I suspect that many of us prefer to live in a world where the majority of others agrees with us on significant matters. Unless you’re unusually driven by conflict and controversy, you have a strong affinity for those who are a lot like you. That’s understandable. It’s a fact of basic human nature even if not politically correct.
One of the frequently discussed aspects of Tuesday’s election exit polls is the changing demographic of the American voting population. It’s less white than it used to be. It’s less religious than it used to be. It’s less conservative as well. That would appear to be a trend that doesn’t bode well for the future voting success of someone with the philosophical leanings of this white, conservative Christian.
America believes strongly in the idea of majority rule, although we go out of our way to make exceptions to that when we want to protect the interests of minority groups. We say we believe in diversity, yet we tend to limit that appreciation to categories of physical, ethnic and sexual differences rather than diversity of thought and values which are not tolerated well by those on either side of the aisle.
If we learn much from Tuesday’s election, we at least learn this isn’t your parents’ America any more. It may or may not be the America you want it to be.
As I reflect on the election, I come back to the simple thought that I can’t expect people who do not share my beliefs and values to think and act (and vote) the same way I do. To expect otherwise is foolish. If a majority are not conservative, then I can’t expect conservative positions and candidates to prevail. If a majority are not Christian, then I shouldn’t be surprised when the results are at odds with traditional, biblical Christianity.
It is pointless to fret or fume over what I believe is my new minority status. It is what it is and I will be who I am and I will stand for what I believe regardless of the consequences.
Therefore, leap year lesson #310 is Don’t expect those with different values to be or act like you.