For those of you that I have a real life relationship with, I want to take a moment and share my heart with you.
Over the past two days, I have seen a lot of division on social media. Many of my friends are thrilled with the election results, but nearly as many are upset.
Politically speaking, I have many conflicting feelings about what transpired over the past few days, but from my perspective, not much has truly changed.
First off, I love you. I want to make sure that it is clear that this is not qualified by your beliefs, your choices, or your nature aligning with my own.
This does not mean that we will, or should, agree on everything. Unity does not mean the same thing as uniformity. The history of humanity, and America as a nation, is characterized by the importance of a diversity of opinions. That is why we have to acknowledge that, regardless of the prevailing narrative, just because we disagree with one another does not mean that we cannot love one another well.
Unlike humans, ideas are not created equal, so they require debate and defense. That shouldn’t surprise or scare us. When we see wrong being done we should fight it, and when we see good we should praise it. When it comes to our ideas, cowardice and sensitivity won’t get us anywhere, so let’s argue and support ideas while acknowledging that we are all people who have inherent worth and should be treated like they matter. To this end, let’s avoid sweeping generalities and tempting polarizations.
Humanity was created in the image of God. He has given us everything necessary to live this life in a way that honors the individual, each other, and God himself. Along with our conscience, he has also given us reason. So be it from his written words, or the natural law written on every man’s heart, we are held accountable for how we live. We are not made unto ourselves, but for the good and service of others.
Today, evil still exists, and it makes its home in every human heart. This fact does not hinge upon the results of an election, and cannot be solved by one. As a result, the necessary pivot, not only for this nation, but every man or woman is to recognize the darkness of their own heart and repent to God of it. We cannot work to achieve righteousness on our own, and this is why Christ died in our place.
You and I are guilty of putting ourselves first, and we all need forgiveness. I am biased and have limited perspective. I am self-concerned and too busy and have missed it more times than I’d care to admit. And the truth is that you aren’t any different. Repentance is the only solution.
This only gives us one position from which real change can start: on our knees. Only from the place of humility can we have clear eyes to deal properly with our world and those in it. We can deal with others in grace because we know that if our inner thoughts and darkest days were played out on the big screen, we wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.
So, as American citizens, we shouldn’t bow out in the moment the political climate is not to our liking. Whether that is due to this current president or the next, those moments are precisely where our civic opportunities and duties meet. We should argue and defend with tenacity — refusing to take lightly the freedom afforded to us. After all, standing up for what is right, no matter what, is so much of what it means to be an American.
And as human beings, we must walk in humility—before God and others. Let’s recognize our own failings and limited perspective, submit ourselves to God, and then do good in every way possible.
If you made it this far, whether you agree with me or not, thank you for hearing my heart.
I love you all.
“…and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
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