As the dust settles, let it.
It’s time to cease fire. Stop fighting each other. The polls have closed. The votes are in. Regardless of who you were rooting for, it’s over. Enough of the name-calling and the bullying and the us-versus-them. Enough hate. The more we make an enemy of those across the aisle, the more we paralyze ourselves. We make progress impossible and extreme division inevitable. (See #election2016.)
Instead, choose to love. Love each other because there is more to a person than their party identification. Love each other because we are all broken and we have all fallen short. Love each other because love is willing to make sacrifices, and if we have any hope of healing, it is absolutely critical that we learn to compromise with one another. Compromise is not a sign of defeat—it is an act of love. It says that I value the person with whom I disagree more than I value my own interests. Forgive because you have been forgiven. Love each other.
As the dust settles, bathe in the new breaking light.
Quit mourning. This nation is far from dead. This is not the end. Dry your tears and rest in the fact that the God we serve has never failed, and He’s not about to start. This election was bathed in prayer at an unprecedented scale. Don’t think for a second that God didn’t show up yesterday. We only have part of the picture now—just a fragment of the whole story—but we know that in the end, God wins. It can be hard to understand these things with our limited perspective, but God had told us He has a great plan for His people. This election was always a part of that plan, and the results were not an accident. Trust Him.
Quit being afraid. This country was built to withstand tough blows, and it was created to balance itself. The American government is more than a president. The president’s power is neither unlimited nor unchecked. No matter who is sitting in the Oval Office, we need strong leaders in every branch of government—and at every level. In order to do that, we need an educated and active electorate. The power ultimately still lies in the hands of the people. So, people, use that power. This election was nothing if not a wake-up call. We can’t afford to be apathetic or cynical any longer. We must engage and do so with optimism and humility.
As the dust settles, remember that it settles evenly.
We ALL call this country home. We’re democrats and republicans, conservatives and liberals, sure. But we’re Americans first. We’re on the same team. Out of many, we are one.
We’re wild spirits. We’re fighters and innovators and passionate progress-makers. We work hard and make change and fix what is broken. When we fall, we get back up and run even harder. We never quit because we never lose sight of our common goal: liberty. That goal is not lost.
So lift your head, fix your eyes on the future, and resolve to love fiercely, to hope relentlessly, and to run with perseverance the race marked out for us. We have been so abundantly blessed as a country, and that has not changed. We might be knocked down, but we are not destroyed. And we are never abandoned.