by Leigh Bravo 12/21/16
There! I said it and I mean it! I wish everyone a happy experience this Holiday season regardless of your beliefs. The United States is a place that celebrates the freedom of each individual to practice his or her own religious beliefs. So, since it is the season, I am doing just that! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays to everyone out there!
What do I want for Christmas? I am wishing that the United States and all its citizens can come together and begin to heal the damage and the divisiveness we have all experienced the past several years. It is time for family to reconnect, friends to re-establish connections, and the world to come together and recognize that we have some work to do. We must all come support our new President and pray for the United States of America.
Many have blamed Russian intervention as the reason for the landslide electoral college win by Donald Trump. However, I would like to offer a different scenario. Divine Intervention. We rallied, we screamed from the rooftops, we prayed for change and we got it.
“Far more than what divides us, this election has revealed what unites us. I have never seen such solidarity between evangelicals and Catholics, Pentecostals, charismatics and Baptists. We were brought together with a mutual love for our country and through a mutual faith in God. The election started the conversation but what will come from these new and renewed relationships will have far more impact than anything that could be realized through the election of any politician. We aren’t ending this season so much entering a new one, ready to love the world together to a degree greater than we ever could alone.” — Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center
“We can and we must continue the fight to reconcile Billy Graham’s message of righteousness with Dr Martin Luther King’s march for justice. The moment we, as Christian voters, are co-opted by any given political party or ideology, we lose our legitimacy to speak truth to power. Looking ahead, now is the time to rise up as the Body of Christ and as an independent voice that holds political leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to policies that don’t aim left or right, but toward righteousness and justice, for all.” — Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez
“We have joined in prayers and watched with keen interest the US elections, it is now over and one person Donald Trump is elected. The parties may be different but the overriding interest is the nation of America. America has a God-given place in the history and affairs of the world.” — Ben Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos in the Anglican Church of Nigeria
“Now is the time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be the president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.
Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. … I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It is going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” — President Elect Donald Trump
As we look toward 2017 and beyond, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays…..and may God bless us every one!
Leigh Bravo blogs at The Trumpet. • (1416 views)