My heart is heavy today but not for the same reasons others may be hurting. I can barely stand to look at social media because so much of what I see is division and hate even among “Christians.”
I see friends assuming the worst about other friends because of the way they voted and hiding behind their devices as they sling hurtful, pointed words across their social media pages. The name calling is appalling: racists, sexists, idiots, and so much worse.
Since when did our right to free speech and right to vote give us the right to be malicious and divisive?
Some voted Trump. Some voted Clinton. Some voted for third party candidates or even write-ins.
To insult a person because of who they voted for is far from being Christ-like, yet I see many “Christians” participating in the mudslinging and stirring up all sorts of strife.
Today, my duty as a Christian is to stand for what is right while simultaneously loving people the way Christ always did. Love does NOT mean conformity or lowering our standards, but it does mean we treat people with respect and see them as Christ does—His beautiful creation that He is wooing to Himself.
Before you type or speak those words hanging on the tip of your tongue, think about the potential repercussions and align your words with Christ Himself. After all, God’s Word does still say: Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34: 13-14
Whether you are thrilled about our new president or are feeling the pangs of a loss or are standing somewhere in the middle, do us all a favor…think before you speak/type!
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10
Your words will not change the truth. If you are an American, Donald Trump is your president-elect. He will be no more your president if you mock those who voted for someone else, and He will be no less your president if you degrade those who voted for Him.
Sure, he is nowhere near a perfect man. His flaws are many, but what man who God used mightily wasn’t the same? Paul (formerly Saul, the murderer of Christians), David (the adulterer/murderer), and Samson (the womanizer) were just a few of the cracked vessels God used to essentially change the world during their time. Proverbs 21:1 ensures us that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes.”
As you and I sit and reflect on the election results and what this means for the future of our country, we need to open our eyes to one crucial truth—bickering will not help…it will only destroy us from the inside-out.
Let’s cease the negativity.
Let’s fall on our faces and pray.
Pray for our President.
And pray for our nation!