It’s been 3 weeks since the presidential election. I wrote this post the day after the election but because social media was such a hot-bed of hate that day (and many days following – and still is in some places), I decided to hold off on posting it and wrote something very similar (but different) instead. I had no plans of ever publishing this one but was encouraged by a blogger friend that I should. I have chosen to not edit it and post it exactly as originally written.
It’s the day after a historic, game-changing presidential election. Social media is on fire. I won’t share for whom I voted yesterday; those who know me personally probably already know. But that’s irrelevant to this conversation because I am not here to take sides or share my political opinions. People are upset, outraged, and emotional, to say the least. People are wondering how this could have happened. How did America get it wrong? What do we tell our children?
I’ve seen countless headlines about how to explain this to our kids. I haven’t read the articles because I doubt my girls, being ages 2 and 4, will ever ask. But if they do, I know what I will say.
- I will say that while it might not be the case for all voters, sometimes people believe that there is no good choice so they use the information they have to make the decision they feel is better for the country.
- I will say that’s the amazing thing about being an American; we get to choose and we get to disagree, but we should always do so respectfully.
- I will say that even though Hillary didn’t win, she’s already broken the glass ceiling by being on the ballot and has paved the way for a woman to be elected one day.
- I will say that they have a chance at being that woman.
- I will say that millions of people who voted for Donald J. Trump did so with good intentions, whether justified in those intentions or not.
- I will say that no one person or party will ever completely change or fix the many, many problems and inequalities of our nation; only God can do that.
- I will say that the numbers tell us that half of America’s voters wanted to see a drastic change for many reasons and were willing to overlook deplorable behavior in order to make it so.
- I will say to take hope in the fact that sometimes God uses “bad” people to do great things.
- I will say that it is our duty as Americans to support our new president and respect his or her office.
- I will say that it is our duty as Christians to pray for our leaders and for the prosperity of our nation.
- I will say that they have the power to vote and that they should, every time, with prayer, conviction, and education.
- I will say that they have the opportunity to change the world.
- I will say that there will be many battles in life but in the end, Good will always win the war.
I know today is a big day. Emotions are running high for many. But today I will show love. Today I will show empathy. Today I will thank God for this great nation and for the opportunity to do what so many of us take for granted – to vote and openly voice our opinions. Today I will walk confidently knowing that God is in control and we will be fine. Our children will be fine; they learn more from us than they do from our presidents and politicians.
Be kind today. Our kids are watching, remember?