I’ll probably offend everyone with this one. Anyone with eyes to see knows that the election just past has generated deep divisions in the body of Christ and in the nation. I think we all need to stop and consider the impact of our words on those with whom you might disagree, but whom the Lord loves just as much as He loves you.
Prophetic voices have proclaimed Donald Trump to be some kind of Cyrus who will bless the body of Christ and save the nation. When others point out his character flaws, whether exaggerated or not, many conservative Christians vehemently defend him. When prophetic people make these proclamations and when believers defend him, they appear to those who refused to support him to be validating those character flaws and to be approving of what, to them, appears to be heinous sin and wickedness.
On the other hand, another segment of the body of Christ, many of them valid evangelical, Bible-believing followers of Jesus, vigorously defend Hillary Clinton as if she were some kind of motherly saint. When they do this, they appear to that other segment of the church to be defending one who would murder children in the womb and destroy the nation with her policies. Where this group sees a public servant, the other segment sees a corrupt liar.
The result of all this is a doorway of vulnerability to the very real demon currently sowing hatred and conflict into our nation and into the church. Each faction triggers offense in the other and we cooperate with a demonic scheme to destroy. I find it a solid rule that whenever we take offense at a fellow follower of Jesus, we are always wrong. We must stop all this – now before too much damage is done – and seek the true Spirit of Jesus. At this point we can do nothing to change the outcome of the election. It is what it is. It’s time now to hear and respect our brothers and sisters in their opinions and concerns. There is validity on both sides. Feel one another. Hear one another. Then let it go. It’s done.
What remains is a biblical command under which we all stand without exception. I Timothy 2:1-4, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The apostle wrote this to a people living under Roman emperors so godless that they make both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appear to be saints by comparison. Can we now all “…grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16)?