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I think it is fair to say that we have all been engrossed in this election possibly more than any other before in our life time. A female was nominated by the democratic party as their candidate. Not just any female, but one whose husband has already held the office of President. A billionaire, real-estate, reality t.v. personality, entrepreneur became the republican nominee. I don't know that any of us really truly believed it would end up as these two as our options, but none the less that is where we stood.
Yesterday/Early this morning, Donald Trump became the President Elect of the United States of America. Footage was shared all night and all day today of the devastation the democratic party felt from this loss. Today Mrs. Clinton, President Obama, and several celebrities took their opportunity of speaking to the nation from their platforms to encourage everyone to unity. I was, honestly, rather surprised by how well both Clinton and Obama's speeches went today. I didn't hear any hatefulness or slander. Instead I heard them admit the pain of this defeat, but encourage their supporters to respond in kindness and unity. Reminding everyone that nothing will get done, whomever is in office, if we do not work together.
ONE Nation, UNDER God. Believers, you either trust the Lord with EVERYTHING or you have trusted Him with NOTHING. Like it or not folks, we are a team.What wounds one of us, wounds all of us. One communities victory, is all of our victory. No matter your stance Republican or Democrat, no matter your sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or lack there of, profession, hobbies, no matter if your candidate won or lost last night, we are ALL in this together. We will all be going through the next four years, whatever they may hold, TOGETHER.
A friend and I have been texting since last night about all that we are reading on social media and online press. We both are baffled. Baffled by the energy some are putting into hate. So many folks consider Trump the hate candidate, but I have to say, in the last two days the most hate I have seen is from the opposition. People are posting their new follower counts on their socials because people are actually unfriending each other both virtually and IRL because they do not see eye to eye. PEOPLE!!!!! Where is your open mindedness now? Where is the tolerance you have been preaching for the last year, for the last decade??!!! Where is your acceptance of a community that is different than your own? Am I the only one confused here? Is it really one sided acceptance you have been preaching? Is it really as simple and ignorant as, "believe what I believe or your wrong"??!!
I realize as a Christian, Middle aged, white, female a lot of my convictions, morals, ethics, and basic rules of order are going to be quiet contrary to that of the world around me. That doesn't mean that I have the inability to understand where someone else is coming from. It doesn't mean that I am going to throw a hissy because you disagree with me. I am capable of being your friend/family and retaining my own views even when they don't align with yours. Are you?
I understand being heartbroken when you have invested so passionately into something or someone. I understand disappointment because things did not go your way. I understand the sting of the wounded pride and ego because you weren't just wrong in your guesses, you were rrrreeeeeaaaaalllllyyyyy wrong in your guesses, polling. I understand fear. Fear, anxiety and sheer uncontrollable panic have become my companions over the last few years. So, believe me when I say that I UNDERSTAND fear, anxiety and panic. What I don't understand is the mentality that all the work that has been done up to this point, popular, good bad or otherwise is going to be undone overnight. I don't know that tomorrow you will wake up to a overturned Roe vs. Wade, whom by the way, I have heard speak and regrets her decision to abort. But we never discuss that when tossing around the ol' R v W argument. You aren't going to wake up tomorrow and your marriage is over night illegal. The system is still going to work as it always has. The Senate, the House, local government, processes and systems will still work as they have before. Will they produce the same outcomes as a Democratic House? Not always. Perhaps not ever. But the rules of order will remain. They've been in place long before us and as a former Pastor of mine use to say, "Lord willin' and the creek don't rise", will be in place long after us.
We are in this together you guys. If you aren't offering solutions, positivity, hope, encouragement out into the world and people around you right now then my fear is you are only offering more problems, negativity, and despair. You are either a part of the problem or apart of the solution. If you voted, your voice was heard whether you won or lost. We have had the distinct privilege to choose the leadership of our country and no matter what side of it all you stand on it is now time to come together and make things happen. Good things!!! Now is the time for each of us to actually put into action tolerance, acceptance, patience, pursuit of truth and proper governmental order. Now is when talk, becomes actions. All those posting their little hearts out for months leading up to last night, what will you do with your time now? How will you help progress the state of our nation?!
Happy Election 2016 is Over Day!!!! May we all find some peace, rest, resolution and kindness as we head out of 2016 and into 2017.
~ We Either Trust Him With EVERYTHING or We Trust Him With Nothing. ~