New York : November 9, 2016 ( IRFT exclusive).

The 2016 presidential election is now over, and, in what very few could ever have imagined, Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. Donald Trump has performed far better than had been expected by most polling companies.The Republican candidate repeatedly dismissed the polls as “phony”.Nearly all the pollsters had Mrs Clinton ahead of Mr Trump, with NBC for example giving the former First Lady enjoying a five-point lead as Americans went to the polls.Clinton entered polling day leading by five points nationally in the latest CNN/ORC poll, and by three points in CNN’s most recent poll of polls. 

Now the very divisive and marginalized campaign is over. No matter what our differences politically or religiously, surely we can all agree that this campaign has been demoralizing and even traumatizing for most of the country. 

The first thing, of course, is to pray for our soon-to-be President Trump. The Bible commands us to pray for “all who are in high positions” (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Moreover, the Scripture tells us to give “honor to whom honor is due” (Rom. 13:7). Many of us have deep differences with our new president, and would have no matter which candidate had been elected, but we must pray that he will succeed in leading our country with wisdom and justice.

Moreover, no matter what the racial and ethnic divisions in America, we can be churches that demonstrate and embody the reconciliation of the kingdom of God. After all, we are one Body that is white and black and Latino and Asian, male and female, rich and poor. 
Let us pray that we can heal our differences and come together for the betterment of this ‘One Nation Under God’. 

( Father Joseph Varghese, Executive Director, IRFT)