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If you read any of my social media posts, you already know I am not a fan of Trump. Truth is, I never have had such negative feelings for any incoming President. Before you go thinking I'm some crazy liberal or blinded democrat, let me just say I'm an Independent and I look at people not just platform.
Many respected leaders across the country have raised their voices against this incoming administration and with reason. One of the key messages that I see throughout is that they are looking at Jesus characteristics and see that the person elected doesn't embody any of them yet 81% of evangelicals felt they could overlook that because he made some promises. If he will keep them is yet to be seen. But the message of hate can't be unheard. That message that reverberated across the U.S. and the world didn't spread sonshine. What it did is spread a message that tells immigrants, the poor, LGBT community that they aren't valued and that they should be fearful.
So what can the "other kind of people who believe in Jesus," the ones who didn't vote for this guy do in this time? We can continue to raise our voices to spread the Sonshine. This Sonshine is the gospel message. The gospel message is LOVE. Jesus died on the cross as a way of showing us how we can transform our world through LOVE. What Jesus does, he confronts evil and hatred by responding only with love. Even praying for those putting him to death: "Father, forgive them." This is how I feel God speaking to me lately. I cannot and probably will never understand how people could have voted for Trump. Others feel like how could anyone NOT vote for Trump. We all need to look beyond platform in this day and if we proclaim to love God, see how we can heal the rift in the spaces God has us. All I can do is ask God to help me spread the Sonshine to remind the world around me that no matter if we are living in a time where there is hate and division, God never stops loving us. His love is without condition; it's without limit.
Spread a little LOVE. That's how we spread the gospel message that makes people want to even give us an audience. Right now, there are many who don't even want to look at an "evangelical," much less hear them out. LOVE is the only thing we can stand on. LOVE was the only thing Jesus used to transform the world then by dying on the cross. It is the only thing that can transform the world now.
What does God ask of us? Love God with your whole heart and mind and soul. Be open to receiving that love of God, then responding to God with as much love as you can pour forth. And then let that love overflow so that you love your neighbor as yourself. You make love the whole motivating and guiding force of your life, reaching out in love to brothers and sisters, to all members of the human family, responding in love to God. That's speading Sonshine. That's what Love Warriors do.