“I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify.…The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.” – Joe Biden 11/7/2020
Saturday afternoon in New York. A certain gentleman and I were out on a bike ride. It was a simply gorgeous day — 74 degrees, partly sunny. One of those days that feels like it should be in early September, rather than the second week of November.
And while we were out, all of a sudden, all the car horns on the Upper East Side start honking — drivers just laying on their horns. And people came pouring out of their apartments onto the sidewalks and streets: cheering, yelling, chanting. Apartment windows flung open and tenants leaned out, banging on pot and pans. And in that moment, all of Manhattan erupted in a frenzy: “GO BIDEN!!” But truthfully, what I heard more was, “F#*% TRUMP!”
Strangers on the street, literally high fiving, giving each other thumbs up, cheering in glee: “Thank God he’s gone!” For the last eight months during the pandemic, New Yorkers have been avoiding eye contact and shunning interactions for fear of contracting COVID-19, but in that moment, everyone was on the same winning, anti-Trump team: Biden’s.
It was surreal.
And to be honest, it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Despite the fact that the driving force behind the camaraderie was a shared hatred of one President Donald Trump, the tangible spirit of “oneness” was overwhelmingly inspiring. There was an air of electricity and joy flowing through NYC that I have never experienced in all of the nine years I’ve lived here.
It was a wonder to behold.
Later that night, as my friends and I ate celebratory pizza and watched Joe’s (premature) acceptance speech, I found myself fixated on the rhetoric of his words. Particularly about unity.
That was the buzzword of the night. Unity. We’re not red states, we’re not blue states, we’re the United States.
And looking around at streets full of boarded up shops, and seeing people high fiving with “F-Trump,” and listening to the righteous indignation from blatantly biased anchors on cable news organizations — that literally cut off Donald Trump mid-speech, claiming he was spewing “lies” — it made me honestly question…what does Unity mean?
Or rather, what do they think “unity” means?
Here you’ve got AOC’s terrifyingly radical tweet, calling to blacklist anyone who worked for, or supported the Trump Campaign, sparking the Trump Accountability Project. I guess unity means doxing anyone with differing political beliefs.
Or — how about this personal incident. My prolife post from last Thursday: “Sometimes We Have to Hit Rock Bottom” – where I expressed my deep concern over the pro-abortion reality of a Biden/Harris administration — was censored on Facebook. This is my fifth pro-life article that was censored on Facebook. FIFTH. So I guess, unity also means silencing any voices that hold differing view points or beliefs. Just add me to the list with the Washington Post.
It’s beginning to feel like, unity…or else.
Unity — on it’s face, it’s exactly what the country needs. After eight months of devastation from the Coronavirus, and the summer of civil unrest, and the demonization of political opposites here during election season, America really does need a “time to heal” — as Biden so angelically put it in his speech — accepting the media’s proclamation as President Elect.
Which is absolutely true. Walking around NYC post-announcement this weekend, it was a phenomenal experience. People had a joyful energy. Strangers were kind. Exuberant, even. There was love in the air. And a lightness.
Biden closed his speech last night quoting from the Bible…a bold move coming from a self proclaimed “Catholic” that not only supports abortion, but late-term abortion: up until the moment of birth.
He quoted from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes: “The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.“
Which is a very very interesting choice for this pro-choice President. Because read just a few verses later, beyond the quippy one-liner that sounds really good in a speech, and you will come across this little doosey:
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.” Eccl. 3:17
I will certainly be held accountable for all the horrible things I have done in my past. Hello, anorexia is full of lying and manipulation and deception, and self-destruction. And I am guilty of all of it.
And like me, so will Joe, and Kamala, and every single one of us. We will all be called to account for every deed we did, said, stood for — or voted — for.
Where does this leave us?
It is my deepest prayer that in these coming weeks — where things are surely going to get more interesting, election-wise — that we may come to appreciate that “unity” does not mean steam rolling everyone into submission and blacklisting or silencing any dissenting voices. But rather, a true, earnest spirit of cooperation. Where we can compromise. Where a difference of opinion will result in conversation, rather than riots and protests that require businesses to literally board up their windows and doors.
Unity – where we can all feel seen, and heard, valued, and protected — especially the most marginalized and vulnerable.
And this is the last thing: Also in this Ecclesiastes chapter that Biden pulled from, in verse 11, we are reminded that “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…”
Therefore, let us remember that God is in control, and will work everything for good in its time. But that perhaps, we can unify with our hearts set on eternity.
And perhaps, unity can be found in our efforts to help one another on our walk with Christ, towards eternity.
That we can spur each other along in our quest for goodness, for holiness, for rightness with God. So that when we do come face to face with our Creator to be judged, He can look at us and say, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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