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A Letter to the United States of America

Posted by William Law on

My Dear America, 

On this post-election reaction Wednesday, I learned a few things. I learned that we as human beings hold onto pain, bitterness, anger, even hatred in the face of disappointment. I learned that we as Americans are spoiled and we expect things to go our way; and when things don't go our way, we have a hard time accepting that. On the flip side, I also learned that we have just as hard of a time remaining humble when things do go our way. Most of all, I learned that we put WAY too much faith in other human beings. 

In the aftermath of last night's (or this morning's, rather) election results, I was a little shocked at what I saw being posted on Facebook today. As someone who actually voted for Trump, I found myself getting defensive and even angry at people I thought I knew (in a Facebook friends kind of way). I even unfriended someone! (Gasp!) But then I started to think back to 2008 and I began to feel a little ashamed of myself. When Barack Obama became president, I was disappointed, angry, unsupportive and I posted my thoughts, where else? On Facebook. What a hypocrite I am.

As we've all figured out, this country is more divided today than ever. As close as this presidential race was, nothing good ever comes from a 50/50 split. The only way for this country to become "great again" is for us all to come together as a nation (under God) and try to empathize with those on the other side of the line. James 1:19 (NIV) says, "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." He also said, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

Clinton supporters: I get it. You spent the past 2 years getting to know Hilary Clinton, buying into her plan, riding out the turbulence, and believing that she was the best choice to lead our country. However, like I did with President Obama in 2008, you have to come to grips with the fact that Donald Trump is, indeed, our next president. It may take a while, but the red you see now will begin to fade.

Trump supporters: You have to understand that people are genuinely concerned about our country at the helm of Mr. Trump. Empathize with those who feel this way and trust that our new leaders have this nation's best interest at heart.

Followers of Christ: Be a light. Don't boast in victory and don't protest in defeat. Our faith is in Jesus, not people. When the dust settles, He is still King and He is the only one who knows how this story ends. Pray for Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, and those they decide to surround themselves with and ask God how you can shine a positive light in a dark world.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

I know it doesn't seem like it today, but we truly do live in the greatest country on the planet. We, as a whole, need to look around at everything we have, including the freedom to voice our opinions and vote for a new leader every 4 years, and be grateful. Yes, we still have major issues that need to be addressed, but if we're going to "make America great again", we have to look in the mirror and realize that we really are "stronger together".

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