One side won. One side lost. It was always going to be that way. It always has been that way.
It is okay to be shocked, sad and scared if your side didn’t win.
It is okay to be happy, relieved and hopeful if your side did win.
For those who voted for Hillary Clinton: It is not okay to spew hateful words onto your fellow Americans who voted differently than you did. It is not okay to wish the President-elect dead. It is not okay to call the other side names just because you don’t agree with them. It is not okay to react violently in the streets, in your homes, on social media and against your neighbors.
For those who voted for Donald Trump: It is not okay to boastfully gloat. Do not feed into the divisiveness. Hold your words. Be gentle while your neighbor mourns. Show mercy and grace. Walk out your love for others in real and constructive ways. Be humble. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 NIV
If your candidate didn’t win—do not let vileness rule your reaction. Wishing the victor dead is beneath you—having murderous thoughts and sharing your hopes for the death of Trump on social media is the very definition of blind hatred. Do not allow pointing out what you perceive as hatred from the other side to make your blind to the hatred coming from your own mouth, keyboard or pen. “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 NIV
In his victory speech Donald Trump said,
“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
Hold him to his word. It is up to you—the media and what you say and spread on social media that will either help heal or further divide.