“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
As I watched and listened to the words of our President last night, I saw a tapestry unroll, showing the vision of the United States from a time when faith in our elected officials did not falter, nor did we have any reason to believe it was being corrupted. As guests of the President and the First Lady, we heard of brave men and women who have conquered great odds in service of their country. We met those who have changed their lives while incarcerated for the better. We saw those who lost sons and daughters in war. We were given a glimpse of what our country used to be, what it has become and a plea for unity in the future.
There are things we have no control over, when it comes to government. When we place our ballot on election days, that is our voice. The decisions made by the people, will determine new or past representatives. Because we are a democracy, the government is still run by the people. When we see injustices, it’s our duty to reach our representatives and voice our opinion so they can go to work for us.
I do have a renewed optimism after hearing the State of the Union Address last night. President Trump was confident, chose his words and spoke them with zeal and determination. His call for a unified congress and senate is necessary so we can move forward as a nation. We have two factions, who have let personal differences get in the way of proper governing and it’s become a joke in the eyes of the world and our own citizenship.
The United States has been divided before and it led to a civil war, which took the lives of 620,000 souls. Was the price worth it? It was a war that never should have taken place in a united country. My prayer is that it never comes to that again.
We are a nation of diversity. Each individual has an important role to play in its operation. We’re all unique and that’s what unites us. We each have something to bring to the table. We have a responsibility to do so.
The words spoken last night should give us hope for the future, but we know tongues will wag in contradiction today and beyond. This stalemate within the walls of congress must be broken so our country can move forward. We, as their employers – the ones who pay their salaries – must stand firm and united. It’s time for everyone to start acting like adults.