Now that it's been a few days since the inauguration I feel like there are a few things that still need to be said. It actually has nothing to do with President Trump. I would be writing this if Hillary Clinton had gotten elected. In fact, I'm not sure why I haven't written this before now.
Maybe it's because I grew up respecting my elders. Maybe it's because that's the way I was raised. Maybe it's because I was raised in Church and taught to respect God and the people He puts in authority. Maybe it's because I was raised to respect all people, because we were created in God's image. Maybe it's because I was taught to respect authority and especially the President of the United States. But, something has really been bothering me these last couple months since the election and last few days since the inauguration. Do you know what it is? Disrespect. Disrespect for people who have differing beliefs or attitudes, and especially for the now President.
It seems like everywhere I look (ok, mostly social media and some convos in person) people are continuously disrespecting the man who is the President. You don't have to agree with him on everything. I don't either. You just have to respect him now that he's President. You didn’t vote for him? Usually around half of the Nation didn't vote for the President, but he's still our President. Don’t like him personally? He’s still the President. No, he doesn't have any prior political experience. Is that such a bad thing?!? The founders of our country didn't intend for people to become politicians for life.... Let’s give him a chance peeps!
I've even seen several posts and people going so far as wishing death for our President. Seriously?!? It's one thing to disagree with someone, but actually wishing harm would come to someone? No, that's not the way to change anybody's mind. In fact, people usually take that sort of thing very seriously. God definitely takes that seriously, in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount He talks about being angry, insulting and calling your brother a fool as basically the same as killing him. (Matthew 7:21-26)
Our children are listening and watching what we do and say. What do you want them to learn to become? Someone who just wishes ill on the people they disagree with? Or the person who disagreed with someone but respected them regardless, and learned so much more?!? We respect others because they are humans and worthy of respect. Each of us was created in God's image, and therefore are worthy of high regard.
Now, don't get me wrong, if you don't agree with something going on in the country, by all means, write a letter to congress, phone your rep. or maybe even take part in a peaceful protest. If there is really some injustice happening stand up to it. If you have questions about something, ask. Just please do so with respect. Treat others as we want to be treated, right?!?
Instead of complaining and disrespecting him, why don't we wish our President well? Why don't we pray for him? Why don’t you pray for our Vice President? Why don’t you pray for our whole government? Why don’t you pray for our country, and neighbors while you’re at it? Why don't we choose to be present, putting our phones down, truly listening to what others have to say and loving one another. Here are some other ideas:
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