Election Day - Pull Up a Chair
Today is the day Americans will finish voting and the ballots will begin to be counted. No matter what the outcome, there will be millions of disappointed, angry, fearful people when the dust settles. Millions. If that doesn't make us uncomfortable, it should.
In families, we do our best to find ways to make sure everyone's needs and wants are accommodated, or at the very least considered.
In our country, it feels as though no such habits or release valves exist. One "side" gets what it wants and the other just has to suck it up for four years, or fight back and resist through those four years so as not to lose too much ground. And then we begin all over again. It is exhausting for everyone. We don't view ourselves as a family with unique thoughts, wants and needs. Instead, we view the country as "us" and "them," so there are few concessions made. Personally, I crave leadership that unites, that sees every citizen as part of the American family and understands how to create national habits that demonstrate collective care, especially surrounding the issues that most divide us.
A colleague reminded me yesterday that, "Where someone stands is because of where they sit." Meaning: the causes we stand up for, the things that make us raise our voices are due to the unique perspective we have based on where and how we live our lives and what we are surrounded by (where we sit). In the days ahead, as we see people STAND for things that make us uncomfortable, may we consider what it must be like to sit where they SIT. Even better, may we ask to sit with them, listen and learn. We needn't wait for the right charismatic national leader to emerge for us to drop the rope and take steps away from the exhausting tug-of-war that we find ourselves engaged in.
Philippians 2:4 (ESV), "Let each of you look, not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
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