How can our nation be so divided?
Many people voted in the United States during this 2020 election, and the race was close in so many States. It is projected that 160 million people voted of the 239.2 million people eligible to vote.
For me, in this blog, it is not about who won and who lost, but it is so important to recognize and name and discuss that we are a nation divided.
President-elect Biden addressed this tonight in his speech, and to me, it sounded honest and trustworthy. But I know those same words to someone else do not carry the same tone. Reflecting on the last four years and as I look ahead to 2021, I am struck by the mystery of this reality. I do not want to be a part of a community where everyone thinks alike. I do not want to create a circle of people who only see things in similar ways. That is not life; that is an easy way out.
And so, I plead with you to have understanding and grace for those who see things differently. Commit to curiosity and ask questions. Believe the best in each other, and don’t let lies tear down the good you know to be true in someone. And do not be silent, be courageous in sharing your own views. Be willing to disagree but still respect one another. Be ready to struggle but know when to speak and when to remain silent.
Be aware of the words you are speaking, the energy you are putting out, and your voice’s tone and volume.
Be passionate and be understanding.
Be truthful and be kind.
Be willing to consider that someone else’s opinion is theirs to own and to live with.
Be willing to say, I can not agree with you on that, and remember that it does not mean you must end a relationship or speak disparagingly about the conversation to others.
It is my most profound prayer right now that we can be a people who act responsibly with maturity and an understanding of one another. It is not time to point fingers or stand in judgment. It is time to own our own passions, words, thoughts, and actions and invite others to do the same.
May love abound,
Blessed be His name!