Listen to Me

13389866613_9ea78e8837_zWill you listen to me for a minute?  I need to tell you what I’m feeling.

I voted for Hillary Clinton: Will you forgive me for lashing out at Trump voters the past few days and painting them all with a broad, racist brush?  I got carried away with my anger and grief on social media.

I voted for Donald Trump: Will you forgive me for being a sore winner and rubbing the win in your face and telling you to “just get over it”?  I got carried away in my euphoria on social media.

I’m a white, rural man: Can you view me as more than just a dumb redneck who got bamboozled?  Will you honor me as a man created in the image of God?

I’m an African-American mom: Can you sit with me and let me share my fears about my children’s safety at school and in our neighborhood?  Can you listen without saying I’m overreacting?

I’m a Latino teen born in the US: I’m scared that my undocumented parents will be forced to go back to the nation of their birth and I’ll have to go with them or stay here by myself. Will you help me keep my family together here until I’m on my own?

I’m a teenage girl of any ethnicity: statistics say that I will be sexually harassed and maybe assaulted because of my gender. And now I have a president-elect who has exhibited a track record of misogynist behavior.  I fear things will get worse.  Will you make sure that doesn’t happen?

It’s been a rough week.  I’m tired, angry, scared, embarrassed and confused.  I need you to love me.  I need you by my side.  I need you to hear me.  Now, more than ever.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your doings
    from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
     learn to do good;
seek justice,
    rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
    plead for the widow.

Come now, let us argue it out,
    says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be devoured by the sword;
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

–Isaiah 1.16-20, NRSV

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