My heart is heavy. And it’s not because I’m a sore loser. If this life was all I had, I would be devastated right now, but as someone who believes in eternal life, I have confidence that my Heavenly Father has everything under control, even when it seems like the world is planted under a dark cloud.
I have Christian friends who voted for Obama that are tweet-touting their victory and calling conservatives “haters.” I look through my Facebook feed with a sense of loss. Loss of unity. Those who fight for tolerance are some of the most intolerant among us – singling out Christians and fundamentalists as judgmental hatemongers. I thank God for my friends and family members who are liberal, but who respect what I believe and choose to love me despite our differences, and I them. But, there are so many others that I see online, and know that if they were to pass me, a conservative journalist, in the grocery store, they would sneer and walk the other direction. It’s really sad.
We are The Divided States of America. Gay-rights activists say they stand for equality and conservative pro-life activists ask where the equality is for the 50 million+ unborn babies who have been legally murdered in this country. Everyone has their issue that hits home for them, because it’s personal. Social issues are tearing us apart because you can’t separate your worldview from your politics. And, right now, a conservative world-view is an unpopular one.
I numbly sat in front of my TV on Tuesday night, with one eye on my Facebook page, scrolling down through the comments. We all have our little cliques now. The clique rejoicing in four more years under Obama. The clique that’s angry. The clique that’s sad. The clique that’s mocking. The clique that’s silent and deciding to post things about the weather. I know who most of my hundreds of Facebook Friends support. I know what they stand for. Sometimes their words hurt me. Sometimes I want to defend my values. Sometimes I’m afraid to. Sometimes I ask myself what’s right – to defend my values or to keep the peace?
Wednesday night, Sean Hannity said, “We can’t give up the fight for the causes that we believe in and the country that we so love. So, I suppose its fine if you want, take a few days, you can hang your head, you can feel sorry for yourself and the country. Last night was a terrific body blow. We all know it, but we need to recover. We need to dust ourselves off. You need to get off the canvass and begin our work again, because we really don’t have a choice. You know, we are not sunshine patriots. The test of character is how we’re going to handle ourselves in the hard times and these are hard times, so we need to redouble our efforts. We need to do more, not less. And if anything, you know what? History would say that we are unworthy of the gifts we’ve been given if we do anything less.”
For conservatives, this election was very important, but luckily, our president, despite his extremism, cannot destroy our country on his own. We still have a voice in Congress and we still have the hope of great conservatives like Marco Rubio who could run in the future.
Here’s what to focus on today. Whatever issue it is that you are passionate about is still an issue, and as of right this second, we still have the freedom to fight. We can’t stop now.
My issue is abortion. We can still fight abortion. Use this setback as something that will spring you to action. Find out how and where you can volunteer at pregnancy centers by going to care-net.org. Go talk to people outside of Planned Parenthood. Get over your fear of being disliked and post some facts on your Facebook page. Raise awareness. I have always been against abortion, but there was a time in my life, where it was an evil so horrible to think about that I chose to ignore it. Looking away from evil is just as bad as being an accomplice.
By all means, lets try to walk in peace with our friends and family that we disagree with. Let’s continue to pray for and respect our leaders, but let’s also continue to fight the fight for freedom and for what we KNOW is right.