I was hoping that the guy would say that the was misquoted. He didn’t say that. Instead he doubled down.
A few weeks ago, a popular radio host said that if his candidate didn’t win the presidential election, it would be time to take up arms and march on Washington. He wasn’t speaking allegorically. He was talking about starting a war. And when the reporter gave him a chance to turn down his rhetoric a notch or two, he turned it up. In the weeks leading up to the election, I’ve seen similar responses. In my own town, there’s a “militia” that is “training” in case the other candidate wins the presidential election. A few national news outlets came down to do a story about them. You can imagine how proud we all are.
Can we just cool it with the revolution talk?
Not too long ago, revolution was something we talked about doing in a voting booth. Now it’s something people talk about doing in the streets if things don’t go their way in the voting booth. But these people forget. Or maybe they never knew. An actual revolution is nothing like the one you play in a video game. There is no pause button. You can’t turn it off. The casualties are real.
If you really love America, an actual revolution with blood and casualties should be the last thing that you want. If you’re as patriotic as you claim to be, you should do all you can to shut down even the slightest talk of another civil war.
Instead, if you really want a revolution, here’s something revolutionary for you to do.
Love Jesus Christ with everything that you have and are.
Love your neighbor, even if she voted for someone you don’t like.
Men, lead your family. But don’t do it like a some of the authoritarian types trying to get you to vote for them. Do it like Jesus who served by laying down his life for his people. Instead of spending every other weekend out in the woods “training” with your “militia,” how about staying at home and training your kids how to be men and women who love God and neighbor.
If it’s a disturbance that you want, just tell the truth. And live a life that matches what you say. That’s in short supply these days. People will really think you’ve gone nuts when they see you doing that. And just maybe, they’ll be inspired to fall in line behind you.
I don’t want to see good people get hurt. But that’s what will happen if we have another revolution or civil war.
I’d rather just see good people being good. And they’re out there. I’ve seen them. I know them.
That might not be the sort of revolution that makes for an exciting video game.
But it is most certainly the kind of revolution that we need.