Election campaigns involve a lot of fear, a lot of "us and them" talk, a lot of caricaturing people and a lot of fault finding. We've let these attitudes seep into the Christian community, particularly when it comes to political affiliation. The only problem is the believers that voted differently to you this election are not some evil enemy intent on destroying everything that is holy in the world as many would have you believe. They are your brothers and sisters in Christ. God loves them as much as he loves you. Christ died for their sins too just as he did for yours. They will be in heaven one day with you. They may have had motives for their choice of vote as good as you had for yours. They may have prayed as much or more than you about how to vote for.
The bible exorts us over and over again to be unified as believers
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:13 NIV)
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Phillipians 2:1-2 NIV)
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8 NIV)
I could keep posting scripture after scripture but you get the point.As a church we cannot afford to be mimicking the world around us and living in division. It can cause incredible damage to believers, distract from our calling and be an incredibly bad witness to unbelievers. In these times of change of all sorts we need to come together as believers. We won't always agree on everything and that's OK. The gospel that unites us is bigger and more important than any election or political party. Imagine if as a Christian community we became not known as republicans, conservatives, democrats or whatever other political label but as people committed to showing grace and humbly loving even those whom we disagree with. I think that could well change the world more than any vote could.