This isn't a post where we all debate over who should have won and who voted for who and why who is wrong for what. I don't care who anyone voted for. The decision has been made.
And now, it's our move.
Everyone was torn. Unfortunately we were left with two candidates and neither is walking with the Lord or living in a God-pleasing way. That's just the way it is. A lot of people had to vote for a lot of different reasons. We all had to take a lot of things into consideration.
The Supreme Court.
The candidate's running mates.
The refugee crisis.
The morality of each candidate.
I could go on forever. But it doesn't change what happened yesterday. Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. That will not change.
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have made some extremely ungodly choices and have said some very disturbing things. Both are not leading our country with the Lord and His work in mind, that's unfortunately just the facts. We could sit and argue for days about our disagreements and our preferences and all of the things we wished would have happened. But unfortunately, we don't have time.
Weather you are grieving the victory of the 45th president of the United States or are proud of his win, we can't forget that our jobs here on earth are not to just fill out a ballot and then sit back for the next four years until we do it again. We serve a God who cares about the issues of every person that lives in this nation. He cares about the issues of every person in this world. Every single person He created and every hair on their head.
I personally look at the victory of Donald Trump and my heart laments. While I am so glad that he is pro-life, and while there are a small few things I appreciate that he would like to change, and an amendment he would like to upkeep, my heart ultimately is grieving. It's not that I think of another candidate and wish they would have won, not one is walking with the Lord or would have lead our country in a God-fearing direction. I lament and grieve for the people who are hurting and will be hurt by his presidency. All of us who are survivors of sexual abuse grieve. Refugees who have been forced from their homes or have needed to flee for the safety of their families and lives grieve. Mexican immigrants grieve. Many people of color grieve. The transgender and homosexual communities grieve. If you haven't seen a handful of the hate crimes breaking out since Trump was elected, please take the time to read this link:
While it's definitely not all Donald Trump's fault that people are being hateful, racist, and acting like terrorists, this is the reason people are afraid. I am privileged enough to be a white woman who lives in one of the safest cities in America, so for the most part, this doesn't make me fearful for my life or safety. I will not be told to go back where I came from, no one is going to spray paint my car with racist hate, I don't wear a hijab for someone to rip off my head, and my blonde hair and blue eyes don't make me afraid to get pulled over by the police. It's sometimes hard for me to grasp what these people are going through, but when I read about those crimes of hatefulness, it helps me get a grip on what fear others must feel.
We are God's church and we can and need to make a change within our communities and our country. AS the Church of the Almighty God in Heaven, we should be the people that hurting and fearful people immediately run to for help. Think about all of the people who are hurting. Let's just be completely real. Mexicans illegally immigrate here for a better life for themselves, for their children, for their families, for their futures, whatever it may be, people immigrate here for the change and life that people like myself and my families are so privileged to live. Where is the church in that issue? How many churches are branching out or serving that population? How many ministries are there for illegal immigrants. God has literally brought the mission field to us through diaspora, and we do nothing with it. Refugees come here from the Middle East because their homes, the places they've grown up and where their family histories and cultures ly, are worn torn and are being invaded by terrorist and rebel militia groups. How many churches are involved in a ministry for refugees? How many of us invite refugees into our homes for dinner? God has again brought the mission field to us and we don't even touch it. Think about the LGBTQ community. There aren't many ministries at all for homosexual and transgender people. But they're people who, just like all of us, are hurting, their hurt just looks different than ours. They're people who desperately need the Lord, just like we do. They need to see marriage and the roles God created for men and women the way that God intended for us to see it, but we don't share it. There's a community of African Americans who are afraid for their lives, for justice, for their futures, and they feel oppressed. They want justice. They have had their whole lives to be Black, and instead of listening to them and having empathy, instead of lamenting for our nation, instead of acknowledging the facts, we tell them that it doesn't matter. All lives matter, we all have problems, we all have rough times. We're not giving a listening ear or kindness and compassion.
I could run on this forever. But we would still end up right back here. There are people grieving. We cannot change the choices that were made by our nation yesterday. But we serve a God who is pro-active, who has created us to move. There are millions of hurting people in our nation today, and they'll be hurting tomorrow. The government will not fix that. Our president will not fix that. Our communities will not fix that. And they were never intended to. God created us as His Church for a reason. We can argue and hashtag and out status each other for the rest of our lives, but that helps no one. That does nothing. We are called to get up and move. We are the hands and feet of God Himself. We are not called to complain for four more years until another election comes around. We are called to listen to the cries of the hurting people. We are called to take the message of undying love and grace, that Christ has given us, and take it to the world. We are called to love our enemies. We are called to pray for our leaders, our president, our congressmen and women, or senators, our Supreme Court Justices. We are called by the God in who reigns in Heaven to take His love to everyone; immigrant, illegal immigrant, LGBTQ, Muslim, Christian, victim, whoever is put on our paths. So let's get up and do something.
"Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!"
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