Where I’m Finding Hope After the Election

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.

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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!

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6 thoughts on “Where I’m Finding Hope After the Election

  1. Monzi says:

    Honestly, as a Black person in America, I’m not shocked by these results at all. Disappointed? Yes. Shocked…. not at all. I called Trumps victory when he won the primary. The fact is… America IS what Donald represents. I’m an avid follower of politics and I’m not naiive to realize our country is made up of more people that think like Trump than think like me. His entire platform was set before the election truly begun and if he could win the primary through his bullying and bigoted behavior, there’s there was no doubt he would win it all!
    Am I scared? For myself … no. For our country, a little bit. But now more than ever…. the church needs to stand up and out ,showing this lost culture who it’s Savior really is. I appreciate Trump for exposing us to the truth, we the minority, always knew but found it hard to believe. And now that we see this… we must seek the Lord for boldness, healing and change!
    Thanks for sharing and keep placing your hope in our King 😘😘

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  2. Amy L. Stacy says:

    I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the current political trauma. I would love to be able to share my thoughts and learn from others without falling into name calling or hatred. I did vote for Trump, not because of his personality/inadequacies/unkind words, but because of the platform he represents. As a Christian I can not vote for someone who is pro-abortion (especially when they support late-term abortions); I can not vote for someone who does not support marriage between a man and a woman (I am accepting of civil unions for the homosexual community); I can not vote for someone who supports keeping out country’s borders open to everyone (we must keep our “home” safe so we can help those truly in need); I can not vote for someone who desires high taxes on the “rich” (according to the current Democratic administration that means households who make more than $80,000); I can not vote for someone who says by law I must help pay for abortions; as a medical provider I can not vote for someone in support of the Affordable Health Care Act-it is hurting so many people and degrading our medical system; I can not vote for a person who desires to begin taxing churches; i can not vote for someone who received money from other country’s in exchange for them having a role in our foreign affairs. I can not vote for a candidate who has so blatantly lied about her activities as the Secretary of State and who, at the very least, abandoned her own post when our American citizens were in trouble (my husband is a Navy veteran-it is very close to his heart). I could go on.
    I do not think Trump is racist, if he was I really doubt Dr. Ben Carson would be supporting him along with many other respected Black Americans. (Dr. Carson is highly respectable, I have “known” him for years-read his books, see the movie based on his life). Trump has said very demeaning things about women-yes- Hillary Clinton has also degraded women by staying married to a man who has been cheating on her for years. Neither candidate is ideal-that is for certain! I just don’t understand how a Christian could vote for Hillary Clinton…… help me understand

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    • Tiffany Dawn says:

      Amy, thank you so much for sharing these things! That’s so helpful for me to hear, and I fully respect that choice and your reasoning. I know there were many legitimate reasons for and against each candidate, and it really came down to each person’s conscience after weighing the (albeit terrible) options. 🙂

      This was an election that I really struggled to know what to do, and wondered which candidate to vote for, going back and forth many times over the months leading up to this week. Both primary candidates scared me. In the end, I actually didn’t support either major party. A third-party was the only candidate who truly reflected my values and beliefs. But if I lived in a swing state, I probably would have voted for Hillary instead of a third-party. And when I saw the third parties weren’t skewing the election as the polls came in, she is the one I started rooting for. Personally, these were my reasons:

      First and foremost, I believe that Trump’s attitude and comments promote “rape culture.” When you grow up hearing the leader of our nation has molested women and talks down to them, and no one does anything about it (whereas a normal citizen would be in trouble with the law), that activity becomes “normalized.” Our country has been fighting to change that rape culture, and we’ve made huge strides, but we haven’t changed it yet. Along with this, I’ve read serious allegations against Trump for literally raping a 13-year-old girl. Has it been proven in court? No, because the first time she filed, the judge threw it out, saying it was filed incorrectly. The second time she filed was this summer, and about a week ago she mysteriously withdrew her charges. Could this be a publicity scheme or to try and get money from Trump? Sure. But it doesn’t seem that way to me. (Here’s one of the many articles about it – this one more tame than the others: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/04/donald-trump-teenage-rape-accusations-lawsuit-dropped) Some more recent articles have said the girl was making all this up. Is that true? I have no way of knowing, but I do know that Trump could easily have threatened her in order to say that. And this isn’t the first sexual assault allegation against him. (Article: Scroll down to the “sexual assault allegation” section: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/donald-trump-scandals/474726/) So in my mind, Trump is doing way, way more than just saying degrading things about women. He’s literally been assaulting and humiliating them. And it bothers me that we seem to overlook that and say, “He didn’t really mean to do or say that.” Like he didn’t mean to grab a woman’s breasts or genitalia, or look up their dress, and did it on accident?? Like he didn’t mean to say what he’s literally said? We shrug it off…but that’s not something to take lightly. In my mind, shrugging off serious issues like that shows our culture doesn’t respect women the way it needs to. Now, could this all be media hype? That’s a question I’ve wondered, because the media was SO, embarrassingly biased and anti-Trump during this campaign. But I really think there’s more to it than that, seeing as the allegations started coming before he was ever running for president. So, all that to say, yes, Hillary staying with Bill while he cheats is an awful example for young women, but that doesn’t even compare to molesting women and potentially raping a young girl.

      Another thing that really turned me off to Trump happened during the debates. He continually talked over the moderator, not willing to stop or listen — and granted, Hillary was guilty as well; neither answered the questions, they both just name-called and lied. But Trump spent a lot of his time talking over everyone else; he seemed like a big bully. One of the biggest characteristics I look for in people I choose to lead me is whether or not they can be humble and listen to others’ opinions and advice. If they are arrogant and bullies, unwilling to listen, I have zero trust that they’ll actually have my best interests in mind. I have no desire to put my future in their hands.

      I also don’t believe he’ll do anything for (or against) the pro-life movement, because he’s been pro-choice for many years, and personally I suspect that going pro-life wasn’t a conviction for him; I think it was a way to get votes. (Here’s an article about that: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/04/03/donald-trumps-ever-shifting-positions-on-abortion/) And because the Republicans have been in control of Congress and the Senate (and continue to keep that control), I don’t think there’s too much Hillary could have done to legally continue moving forward the pro-choice agenda. (But maybe that’s just my wishful thinking.) That being said, this election gives me hope that maybe more of the nation may be pro-life than I thought, which would be awesome!

      As far as racism, Trump mocked people with disabilities and made stereotypical comments about people of other ethnicities or backgrounds. In my opinion, that promotes racism. That being said, seeing as he’s a successful businessman, he must know how to relate with all different people at least semi-respectfully — or maybe that’s my naivety. (And Hillary also called some Trump supporters “deplorables,” which is also a terrible thing to say.) But I’ve really appreciated the news articles that have come out and kind of put my mind to ease…because I did wonder if part of the reason Trump won was because of hate groups and white supremacy groups, but it turns out the reason he won appears to be the working class — which makes sense, seeing as Trump wants to create more and better American jobs for blue-collar workers, which is a great thing to do.

      All that to say, I respect that many people (Christian and non-Christian alike) supported him because he had some political stances that were far more desirable than Hillary’s, but I really struggle to understand why so many church leaders appear so proud of him and in full support. The person Trump has showed us so far is anything but someone I’d be proud to have as a president, even if I agreed with all his political stands.

      Honestly, I didn’t want either main candidate to win. If Hillary had won, I also would have been scared, just not quite as scared as having Trump win. And hopefully I’ll be proven totally wrong in my fears. To me, this election came down to: Which is the lesser of two evils? Side note: I am convinced that if either he or Hillary were your normal, everyday American, they would be in serious legal trouble. It angers me that if you’re rich enough and famous enough, you don’t seem to have to pay the consequences for your actions, and can even run for president! Isn’t that so annoying??

      So that’s why I was rooting for Hillary over Trump. And please let me know if there’s anything I said that doesn’t make sense or came off the wrong way. And I really appreciated hearing your reasoning for supporting Trump — I respect your choice and understand your reasoning, and found it helpful to hear. I think it was definitely the worst election I’ve seen, as we didn’t have any good options. And I do have to say: I liked Trump’s acceptance speech — it was very different from the man he showed us before the election — so I can only hope that he’ll change his tune now that he’s becoming president. But I hope we don’t take the things he’s said and done lightly, but actually take it seriously and work together as normal, everyday Americans to create a culture of no tolerance for “rape culture,” sexism, and racism. 🙂 Love you, Amy! Thank you so much for sharing, and for listening! 🙂

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  3. Amy L. Stacy says:

    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I have been mulling over in my head why I personally decided (very prayerfully!) to vote for Trump. Am I wrong in believing that Hillary Clinton’s “faults” and political platform are “worse” than Trumps many faults?? Maybe I place more emphasis on respect for life than respect for women?? Hmm, much to think about. Do I place more importance on H. Clinton’s disgust for me as a conservative woman than Trump’s womanizing?? Both candidates are so very disappointing. I can not respect H. Clinton’s politics or her history as a politician. I do not yet know what Trump will be like as a politician. I decided that the “known” of H. Clinton’s very liberal position (anti-Christian, anti-prolife, anti-conservative, very progressive/socialistic) was worse than Trump’s “unknown” position. Hillary Clinton’s worldview is godless and I can not support that. I knew Trump’s history about being pro-choice but, as I said before, I decided I had to focus on each party’s platforms rather than the candidates themselves. I do not appreciate the people that H. Clinton has surrounded herself with but I do have great respect for some of the people Trump has surrounded himself with (although, did he surround himself with those people just to look good?).
    Ultimately I KNOW that our God is in control!! I KNOW that He allowed Trump to win and I WILL trust Him with that. The night of the election I talked to God about the fact that I was going to trust Him with whoever won. Our Heavenly Father cares about every sparrow that dies therefore I know He even cares about who is elected president in our USA. Praise God for His loving, sovereign will!! We can trust Him!! Hallelujah!!

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    • Tiffany Dawn says:

      That is so true — I know God’s got us in the palm of His hand. And I agree — there were truly legitimate reasons to pick or not pick either candidate. I’m glad we were able to have this conversation, because it was encouraging to me and I really appreciated getting to hear your thoughts and reasoning. It was such a tough election! I just hope each American takes a personal stand to help change our country for the good, and hold our president to a high standard, instead of brushing off what he does and says. If we speak out when we think something is wrong or demeaning to others, I think that helps those who feel demeaned to realize they are worth speaking out for.

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