The evangelical Christian community in America voted by an overwhelming margin of 81% to 16% , according to exit polling, to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. In the aftermath of the election, how should the Christian Church community respond? What actions should the Church community pursue? In general, the Church community must be salt and light in the nation; and be an influence in society, the culture, and its institutions. In short, the Church community must remain engaged in the process of governing.
First, Christians in America should offer heartfelt thanksgivings and praise to our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who has answered the prayers of millions of believers in the nation. Almighty God, in His enduring grace, responded in accord with His word, as reflected in 2 Chronicles Chapter 7:
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” [2Ch 7:13-14 NASB]
No doubt, Christians in America were compelled to pray on behalf of this nation, petitioning God for new leadership which would govern in accordance with Christian principles, and perform the duties of the government, that is, the State, as designed, under God, to protect life and property. In this respect, Franklin Graham spent the greater part of this year traveling to every state capital to conduct prayer meetings, wherein thousands of believers petitioned God to change the direction of this nation from its perilous course. Graham and all who joined him collectively, in small groups, and individually, are to be commended for their prayerful activities on behalf of the nation. Thank God for all of His fellow workers.
Secondly, Christians must stay informed about important issues and matters facing the nation, and the Church. Whether it involves matters pertaining to the protection of life, or economic and trade policy, or matters of national security, Christians must understand the relevant facts and circumstances surrounding issues; develop policy positions; and communicate their views to elected representatives in a timely manner. The online news magazine, StewardshipAmerica.com, has been established for this very purpose; that is, to keep people informed and knowledgeable on important matters, by virtue of providing convenient access to, and honest analysis of relevant news and information.
Third, the Church community must maintain a discerning spirit in relation to the news reporting from the traditional media. The corporate media, also known as, the mainstream media, old media, and legacy media, was patently dishonest in its coverage of the election, particularly in its representations of presidential candidate Donald Trump. The biased reporting among the corporate media has been assessed in Stewardship America’s article entitled, “Today’s News Media – A Propaganda Enterprise.” In view of media bias, Christians must not accept coverage of issues and news events at face value; nor can the Church community accept the analysis of political pundits and media commentators appearing on corporate media programs as true and complete representations of issues and events. Instead, the Church must filter corporate media reports through new Internet media sources, such as those listed on the Links page of StewardshipAmerica.com, and of course, StewardshipAmerica.com.
Fourth, Christians should consider running for public office. Several professing Christians sought the presidency in the 2016 Republican Primary, including Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz, and others. Christians should not only consider running for high office, but also for office at the state and local levels, including state legislative offices, city councils, and school boards, in America’s governmental system.
Fifth, Christians must support candidates, whether Christians or not, who will govern in accordance with Christian principles. For example, the Church community should support candidates who pledge to protect life, maintain religious freedom, and protect American sovereignty.
Sixth, pastors, and ministry leaders, and the Church at large, must, without any hesitation, declare the whole counsel of God’s word, including ultimate accountability to God for those serving in the offices of government. The Church must raise its voice, and exercise its collective voting power, to influence the government to perform its role of protecting life and property, in accordance with God’s charge to the State. The Church is not to seek to become the State; but rather must encourage the State to do its job as the State, under God.
God, in His mercy, by virtue of the election of new leadership, tempered toward Christianity, has allowed America to step back from the edge of an impending economic, financial, social, and moral disaster. The Christian Church community certainly played a central role in this change of national direction. It is incumbent on the Church to remain engaged from this point forward, by being an active influence among the institutions of government, and the broader society, in order for this reprieve to be sustained, and ultimately transitioned into a lasting security, and prosperity, for the nation. God willing, this end will be achieved.
By Allen Sutton