John Pavlovitz hits the nail on the head in discussing why those of us who do not support Donald Trump are sad right now. No, Trump supporters: You can’t just give us a participation trophy and make us shut up and go away because this isn’t about politics. This is about two completely and totally different ways of seeing the world: one in which every person you come eyeball-to-eyeball with has value because he or she is a person made in the image of God and a person for whom Jesus Christ died, and another in which the only people in the world who have any value or worth are white, straight, male Christians.
This has never been about politics.
This is not about one candidate over the other.
It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s.
It is not blue vs. red.
It’s not her emails vs. his bad language.
It’s not her dishonesty vs. his indecency.
It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
It’s about religion being weaponized.
It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
It’s about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation.
It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness.
And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and intolerance—it’s knowing that these things have been amen-ed by our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship alongside. That is the most horrific thing of all. We now know how close this is.