Romans 5:1-5 (Post-Election Thoughts)

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand: and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Reflection:

After a nasty and disturbing election season here in the United States, about half this country is in a state of shock and dismay. Many are filled with fear and anger– myself included. There are a lot of questions still to be answered as to how Donald Trump will run this country and what his future administration will do to LGBT equality, same-sex marriage, and transgender protections against bullying and violence. It is also a concern for many as to how he will legislate against immigrants, Muslims, Native Americans trying to protect their land and vital natural resources. We worry also about his behavior and his character and his language towards women, minorities, Muslims, the LGBT, and people of non-white ethnicity.

With so much fear and anger and frustration building up inside us and with the country being divided perhaps more firmly and more obviously than ever in our lifetimes perhaps since the Civil War, what do we do? Who do we turn to for moral leadership and what can we rely on for unity?

The answer has been with us since the very beginnings of Creation. God.

And perhaps all I can say to comfort you is that God does not give us challenges we cannot overcome through Him. God blessed His believers with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. He also blessed us with hearts and minds and intelligence and the capacity to show love and compassion and empathy and kindness and patience and so on. We are not as helpless as we think we are. Far from it! We are strong in the Lord and we are strong in the certain knowledge that we are blessed by an authority greater than any Republican or any Democrat or Independent or any politician or leader on this Earth.

Out struggles may be great, but our victories will be even greater because our love for humanity and the content of our characters will see us through. Our faith in God and our belief in the teachings of Jesus carries all burdens and sees past all obstacles.

Every storm will pass. Every troubled sea will be stilled. Justice prevailed against the Nazi regime in World War II. Justice will prevail against the injustice and bigotry and hatred that fuels the soon-to-be Trump regime.

 

 

 

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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