The world got up on Wednesday, November 9 to a shocking development. Donald Trump won the election for the President of the United States. Two continuous themes from the media was, “How did this happen?” and “We didn’t see this coming.”
Political pundits are all trying to figure out what will happen next. So are the rest of the citizens. I have seen news reports of protesters claiming that we will see four years of protests because they will never accept that Trump is now our President.
I have never seen our country in such turmoil. I have never seen such division. That must stop. We are a free people who are free to have our opinions and we are free to disagree. What we cannot be is a people who refuse to accept and respect others who disagree with us. We cannot continue to profess and support the divisions that have marked our country the last several years.
The first century church was marked by division. You had Jews, Greeks, barbarians, slaves, men and women that made up the church. Each faction could (and sometimes did) become a distraction from the church’s mission by pushing their own agenda. In 1 Corinthians 12:13, Paul said, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” Furthermore, in Colossians 3:11, he went further by saying, “In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
Factions distract from the mission. In our churches and in our country, disunity and disharmony help solve nothing. Now that the election is over, we must come together in harmony and unity so that our country can experience healing. We must be kind and gentle to those who were on the “other side of the aisle” from us politically.
To paraphrase Paul, In America, there is not Democrat and Republican, Black, White, Hispanic, male and female; there are only Americans. Healing and growth cannot take place until this becomes our attitude.
Whether you agree or disagree with the election results, we MUST pray for our government to make godly decisions and choices. We are called and commanded to pray. Let’s be obedient.