This is how the Inauguration Day started for me:
I woke up angry.
I drank my coffee angrily.
I started to feel bad about being angry.
I went to work trying to suppress my anger.
Then I allowed myself to be angry.
It only started to turn around when I allowed myself to be angry. I allowed myself to feel angry at the people who voted for Trump. I allowed myself to feel angry about the Electoral College. I allowed myself to feel angry at the Democratic party for putting up a nominee who was sure to lose. I allowed myself to be angry about all the injustices of the the country because of this campaign and election. Once I let the anger out, I was ready for action.
I get why people voted for Trump. I don’t really quite understand it but I get it. Read this blog post by Beauty Beyond Bones. I do understand the part about your rights being taken away because of another group whining complaining. Believe me! But why turn around and vote for someone who is going to take our rights away to reinstate your rights and re-establish your comfort zone. This is counter productive and once we get another Democrat President and democratic control of the houses again, it will go back to us again. This constant tug of war is maddening.
Being a Christian, I get it. It can be really upsetting how we can be discriminated against. But that does not give us the right to discriminate against others. Being a Christian, I also remember reading in the Bible about what it means to be a Christian.
“and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
-2 Timothy 3:12
It is in our very nature once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior to be persecuted. We are not of this world. We can not hope to have our lives to be made easier by anyone serving in a government office. There are Christians in other countries who are being executed for just handing out Bibles. There are Christians in other parts of the world that have to go underground in order to worship and read God’s Word. We have become ungrateful and spoiled.
And as I remembered this verse, I reached a conclusion. I do believe that God put this man into power for a test. Who do we put our trust in? God or Trump?
I have been reading my Bible a lot lately. It’s sad to admit that I read my Bible more in I feel troubled. I am grateful that I have the Word to give me solace but I should be reading it more. I digress. That’s not what this post is about. Anyways! I was reading my devotionals this morning and, of course, they are always something that I always need to read.
The first one was about abiding in God’s Love:
God’s love isn’t just a fact to memorize or a fleeting feeling. His love is here to stay. God’s love doesn’t just stay in the good times and leave when things are bad. God’s love always remains, so we should remain in His love.
Each of us can reap a greater harvest of Christian maturity when we press into God’s love. You will grow in difficult times when you abide in the amazing love God has for you.
From “Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional”
This was a reminder to me that only should I always remember what God’s Love means but also how I outwardly project His love to others.
The second one was about emotions and how our lives are really not our own but His:
Although you belong to God because He created you and He pre-designed an incredible life for you, He has still placed the choice for that miraculous life in your hands. One of the most practical instances of where we choose God or choose self is in our emotional preferences and habits. You must give up your right to whine and pout and then wholeheartedly embrace the plan of God for your life, which is found in the fruit of the Spirit. You were created for good works and not for the works of the flesh or for the opinions of your emotions.
From “Holy Emotions – Biblical Responses to Every Challenge”
This one got me fired up! We all have the ability to lead extraordinary lives. We all have super powers. God has given us super powers. To uphold justice. To reach out to the weak and poor. To help the marginalized and minorities. I will help. I will help women, men, LGBTQ, Straight, Christian, Muslim, Disabled, Latino, etc., etc.
Anger is an important emotion. But what you do with that emotion is what matters. Right now, it should call you to action. A while back, there was a sermon at my church called “Ordinary World Changers” and I thought about it yesterday. One of the questions our pastor asked was “What breaks your heart for the Lord?” Get angry! Get upset! Then get out there and do something!
This is not about me. It’s not about you. And it’s definitely not about Trump. It’s about God.
I will be a part of the Revolution for ALL people. I will be a part of the Resistance for YOU!