I started watching the results last night, but as I was falling asleep on the couch, I made the decision to go to bed. I figured it would be a closer call than everyone was originally thinking, but I never for a second thought I’d wake up to the results we got.
And here is what I am initially sensing: Fear. Fear over how certain people groups are going to be treated. Fear over our economy. Fear over international relations. The list goes on…
I’ll admit that there is some fear inside of me, too. There has been anxiety throughout the entire election. But as I was wrestling with the results, I was reminded of a particular verse:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…”
1 John 4:18
No matter how you voted, fear is so tangible right now. Even if you aren’t personally feeling it, we all need to recognize that. And so how do we combat this crippling fear? With love.
We choose to love those who look different. We choose to love those who see the world through a different lens. We choose to love those have a different story to tell. We choose to love even those who voted a different way. We do this in the hopes that soon, this very real fear will subside.
We are blessed to live in a country where the power lies with the people (or at least it’s supposed to). And yes, part of that power lies in our ability to elect our leaders. But I’m starting to realize that maybe the real power of the people lies in the way we live our everyday lives. In the way we choose to treat everyone who crosses our path day in and day out. In the way we rally around the downtrodden and the outcast and each other and lift them up. In the way we represent our country, and more importantly, our God.
So today, this week, this year, for the next four years, and always, let’s go out of our way to show as close to perfect love as we can.
Because perfect love casts out fear.
And perfect love is powerful.