The Civil War of 2016

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I think this is what they call Civil War.

We’re imploding as a nation. We’re attacking our own neighbors… our friends. Families are dividing – brother against brother. We’re hurt. We don’t understand. We’re scared, and fear often sounds a lot like anger. There is so much hate.

The media might say that Trump’s victory was unexpected, but I think the most surprising outcome of this election has been the civil war that followed. What do I mean? This war doesn’t look like wars waged with weapons. It doesn’t look like wars that have taken place on bloody battlefields. Yet, this war if not stopped, won’t just take from some. It will leave us all scarred. It will touch every home. This civil war threatens to take our decency.

I wonder if the history books will include these last few days as well. I wonder if when the official words are written surrounding the election of Donald Trump in 2016, they will include what happened next. Perhaps they will say something like…

“In the days that followed November 8, 2016, Americans turned on each other in an unprecedented wave of anger and hostility. Men and women who had coexisted peacefully suddenly turned their words like weapons, aimed at their own neighbors. Students attacking students, men attacking men, women attacking women, even children inspired by those around them all took part in the heinous civil war of 2016.

Vile hatred was spewed across all demographics, leaving no people group untouched. Offended, afraid, rejected, abandoned, marginalized and unheard individuals fueled by pain reacted by mobilizing their anger. They put words behind the attitudes of their hearts, and while some might say guns are the most dangerous thing we face, it is often forgotten that words are living and breathing things that cannot be uncreated.

Words were the chosen weapon of 2016, destroying communities, instilling fear, attacking beliefs and intentions. Words were what ultimately brought an end to American civility.

Until the peacemakers rose up…”

See, I know for certain what could be said of the last few days in the chronicles of history. But the next few days, are yet to be written. So what will they record? What do we want them to say of us?! We have the ability to change this nation’s trajectory. But the question must be asked, “Where are the peacemakers?”

Matthew 5:9 records the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” This isn’t speaking of the peacekeepers. It says that the peacemakers will be called children of God, and peacemaking requires effort. It requires action. It requires intentional words launched into the atmosphere like defense missiles designed to combat the words of hate.

Christians. Now. Now we show up like Love. We show up like Love Himself, embracing those who are living in true fear. We make peace. We make it. We … make… it. This is the heart of the Kingdom of God. We are needed. The peacemakers are needed now more than ever. We can end the Civil War of 2016.

We can apologize to those we’ve offended with our own words. We can reach out to those who are afraid. We can surround those who are being targeted, and absorb the blows so they will not be as wounded. We can make the peace.

If we thought this would all be over on November 8th, we were mistaken. It is only just beginning. Peacemakers, now is the time for us to go to battle. Let it be recorded in the chapters of history that when the peacemakers arose, the civil war of 2016 came to an unexpected end. And maybe then… maybe the peace… will be the most surprising event that followed the election of Donald J. Trump.

 

Comments

  • Krysti says:

    Prayers ascend from Canada. Your words about what scripture says about being peace makers, not peace keepers, resonated with me. God bless you as you teach your children these values.

  • Brenda gloyd says:

    I do not feel anger or want to hurt anyone I have talked to many people here in Mississippi and they are calm with no vengeful feelings why? Because God has the final say who are you talking about?? Clinton supporters? Trump haters?

  • Misty Thurmond says:

    Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.
    This is true…
    but…
    Americans have been at war with each other for the last 5-7 years..why?
    Because WE LOST SOMETHING on 911…OUR FREEDOM OF THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE !! AT HOME !!!! THATS WHEN THE FEAR SET IN !! NOT FROM OUR OUR NEIGHBOR!!! SO THATS WHY WE MUST TRUST AND LOVE ❤️ EACH OTHER!! The LORD said to LOVE ❤️ Your Neighbor as Yourself and the Lord Your GOD With ALL YOUR HEART ❤️!!! When the enemy came in like a flood we should turn on each other…but rather pray that the LORD raise a standard UP AGAINST him !!!
    But to follow after ideals without a trace of God in the White House! We have forgotten who we were! We have allowed a small group here and others there to make decisions for us in the name of government…
    so, we can’t blame one man for all the anger built up inside of the people of Americans! They are going through the natural stages of what we call GRIEVING!!!!!
    ANGER is one of those stages! So is denial…we’ve denied who we are and who God is long enough! We allowed the press to put ideas in our heads concerning a person we know very little about at this time.
    He is our President….in Gods Word it specifically states not to speak evil against those who He places into authority! but we should pray for our leaders! I prayed for President Obama..I might not have agreed with his policies..and Lord knows this..but..I did pray for him and his family.
    GRIEVING FOR THE LOSS OF OUR NATION !!! We MUST move on Americans! March forward and stop feeling sorry for ourselves! We are a blessed country! and we can help others if we will come together and stop bickering and bitting each other like kindergarten children!
    We are adults here!
    If America is to be a blessing to Israel 🇮🇱, then first she must be blessed by the Lord!
    We must come together! So I’m glad DJ Trump is President of the USA 🇺🇸!!! and I will pray for him and all our Senators and House of Representatives and Government leaders! why? because WE need God to HELP THEM TO HELP US and the more we fight…the more we will LOOSE the battle from with in!

  • Judy Ford says:

    Very sad that this has to be put down on paper…very sad that we have lost our love of our fellow man. I am very lucky to live in a community that has respect for one another. There are no riots, no fires, or pure hatred here…thank you Jesus. I want to thank you for your eyes and your “peacemakers” ways.

  • Rosie says:

    Beautiful words in such a horrible time in our history. I never imagined that people, my friends, could be so full of hate. Love conquers hate,

  • Misty Thurmond says:

    I’m praying for peace…there’s a sense of fear that arose out many people and unfortunately they responded with violence and hatred. This never works. American has been asleep for about 10 years now..the recovery from 911 was America in mourning . Truth is, we pray, go vote, then He said that we’re to pray for those who He has placed in position..sometimes we need to step back and take a deep breath. Through out Israelites history we read where they had leaders and governments over them who the Lord used~ and yet those men were far from perfect. but it was to fulfill His Perfect Will.
    Yeshua said ” They will deliver you up before the leaders and magistrates “!!!! I believe if He said this then He wanted us to be His witnesses before them! So, be blessed and have hope!
    He has overcome the world!
    I have a source that President Trump has received Christ as His Savior since taking office! That his heart is changing..we need to keep praying for him to be a good man of God and to lead this Nation towards God. He supports Israel as a Nation and he has also been prayed for under many tallits! This is true…it’s something that’s not being shared because of the kickback he got on the stand of unborn child. But..it’s a fact. So..keep praying!!! Amen!
    Lord bless you!

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