Today is hard day. My heart has been heavy, as I've read words full of grief by some, words full of spite and victory by others, and words of confusion by others. As a Christian, I struggled throughout this election season. Who would I vote for that holds my Biblical worldview, but also stands for the rights of the minority groups in my country? To me, neither candidate was the right choice and I expected that no matter the outcome, I would be disappointed.
So when I woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump was the President Elect of my country, my heart sank. It sank even further as I read the Facebook and Twitter posts by many of my minority friends who were shocked, angry, fearful, and grieving. And it continued to sink as I saw story after story that directly associated Evangelical Christians (my "people group") with the election of a man that has been openly disrespectful to women, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, and a variety of cultural minority groups--people who are my friends, people who I care about.
I understand that many Evangelical Christians chose this candidate and I respect their right to that decision. I also respect that "the people have spoken" and accept that our 45th President has been chosen. But that's not really what this post is about.
I write this post for my friends who are part of the minority groups that feel disrespected, fearful, and anxious. I write this because I don't want the God that I love and serve to be directly associated with hate. And I write this for Christians, like me, who are struggling with how to disassociate themselves from the assumption that because many Evangelical Christians voted for our President Elect, we must all share his views towards minorities.
So female friends, LGBTQ friends, immigrant friends, refugee friends, Muslim friends, and all of my other minority friends, please know this: you are loved. I, and many Evangelical Christians, do not want you to be isolated, do not want you to be unequal, and do not want you to lose your rights.
I believe that as a Christian, I am called to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly (Micah 6:8). I believe God's greatest command to me, and to all Christians, is to love God with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:36-39). I believe that God has called me to love the orphans, widows, and those in need (James 1:27). I believe I am called to love and serve, to practice hospitality, to be ready to help those in need (Romans 12:13). I believe that we are all God's children and that we have each been made for a specific purpose, with love and care (Psalm 139:13-18).
My heart's greatest desire is that I would always be a woman who reflects the character of Jesus well. Because it is in His character to sacrificially love me, I want to sacrificially love others. Sometimes, choosing to love a minority group may mean sacrificing the understanding of my own people group. But if I am truly choosing to be like Jesus, then that's a risk worth taking.
Christian friends: I implore you to love without discrimination and to be kind.
And to the rest of my friends: be encouraged and don't fear, there are many standing behind you. And there is a God who does not discriminate and who loves you with an everlasting love.