The results from the recent election were unexpected by many people and have resulted in a reaction that reveals just how divided our country really is. I had been more prepared to write a post about the role of the church in an increasingly more hostile culture, but have shifted my thoughts to how the church should respond in this election season.
Division in our country demands a thoughtful response. It is clear that the margins of the left and right movements have taken over the middle. That is what happens when we demonize things that are different and idealize our preferred political solutions. The problem is that those things that we demonize are not bad enough to completely explain the mess that we are in and what we idealize is not good enough to get us out of the mess we are in.
It is clear that both in our education systems and in our current culture, there is a real lack of understanding of how the political system works. There are always winners and losers; half the country is not going to be happy with the results. When you create a culture where everyone gets a trophy for participating, then when they face real life where there are winners and losers, people are completely unprepared.
The more desperate people are in their response to the election results, the more obvious it is that their hope is in the government. Government, by its nature, lacks the ability to deliver on the expectations that we place on it. Our hope should be in Jesus Christ, not government institutions.
Our allegiance to Jesus should take precedence over our ideology. It does not matter if you are liberal or conservative, or if you hold to progressivism, naturalism or socialism. None of those ideologies should supersede our allegiance to Jesus Christ.
We need to do better at addressing issues that are at the heart of our division. We are the only people with real answers and we must find a way to encourage healthy, civil debate and be able in wisdom to turn the conversation to the only real hope: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let’s be committed to pray for our country, pray for our incoming President — Donald Trump, his new Administration, and our Congress. Let’s be the best citizens that we can be by living out the Christian life in clear and compelling ways.