I have endeavored so far in this blog to keep pretty clear of politics as much as possible. This is a blog about love. Politics is one of those topics that can stir up the enemies of love, such as hate and fear. Politics can be so divisive. As a person who loves I try to find areas of agreement to focus on as much as possible. I’m not trying to push an agenda. I’m just trying to love people.
So today’s post is one that is quite out of the ordinary for this blog, but it is something quite common in my own life. I’m someone who loves this nation (the USA) and I’m someone who is very active in the political process.
So recently I have seen someone’s name batted around in the news a lot lately. I must say that I have seen a lot of headlines about her. I have heard others’ comments about her, but I have not read the articles, nor have I heard the comments that were recently made about her by at least one well-known Republican. I did hear some information about her and her associations that gave me some cause for concern. Mainly because of her position in our government.
Her name is Huma Abedin. She is the wife of former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner. She is also currently a top aide to our Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As I mentioned before, I have gotten the general idea of what was said about her and the general idea of the responses entirely from headlines and blurbs. I have chosen not to read the articles. I did see an interview some time before all this that brought into question her association to a group the could be a real danger to our nation. Do I know for a fact that she is associated with this group in any way? No, I do not. That’s not the point of this post today, or any future posts that I know of on this blog. So what is the point?
The point is after seeing the interview, after seeing the headlines for and against her, I began to have a sense of fear try to creep up with each headline. I began to have a sense of dislike (not hate, but that could not be far behind if I yield to it) towards her. Then I remembered His love. That love that drives out all fear (1 John 4:18).
I remembered Jesus’ words about praying for your enemies. Blessing and doing good to them. Now I don’t personally consider Huma Abedin an enemy. But I had my concerns that she might be associated with those who are enemies to this nation. Thus the fear tried to come.
So what is my response to all this? I am praying for her.
I am not praying with any particular agenda in mind. I am praying for her to know the love of a Heavenly Father.
Yes, I am praying for her for the sake of this nation.
Yes, I am praying for her for the sake of my loved ones and friends.
But mostly I am praying for her for her sake, and for her family’s sake.
I am not praying for her because I hate her or fear her. I am praying for her because I love her.
If My people, who are called by My Name , will humble themselves and pray… (2 Chronicles 7:14)