This week has been stressful for everyone. There are people who are upset and disappointed. There are people who are overjoyed and relieved. The question is where do we go from here? In a nation that has been so divided the last four years, it’s hard to imagine how we move on. How do we still associate with the people who are angry… the family members that might not be speaking with us, the friends who don’t want to continue friendships because of the results of this election.
Four years of divisiveness. Four years of neighbor against neighbor. Four years of Democrats and Republicans against each other. I’d be lying if I didn’t say my heart was full of relief and joy at the results of the election. I don’t hate Donald Trump. I hate what he has done. I hate the hate that he has caused. I hate that we let hate seep in and divide our country. I want more than anything for our country to start being kind to one another again. I want to recognize each other for the fellow human beings we are and not the political party we are associated with.
Where do we go from here? What do we do now? We love our neighbor. We love those that we have considered enemies. We start seeing the other side as people that Jesus also came to live and die for. Jesus doesn’t care about your political party. He cares about your character, your integrity, and how you treat your fellow man. He cares that you love that homosexual neighbor that makes you feel uncomfortable. He cares that you love your Muslim neighbor who wears a veil over their face or a scarf over their head. He cares that you be a living, breathing, representation of himself to the lost and dying world around you. Pray for those that are unkind to you. Pray for those who you disagree with. Pray for Jesus to open up doors in families and friendships that have been damaged.
2020 has been a hard year for everyone. I strongly believe that 2021 is going to be a year of healing and reconciliation if we put in the effort.
We do not have to change the world every 4 years with an election. We each have opportunities every single day to make life-changing, world changing differences in our communities and with the people that we come in contact with every single day.
Be the light in this dark world. Start volunteering. Start giving. Start praying. Start believing in change. You have the power to make a real tangible difference every single day. That’s not the government’s job. YOU have been called. YOU have been commissioned.