I have these friends, right? And they are people of conviction. People devoted to having less so that others could have more. Devoted to the beauty and sacred nature of all of life, including the screaming toddler in front of them. And above all else, they are devoted to God. From them I have learned of the beauty of sacrifice, and I have seen God work in their midst. And my daily life is rich because they are a part of it.
They are also politically conservative.
When I commented on the deep political divide in our country, I in no way meant to imply that every conservative is hateful. Honestly, it's so far from my way of thinking that I wouldn't have said it, because I just don't believe it. There are hateful conservatives and hateful liberals, disrespectful Republicans and disrespectful Democrats. I see them all the time. But I do not, in any way, see them in my sweet friends.
I know I disagreed with them politically a few days ago. But I also know they are the most loving, compassionate, articulate people I know. Any suggestion otherwise is just plain wrong.
Before I move on, I also want to say thank you to all of you who have disagreed with me in email. Every single one included a sentiment that said, "We're still friends even though I think you're dead wrong." Thank you for that. Did I ever tell you I once lost a friend over a conversation about the war in Iraq? That was about the time I stopped talking about politics in public. Thank you for disagreeing with me in love. I hope I have shown you the same respect.
Tune in tomorrow to read more about Sibling Rivalry 101 or my latest obsession with low-sugar baked goods. Or something. Anything but politics. Promise.