It is the week after election season 2020. Since it took until the weekend for the winner to be declared, many are struggling to overcome the effects of their jubilant celebrations. Still others refuse to accept the fact that Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris are the president and vice president elect of the United States. They continue to make accusations of fraud, filing lawsuits, and even threatening ballot counters.
Although we are no longer subjected to the atrocious speeches of the President of the United States, we must not turn our backs and forget what his words and actions revealed about the inner workings of this country. We recognize America as a grand experiment of democracy, yet we must come to finally realize that this country is not the flawless beauty that we so often want to believe she is. These past four years began the process of removing the makeup, lashes and hair extensions that disguised the ugliness of America’s systematic soul.
We also had our rose-colored glasses snatched off and replaced with suitable corrective lenses. Now we see things that were always before use but dim and unidentifiable. Some of us have even undergone internal cataract surgery and now our vision is being flooded with light. We thought we could see but now we can really see. Sight is always a wonderful thing. After the past four years many of us have emerged not only with sight but insight.
The truth of the evil division that has for centuries vied for the soul of this country was laid bare before our eyes. Our hearts ached when we saw it. We often stared in disbelief, yet we could not deny what we were seeing. Finally, the great God of the universe was equipping us to see the revealing truth that we tried so hard not to believe. This country, that asserts that it is the servant of justice is, in reality, the servant of mammon. Many hearts were broken and left to bleed as we witnessed what was in abundance in the heart of America.
I too rejoice that we have a new presidential administration. My hopes are high, but I refuse to turn away from what is still painfully true even as we feel a sense of decency about to ascend the steps to the White House. Over 200,000 U.S. citizens have died from COVID-19 and the number is projected to rise significantly during this winter season. Millions of Americans are unemployed, about to lose their homes, are unable to feed their families, are presently homeless and the people who represent us in Congress are playing power games with each other. All of them are employed. None of them are about to lose their homes. None of their children are hungry and when they are diagnosed with COVID-19 they seem to bounce back as if they simply had the sniffles.
This country has been in pain for a long time. Many citizens, particularly those in positions of power are under the mistaken impression that restoring the economy is the cure for every illness. Application of the principals of mammon will not cure America of her ailment. At best it will only serve to reapply the makeup that makes her appear to be healthy.
Saving the soul of America begins with the same action that saves the soul of any human. Repentance is the first step towards rescuing America’s soul from utter destruction. It is more than an apology. It is restitution and restoration. It is challenging, laborious work and the citizens of America must insist that it is done and assist in its doing.
We have been graced with the opportunity to truly push America towards a greatness that she has never fully realized. As faithfully as we fought to ensure that citizens registered to vote and voted to elect a president and vice president that as many have said will “restore decency” to the White House, we must fight to ensure the equitable treatment of all citizens. Now is the time for every citizen to get involved in the restructuring of democracy in America.