A few days before the US election, one of my colleagues came in looking very unsettled. She was truly terrified of what it would mean if Donald Trump won the election. We talked briefly, and I shared my views, some of which I will share with you today.
Honestly, I hesitated to add my voice to the cacophony of reaction. However, I am in a unique position to have friends, family, and acquaintances at all points of the political spectrum, and I make it my business to understand different perspectives.
In multiple conversations before the election, I said that our country is headed for trouble no matter who won the election. The range of reactions – from multiple sides – has only confirmed my prognosis. We are still a country divided, and no election was going to change that, but especially one that presented two highly polarizing candidates.
Vote for LIFE
In fact, because I vote for LIFE, I was not presented with a viable option between the two major party candidates.
I could not support Secretary Clinton. Not only did I know her to be an advocate for abortion-on-demand, but she also desires to use my money as a taxpayer to fund abortions up until the day of birth. This is abhorrent to me.
I could not support Mr. Trump. He may have adopted a “pro-life” position as a candidate, but his words and actions have revealed a lack of respect for particular groups of people. This is contrary to what I have dedicated my life to – the valuing of each individual life.
When I say, “I vote for LIFE,” I mean to say that I believe all human life has value, no matter at what point in the life cycle it is, and that all humans are worthy of respect. This means I believe:
- Black lives matter
- immigrant lives matter
- women’s lives matter
- Muslim lives matter
- LGBTQ lives matter
So now we have a nominally pro-life president-elect who doesn’t seem to respect life. How do we now contend for LIFE?
First of all – pray!
Over the next few days and weeks, the president-elect will be establishing his cabinet and advisors. In just the first week after his election, I have seen him make some choices that cause me concern.
My prayer is that Mr. Trump will be surrounded with wise counsel that will move our country toward reconciliation rather than the current path of division and that any divisive voices would lose their influence. Will you join me in this prayer?
Second of all – love!
We must show our neighbors and the world that while Mr. Trump has been elected to be president, we do not endorse the hateful and divisive rhetoric that drew some voters to his camp.
There have been reports of hate crimes and harassment committed by those emboldened by Mr. Trump’s election. While some of these reports have been shown to be fake, it would be a mistake to dismiss all reports. I would rather show compassion for a fake victim than to risk dismissing a true victim.
We do this by showing kindness to those around us, especially those who look or believe differently than we do. We do it by listening to people’s stories and not dismissing their experience when it is different from ours. We do it by defending the vulnerable. We do it in action as well with words.
A House Divided
Mark 3:25 states “if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” My heart cry is that our nation, which has been an inspiration for democracy and freedom and human rights around the world, would continue to stand. Yes, there are clear injustices that must be resolved, and we must be the ones to pursue resolution. It is not within the power of politicians to heal our land, but it is within ours.
Honestly, I don’t know if I was any comfort to my colleague when we spoke before the election, and I don’t know if this has helped you either, but I hope can hear my heart.