2 Samuel 12:22-23 (KJV)
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
Before the election I was posting everyday and I was posting everything I could to deter people from doing what is now done. Now that the election is over, there is no value in pointing out the President elect’s character flaws… now let’s encourage his better qualities and pray for his decision-making. Some may wonder why I’m not flooding Facebook like before… well to be honest I’m tired. I absolutely hate fighting and arguing. I know you think I enjoy fighting or arguing, but in reality I enjoy spirited debate between people who are interested in being stretched, learning, and growing. Discussions with people who have made up their minds aren’t something I enjoy.
David’s words have been on my mind since waking up on 11-9… “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” I’m not saying America is dead, or anything fatalistic… I’m simply saying there is no longer anything I can do.
Tensions are so high… since the decision I’ve been to meetings filled with stress, strange silences, uncomfortable jokes, and just general tension. Because I didn’t vote for the President Elect my faith has been doubted 4 times. Literally 4 people have been confused that I, a follower of Christ, didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I find that odd, but I don’t want to get stuck on that.
Here’s what I want to say… The real reason I’m blogging tonight is to get off my mind all that is on it…. so here are a few bullets:
— Followers of Jesus on the right and the left must PRAY.
— We should pray for blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Muslims, women, (I’m sure I’m forgetting some others) and our LGBT friends.
— We should pray for those who are here and don’t want to leave.
— We should pray for those who are here and want to leave.
— We should pray for those who are afraid when they get pulled over because of the color of their skin.
— We should pray for our homosexual friends and family.
— We should pray for Donald Trump.
— We should pray for those around Donald with the responsibility of keeping him from making a nuclear mistake.
— We must especially pray for the kids who don’t really have a clear place to look for models or examples.
— We must pray for the image of Christianity in America as it has been seriously damaged.
> After we pray we should love…. go out of our way to comfort those who are scared.
> After we pray we must get serious about taking stands against racism by calling it out anywhere we see it.
> After we pray we must be intentional about welcoming and embracing the immigrants here.
> After we pray, as followers of the Prince of Peace we must say, if someone has to bleed let it be me. This is key… we have an opportunity like never before to STAND up for those who get miss-treated around us. When we see folks bullied we have to step in. When we see people hurting we must step in. If we see immigrants gathered to be deported we may have to hide them in our attics. When we see an African America pulled over we may need to stop and be witnesses. When we see a police officer trying to serve and protect we may have to serve and protect with them for their safety. When we see an LGBT person being treated wrong we must put our arm around them and tell them that they are loved no matter what. When we hear fundamentalists preach hate we should drowned that message out with love. We can not be silent, but when we speak our message must be love. It must be LOVE and NOT JUDGMENT… WE MUST STOP WITH THE JUDGMENT TOWARD TRUMP TOO. The election is over.
If we had to wrap this up in a pretty bow, what would we say?
Is there any good news?
I think there are a few things:
–#1 – Hillary graciously succeeded…. we won’t have to have a war to change leadership.
–#2 – Trump’s most gracious speech was his first speech after he won the election.
–#3 – Trump is historically a passionate even extreme speaker…. so maybe he won’t be as extreme as he campaigned to be.
–#4 – We now know that racism is still an issue, and this election revealed some of the unhealthy problems we still have but at least now we know that there is work to do. If this campaign and election was a test of racism, we failed, but the first step to fixing a problem is knowing that you have one. Let’s take more steps toward racial equality.
–#5 – Non-violent followers of Christ will have opportunities to stand between the oppressed and the oppressors.