Like many Americans, I couldn’t sleep last night. It was a tense election with so many things at stake. As a Canadian, my kids are used to me telling them that if the other candidate wins, we may have to move back to Canada. Not that I need to as I am living in the U.S. with a green card, but because the vision of the 2 candidates are so different. So the kids asked again before they went to bed last night, “do we have to move back to Canada?”
The 2 candidates offered 2 very different visions for America. 2 candidates and one winner.
Through democracy, it was clearly shown what the world and what the American people wanted. Obama won. Many are stunned by how much- it was a clear victory.
However, after the celebrations and after the confetti falls down, there is much work to be done. As fellow citizens, there is still progress that needs to be made. Environmental issues, heath care, equality among all people, freedom and justice, women’s rights etcs., still need to be fought for.
We cannot just sit back now that the elections are over. We all need to participate and do our part as citizens. There are still many people who are poor and need jobs. Many are still on food stamps and need assistance. Many are still discriminated against because of the color of their skin.
As Christians, we need to engage and participate in rebuilding broken lives and broken communities. We need to work for the reign of God here on earth.
I hope that America will continue to be a nation that prays continously, dreams big dreams and moves 4ward!
And no…we are not moving back to Canada!
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Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology and the Director of the MATS program at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press).