So, election day is over and my facebook page is brimming with commentary! Some are enthusiastic about this unexpected victory and some have mixed emotions about the outcome. The course of this election season has truly been a conundrum for so many, myself included. Every election is difficult, but this one left many people feeling confused, uncertain, and disheartened. So many people sat in the little voter cubical yesterday, staring at those bubbles, wondering what this new day would hold.
To those who are working through this place of uncertainty and fighting back the tide of fear that comes with that, I would like to encourage you to choose to hope for things to come and to fight for a unified and better America!
Choose hope! Hope that the new President-elect will work hard for the good of the American people and let us fervently pray that God will grant him the wisdom to do so. Choose to unite together, political preferences laid aside, to bring out the goodness in our country. And for those of you who are fighting fears of what the future will bring, I would like to submit into the internet universe these 4 post-election truths to encourage you today.
Be the Hope, my Fellow Countrymen
1- The Greatness of America rests with her people, not her politicians.
In our country, positive change will not come from the top down. Positive change will come from the bottom up.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. -Harry S. Truman
Don’t be afraid of what’s to come, but begin to make personal steps to make it better. I think Americans need to get back to taking personal responsibility for where our country is going. We all need to pay attention to what decisions are being made in Washington and how those decisions will affect us as a country in long-term, economically and morally. When we make educated decisions based on untainted facts, I think we will see a lot more common ground between our parties. In our country, we have the freedom and responsibility to affect that change!
2- The choices we make today can change the political climate of the future.
We have seen what the proverbial bi-partisan war can lead to; discontentment and disappointment all around. People become consumed with pushing an agenda without giving thought to how.
You have a voice. Use it constructively with integrity. It’s time to start working together to better our country. We need to value honesty, morality, and acting above board in order to actually achieve progress. It’s time to hold our political leadership accountable in both parties for their words and actions, conduct and character. If we, the people, unite to hold our government accountable, in strength and virtue rather than hatred and anger, they will listen. They must. It’s the American way! It’s why our country is so great!
3- In your sphere of influence, be the change you wish to see in our country.
It all starts with you. Why? Well because you are the only one you can control! But you can set the precedent of conduct that you hope your neighbor (and elected representatives) would follow. And remember, how you conduct yourself in conversations on and offline directly affects the outcome of what you are trying to achieve. There is a lot of truth in the old saying,
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
It’s easier to affect change in the hearts of people if you show respect, self-control, and politeness towards those with whom you disagree. Just something to think about!
4- Our hope is not found in the President of the United States of America.
Never has been and it never will. Presidents come and go. The Lord is eternal. Our time on earth is so very temporary and we need to fight the urge to make more of this election than we ought, winner or loser. Our perspective should be an eternal perspective and our hope should be placed firmly in the God who is still seated on heaven’s throne. Remember that God is sovereign over governments and their authority. Romans 13: 1 says,
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
God’s got this, y’all! He has everything well in hand and so I choose to find great hope in that fact!
The Take Away
I am not advocating for any political stance or party. Normally, I avoid political discussions but I want to encourage you to not succumb to anger and fear. I challenge you and me and everyone to engage in the political arena for the good of our future but doing so with much grace. Let our common goal be to find a way to engage one another in love and good works rather than vicious and empty words. Let these words of President John F. Kennedy continue to ring in our ears and be what we strive toward as a nation.
I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. -John F. Kennedy