Moving on up (to the high road)

th-49When I wrote yesterday that the future of America would depend on how people lose, I was not thinking that might have to apply to me! I just assumed the loser was going to be the other guy. Surprise!

So now I get to apply it to myself.

It’s uncanny how politics so quickly can get us traveling on the low road. The high road seems like we are letting the other guy get away with something, but that’s only if we are making ourselves the judge. Allowing God to be the judge and jury is what allows us to take that little connector from the low road up to the high road. And on the day after an election, when the temptation is so great to travel that low road and let everybody we don’t agree with know just what we think about them, that is when we need to be moving on up to that high road most of all.

So to help us all do that, here is an excellent piece my daughter found and forwarded on to our family. It was written before the election, but is perhaps even more relevant now.

Long after this election is over … half of us will be able to claim we “won.” The other half will have four years to say, “That’s why I didn’t vote for ____.” Just remember we live in a different America than they do. We have to live, work and eat with each other in OUR America. We don’t get to hop on a private jet and fly away from our community’s problems. We are what makes this country what it is, not the President. He/she will not stop crime in our neighborhoods, he won’t stop people from stealing your identity, and she will not stop anyone from shooting up our local nightclubs. Hillary will not come teach your child right from wrong, but you can. Trump will not come to your home and teach her math, but you can. We as a united people with sound morals, values and ethics can make this country whatever we want. Vote for whomever you want, but remember we are the ones that shape our communities, not them. – seekthetruth Instagram

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7 Responses to Moving on up (to the high road)

  1. Ha! Amen to that. We always think our earthly “king” or “queen” will wave a wand and fix everything. When God has asked us to make HIM our King and given us the tools and the commandment to ‘love Him and love our neighbor’… well, it’s simple yet incredibly hard sometimes too! But we gotta go for it!

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Great article that u quoted!

  3. Linda from Texas says:

    Hi John – From all I hear from people around me – the Lord will be bombarded with prayers for Trump. Hey – that’s got to be good!

  4. Barbara says:

    Yes the article about the people being the real America is great! And like many I have been grieving, and talking with others to make sense of what has happened. I don’t know if any of that is resolved for me as of yet but it feels good to have others listen. I am constantly reminding myself that GOD is in control and I hold that vey close. The issue that has me very upset is the immigrant issue. And I don’t know how to resolve that because in my heart I know we are a nation of immigrants. To tear families apart, to put fear in the hearts of children,to build walls of isolation, to discriminate against others is unchristian and unAmerican to me. But I also believe that God will put in the hearts and minds of Christians how we need to respond to issues of discrimination. It has brought to mind the late Matin Luther King and the humility that he had to lead this country in a non violent direction. So may our Lord give us the humility to do what is right!

  5. The day after one of the most divisive presidential elections in memory, you could almost hear the entire country breathe a sigh of relief. Finally, Americans seem to be thinking, we can have respite from the harsh rhetoric that has marked this election season. But many questions remain: Where do we go from here? How do we heal the bitterness and disunity that have grown between so many Americans?
    The answer, I think, is clear: We need to become bridge builders. We need to fight the temptation to view those with whom we disagree with disdain, and instead seek to find ways to work together for the common good.

    Is anything too hard for the Lord?” The answer, of course, is no. If we move forward prayerfully, always seeking God’s guidance, and trusting wholly that He will heal our differences, our efforts will bear fruit. This does not mean that we will always agree. But it will mean that we will continue to view our fellow citizens as our brothers and sisters, and that our disagreements will be civil. And, in the process, we just might find that we have more in common than we ever imagined.

    Excerpted from “Becoming Bridge Builders” by Rabbi Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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