“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.” –C.S. Lewis
Our nation is deeply divided in the wake of the election. But the division is distracting us from the more important choice we still face.
As a country, we’ve become focused on the color of our skin, so to speak, rather than the content of our character. We are consumed with the issues, the politics, the parties. We fight hard for them and place our hope in them. We look to them for relief from our doubt and uncertainty.
But while earthly leaders and laws are important, they’re not where our truest hope and power lie.
Bridging the divide begins with a collective refocus on the eternal values within each of us. The political issues we face are real, difficult, and not to be discredited. But as C.S. Lewis said, “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in; put second things first and we lose both first and second things.”
When we put our values into practice, we begin to respond rather than react.
We stand for peace and compassion in the face of fear and anger.
We stand for patience and forgiveness in the face of pride and judgment.
We stand for love that transcends party lines and political beliefs.
And it invites others to do the same. When we stand with eternal forces on our side, we create a cohesive movement that all the powers of this world can’t destroy.
But it begins with each of us, individually. We can distract ourselves with division, or we can stand for what unites us—one nation, under God, indivisible.
The decision is ours.