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How Do We Respond?

My heart is broken.

I rarely write about politics, but I am going to tell you right now, this has nothing to do with my politics or yours. I write this to express what I’ve experienced in the realm of our society and social media the lasts couple of days.

My heart breaks for….

  • The woman wearing the hajib that was assaulted as she walked along the street by two white men. And it being described as a hate crime.
  • A celebration march of the KKK, because the candidate they endorsed got elected.
  • The openly gay student who broke down in tears in his classroom because he feared that his identity was going to be compromised by a newly elected leader.
  • Many people (both men & women) who I love and care about,  voting for (thereby supporting) mistreatment of people of different colors, races, religion and genders.
  • My husband, a Hispanic-American, who prior to this election felt discomfort in going in public with his white partner, now being unsure of how he will be responded to going out by himself.
  • The divisiveness that continues in our country, even after the election is over.

In all of this, I’ve been trying to focus on what Jesus would be doing in this situation. I know that he would not likely care who the newly elected official was, as he made a clear separation between what belonged to Casesar and what belonged to God. (Matthew 22:15-22)

However, Jesus was about building relationships with people and loving them through their own life experience. I believe wholeheartedly that Jesus would be listening to those who are feeling the impact of what has happened.

He would be listening. He would be available. He would be sharing a message of love.

It has been hard to be on social media these last few days, and I plan to take a step back. But my prayer in how you and I respond, is that instead of judging the person who is angry, to listen to them. Instead of mocking the person who is content, seek to understand their point of view and share your own. Have a conversation.

People are allowed to react to this election how they choose to. It may not be the best way, or the way you would respond, but aren’t we all sinners? Aren’t we all imperfect people, in need of a Savior, in need of love, compassion and forgiveness?

We are the same in that way. And the ways where we are very different are opportunities for conversation, to partner together and to unite.

Our country was not founded by people who all believed the same exact things, but it was founded by people who found common ground and believed they had a voice. Today, people are using their freedom of speech because they want their voice heard.

I don’t believe the world is ending or that we are in grave danger. I know who my Creator and Savior is and I put my trust in Him. But I do take seriously the threats made against innocent minorities in our country as well as how our future president has spoken about relationships with other countries and our foreign policy.  I would be a naive and uninformed American citizen if I didn’t take seriously these things, right?

Whether you are black, white, Muslim, Jew, Christian, gay, straight, Hispanic and everything in between, we all have work to do to love each other.

And for those of you who are part of the body of Christ, people are watching us. People are seeking a response from us. Regardless of our political beliefs, we must be united in Christ and promote the message Jesus would.

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:8 – 17

I lean heavily on His peace today.

27 [Jesus said] Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

I am listening. I am available. I want to share Christ’s message of love.

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