Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My thoughts on the election

This was (I believe) only the forth Presidential Election that I have had the privilege of voting in.  I can't say I remember a more exhausting or bruising presidential campaign season besides this one though.  I'm glad the election is over, because that hopefully means, so is all the name calling, dragging names through the mud, digging up dirt, etc... I feel like I heard a whole lot more of people voting for Trump because #neverhillary and voting for Hillary because #nevertrump than actually voting for the person they wanted.  That just goes to show that we had quite the election cycle, and we're a polarized nation right now.

Whether we voted for him or not, we do have a new President-elect who will take office in a little over two months.  I hope at this point, we all want the best for Donald Trump.  We would like him to be surrounded by wisdom.  We pray for the best outcome possible.  We want him to succeed, and to do well in office.  If we want good for our country, our nation and our neighbors, we must want good for the President and his family as well.  As President Obama said this morning "We are now all rooting for (his) success in uniting and leading the country." 

But, I hope now that the election is over we can remember that we are all on the same team.  Some of us are Democrats.  Some of us are Republicans.  Some of us are Independents.  Some are men.  Some are women.  Some are Christians.  Some are Catholic.  Some are Muslim.  Some are gay.  Some are straight.  Some are black.  Some are white.  Some are hispanic.  Some are married.  Some are single.  Some are old, and some are young.  But you know what we all are??  Americans.  Do you know what else we all are?  People.  People who are living, breathing and co-existing in this country of ours together.

I heard Stephen Colbert say: "Politics used to be something we thought about every four years, or every two if you didn't have a lot of a social life.  And that's good because we didn't think about it much because it gave us time for other things and other people."  Hm.....So thinking less about politics gave us more time for other people.  That makes sense right?

Maybe now that the election is over, and we have a new President-elect, we can focus less (MUCH less) on the politics and differences between us and focus on what we have in common with each other.  We can have more time for dinners with friends, or coffee with friends, or making new friends.  We can start this at home, with our spouses, with our children, with our roommates, with our parents by being kind, loving and supporting each other.  Then we can be kind, love and support on our neighbors, our friends, our servers, our cashiers, the marginalized and everyone we come into contact with.  And may God bless America.

Plus, if you are a Christian you know that we weren't electing a King, we already have one who is far better than anyone on this earth!  We were electing a President, and God already knew who was going to win and appoints everyone in leadership--so we can rest in that.

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God. Consequently, the one who resists authority is opposing what God has set in place, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2

It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.   Daniel 2:21

Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.  Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.  1 Peter 2:13-17

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