I woke up today, feeling a little down, confused and unsure. I think many of us did. But what I don’t feel, is hopeless.
You see, this election is just a small part, miniscule even, in God’s story. He is so much bigger than all of this.
I’m upset, but I’m not angry. I have every right to be; I am a woman, I have Mexican blood in me. Both of these points of my being have been attacked during this past year. But Donald Trump doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know who I am or what I stand for. So I’m not going to let his words affect me, I refuse to take it personally any more. It definitely does not mean that I support him, or am I letting him ‘get away with it.’ But being angry only fuels the fire. And fighting hate with hate doesn’t solve anything. Giving into this election, and dwelling on your anger or threatening to move is only widening the division of the country instead of bringing us together. That’s not what Christ wants. That’s what the Enemy wants.
As a follower of Christ, I cannot support actions of bigotry, misogyny or intolerance. Christ is about love, acceptance and togetherness. His law is above earthly law. His law is eternal. I believe God has a bigger plan here.
The book of Romans actually talks a lot this type of situation. In Romans 13, Paul writes, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been istituted by God.”
God knows what he’s doing. He’s got a vastly bigger plan that we can see with our mere human eyes. And God says to follow my government (except where following the government will disobey God). I don’t have to agree or even like his character, but obeying the law of the land, not the man or his actions, is ultimately obeying God.
Right above this passage in Romans is a passage I’ve gone back to many times before, but more today, I needed to read the words to remind myself about what it means to love and have the true marks of a Christian.
Let love be genuine. Abhor eveil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitatlity. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no evil with evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengence is mine, I will reapy, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap buring coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:9-21, emphasis added
No one man has all the power, and we are so fortunate to live in a country where we got to voice our opinions about how we want our country to be run. Even though it didn’t turn out the way we expected or even hoped it would, we are still here to fight for good, to bound together with our brothers and sisters in Christ, to reach for the Kingdom of God.
So today, let’s have hope in the future, in our country, and in each other. Together with Christ, we can make this a world where our children can thrive, where love is genuine, and where hope abounds.