So, here we are on the day after yesterday and Donald J. Trump is our president-elect. As those of you who read this blog know, I didn't vote for either Hillary or Donald out of convictions of character and policies (to be clear I voted for a different candidate). That being said, we wake up on the day after yesterday with Mr. Trump as our president-elect. Therefore, I want to say a few things to those who supported Trump and those who opposed him (Pastor David Miller has done a better job if you just want to skip mine and read his.)
To the winners:
Please don't spend all your time, especially all your time online, gloating. Be gracious. Your man won and you will see the benefits of that for four years. Be kind. There is a lot of anger and name calling again today. When will this stop? Don't hate those who didn't support Trump in the election, it's a moot point now.
As Donald Trump said in his victory speech, "Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."
Also, please don't try to paint Trump into a saint. Mr. Trump is no saint, we know this. He is a hedonist who at times is crude. That is part of who he is. There is no need today to act as if Trump were a great man of God sent to rescue America.
To the losers:
Please don't spend all day scaring each other. Don't fear. Don't say "#notmypresident". Whether we like it our not Donald Trump will be OUR president for four years beginning in January. We must honor the authority given him (Romans 13:1-7). There is a lot of anger and name calling again today. When will this stop? Don't hate those who supported Trump in this election.
As Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, "I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans."
Also, please don't try to paint Trump into a Hitler. Mr. Trump reflects a demagogue in many ways, but Hitler he is not. He is better than you give him credit for and I am preaching to myself here. There is no need to act as if Trump will be installing himself as a dictator because he isn't.
Pray that Mr. Trump is worthy of his calling (Ephesians 4:1 out of context). And work to be worthy of the greater calling we have (Ephesians 4:1-6)
As God said to the exiles in Babylon, "... seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Jeremiah 29:7
Mr. Trump's successes in office are now linked to our successes. If Israel can do this for its captors then all of us can do this for our presidents.
God can and will use leaders as a balm for nations or as a dagger to nations. Pray that Mr. Trump be used as a balm.
Finally, remember where your hope is found. We must not despair because of an election and we must not get too high because of an election. Our hope, to steal a line from an article in Christianity Today, is not in an elephant or a donkey, but in a lamb. Today may feel like a great victory or a great defeat, but the cross is where our hope is and always will be found.
On this day after yesterday, regardless of who you pulled for, be Christ-like. We must as the Church shine more brilliantly. React to the big news of the day but react in a way that honors Christ today.