A Christian Pastor’s Perspective on the Election

November 9, 2016

 

As I stayed awake until 3 AM on early Wednesday morning, I flipped through the various news channels. The emotions of the anchors ranged from speechless, apoplectic, joy and frustration. There was hyperbolic language exclaiming that those who voted for President Elect Trump were racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, hate-filled, uneducated and many more nasty things. To be honest, during the last two presidential elections, I heard nasty things about President Barack Obama.

 

 

Anyone who is paying attention to this election understands that this is a divided nation. While

the MSNBC narrative is that we are divided because of racism and hatred, I believe that we are divided

because the church has often times shirked its responsibility. Let me explain:

 

Instead of the Biblical example of taking care of both orphans and widows as the Bible

commands, we have pushed our responsibility upon the government. This has created a generation of

people that see government as their God and the church has lost an enormous opportunity to

demonstrate the kindness and mercy of God. Instead of paying attention to the foreigner or sojourner

which is a Biblical example, we have pushed them aside without giving them hope. We have a

responsibility to our city, nation, and world to help heal the broken-hearted. Look what Jesus says that

he was anointed to do:

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He

has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those

who are oppressed, (Luke 4:18).

 

I believe the church is the hope of the world. I believe we represent Christ to the spiritually dying and

hurting. I believe that President Obama, President-Elect Trump, the Supreme Court, and a Republican

Congress needs the church to rise up to provide healing in this land.

Jesus tells us in Matthew to be wise as serpents, but gentle as doves (Matthew 10:16), so we Christians

live in incredible tension. We have to be compassionate but also uphold the rule of law. We have to

protect life without demonizing people that are making unwise choices. We have to treat everyone with

dignity but must see sin in God’s eyes. We must be humble but also very bold in proclaiming the Gospel.

 

I believe this could be the church’s finest hour, but it is now that we must live up to the name Christ-

follower. While I am a proud conservative, those on the other side are not my enemy. My enemy is a

devil seeking people to devour. My prayer for this nation is that more people will find Christ and be

protected by the cross.

 

God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

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