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Nation divided: Why unity is becoming a pipe dream

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The massacre in Las Vegas perpetrated by Stephen Paddock was the worst mass shooting in American history and the second worst terrorist attack on our soil. Yet it is more troubling that this event emerges as a sign of irreparable damage done to America. As the death toll rose from 50 to 60, so did tensions. Immediately, this tragedy was politicized by those on the left.

Failed Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t hesitate to politicize this tragedy in the same tweet where she says “politics aside.” But the troubling thing is not only her relevance but also the fact that liberals are all parroting the same calls for gun control. The left is uniting around their cause for gun control and the right is rallying to resist. All this before all the victims have been identified. All this before we have all the facts. And all this while people are still dying.

In our unique history, no matter how divided we are, we come together in times of hurt and suffering. After Pearl Harbor, America united to defeat the Japanese and Germans. On September 11th, 2001, the United States was attacked and shattered by Islamic terrorists. But on that night, we collected ourselves and came together as a country. We have a history of coming together for natural disasters both domestic and foreign. America is most powerful when united. However, recent events suggest that this same level of unity is a mere pipedream of what once was in the current and worsening political climate.

Mass shootings have been politicized for years. The vicious calls for gun control after the Las Vegas attack is nothing surprising, unfortunately. But let’s take into account some other recent events.

Natural Disasters

While in retrospect, Bush is criticized for his response to Katrina, America was united in trying to help. We were fortunate to go twelve years before the next major hurricane to make landfall in the US, yet Hurricane Harvey was politicized by those seeking global warming based policies. To the credit of both sides however, it could have been worse… like Puerto Rico. Donald Trump acted inappropriately as did the San Juan Mayor in an ultimate Twitter/Media war that America would have done better off without. You’d think or hope we’d come together in times of natural disaster but even the ability to unify in this area is fading.

Foreign Threats

Perhaps the other area where Americans historically come together is when we are attacked. Americans couldn’t unite over the Benghazi Terrorist Attack, because some people blamed a video(free speech) and not the actual terrorists(or their ideology). It is amazing how politicized Trump’s handling of North Korea is. Trump is shifting tactics because North Korea is upping the ante. Yet suddenly North Korea is responding to America’s aggression. Suddenly, this is Trump’s fault for addressing an issue that has long been kicked down the road by the inaction of his predecessors. When North Korea threatened Guam, liberals blamed Trump. And now they fancy calling Trump a dotard because Rocketman made it cool for them. It’s disgraceful that we can’t even appear united against a common enemy. We don’t have to all agree on the correct course of action, but we should all be able to agree that Trump isn’t the villain in this scenario.

Presidents

Both Trump and Obama are not going to unite this country. Obama didn’t care to because he had power in Congress and Federal Courts. And when he lost Congress he had executive orders. Under Obama’s leadership, America became more divided. Enter Donald Trump, who capitalizes off the division he creates. Trump did in fact campaign to all Americans, unlike Clinton. But Trump does not have the capability of exercising the self control needed to stay focused on priorities. No doubt the division will worsen under him. We have three or seven more years of Trump, in theory… But will 46 reverse the trend? Hard to say, but smart money is on “No”.

Perhaps a more dangerous threat is people’s inability to accept the election. Trump won fair and square, and Russia isn’t the reason. Democrats ran the one candidate who couldn’t win. Accept the results, blame the candidate, and run someone better next time around like Republicans did after Mitt Romney lost. But the resistance movement was immediately spawned and lingers to this day. This movement prevents us from uniting as a country to tackle key issues, and has facilitated a whole list of issues such as Antifa…

Problem and Solution

The true problem lies in our decreased reliance on our Creator. This core American value is being shelved. Why? Because people don’t want to acknowledge a higher power. If they acknowledge a higher power, then they are accountable to that higher power for their actions. Americans have an accountability problem which is why so many are blaming inanimate objects for the death of thousands of people every year. We prefer to seek scapegoat solutions as opposed to addressing the serious evil that can take place in human hearts. We prefer to blame mental illness rather than believe a person can be so evil. We blame an entire race for the actions of one or few.

In keeping with that theme, instead of identifying as children of God, all equal in His eyes, we identify in our own natural communities. We take pride in our race, as if being born with a set of genes is an accomplishment. Identity politics stems from pride in one’s own identity. But we aren’t identifying as one nation under God, we are identifying as white, black, gay, hispanic, etc.  Identity politics is deepening the divide in our nation. Both the left and the alt-right are guilty of this.

In continuing to rely on ourselves, some have replaced God with government. In one sense, it means people are relying on the government to take care of all their needs. Food, education, healthcare, abortion, birth control, the list goes on. On the other hand, people worship political champions as if they were anything other than sinful people. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and Rand Paul all had/have a devoted following that replaces God in their lives.

This division and trend is sure to continue, unless we can unite. It may seem grim but there’s always hope. Failure to unite will further send America down a path of ugly politics and division. We can either unite as one nation under God, keep the division, or unite in complete rebellion of God. The former has the best results.

“and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB

“that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address

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