Today is an important day for the United States of America. It is the day that the next president of our country assumes office and begins their four years as Commander and Chief. It is one of the most steadfast events that our country has seen throughout its history.
Yet, this year, it feels different.
Sure, there is a lot of strife over President Trump, his comments, actions, and deeds. There is also a lot of excitement for President Biden along with a lot of concern too. But it isn’t because of either person that we live at such a time.
In fact, I am convinced that the division we see in our nation has nothing to do with the who the President, either of them. The sad truth is division has happened because neither “side” wants to acknowledge each other’s opinions, ideas, or values as important.
We live in a hypocritical society right now. We say we want equality, acceptance, and understanding. Yet, no one truly wants to practice these qualities and characteristics. People want to instead place blame, shame, and discredit those they don’t agree with.
I see it every day. On the news, in the workplace, and even in contestation on the street.
While today may be a very important day in the history of the United States, it isn’t going to change the division that we are experiencing. The President of the United States, no matter who it is, can’t save us.
The President of The United States is Only a Person
Whether it is Joe Biden or Donald Trump, they will let us all down. I don’t say this to be a complete pessimist, I say this to be honest. These two individuals are only people. They have their strengths AND weaknesses like any of us. While they may lead our country, they will not always represent everyone’s ideals and values.
Yes, we have seen a lot of division based on the policies, actions, and deeds of President Trump. But President Biden will cause many of these divisions too with his policies, actions, and deeds. It is the nature of the political system in the United States.
While a new President can bring hope for many, the same person can bring anxiety, fear, and worry for many others. We are seeing that to be true this year as much as it is for any other year. President Trump did good things while he was in office. His presidency was not all bad. And President Biden will do good things in office too.
But they are only people, sure, they are powerful people with great responsibility, but they are only people.
The Problem in Our Country Today
The problem isn’t the President or the government. It is the broken nature of the culture and society we live in today. After all, many people believe truth is relevant. That my truth can be true as much as your truth is true to you. The problem with that is my truth may be in opposition to yours and so we are divided.
This division of truth, ideals, and values is causing the strife our country is experiencing.
It is causing violence, insanity, anxiety, and brokenness. We blame this on people, like the president or a specific political party. However, the blame is placed on the acceptance of the idea that truth is relevant. When we believe this, we begin to see a breakdown in the world around us.
Overcoming This Problem
I want to offer a solution to this problem. It may not be popular, but I think it is important.
First, we must understand and agree that truth is not relevant. What you believe to be true may not be true after all. It may actually be in complete contradiction to what is true. But it’s okay to be wrong.
Second, what you believe is true and right may simply be your preference or value that isn’t the same for someone else. There are a lot of things in our world today that is not truths, but they are important to us. Those are values and beliefs. But they are not truths.
Third, we must separate truth from values. This is probably way more complicated in nature than I am about to describe. However, I am going to try. What I value is going to be different than the truth. I may believe this value is true compared to something you value, but I must acknowledge that it might not be.
Forth, you must respect the fact that someone else has different values than you. Values are relevant. They depend solely on the person who holds them. What I value may be different than what you value and I can respect that to be true.
Lastly, we must be committed to finding the absolute truth. Truth at the foundation of the things we see in the world. Values, beliefs, and opinions are relevant in the eye of the beholder, but truth can change the course of our nation, cultures, and society.
An Example from My Life
I am a Christian with conservative values. I believe Jesus came to earth, died on a cross, and was resurrected from the dead to save people from their sins. I believe this to be true over any other religion.
However, I understand and agree that other people can have different values and beliefs than I do. I understand that they will believe these things to be true over what I believe. I also understand that the things I value my not apply to other people, but it won’t stop me from sharing them.
I don’t share my values and beliefs to force people to believe what I believe, but I do share to give people a different perspective. I am not convinced that my values and beliefs are the saving ‘truth’ to our nation. I do believe they can help, but I do not believe they are the end-all truth.
You may or may not respect, believe, or value what I believe. In our country, that is okay. I am okay with this. I won’t stand for you to tear me down because you believe differently, but I strive to not let my belief and values cloud my view of people.
This is how I can respond, react, and try to bring some healing to our country today. Not by forcing my values and beliefs, but by trying to connect people together on what we can truly connect.
I do believe there is a deeper truth for our country today. I think we can start breaking down the walls of division and start building up bridges for connection. No matter who the President of the United States is, they cannot save us. Yet, we can save our country, society, and culture by finding commonalities daily.
If we can stop pointing the finger long enough to find something that we can shake hands, we will be able to overcome the troubles we see in the world today. However, if we cannot do this, we will continue to spiral out of control in the crazy things we see in the world today.
I believe we can create a better nation and a better world by finding our commonalities. In these things we share in common, we can build a new foundation to be able to share our values and beliefs in a manner that will not divide us. But it is up to the people. Not the president, or the government, or even the media.
It is up to you and me.
Will you look for a way to connect with the person you disagree with today? Are you ready to bridge the gaps and set a new foundation in our world? If so, I want to encourage you to start right now.