️Photo by : Blake Wisz
Written By Jenna Wiley, USA
Dear Fellow American Christian Voter:
I’ve never liked division.
Wanting to put my dislike of math to the test, I recently watched a short video on the basics of long division. The warm feeling of elementary school nostalgia quickly turned to horror as the second step of the equation approached, dropping down numbers from random places and adding in some zeros with no rationale (this may be my interpretation).
I stopped the video at 1 minute and 59 seconds.
Division separates the bigger number into smaller parts.
Division slices the pizza into 8 pieces, obliging you to share.
Division splits the possessions of two people who decide to go their separate ways when they find their marriage isn’t working out.
Division cuts food down into serving sizes, reducing the enjoyment of eating greatly.
I don’t like division.
Unfortunately, over the past year, slicing up pizza into too-small serving sizes have been the least of my worries when it comes to division.
I have watched the American people break apart into smaller, weaker, angrier units. Many of us have pulled away from each other and into our own corners, dukes up, ready to fight.
Over controversial issues. Over political parties. Over Presidential candidates.
The division that has broken my heart most of all, however, is the division within the Christian community over this election.
I have read of battles between family members carried out on social media, and of words exchanged that I would never repeat. Jesus followers have accused and called each other names, and relationships have been broken over this election.
It has been messy.
So now, the election is over. Trump won and you could be experiencing a variety of emotions. Maybe you’re overjoyed because your candidate is now the President of the United States. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed with anger and fear, believing that we are in what you would call a “nightmare” situation. Or maybe you’re a little like me—wondering how we even got to this point in the first place.
The brokenness of the world shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but as believers, there needs to come a time when we choose to rise above it and refuse to allow the world to divide us any longer.
Many of us have spent the past year trying to point others to the candidate of our choosing. We have been sharing articles, debating, and researching, in an effort to convince others why our opinion is the right one. We have tried to point people to our view of the “right” way for the past few months.
But now that the decision is made, the only person we should be pointing others to is Jesus.
For He is the only one who can fix us, mend us, and make us stand united as brothers and sisters in Christ.
He is in control and He is sovereign, and as His people we need to put aside our differences on the issues that divide us and the opinions that segregate us.
This is not to say we have to agree on everything. We never will.
But we can choose to love one another the way Jesus loves us. We can choose to trust Him in the midst of fear and in times of uncertainty. We can choose to join hands with people who share differing opinions, yet share the greatest common denominator of all: a place in the family of Jesus Christ.
As Christians, we can cling to the One who is faithful and keeps every promise to His children. We can cling to each other instead of pushing each other away.
We are in this together. We can allow division to break us down into smaller, separate pieces, or we can allow our Savior to unite us in spite of our differences.
Dear Fellow Christian Democrat, Republican, Libertarian . . . we have the next four years—and until the day Jesus comes back—to use our lives to point others to Christ.
Let’s link hands and walk forward together. Let’s live in love, show grace, and be a light to a world in darkness.
Let’s fight against division and show the world what unity in Christ looks like.