Today has been a day filled with mixed emotions. The most unwanted, and dare I even say it, the most “hated” president in history, will move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (the White House) in January. What are we supposed to do with all the previous controversy, mistakes, and decisions that will probably become a Washington D.C. trademark for the next four years? America will never be the same…
CONFESSION: I write this on Monday, to be released and read on Wednesday. I actually don’t know who the president is, I only know many Americans didn’t want them to be president.
If your candidate won, be gracious in your words and actions. If your candidate lost, be gracious in your words and actions. This election season (two years in the making) has been the most turbulent and difficult political season I have ever seen. My first time voting for a president was between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan (in the middle of the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-1981). Those were rough days too. There were a lot of accusations being made then too. But this election seemed different.
This election seemed to be more about what people didn’t want than what they did. Throughout the campaigning, I kept hearing this kind of sentiment:
· “I don’t want him or like him; he’s disgusting, but I REALLY don’t want HER elected!”
· “I don’t really trust her; she’s a criminal and should be jailed, but there’s NO WAY I could EVER vote for HIM!”
· “I don’t really agree with the third-party policies/candidates I’m familiar with, but I REFUSE to vote for either of THOSE TWO!”
The conversations and debates all seemed to be missing something to vote for! All the candidates seemed to keep the focus on all the things we didn’t want from the other candidates. She will do this…. He will ruin that… They are not qualified…
Now that it’s over, (that’s my future-self speaking) it’s time to get back to what unites us. What do we have in common with that person living next door, the co-worker in the office/cubicle down the hall, that family on our son’s team? “But they’re a Republican… or a Democrat!” “But they’re gay, or rich or pro-choice!” But they’re a Muslim or an atheist, or, or, or…” All of those things may be true, but what unites us? The fact we’re in one another’s lives on a regular basis, interacting and communicating with someone makes them our neighbor.
It’s Monday, and God didn't tell me who’s going to win the presidency, but I’m celebrating who already WON! And, according to Him, the “most important commandment is, “Love God, and love your neighbor!” (MTT 22:37-38) Those may have been the most important instructions Jesus ever gave, but they were also His most difficult… I never imagined six words could be so challenging! That’s what is before us today. Let’s get back to living, eating, playing, working, and loving others… our neighbors! Remember, our love for one another will prove to the world that we’re His disciples." (JHN 13:35)