After 595 days, this election has been nothing more than a crazy ride filled with primaries, campaigns, candidates and finally the election. I’m now a wet noodle, waterlogged from the constant tirades. It’s been an insane season. This election could not have come too soon. Now that a week has passed, I am praying that the divisions we witness can begin healing. Sixteen months has taught me a lot; here’s a few of them:
- Becoming commander-in-chief of the United States is a humbling experience and can certainly bring you to your knees. Whether or not your candidate won, those in authority deserve our prayers.
- There’s a difference between what’s said in a campaign and holding office
- Respect for the rule of law (with the Constitution as the basis of those laws) is paramount. If you don’t like a law, then change it through the democratic process. Without law, there’s chaos.
- Respect the tradition of the peaceful transition of power.
- Never answer the phone from an unknown number within six months of a presidential election
- Elections don’t need to last this long. Let’s have election limits.
- Media pundits have one job — create a “sensational story,” telling you what to fear and who to blame for it. My blood pressure goes down when I don’t listen to the constant banter.
- Words can be daggers, so watch what you say. They always come back to haunt you. This is for every human being, not just political candidates.
- Hurtful words come from everyone, and it’s especially sad to hear from “church-goers.”
- No one on the face of the earth is perfect. People can change, and God can and does change hearts.
Sadly, the recent election brought out the worst in many. We have a long way to go, but America has more common ground than our divisions. We all can agree to disagree without resorting to violence. Kindness and respect goes a long way in healing. It’s time to bend our knee, pray, and heal. It starts with me.
What do you think?
Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”