Publisher: We have to come together

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher
 
We've got to come together
'Cause in the end we can make it -- alright
We've got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We've got to come together
'Cause in the end we can make it -- alright
We've got to learn to love
- Third Day
 
Last week I wrote a column that was meant to show that no matter what you say, you can’t win in today’s divisive political climate.
 
Hours after it published, a mob stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., disrupting the business of our nation to confirm our new President Joe Biden.
 
Congress reconvened and worked into the night to confirm President Biden.
 
One reader said, I like the point you make in your column, I just wish it wasn’t so timely. That reader is a friend, a Democrat.
I’m a Republican. We’re life- long friends, despite our politics.
 
Our politics do not define us.
 
It is my hope that the insurrection at the Capital will bring us all together. I pray our politics will not define us.
 
We live in a divisive political climate. But it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and calm things down.
 
We are all Americans. Regardless of your political affiliation, religious beliefs, skin color, gender, sexual preference — we are all Americans.
 
We all want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We all want opportunity. We all want to make it through this world the best we can.
We love our families, we love our friends and we have the capacity to love each other.
 
Now is not the time for name calling or finger pointing. Now is not the time for one side to tell the other, “I told you so.”
Now is the time for healing words.
 
If the political leaders don’t offer them, if the pundits don’t offer them - then it’s time for the church and civic leaders to offer them.
 
How do we move forward? In love.
 
I tried to explain to my 8-year old daughter what was happening on the television. It wasn’t easy.
 
Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol. They don’t want Biden to be president.
 
Yes, Mama and Daddy voted for Trump. We are Republicans.
No. This is not right. We don’t support this. What they are doing is wrong.
When you don’t win, you can’t act like this.
 
I pray every night for my daughter to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior and follow Him for the rest of her life.
In 8 years, I’ve pointed her toward Him. But it’s her decision to make.
 
Not one time in that 8 years have I pointed her toward being a Republican. Why? That’s not important.
 
God’s Word, the Bible, declares that God is Love. That’s what is important.
How she treats other people — that’s what’s important.
 
Who is president and controls congress doesn’t matter.
Who is really on the throne? King Jesus.
 
Since I started voting, Democrats have won the presidency 20 years and Republicans just 12.
I’ve made it through 16 of those 20 Democratic years and God willing I’ll make it through 4 more.
Two years from now we vote for congress. Four years from now we vote for president.
 
The cycle continues.
 
Because of my faith, it really doesn’t matter who is president, because I know Christ can use either side to bring about His will.
 
God’s Word tells us what Jesus wants in this moment and every moment — Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ ... ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:30-31.
 
Lord we’ve failed You. Help us to do better and honor Your commands. I pray our nation turns to You.
 
Brian Whitmore is the publisher of The Chronicle. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. Whitmore can be reached at publisher@clintonchronicle.net.
 

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