I wasn’t going to post on my blog today. I didn’t know what I’d write the morning after Election Day. Eventually I decided to skip a week, but then when I woke up (after staying up until 2am) and dared to look at social media…I knew I had to say something. And it is this:
If you voted for Trump: I love you.
If you voted for Hillary: I love you.
If you voted third party: I love you.
If you didn’t vote at all: I love you.
There is so much sadness and anger and hatred and meanness and fear going around right now. And I want all of you to know that I dearly love and care for you–even though many of you are expressing views and emotions I disagree with and many of you are expressing feelings and views I do agree with. I am praying for you–even if that sounds Christianese. I really am. I wish I could give everyone a hug. I will rejoice with those who are rejoicing and weep with those who are weeping. But most of all I want to give each of you a message.
To remind my friends who are afraid:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
To remind my friends who are despairing:
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Psalm 3:2-6
To remind my friends who are angry:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
To my friends who are rejoicing:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be obvious to everyone. Philippians 4:4-5
To my friends who are hiding:
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
To my friends who are hopeful:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:3-6
We have a new president. But we have the same King. (Tweet this) And no matter whether you are rejoicing over the new state of our country or despairing…our Christ knows all and works all things for His glory. And He loves you…even more than I do. Today, I rose hopeful, joyous, wary, nervous, unafraid, and trusting…because I chose to awaken–no matter who was elected–in Christ. Because each of us have a calling in Christ:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
May you enter this day hopeful, faithful, and kind. Be shalom to those around you.