By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Joy Junction Inc.
Joy Junction Homeless Shelter Guest. “Elected officials come and go, but Jesus endures forever.”
Unity and reconciliation should now be uppermost on the mind of our still deeply divided country. Prayer, grace and words of healing should be in abundance. If any of your words and attitudes have injured anyone as you have sought to promote the candidate of your choice, seek forgiveness.
Don’t forget that as many are rejoicing tonight, about the same number of our fellow Americans are dumbfounded, hurt and bewildered at the election results. Let’s also remember that hundreds of thousands of Americans are still without homes, and many of all ages ended Nov. 8 by going to bed hungry.
If you are a follower of Jesus, show His grace, mercy and forgiveness to those who don’t share your views. If you don’t happen to be, please be nice anyway.
With God’s help and your continued support, Joy Junction will continue to be a beacon of light, love and hope for the hungry, homeless, poor and otherwise disenfranchised.
The Homeless Speak about the Election
A few weeks ago, we asked a number of our guests at Joy Junction who would make the biggest difference in their lives: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Jesus?
One respondent was very clear, saying “I have purposely come to Joy Junction to learn more about Jesus Christ, and try to avoid the distractions of the other two.”
One woman wrote a touching response, saying that Jesus makes the biggest difference in her life. That’s because, she said, “He has helped us through a hurricane and a massive flood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and while we were on the streets night and day for over eight years. God kept us with food and safe from harm’s way; that’s why we love Him so much.”
One guy said that Trump and Clinton don’t even know He exists, and neither will die for him. That’s unlike Jesus, he said, who took his sins to the cross and died in his place. Jesus, this man said, helps him with the decisions necessary for a better life and is always available. Clinton and Trump, this man emphasized, are too busy destroying each other.
A woman said quite unequivocally that Jesus makes the most difference in her life. She added that while the two presidential candidates have said if we vote for them, things will turn around and get better, there’s a much more reliable option.
Unlike the presidential candidates, she said, Jesus has never lied. “I know that I can stand on His word and it will be the same today, yesterday and forever. Hillary and Donald constantly change their words to fit the occasion. Men will fail. Only Jesus can bring the truth and total peace.”
Another woman was also sold on Jesus being the One Who makes the greatest difference in her life, because He is her “personal leader and Savior.”
She added, “God sacrifices his only son for all of us. I doubt Hillary and Donald would sacrifice any of their children.”
One guy said that Jesus also makes a huge impact on him.
He continued, “Politicians are merely figureheads, and God is the one in control of things in my life and the government leader’s lives. So the answer will always be Jesus regardless of what idiots are in charge of the White House.”
A thought provoking answer came from this man, commenting that whoever wins, Jesus is still in control.
He said, “I may be required to submit to authorities such as the president, but I am required to surrender to Jesus.”
A profound answer came from this person, who like others sided with Jesus making the biggest difference in life.
“No man or women will do better for my life, because they are not perfect and are sinners … No men or women are true to their words, but God is and knows everything, even behind closed doors and in the dark.”
One person said that Jesus makes the biggest difference in life, and that living without Jesus is synonomous with failure.
“My life will become corrupt with a weak foundation, so I want to make my foundation strong.”
Someone else said, “Now that I’ve started to believe in Christ my life has gotten better. I know I still got a long way to go, but it’s worth it. I’ve got a better understanding of death, and I know life truly is a gift.”