I have had mixed feelings about writing a post to address the inauguration of a very VERY controversial president. It’s hard to have something so monumental happen without wanting to say something, but I find it even harder to find the right words to say about it.
Luckily, I didn’t have to.
I am a huge football fan, and sometimes my continuous watching of football related media gives me little Easter eggs that relate to life, politics, and faith. Today, I found a press conference clip featuring Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas?) Raiders QB Derek Carr. Now Carr has been a pivotal part of bringing the long time declining Raiders franchise back into relevancy, leading their division during much of the season and making their first playoff appearance in 14 years, but he is also an outspoken Christian. In the press conference, Carr said the following regarding the inauguration of Trump.
“No matter how you feel, or how you believe…we still as a country have to come together. It’s like a team. There’s gonna be a coach sometime that you like, there’s gonna be a coach sometime that you don’t like. Sometimes it’s gonna be someone you wish you had before. All I know is that if you want to be successful, if you want to dominate you have to come together. As a people we have a new leader that’s gonna be in place, and he’s gonna lay out a vision. But it’s up to us. It’s really up to us to come together, to love one another, and serve each other.”
That last line. “It’s up to us to come together, to love one another, and serve each other. “
It doesn’t matter how you line up politically, how you feel about our new president, what matters is that we focus on what we can do. That we focus on loving, and serving, and acting on our faith regardless of leadership.
Derek Carr, you may not be a Steeler, but you’re alright.