Between starting my new job at Northridge Church this September, and taking a full course load in seminary this semester, I haven’t been writing articles very often. I’m still writing and communicating a lot — a lot more than I was before actually — but its happening in different avenues than this blog.
However, with November rapidly approaching, and political discussions on every social media platform, news outlet, and many people’s minds, I wanted to share an article I found VERY helpful in processing how believers should think and act in this election. Kevin DeYoung shares some powerful thoughts on Seeking Clarity in this Confusing Election Season.
The part of this article I found most compelling was #9:
There is a tendency, on both sides, to treat “our side” differently than we treat “their side.” Would the same Christian leaders excusing Trump’s statements ever think to excuse the same from Clinton (Bill or Hillary)? Of course not. Would liberals be overlooking Bill Clinton’s treatment of women (and Hillary’s role in downplaying or silencing accusations) if a Republican candidate (or spouse) had the same trail of serious allegations? No way. So much of politics is “defend our guy at all costs” and “seek and destroy their guy at all costs.” The church must show a better way.
Check out the whole article below:
Not every Christian will come to the same decision when voting, and I don’t think everyone necessarily could. But we must agree that both major party candidates have serious moral concerns and we must speak out against wrongdoing instead of shrugging it off in support for a candidate. Wrong is wrong, and as complicated as this election situation is, we can't forget our role to stand for something bigger.
As you read this article, my prayer is that we all seek to be unified in Jesus, not divided because of our political leanings. I pray that we would be a light to a dark world, and do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8) in the midst of a confusing election season.
Church, let’s show a better way, and point others to the hope we have in Jesus Christ and not in a political leader.