Those of us living in the United States aren’t living in Trump’s America, we’re just living in America. If we let fear rule us, it will. If we let hate control us, it will. If we let injustice guide us, it will. We are a nation founded on liberty, truth, and justice.
Our nation only falls if we let it. How disrespectful to our veterans–especially today, Veteran’s Day–if we let it falter. We cannot let injustice stand. I don’t mean the election results, though those who protest peacefully have a right to do so.
Now is the time to love our neighbor as ourselves. Now is the time to heal the divide that political factions caused. Now is the time to rise against injustice everywhere. Discrimination, hate speech, corruption. These are the things Americans can no longer tolerate. We need to stand in solidarity with all our citizens, our brothers and sisters across the continent and even Alaska and Hawaii.
As Christians, we place our hope and trust in God, but it cannot end there. We need to show everyone the same love Christ showed us. That doesn’t mean we condone sin; we must, however, embrace sinners. If we don’t get dirty, we can’t pull anyone from the mire.
The world is watching. It is, as it always has been, especially focused on Christians. Some blame them for Trump’s victory. Others are galvanizing them to battle the discrimination in the world. I don’t know if we’re seeing more because Trump was elected or because the media are more focused on it because Trump was elected.
Either way, our calling is clear. We must stand alongside the marginalized, the victim, the poor.
Whether in the city, the suburbs, or the country. Whether black, brown, or white. Whether rich or poor. Whether male or female. Whether Christian, Muslim, Jew, or any other religion. We are all brothers and sisters. Let’s act like our brothers’ keeper.
In a country where people feel less safe, love is needed now more than ever. Truth will win in the end, but until then, give grace, show mercy, and fight for justice. Especially for those without a voice or whose voice has been taken away.