SMac77 posted a comment · Nov 22, 2016
I would argue that Christians are obligated to try to influence the direction of the government no matter who the political candidates are. In some cases those candidates may reflect the faith, values, and moral and ethical codes that we hold dear. In many other cases they won't. As a Christian though, we should do our best to cast our vote in such a manner that we feel our voice will have the most influence. We need to be prepared to pray for whatever candidate obtains political office and hope that they will lead if not by the direction of Christ, then at least not pass statutes that violate God's word. We also need to be prepared to extend grace to those with whom we disagree, because let's face it, none of us have all the answers and our hope doesn't ultimately rest in those we elect.
TimB posted a comment · Nov 18, 2016
I appreciate your article, but I can also see why some currently feel confused by Christians. It has to do with the clarity of our message regarding Trump. Since the election I have heard Christian leaders say that this election “is a miracle work of God” and “a victory for the Church.” I would caution Christian leaders against linking God or the Church with this election in such a direct way. For many people (non-believers especially) this link obscures the Christian Gospel. They cannot understand how Trump is seen by Christians as some marvelous representative of Jesus Christ. They have a difficult time reconciling our Christian message of repentance, etc., with Donald Trump as a Christian hero. I can completely understand a Christian speaking agonizingly about reluctantly voting for a candidate as the lesser of two evils. But to excitedly laud such a flawed candidate as a gift from God confuses, obscures and damages the Christian Message. The sanctity of human life, the definition of marriage, religious freedom, etc. are key issues. To vote tactically, holding your nose while being completely honest about a candidate’s non-Christian character is one thing. Recklessly justifying the unjustifiable in a candidate while calling it all a “God thing” simply in the hopes of “getting a Supreme Court we want” is a very different thing. The former leaves the Gospel Message unmolested; the latter needlessly obscures the Message to a world that desperately needs it even more than any particular political outcome. So, perhaps some of the honest critics have a point and can help us be clearer about our overall message.