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Experiencing Election Blues
Dear Democrat Christian,
It has come to my attention that you are experiencing post-election blues. I empathize with what you are going through. After the elections of 2008 and 2012, I felt what you have been feeling since last night. In shock, sad, like the end of America was invited in the front door. So, I feel you, I embrace you. It is not fun to have the person you voted for lose, and I get that, I have experienced it first-hand.
I voted for Trump and I thought I would be feeling more excited about our victory today, but I was saddened by the un-Christ-like reaction of so many of my friends who are anti-Trump. In raving over how unloving, intolerant, racist, anti-feminine, proud, and bigoted Trump is, you have come across unloving and intolerant.
I get that it is difficult to lose but there is such a thing as losing well. Many of my friends have praised Clinton for gracefully conceding the election to Trump. Sadly, her followers have not done the same. Before the votes started coming in, I thought there was no way Trump was going to win, and I started to prepare myself for the outcome. I was beginning to prepare what I was going to say if Clinton won the election. Nasty possible facebook statuses flashed through my mind like, "Well, seems 'Hitler'y Clinton won the election" etc. But thankfully before the votes even started rolling in, God convicted me. The Holy Spirit reminded me of what Romans 13: 1-2 says, "Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves." Being a follower of Christ meant that even if Clinton won I was supposed to submit to her because she was placed there by God! I didn't like the idea, but since my love for God takes a greater priority than my political stand, then I was going to submit to her whether I liked her or not. The same goes for Christians who did not want Trump to win the election, we need to submit to the governing authority set in place.
It's important to remember that we voted for a president, not a Messiah. I have Christian friends who have cried over the results of the election. Yes, it is sad when the party you vote for does not win, but our hope should not be set on a fallible human being. Neither Clinton nor Trump can save America and the world, only God can. It takes more than a president to change America into a more loving and accepting country, it takes Christians living like Christians. Not accepting immorality, but standing on the sinner's side against the sin that so easily entangles him.
Let's stop supposing that America would have gotten better if Clinton had been elected. Truth is, with all main media sources endorsing Clinton and blasting Trump, closet-fulls of skeletons would have tumbled out of Hillary after the election. Trump is not perfect, the whole world knows it. He has a big mouth. He's said and done some things that no one should do or say. However, let's stop praising Clinton as if she's some sort of Mother-Teresa. It's scarier to have a president who lies about confidential information that could put the country at risk, than a president who has rudely speaks his mind.
Let's also stop calling people who did not vote for Clinton "women haters". I am a woman and I voted for Trump, not because I don't like women but because I know as women we can do so much better than Clinton. If Clinton is the best we can come up with for a female nominee, than we have a pretty poor view of women. We need a woman who speaks the truth, stands up for herself, has self-respect in not allowing her husband to sleep around with other women.
So my dear Christian democrat friend. I love you. I empathize what you are going through. But I also love you to much to stand by watching you melt in self-pity and anger against Trump. We are called to submit to authority. We did what we could in voting, now it's time to submit. We are called to pray for those governing over us, let's pray for Trump. Let's be Christians who love the unlovable. I continue to pray for Clinton even though she lost the election. She and Trump are so much bigger in God's eyes than any president can be. They are both created by God and Jesus died for both of them. Let's remember the eternal and be concerned over Trump and Clinton's eternal residence more than their temporal one. For after this life it won't matter whether they lived in the white house or not.