I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes, and one question inside:
What. Just. Happened??
Remember when we all thought this was some kind of joke?
I’m only 30, but this election season has been like nothing I’ve ever seen.
Now we have a new, soon-to-be President of the United States of America.
A president who has been accused multiple times of sexually assaulting women, yet somehow all the charges disappear.
A president who I wouldn’t leave a daughter alone with, let alone a country.
No Good Options
It was a tough election. For a lot of us, there were no good options. No one really represented what we believed — except maybe in the third party candidates, who didn’t stand a chance, sadly.
- On the one hand, we were offered a man who is racist, hateful, arrogant, and normalizes rape culture.
- On the other, we were offered a woman who supports abortion, has been accused of selling defense secrets, and has potential ties to child sex trafficking.
(Are the allegations true, for either of them? Who knows. I never know what to believe in the media because there’s so much bias. Maybe it’s the conspiracy theorist inside me, but none of the accusations surprise me.)
So for many of the pro-life, pro-equality, pro-small-government people like myself, it came down to this question: Which is the lesser of two evils?
Not exactly the question you want to be asking about the leader of our nation.
Each person had to answer to their own conscience. There were a myriad of pros and cons to consider for each candidate. For many of us, it was a choice we never thought we’d have to make.
This morning as I laid in bed, stunned by the news of our new president, I started praying. And then I realized:
This is an opportunity.
When life is easy, we get complacent. When adversity comes, then courage rises.
Today I read this beautiful passage in the devotional “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young:
Do not let any set of circumstances intimidate you. The more challenging your day, the more of My power I place at your disposal. You seem to think that I empower you equally each day, but this is not so. …I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly. The degree to which I strengthen you … is based mainly on two variables: the difficulty of your circumstances, and your willingness to depend on Me for help. (From the November 11th Entry)
Maybe this scary time in our nation’s history is our opportunity. Maybe it’s a call for us to make a difference. Because the president can make a dent, but it’s ordinary people who make a change.
- If we want to bring down the oppression of racism, then we need to each personally stand up, speak out, and make a difference.
- If we want to break the rape culture of our nation, then we are the ones who need to create a culture of no tolerance for sexual assault.
I’ve always been one to shy away from speaking out about controversial issues. But maybe that’s my mistake.
Now it’s time for me to learn more about the issues, search my own heart for bias, and then see what I can do to raise awareness and make a difference.
Many of us hear stories of men and women who came before us, who stood up for what they believed in. We’re inspired by the stories. Sometimes we wish we could live their lives.
And maybe this is our chance.
As always, please share your own thoughts in the comment section. I truly would love to hear from you!