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President-elect Joe Biden – called to heal

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De Facto
Liamy MacNally

During the USA Presidential election count there was one photograph of flag-clad Biden and Trump supporters reaching out to each other to shake hands. It said everything that needs to happen in a land deeply divided by animosity and self-righteousness.
There appears to be an international collective sigh of relief following the USA Presidential elections. Be that as it may there will only be a positive way forward if the President-elect Joe Biden adopts one word – healing. America needs serious healing. It is a country seriously divided on many levels.
Division is aided and abetted by social media, the great ‘unaccountables’ of our time. Efforts by various online platforms to appear to be responsible often fall into a subjective fog. The Zuckerbergs, Gates, Dorseys, Eks and company are a law unto themselves. They use their various platforms for their own ends. After all it’s business!   
Joe Biden has a difficult task in leading that divided nation over the next few years. His opening speeches since becoming President-elect have been most encouraging. He won’t adopt the stance that Trump supporters are his enemies. He said that he has to be President for everyone.
We have often heard: “There’s good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us.”
We are all part of the human condition. While Donald Trump might not have been everyone’s cup of tea he received more than 70 million votes, more than he did last time out. That’s some achievement in anyone’s language.
It’s very easy to be critical of Trump. He has no class, seriously lacks emotional intelligence, can be so belligerent and offensive, aggressive and constantly ‘in your face’. Yet, for families of army, air force and navy personnel he was a blessing. There were few body bags on his watch. He never declared war.
In fact, he de-escalated tensions and removed US troops from many war zone areas. He formed a link with North Korea and ensured Israel and a few Arab countries signed historic peace deals. When Trump entered the White House the country was at war on several fronts, thanks to the great master of rhetoric Barack Obama. ‘War watchers’ note that Obama was overly supportive of the war machine.
In January 2017 the LA Times reported: “US military forces have been at war for all eight years of Obama’s tenure, the first two-term president with that distinction. He launched airstrikes or military raids in at least seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. Yet the US faces more threats in more places than at any time since the Cold War, according to US intelligence. For the first time in decades, there is at least the potential of an armed clash with America’s largest adversaries, Russia and China.”
That was the legacy Trump faced when he went in to the White House.
Trump was also an anti-abortion advocate. He made several efforts to defund the Planned Parenthood organisation, which supports state-funded abortion on demand and makes millions from the ‘abortion industry.’
This is the organisation that has been exposed for the gruesome practice of selling body parts from unborn children who have died through abortion.    
Joe Biden has a most difficult task. He will have to meander a minefield of opinions, hurts, fears and suspicions. He will face a myriad of criticism from all sides. Creating situations for people to heal is not easy. Condemnation is easier. He has to be a bridge-builder, one who leads by example, embracing his enemies.
Biden’s legacy will have to be one of peace because he knows his time is probably more limited than many previous US Presidents. At 78, he will be the oldest US President ever inaugurated come January 2021. A second term, while possible, is improbable.  
Why are religious believers so divided on the US Presidential issue? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all believers fell on their knees and prayed for a peaceful transition and a fruitful Presidential term for Joe Biden? Believers don’t have to sort out every problem, that’s what prayer is for. It’s time to be mature, let God be God and let Joe Biden be Joe Biden.