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November 3, 2020 is the U.S. Presidential election. While it is important to stand by a candidate that stands for what we believe as people of faith, we have to make sure it is not taking up all of our time.
It is an easy thing to fall into. “I support this candidate because of x, y, and z” turns into spending way too much time doing research and talking about both sides before you even realize it. It becomes toxic, with people going crazy on social media and attacking others who do not agree. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is good to support a candidate who is standing for your beliefs as long as you are still respecting people who disagree. I still support candidates who respect life, I just don’t spend all of my time talking about them. I have found it much better to spread the joy of respecting life from conception to natural death instead.
When your sole focus is constantly on politics, you start to pay less attention to God, and you start to fall away from Him. You start to pray less and less without even realizing it at first. Now, this is not to say people of faith cannot support political candidates. On the contrary, we need to. It is important too because we need leaders who will do the right thing. There just has to be a good balance between this and the rest of your life. This Sister is a good example of supporting a candidate without it going too far.
The whole point of this article is to encourage a good balance. When feeling overwhelmed by this, take a break from social media. Remember to treat others the way you want to be treated. The best thing we can do is to pray for the causes we stand for and the candidates who support them.