Kyle Pettit

Trump is President TL;DR

Kyle Pettit
Trump is President TL;DR

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Now that hopefully you are smiling I will voice my thoughts and opinions about the election and its results. In bullet form b/c TL;DR (too long; didn't read) is real today with the amount of people posting. 

So Here are my thoughts:

-I went to sleep and slept like a baby.

Something I didn't think I would. But upon reflection I am happy to see where my faith and hope is. If my hope was in the president, I would have been a nervous wreck and would have stayed up until the AM to see the results. But I know that my God is King of Kings, and is bigger than this election. And for that reason I slept sound. 'For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him." (Psalm 62:5) 

-A major reason Trump won.

I think a major reason Trump won is because Trump is the public representation of our private self. Behind closed doors we are more like him than we care to admit. 

-Spread Love not Hate

Many people hate Trump because he is accused of name calling and spreading hate. (I'm not defending this.. he has.) But what I find interesting is the same people accusing him of these are the ones calling him names and spreading hate about him and his supporters. So what if after the results of this election we were not hypocrites, and instead loved each other? Setting aside our differences and loved. Black or white. Straight or gay. Democrat or Republican. I think a lot of good would get done if we could just listen and love. (Matthew 5:44)

-Facebook posts

Most are either praising Trump or saying how our country is going to Hell. But there have been a few posts that resonate with me more than others. There are people that are actually heartbroken about the results, not angry, but genuinely hurt by conviction about the person of Trump. I admire their conviction, whether I agree completely or not. They care about people and I will always respect people that stay true to their conviction about helping people. Trump or Hillary supporters alike. 

-Will you care this much in a month?

As it is the morning after the election, people are more committed than ever. If that is you, will you be this committed in a month? Because, truth is, change happens more in a month, or a year, or 5 years, than it does right now. Don't just get caught up with the zeitgeist (spirit of the age). 

-Stay committed to what you said. 

Many people have boasted large commitments to bringing change (in whatever way that looks like to you). Stay true to your commitment. Anyone can talk but if you want America to change into the way you want to see it, it's going to require commitment. Don't just talk the talk, but walk the walk.

-Which Kingdom come?

We (as Christians) must remember that our allegiance remains first and foremost in the Kingdom of God, not the Kingdom of America. One will stand forever, the other has an expiration date. Trust in the House that will not fail, nor fall. Trust Jesus. 

"Our rallying cry is not "Hail to the Chief" but "Jesus is Lord." Perhaps this electoral shakeup means that President Trump will lead America to be great again. I hope so. But regardless, whatever happens to America, we must seek the Kingdom first again." -Russel Moore

-God is not surprised by the results of this election.

I wrote this a couple months ago: "Trust me the results of this election will not take God by surprise. Democrat or Republican, Trump or Hillary. Nothing will thwart His ultimate plan." And I still believe it to be true. I believe in a God of the past, present, and future and I trust his sovereignty.

-C.S. Lewis

I've seen posts about this quote and I like it. In Lewis's book The Screwtape Letters, he writes as two demons are talking about how to trick the patient (Christian). His words written in 1942 seem relevant today. 

"Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing. Ensure that the patient continues to believe that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with himself."


-Pray for Both Trump and Hillary

I will be praying today and for days to come for President Trump. That 1) he comes to know Jesus as Savior and that can make him a story of radical grace. But also that he leads well. That he cares about people well. That he can help make America great again. 

But also I will be praying for Hillary Clinton. I can only assume that she will feel the weight of depression. She needs prayer as well. I hope she can find worth in Jesus and that she also can be a story of redemptive grace found in Jesus. 

Both are human beings, created in the image of God. Both have fallen short of the perfection God requires. Both need the redemptive grace found on the Cross of Christ. Pray for both of these humans. (I think sometimes we forget that they are human beings as well)

-The Sun still rose. 

President Obama put a video out yesterday saying "no matter the results of the election the sun will still rise tomorrow." And you know what happened, the sun still rose. And you know what? It'll rise tomorrow too. 

-Smile a little, laugh a little.

If you hate the results, don't let this ruin your day or year. There is still plenty of good in the world. Though we may seem divided there is still a lot we can agree on. Like that Justin Timberlake is a gift from God.

-You are what makes America great.

Leaders will come and go. Presidents the same. What makes and will continue to make America special is you. You are the hope and change. In your classroom, in your office, in your dorm or house. You can bring about change in your little world. When people say I'm going to commit to my mission in my sphere of influence. 

Change isn't brought by big events like a presidential election. True change, lasting change is brought about by the slow steady drip of committed people. Day in and day out. 

You know what happens when the people of God commit to the mission of God?

True change happens.