Finally, our new President has taken his seat in the Oval Office and hopefully the major protests are behind us. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the pomp and circumstance and am thankful for Internet access in light of the fact that the mainstream media does not provide coverage for the Donald Trump supporter. Luckily I can find my fellow Trumpsters online, swapping comments and reveling in the knowledge that President Donald J. Trump will be a great “agent of change” (to quote Judge Janine).
I hate to shine a light on the protests that turned destructive and resulted in several hundred arrests, but wanted to say going forward (at God’s urging) I have decided to respond to their anger with kindness, love and prayer. I pray that over time their hearts soften and their minds open to the possibility that things in this country will get better and be safer with more opportunity for all of us. I do understand disappointment and freedom of speech but I have grown weary of these months of angst. This unwillingness to accept the election results prevents any chance of unity.
Just last Thursday – the day before the inauguration – while at work I had an encounter with someone who stopped into our office to sell health insurance. I made a remark – which I can see in introspect was a mistake – about waiting to see what will happen once Obamacare is repealed. Well that remark started a hateful rant that exhibited a complete and total unwillingness to accept the fact that the following day Donald Trump would become our 45th President. As I attempted to debate him and the lies he told about President Trump, I finally was force to insist this person leave my office. As he left still spouting off I almost locked the door for fear of his return. This incident highlighted for me just how profound the divide has become.
My conclusion is that it would be easy to respond in kind with anger but it was clear that I was powerless to diffuse it. Only a willingness to be open and God’s power can diffuse this anger. That’s why going forward I will counter anger with words of scripture (if I can bring something to mind on the spur of the moment), along with kindness and love. I had a chance to use my strategy just last night on Facebook and at first I wanted to say !@*#. But I didn’t. I sent love instead and what I discovered is that I was filled with peace. Amazing! Thank you Lord for giving us the answer… to love your neighbor as yourself. Not love your neighbor if they agree with you… the Bible is clear
“And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
Praise God. I’ll do my best.