For the last few days, I’ve been stuck in the kind of mindset I can only compare to grief. I am filled with sorrow (the kind that is so exhausting, getting out of bed and showering is an actual chore), I am angry, I feel sick to my stomach, I can’t handle being around most people, and though I am a Christian I am not comforted the cute little colloquialisms floating around my Facebook newsfeed and conversations of late. And they are abundant.
“No matter who is president, Jesus is King!”
“God is in control!”
“Hallelujah! A chance for America to repent!”
Guys. I love Jesus. And yes, I really do believe He’s King and in control and capable of doing amazing things through and in spite of whatever idiots are holding the ropes in D.C.
But if you’re not feeling at least a little grieved by what just happened in our nation, you’re not as pro-life as you think you are.
Because if our new president-elect is serious about any of the platforms that got him elected (and if our republican majority house and senate are on board)– people are going to suffer. And more than that– they already are suffering.
Ok. Maybe you don’t know that. Maybe you’re so insulated in your Christian bubble that you really don’t understand. Maybe you don’t have people in your life who hold different belief systems and points of view than yours, maybe you “unfollowed” or “unfriended” all of them on Facebook, maybe you never had them to begin with. Allow me to attempt to explain my understanding of what’s happening in the minds of minority Americans right now.
They’re scared and they’re angry and they’re deeply grieved that so many Americans jumped on the Hate train. The White Power train. The train that thinks slander and sexual abuse and objectifying women is not a big deal because it happens all the time. The train that whips up a crowd into a frenzy by promising to “Make America Great Again” by kicking out people of color and creating jobs for privileged white men. They don’t know who to trust anymore– their friends, their neighbors, that nice lady at work who keeps inviting them to Bible studies and is now saying with zero actual love or compassion that “the election’s over” and to “get over it”. They do know that some of those people didn’t vote to protect their lives.
This is not what people who are actually pro-life do.
This is not how Christians are called to live in a fallen world.
What Bible are you reading?! Cause the one I have has my Jesus commanding us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34)
Just as HE loved us. Christian, does He love us from a distance? When He sees that we are scared and sad and anxious, does He tell us to “get over it”? Of course not. He loves us with an intimate, incomparable, steadfast, sacrificial love. He loved us long before we loved Him, even when we hated Him. He loves us now, when we still run from him and push him away. And because He really, truly loves us in this way, He enters into our pain. He is a man of sorrows and well acquainted with grief, and when He sees his people weeping, He weeps with them. (So says the book of John, all four gospels, and the entire Bible for that matter.)
You want to change the world? You want God to make America great again? It’s not about building walls– but breaking them DOWN! It’s not just about taking a stand for unborn lives. It’s about taking a stand for all lives. Black lives, Hispanic lives, Muslim lives, Gay lives, the life of every person in your sphere of influence. You can’t say you value “the sanctity of life” and “all lives matter” and just shrug and throw colloquialisms at the suffering and oppressed people around you. That’s not love. And I suspect you know that.
In this moment, “God is in control” shouldn’t be a colloquialism or a victory chant. At this point in history, “God is in control” should be something we can hear and tremble and cling to as we strive to understand and acknowledge what we know to be true of Him (that He is good, wise, just, and that His ways are not our ways) and what is happening in the world around us.
This world is not my home. But for now, I do live here. And as long as I do, I have some God-given work to do. And Christian, so do you.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” – Romans 12:9