It’s election day.
Maybe we can all be friends again?
I love America. I do. I love that we get to choose which religion we want to practice, we’re able to own guns if we want to
for now, we can voice whatever opinions we have without fear of being killed by the government, and we get to vote.
Good ol’ America. Just hanging out over here, the western civilization rebels, fighting for an ounce of integrity with a whole lot of pride.
Lots of opinions. Lots of fighting. Lots of pride.
That’s us. America. Land of the free, home of the brave.
At least, that’s what I was always taught. But then Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton became the front runners in this Presidential Election, and I contemplated, for a hot minute, that we might become the land of the regretful, home of the sorry. Because… was anyone thrilled with their options?
This season of right vs. left, Republican vs. Democrat, man vs. woman, corrupted vs. corruption has really blown my mind and broken my heart. We may as well have all gotten our political party symbol tattooed on our foreheads because I saw friends denounce friendships based on who they were choosing to vote for. I saw Christians bashing Chrsitians for not voting for who they believe Jesus would have voted for. I’ve seen an entire group of people be slandered and condemned for picking the “wrong” lesser of two evils.
I wonder if the end of the election will bring the end of the hatred?
Seriously, can we all be friends again?
It’s not wrong to choose a side. It’s not bad to have an opinion. It’s actually pretty responsible to know what’s going on in your country and make a decision about who you believe could best improve the condition of the land in which you live. That’s our birthright, America! We lucked out. We were born in the U S of A and we should feel proud to perform our duty as citizens of such a noble, strong country.
We rock, and it’s okay to say so.
We also roll. We’re not immune. We’re not the greatest people. We’re not God’s gift to the rest of the world. We’re not the chosen ones, the most important ones, the elite ones. We’re just the lucky ones with all sorts of rights and privileges.
The right to vote.
The privilege to have a public opinion.
Here’s where we’re getting it wrong, America. Here’s why the presidential election really doesn’t matter as much as we’re acting like it does. Here’s why it’s actually not worth throwing friends and family members to the dogs for. Here’s why it really shouldn’t make or break your hope:
A political party can not rectify the damage that is being done in this country, no one person can resuscitate a lost honor, no chosen side can heal the hurt that is spreading like wildfire from coast to coast. The problems we’re facing can only be redeemed by God.
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
See, what Christians may be forgetting… what others may not know… is that sometimes God puts bad people in a particular place so that He can shine all the more. Sometimes, rulers are unjust, unmerciful, ungodly, and unqualified. But sometimes, those types of rulers can bring an entire nation into unity. When a whole people realizes that they simply cannot rely on a person to save them, perhaps they will be- more than ever- prompted to turn to the God who can save them.
I mean, anyone remember the story of Moses? The baby in a basket who grew up to lead an entire enslaved nation to freedom? And that God deliberately hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that He could publicly prove He was the King of Kings? Exodus 5-10? Crickets?
Maybe, as we tirelessly accuse and criticize our neighbors for who they’re voting for, we’re inadvertently and unknowingly attempting to put a slight wrench in God’s plans.
Lucky for us, He doesn’t need us to cooperate to make done His will. Lucky for us, even if we attack the people we used to love in the name of a political allegiance, God is still in control.
You’ve heard how addicts often have to hit rock bottom before they change their ways and release their demons, right? Well… maybe instead of worrying about who ends up in office, we could pray that whoever does would be the person who best demonstrates to the masses just how little faith we should be putting in another human, and just how much we need a savior!
And between you and I, I don’t think we could have chosen two better people to exemplify the worst in humanity. #justsaying
If we didn’t win at winning, we sure tied at losing.
I know first hand that sometimes it’s the thing that hits you at your knees and knocks you down to the ground, that ends up forcing you to look up.
When you can’t go any further one way… and America, I don’t think we can… you’ve gotta try another way.
If one direction isn’t working… and America, I don’t believe it is… you’ve gotta try another direction.
I’m not suggesting we pray that our President is an epic failure. I’m just suggesting that maybe we stop expecting he or she to be a super hero.
And maybe you’re reading this before you’ve voted, perhaps you didn’t vote, or it could be that you’re happening across this article well after we’ve sworn in a new leader… the point of the article remains the same, it stands the test of time:
As my Pastor, Michael Brueseke, quoted, “you cannot stay offended by someone you pray for regularly.” So if you’re disappointed by the outcome, pray. If you’re happy with the outcome, pray. And if you’re indifferent, still pray.
Because we just don’t know what we just don’t know.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
And now that the Presidential election is over, and you can no longer sway any votes with any amount of verbal attacking, and the outcome is what it would have been had you not gotten worked up over it on a Facebook thread, can we please all be friends again?