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Election Day hangover seems to be in full effect. Campaign aides are trying to rejuvenate their tired bodies while the states have yet to certify results. And from the look of things, that might not be happening anytime soon.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in several states in what they believe to be ballots cast that were fraudulent and invalid. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is acting as if he is the President-elect by conducting meetings with a coronavirus task force and taking calls from world leaders abroad.
While the rest of us waits with bated breath on how this whole “count every vote” scenario will play out, we are all pondering what is next for our country’s future.
Either way you look at it: there is adverse polarization in the country. The tribalism of politics reigns on both sides of the political spectrum. There is a cultural realignment taking place in the realm of race, law enforcement, and other demographics of communities.
With all that said—here is the most pertinent question that echoes throughout every chamber of social media and the digital complex: Will there be unity?
Webster’s dictionary defines ‘unity’ as:
1 a : the quality or state of not being multiple : ONENESS
So here is my suggestion: Let us be unified as people created by God with an eternal purpose and destiny, but let us not be afraid of the ideas that separate us.
As believers, we are unified because God loves us unconditionally. But that doesn’t mean we have to be unified on ideas that are contrary to His principles: abortion, transgenderism, and eradication of religious freedoms, just to name a few.
We can be unified that everyone with breath in their body can receive grace and mercy on God. We do not have to be unified on the idea of cancel culture or trying to suppress the presence of someone who disagrees with your viewpoint. There need to be voices of dissent because speaking to an echo chamber prohibits growth and maturity.
We can be unified in believing that America is the greatest nation on Earth. But we don’t have to be unified in believing that this country’s future will determine our survival or standard of living. This world is not our home. We are trying to make it heaven. We must remember this so we don’t put our treasure in things that will eventually pass away.
So yes, unity and healing are needed for the country. But before you desire it, be bold enough to want to be different.
Demetrius Minor is a minister, author, and political commentator. He is a former radio talk show host and television personality. He is also a member of the Project 21 advisory board of black conservative leaders across the United States. He and his wife, Riesa, serve on the leadership staff at Tampa Life Church in Tampa, FL.