So, the election is just around the corner - mere days away. In a week or less you will (we hope) go to bed knowing who won, or you will wake up the next day and find out. (Unless it's really close. I sure hope that doesn't happen!)
So - your side won! Congratulations! (Maybe!) Now what?
First, no gloating. I'm writing this first draft about three weeks before the election, but I'm betting that at least 40% of the population will vote for the loser in the presidential election. That means that four out of every ten people you might meet are delusional idiots - right?! Hopefully not. They may have different values than you, or be less informed, but their hopes are being dashed. They are fellow Americans. They are people you should care about. Some of them even hold their views as a result of intelligent thought. (Imagine that!)
Second, your candidate(s) won't solve all (or perhaps any) of the problems we're facing in this country. Our problems are huge. Support your candidate(s), but be aware that given the need to get laws through legislative bodies, special interests, changing circumstances and so on, that many of those hopes and promises will be modified or left unfulfilled.
Third, be humble. Your ideas and values may be wrong. You may be able to learn from those on the other side of the political spectrum.
Fourth, be loving toward those who lost. Your turn to lose will come; I can guarantee it.
Fifth, don't forget to continue to support those who are newly elected. Let them know when you support them and disagree with them. Let them know why. They are our servants, not our bosses. Pray for them.
Sixth, don't write off your side if your candidates have to go against what they said they would do when they ran for office. Sometimes politicians change their points of view or actions because they want to get political favors. But sometimes the necessities of governing mean that they must do things they didn't want to do at one point.
Lastly, we must decrease the amount of distrust we Americans have for people who hold other political views. "We must all strive for unity, peace, and a re-examination of how we can learn to live with each other better at both a national and international level." (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2012/10/us-presidential-elections-a-nation-divided/
As we pray for our leaders, let's also actively work toward being understanding and kind toward others.