1. Use your voice.
And bless them. Trust me, it works! But you got to use your mouth and vocal chords. You got it say it loud enough to hear yourself saying it. It’s liberating, and you should try it right now.
“I bless you President Trump.”
“I bless you President Obama.”
“I bless you Hillary Clinton.”
“I bless you ______________ (insert person here that annoyed you the most this election season).”
Don’t be a victim. Use your power. Change the atmosphere.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Proverbs 18:21
2. Don’t Judge
People have emotional reactions because they were emotionally invested. And this election has serious implications for different groups of people. So don’t listen to respond, listen to understand.
Don’t try to correct people you don’t have relationship with. Earn the right to be heard by loving and serving them. Acknowledge your weakness before trying to expose theirs. And focus on the log in your eye so Jesus can empower you to see people through His.
Don’t judge Hillary supporters as they process.
Don’t judge Trump supporters as they celebrate.
“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use.” – Jesus
3. Take A Break
You can actually turn off your social media, news station and phone. You can also go for a walk with your family, invite a neighbor over for a board game, or take time to read that book you been wanting to read.
The election is over.
The decision has been made.
Now, make a decision to focus on what matters most.
And know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
So take a break to remember that.
“Rest is a matter of wisdom, not law.” – Woodrow Kroll
4. Resist The Temptation To Gloat
If you voted for Trump… don’t gloat. Hillary won the popular vote. That means that more Americans wanted her to be president. No doubt about it, he won fair and square (we honor our current system) but it’s possible that more than half of your friends, family and associates disagree with you.
Help change their perspective of what the next 4 years is going to look like by being kind and gracious.
* And I celebrate so many of my Republican friends who have been just that. Thank you!
“Humility has no worthy competitor.” – Duncan Smith
5. Get Active
What was it that drove you to support Hillary or Donald?
What issues did they address that compelled you to cast a vote for them?
Well, you are the answer!
If you care about abortion then find a young woman who is thinking about it and show her the hope of God. Adopt a child in the foster care system. Pray for people who work in Planned Parenthood (Read More on Being Pro-Life Past The Election)
If you care about racism then invite a Muslim neighbor over for a meal. Say “Hola, ¿como estas?” to your Latino friend. Ask them about their journey to this nation and what this election means to them.
If you are a minority, recognize that racism is a sin issue, it lives inside us all in some shape or form. Hug your white friends till the only thing you feel is the love of God for them.
And if have nothing honoring to say to them, then you have nothing to say to them.
“You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver
6. Remember His Words
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
“Do to others what you want them to do to you.”
“Seek first the kingdom and its righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”
“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
This is the Word of God, Jesus the Son, our lovely savior, inviting us all.
Remember dear church, we are the family of God. That goes beyond politics and race. Beyond color and denominations. Beyond Donald and Hillary.
The world is watching how we do family… and we might be the only Bible they read, the only light they see, the only salt they taste.
Let’s show them the Christ-Like ways of love.
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton
PS. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
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