Eight days ago, we elected Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Celebrities, Californians, and New Yorkers are confused, they thought they had it in the bag. How did this happen?

Our country, despite the endless pro-Hillary media frenzy, decided they wanted a change. They wanted a break from the status quo of Washington. Still, millions of people are shocked at the seemingly underdog win of President-elect Trump.

But was he really that much of an underdog?

While I may be just a girl from the small town of Muncie, Indiana, I believe I’ve seen the real side of things that the media doesn’t show. The state of Indiana has voted blue in the past two elections. Muncie, a college town with primarily liberal residents, voted overwhelming for Barack Obama. Yet most everyone I know voted for Trump, whether they were a conservative or liberal. People don’t trust Hillary, even if she has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

My personal opinion? America wants change. We root for the outsider, racist and sexist though he may be. And on that subject, we have had several presidents who owned slaves or who were disrespectful of women (looking at you, Bill!). We have checks and balances written into our system of government for a reason. Sorry, had to make that sidenote. Back to change: Americans believed that Obama would change the state of our country, but we are no better off than we were eight years ago.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the social changes that have happened in our country are tremendous. But in all other areas, we have remained the same. The economic cycle has come to a screeching halt. Instead of enjoying the rise of prosperity that is supposed to occur after such a horrendous recession, we have remained in that recession. Obama didn’t fix our country; and perhaps that isn’t entirely his fault, Republicans have not made it easy for him to enact the changes he wants, but the fact remains the same.

I understand that many people are terrified at a Trump presidency, but we should give him a chance. He is now the leader of the free world and to try and undermine him before he even takes the oath would be just sabotaging ourselves.

I am no fan of Trump, but I believe that he has an excellent vice president (shout out to my governor!) and that he will be much different than any speculations we have made.

From a Christian perspective, God will provide for His people. The president does not hold higher authority than the Almighty. We should not be afraid, but continue to love on our neighbors and do work for His Kingdom.

 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:34

~Hannah Knodel