Aug 6, 2016
Christians Who Support Trump: To Speak or Not?
This unbelievable presidential election cycle has already brought more drama than can ever be easily digested by American voters. Not only are the Republican and Democrat candidates flogging wildly at each other’s political and personal foibles, but voters are increasingly violent against those with opposing opinions. Especially if you are a Christian supporter of Donald...
This unbelievable presidential election cycle has already brought more drama than can ever be easily digested by American voters. Not only are the Republican and Democrat candidates flogging wildly at each other’s political and personal foibles, but voters are increasingly violent against those with opposing opinions.
Especially if you are a Christian supporter of Donald Trump, you will be the object of wild allegations that you’re a “hater,” a “redneck Biblically illiterate idiot who would dare put the words ‘Bible’ and ‘Trump’ in the same sentence.” But Christians know they have an obligation on this Earth, and finding our way through this presidential campaign is more than tricky.
Here’s my conundrum… I believe that the results from the upcoming election could have great ramifications for the Body of Christ in the United States.
I cannot predict the future, but a liberal leaning Supreme Court, which shows increasing disregard for the authority of the Constitution, has the potential to squash freedom of speech in a manner that will greatly affect our ability to share the Gospel in an open and public manner….
Speaking out against homosexuality could be labeled, ‘hate speech.’ Following this logic, the exclusivity of the Gospel could one day be considered ‘hate speech.’ It could affect (at least legally) the way we are able to school our children, the way we approach the pulpit, and the way we hold our events.
Some have countered that I shouldn’t be afraid of persecution. This is absolutely true. I am not afraid of persecution, and know that the Body of Christ always has always thrived under pressure.
So, what can a Christian Trump supporter do? Should we speak or not speak? Is it worth it?
Brooke goes on to explain,
Christians are never called to sit idly by and watch their nation and culture slide downhill when they had the opportunity to do something about it….
Here’s what I know for sure:
1) This election season has been especially difficult for believers, because we do not have one obvious candidate to rally around. Believers who are actively walking with Christ, and sincerely seeking His face on this issue, have come away with completely different conclusions on how they should vote in November.
If you do choose to engage in political debate, let’s be civil about it, and act like the brothers and sisters that we are. Despite our differences, we need to stop eating each other alive in front of the world. Just because someone disagrees with you over who should be president, doesn’t mean that their salvation is in question.
It’s ok to be passionate about your opinion. It’s ok to have differences, but let’s agree to disagree in a manner that is so loving, the world turns its head our way.
2.) The most effective way for Christians to engage in cultural warfare will not be through our civic involvement, but through simple adherence to the greatest commandment to, “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (1) The reason we find our country in this mess to begin with is due to the American church’s failure to act as the cultural “salt” and “Light” we were designed to be. Do you want to change your country for the better? Strengthen your personal relationship with Christ. Learn what it means to abide in Him daily and becoming a living, breathing conduit of His love. Invest in your community. Don’t be content to keep the secret of eternal to yourself. SHARE the Gospel. The Kingdom of God will not be built through a political office, but through one person at a time, sincerely falling in love with Jesus Christ.
3.) Sometimes we are called to speak the truth, even when no one will listen. Last night, as I prayerfully considered this issue, I was led to Luke 4 (2) where Christ revealed Himself as the Messiah to His hometown. Instead of embracing Him and rejoicing that the Promised One had arisen from among their obscure midsts, they tried to throw Him off of a cliff. What I find most extraordinary about this event, is that Christ knew exactly what their reaction would be before He said a word…and He did it anyway.
This shows me that we are accountable for speaking the truth, no matter how it is received.
The Truth is going to rub people the wrong way.
Are you a Christ-centered Christian supporter of Donald Trump? You must speak up! It IS worth it!