Christians, Election 2016, Love

To All My Fellow Christians, those Rejoicing in Today:

The feeling of victory is palpable.  It is an exhilarating feeling, a natural high of euphoric proportions.  I understand why few would be compelled to conceal it.  We have all felt this, in one way or another.  So for those rejoicing, I want to remind you not to lose yourselves in this moment.

Please do not get so caught up, that you forget to look at those around you.
What you say, says a lot about what is in your heart, and the love you have for others.

Yes, we all want to be right, and win.  But what do we want more than that?  We all want to feel loved, accepted, safe, and heard.  At the very least, we all have that in common.

Let us LISTEN to others, with compassion and empathy, rather than shout over them.

Just as we should any day after an election, let us focus on UNITY.
We are all a broken and hurting people whether we wear it on our sleeves, or brush it under a rug.  We are all more alike, then we want to admit.

So let’s finish our day with compassion, empathy, and try to understand each other with LOVE.

I am glad that Trump didn’t gloat last night. I’m glad that he admitted how exhausting the whole process was.  I don’t stand with Trump, and have never supported him.  However, I want his supporters to at least glean that from him, – and win without boasting.

So remember why you call yourself a Christian – JESUS!

Be like Jesus, look out for the LEAST OF THESE (Matthew 25:40) – the forgotten, the abused, the bullied.  Love Your Neighbor (Mark 12:31), and Do Not Boast (1 Cor 13:4).  If you speak, without love, you are going to sound like a clanging symbol (1 Cor 13:1) that no will want to hear.  They will plug their ears and tune you out.

As Christians, let’s start here:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Let’s reach out to those that are different from us, the marginalized, those that may be outside our everyday circles, and those that we do not relate to.  There are hurting people all around us.   Let us seek to understand, and serve them.  Let us all unite through Love, it is the only way.

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