothing to resolve the rift occurring in America!

The upcoming presidential election, whether it results in a new president, or the re-election of our current president, will do nothing to resolve the rift occurring in America!

Healing will only begin to occur when each citizen agrees to exercise an openness to listen to others’ ideas and when each citizen approaches the conversation with an unemotional response. More importantly than even our response to one another is that we must, as a nation, seek God if we are to be healed and re-united as a nation. Yes, that’s an unpopular statement and I may likely loose blog followers because of this statement. If that happens, it is unfortunate, but I am not going to sugarcoat the truth. I don’t want to alienate anyone … but I also have an obligation to share the truth. After all, if you saw a person drowning, wouldn’t you throw them a rope to help them return safely to dry ground?

We must, as a nation, seek God if we are to be healed and re-united as a nation

If we fail to focus on reuniting the nation, we will fail as a free nation of United States. Allow me to provide some quotes of those wiser than me to describe how we can reunite our great nation…

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. (Ronald Regan)

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. (Victor E. Frankl)

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. let us accept our own responsibility for the future. (John F. Kennedy)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhancers the freedom of others. (Nelson Mandela)

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

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