When our election ended in November, I felt a sigh of relief go through my body. Not because a president was elected but because I awaited a respite to the hatred and anger in our nation. Of course I knew that for several weeks to follow my fellow patriots would continue exercising what could be called their "first amendment rights". Democrats have come out into the streets to show their blatant opposition to the president elect and their hostility toward the "idiots" that would vote for such a man while Republicans came out of the woodwork to verbally abuse the "crybaby morons" that were opposing the new president elect. Eventually, though, the tension somewhat settled as the drama around it all subsided. Yes, there were still naysayers and full fledged supporters but the emotional flood had ebbed. Alas, I had forgotten all about the Inauguration. Yesterday I woke up and eventually scrolled through my newsfeeds. What I found were more political posts than I expected. My heart broke as I read both sides of the "argument". America, what are we becoming?
"We are not being destroyed by the election of our president, we are being destroyed by the schisms of our flesh," was my first thought.
Yet this division did not begin with Donald J. Trump. Call him what you will, the issue reaches far beyond, above, and outside of this one man. America does not have a leadership problem, it has a societal one. Society, we have blazed the trail and paved a very clear path for this victory of Donald J. Trump. We ought not have been surprised that he is our president. We have demoralized yourselves by the compromise of our hedonism over the years and it is heartbreaking. Yet, when one man stands up and speaks, we view the sound bytes of his speeches and magnify the error of his ways. There is booing and hissing, and the gnashing of teeth. But why are we surprised? Is not this man - whom we have branded as sexist, racist, crude, inappropriate, unqualified, etc. - the paragon of all we idolize? Listen to the music on the radio. Watch the films being produced. Eavesdrop on the conversations of your teenagers. Observe your neighbors at work and play. Our society has forgotten how to respect and love one another.
I watched a video this morning by a man that sums up well what has been in my mind for months. Please click on the hashtag link and watch his featured video: #notmypresident.
Following that, we should seriously consider reading the book of Habakkuk because he and God had a conversation regarding the political and societal situations of the nation of Judah. These situations are hauntingly similar to what we as a nation are facing even though Trump will not compare at all to Nebuchadnezzar and the ruthlessness he employed to rule the Babylonian empire.
Finally, we should challenge ourselves asking what it will take for us to change this societal issue? Perhaps this election will [eventually] force us to look inside ourselves for a solution to change. I pray this turmoil motivates us look into our own hearts and examine our actions, language, and attitudes. We cannot change anyone but ourselves, so I hope that we will each probe our own lives and find what we can do to make America great again by being better together.