Like many Americans I couldn’t believe the outcome of the election. I felt sick to my stomach, and shocked. I felt like hate had won a victory, and I was terrified for my children — for their future! Rob was upset as well, and quite frankly disgusted.
We had a long talk late into the night just trying to calm down enough to get some sleep. During that talk, something amazing happened. The conversation started with tears, anger, and fears. But, as we talked, Rob reminded me that we’re Christians! Our hope isn’t in who’s elected! We took our stand with our vote, and we know that Trump’s acceptance of hate groups in his campaign was wrong. Yet, now is the time to stand on our faith, and trust that God is working everything out for our good. The election results is not a sign that God isn’t in control.
Then, the Lord brought to my mind this scripture: “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
That helped me to start releasing the fear for my children. Yes, these are fearful times. But, the bible tells us to fear not. Jesus has already overcome this wicked world. Will and Jenni’s lives are in his hands. Not the hands of Trump, or the KKK, or whoever would want to harm them.
That said, the next day was still tough. I stayed away from social media and the news as much as possible. As I went about my day, I realized that I have to take another stand. A stand to not let fear take root in my home. If it does, it will infect my children, and those who wish to intimidate them will win.
I want my kids to grow into adults who will look anyone who would try to marginalize them in the eye and say: bring it! I want them to know with every fiber of their beings that there is no such thing as an inferior person. Not a minority, a woman, not someone with a disability, you name it! We are all equal!
I want my children to know that they know that showing love to their neighbor is the answer to the message of hate. We know love works because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ won the battle for the whole world with a sacrifice of love.
So, that’s my parenting mission in a post-Trump America.
It’s been a difficult, yet productive week!