What can I say about the surprising presidential election that hasn’t already been said?
I could tell you that I predicted a Donald Trump victory, but that would be wrong. I honestly thought that Hillary Clinton would take this one in a rather tight race. I’m obviously not a prophet.
I could tell you that I think Donald Trump is going to be a great president or I think that Hillary Clinton would have been a better president, but that would be wrong. You all know I voted for a third party because I could not vote for either major party candidate in good conscience. If I had thought that either one would be a great president, I would have voted for him or her. If I could have supported a major candidate, I honestly would have. I’m still nervous about Trump and am going to need convincing that he will be great. I sincerely pray that all my fears will be unfounded, and Donald Trump will be the best President the United States has ever had. I would be genuinely overjoyed to see that happen.
I could tell you that we should rebel and not support the result of the election as we see across college campuses and major American cities, but that would be wrong. We have a process for a reason. The electoral college exists, and the rules of the game are set in advance. Donald Trump won this election fair and square. If you win the game, you win the game. Now we need to move ahead together. Donald Trump is going to be our president just like Barack Obama is currently our president. For this American experiment to work, we need to be united as a people.
I could tell you that it will be easy to move ahead together, but that would be wrong. We live in a culture of individualism. We live in a culture where what I want is necessarily what needs to be. Therefore, when we have to set aside ourselves and join with fellow Americans for the betterment of the country, we get angry. It is not easy to lay aside our self-centeredness and recognize that we need to humble ourselves and work together. However, it needs to happen, or the division is not going to heal. Love comes when we value others more highly than we value ourselves, so if I think I am necessarily number one, how can I love? Humility is necessary for healing.
I could tell you that America is doomed, but that would be wrong. If you read many of my Facebook friends’ posts today, you would think that an asteroid just passed the moon and was large enough to wipe America off the map. You would think that we have absolutely no hope and impact is coming at any time, but let me tell you, all is far from lost. As a Christian, I know that this world might seem messy, but it has not caught God by surprise.
That’s what I can tell you.
I can tell you that I have hope. I can tell you that I have peace, and it certainly is not coming from reading my Facebook today. I can tell you that I have joy, and it is not coming from the ranting and raving we see on TV during our 24 hour news cycle.
I have hope, peace and joy because of who God is. I know that not everyone who reads this article is going to be a Christian, and maybe you are trying to find these things somewhere else. Let me tell you, that is not going to happen. It will not be satisfactory. There is only one true Source as the apostle Paul told the Romans.
I can’t tell you much about the future. I don’t know what will happen. Donald Trump might be a good or bad president. People might rally behind him, or they might not. Our divisions might heal, or they might not. We could have the best four years in American history or the worst four years (although it will probably be somewhere in the middle).
However, what I can guarantee you that if our hope is anywhere but God, we are in trouble. Everything else is subject to change, but when your foundation is set firmly on the Solid Rock, you will be able to weather the storm and continue with peace, hope and joy. That is what I intend to do, and I hope that you will as well.