Last week on my personal Facebook account I posted Top Ten Things I Learned Overnight Since the Election.
 
Though very much tongue in cheek I had to ask myself that in light of all the protesting and rioting happening across our nation was what I wrote helping or hurting an already inflamed situation.
 
While I don't regret posting it nor feel the need to apologize especially for stating the obvious I have however given some thought as to what I would like to say instead to those of you who are obviously upset about the recent election results.
 
So, without further hesitation here are:
 
Ten Things I Would Say to Those Who Are Rioting
 
10. The beginning of knowledge. While many of you are deathly afraid of a Trump Presidency and fear what might be in store for America’s future remember these words from our 32nd POTUS Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, who in a landslide victory defeated his Republican opponent and gave this famous speech some 80 years ago at his inauguration before a fearful nation:
 
"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days." Emphasis added.
 
Fear, if we allow it, will consume us and in return cause us to do some pretty damaging things. But regardless of who takes office, God still reigns. Where we need to have this emotion directed towards the most is in the fear of the LORD which the Bible reminds us is the beginning of knowledge (Pr. 1:7).
 
9. Winners and Losers. In his popular 1983 hit Pink Houses John Cougar Mellencamp crooned over the airwaves these lyrics:
 
And there's winners, and there's losers
But they ain't no big deal
'Cause the simple man baby pays the thrills,
The bills and the pills that kill
 
John spoke of what he had observed during that era in our Nation in which somewhat rings true to this day some generations later. But is that all there is to this life: winners and losers, thrills, bills, and pills? Truth be told all these have become meaningless and the reality of death makes this life futile, that is, until we come to know God. For this, the author of Ecclesiastes writes is the duty of all mankind: Fear God and keep his commandments (Eccl. 12:13).
 
8. Promises, promises. While many a celebrity have prematurely stated they would leave the country if Donald Trump were elected, not one so far to my knowledge has made good on their promise since the results were announced. Why? Because they know that one of the things that make this country so great is our electoral process and the American right to take part in that process by voting. Nonetheless, despite those empty promises, one thing we can be sure of is that God is not slow in keeping His. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Pt. 3:9). There’s still time to change the road you are on.
 
7. Labels are meant for jars and cans. While labels are good for identifying canned goods they don’t go so well when placed on other people, especially those who don’t adopt your own personal views. When you label someone a bigot or a racist simply because they don’t follow your agenda, well I have news for you, that’s called slander. Bearing false witness against one’s neighbor, or lying, is a serious offense and a violation of God’s Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:16). And while name-calling could land someone in court before a judge, Jesus makes clear that pronouncing judgment upon one’s moral or spiritual condition is far more serious, an action that carries with it severe eternal implications (Mt 5:22).
 
6. A system that works. Do you know what the purpose of the Electoral College is? That’s okay if you don’t. Up until now, I had no clue either. But, read how blogger Donna Carol Voss describes how this now controversial subject actually works in our favor.
 
“The purpose of the Electoral College is to balance voting power across states so no one region of the country can gain too much control. If a president is elected by a simple majority of votes, a candidate who is wildly popular in one region (e.g., Ted Cruz in Texas, Mitt Romney in Utah) can ignore smaller regions and campaign only where large majorities are possible. Or a candidate who kills in California and New York can write off “flyover country” completely.
 
If, however, the Electoral College elects a president, a candidate who is wildly popular in one region must also prevail in a number of sub-elections to win. The Electoral College ensures a better result for the country as a whole than the democratic power play wherein 51 percent of us matter and 49 percent of us don’t”. (Emphasis added) - From The Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because We’re Not A Democracy.
 
Make sense?
 
5. Tantrums are for toddlers. When you were a child, you spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when you grew up, well, that’s when it was expected of you to put away childish things (1 Cor. 13:11). Toddlers are expected to throw tantrums. That’s what they do. They are incapable of understanding why they can no longer get their own way. But you as an adult do understand what this means or at least you should. Parents, the riots we see taking place in our streets are a painful reminder that if we must discipline our children while there is hope. Otherwise, we will ruin their lives (Pr. 19:18). 
 
4. Not everyone is a winner. Okay, this one's just as much for the parents as it is for you millennial. One of the worst things as a society we could do to our children is rob them from experiencing one of life's greatest lessons - loss. Losing is as much a part of life as is any other experience. But to constantly shield ourselves from it, we develop the misconception that the goal of life is to avoid pain at all costs and that our own personal happiness must be contested with even greater fervor. The late civil rights activist the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may.”
 
3. Press 1 for Hate, 2 for Intolerance. It seems that hate has become our new language and intolerance our national currency. But did you know that hate is equivalent to murder in God’s eyes? The Bible says, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 Jn 3:15). Likewise, in Revelation 21:8 the Bible states that murderers shall have their part in the lake of fire. Threatening the life of the President of the United States or President Elect for that matter is a crime punishable not only by our judicial system (See 18 US Code Section 871 and 879) but is a violation of the highest Law, God’s Ten Commandments (See Exodus 20).
 
2. Murder begins in the heart. While the letter of God’s Law states "you shall not murder", Jesus emphasizes the spirit of this same Law when He said, “…whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire” (Mt. 5:22). You see, the Bible makes clear that any verbal abuse makes one liable to eternal damnation. So please choose your words wisely!
 
1. Love has already won. Two thousand years ago God came down from Heaven, was born of a virgin, and became man. Jesus of Nazareth went to the cross and paid the penalty for your sin and mine. He suffered a horrific death on the cross which was to remind us also of the gruesome nature of sin. And after He was buried, on the third day Jesus rose from the grave! You see God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet still sinners Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). 

Why? 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16). 

And though the wages of sin is death, the Bible reminds us that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23).
 
Today, I’ve listed ten things I would say to those of you who are rioting in our streets. But I also make this plea with you on Christ behalf, as though God were making His appeal through me: be reconciled to God. 

Burning, looting, and violence are not the answer nor appropriate ways to display your displeasure regarding this election. So I urge you to repent and place your trust in Jesus Christ today. 

For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil (Eccl. 12:14).

And remembering God’s patience with you please know that there is still time to change the road you are on. 
 
Run to win,
Den
 
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