I am so tempted this morning to write my own commentary on everything that has transpired over the weekend. I feel like I could go on forever with examples of some of the absurdity and hypocrisy we have seen. It just makes me so mad. It feels so obvious, doesn’t it? Women march for freedom and inclusivity and yet ban pro-life women from marching. People say Trump is full of hate all while spewing hateful words over social media at the artists who were willing to perform at the inauguration events. Women call Trump sexist while Jay-Z headlined a concert as part of Hillary’s campaign. Yes, Jay-Z. I can’t even give you examples of his lyrics on here, they’re that bad…but guys, they are literally the epitome of sexism and misogyny.
I think somewhere deep inside I feel like if I could just write a really convincing blog post or provide a few articles with the actual facts or somehow clearly reveal the blatant hypocrisies, it’ll make a difference. But guess what? It won’t. The people who agree with me will like it, share it, and rejoice that someone else feels the same way as they do. The people who stand in the opposite camp will comment with passionate disagreement while feeling frustrated that people like me just don’t get it. I’m not going to miraculously change these people’s minds, as much as I wish I could.
S0, today, instead of continuing my rant in a fruitless effort to convince people of their error, I’m going to give a you a list of things I (and you, too) can do in light of recent events.
1. I can continue to strive to be the best wife, mom, daughter, friend, and sister I can be. None of what’s going on effects my day to day life. I can still choose to respond to my husband in love, choose joy in the mundane tasks of chasing a baby around, doing laundry, and cooking meals, and choose to speak words of kindness to my family members.
2. I can choose not to respond on social media with the same hatred many others are displaying. I refuse to sacrifice my reputation on the altar of politics. Choose your battles, friends. What if, a year from now, someone who you responded to with hate and sarcasm is now looking for answers in the face of some trial or crisis? You have a solution for them…the hope and peace that can be found in Christ…and yet do you really think they will come to you in their searching after your hateful remarks?
3. I can choose to extend grace. Grace for those who don’t agree with me, who don’t understand, who stand on the opposite side. Choose to show people love and kindness despite our differences. Do I still speak the truth in that love? Of course. But the truth of God’s Word, not the “truth” about the inauguration attendance, Trump’s real policies, Hillary’s past, or the biased media.
4. I can pray. Pray for Trump and his advisors and his cabinet (1 Timothy 2:1-4), knowing that whether I like him or not, he is now my President. He deserves my respect as an authority ordained by God (Romans 13:1). I can also pray for the souls of those who disagree with me, even those who spew hateful words at me or the people I support (Luke 6:28).
5. I can remember who I really am. I am a sinner saved by grace. Different in only one way from the women who cheered when Madonna said she’s thought about blowing up the white house, from Jay-Z and his horrendous lyrics, from the reporters, from the the people breaking store windows and trashing the city streets. God saved me out of my sin, out of that darkness and brought me into his marvelous light. It’s none of my doing and all of His.
6. I can have an eternal perspective. This is the world, we’re talking about. We shouldn’t expect them to agree with us or see it from our viewpoint. The world has hated Jesus all along and we are told many times to expect that same hatred (Matthew 10:22, Mark 13:13, among others). Don’t be surprised by this. Instead, let it fuel your desire for Jesus’ return and your passion to see others come to Him before it’s too late.
May this encourage you in what feels like a very discouraging time. Remember that God has placed you on this earth at this very time with a purpose. A purpose to glorify Him and make Him known. Don’t let politics, self righteous anger, and pointless debate get in the way of that purpose. Happy Monday!