I am not giant of wisdom, that you were anxiously biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting for my thoughts on the turbulent last 24 hours of the United States. And quite frankly, the turmoil has spanned the last two years and managed to has carve a political grand canyon divide amongst american citizens.
Our next president faces, what I perceive, to be the greatest up-hill battle in recent history. Reconciling the American people. I imagine this as throwing rope bridges like crazy across the grand divide until enough people are on the other side to start building solid, immobile and lasting bridges. Permanent fixtures that tether both sides together.
In order for there to be people on the other side of the canyon, some must go first. We must blaze a dangerous and risky trail across to the other side. The rope is hair-thin and subjected to so much ridicule and strain already. Sweat on our brows, balancing on our tip toes frantically hurrying to solid ground, so that we may erect a better bridge, to bring people safely together. We will face winds of opposition and at times, lonesome, empty air beneath us.
If you are not a Christ-Follower, more than likely you will discount the rest of this article or simply stop reading altogether. While I do not wish for you and implore you to stay, I understand. Reconciling is not a human invention or notion. It is paranormal and at times, counter-intuitive. To understand how to reconcile a vastly divided people, one must learn from the author of reconciliation.
Enter Jesus. (Into politics? GASP!)
This is not regarding politics. This is regarding bringing people together rather than dividing them.
Jesus reconciled our sin and flesh with our Father who can only tolerate righteousness. Jesus met people in the muddiness of their dark hours and offered a hand, a tear, a word and love. He met people where they were at. He prayed for them. He held them. He listened. Jesus became our sin in order to reconcile us with God.
Regardless of who you wanted to win and who did win, we have a new president and an obvious need for change in society. Instead of stepping on each other for voting for our new president or not voting for him, why not look left and look right and see the people you are living life with. Be light and salt like we are commanded to live as Christ followers. Don’t engage in endless, hate-filled and meaningless facebook debates. Instead, take a true interest in one another. Pray for each other. Intercede for our new president. Pray for wisdom and discernment into others lives as well as your own. Shine the Light.
Resolve yourself to help reconcile the massive gap in our people by simply being Jesus to people. Jesus had the divine knack for bringing diverse people together. If He is for you, who can be against you? If He is in control of your heart, you too, should be able to bring people together in His likeness.
Reconciling people looks suspiciously like being Jesus to people. (Which you should already be doing.)
Daniel 2:20-22 NIV
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.