I am ready to embrace him. No questions asked. I’ll ignore the politics and say, “I love you Donald Trump! And I know Jesus does too.”
I understand the appeal for a guy that has no filter. People are listening to him and (whether for better or for worse) his voice is being heard.
Of course I have opinions about him. Honestly, I have opinions about every other candidate on both side of this election madness. Heck, I have opinions about anything and everything!
I could spend hours writing about who we should vote for, why you should vote for them and why Jesus would do the same. #Pride
But then, BOOM! BAM! BOOM!
Civil war would begin.
Hundreds of our readers (maybe thousands upon thousands) would reply in agreement, disappointment and disgust… or a combination of all 3.
But there is enough hate on social media. Enough voices pushing their morality and agendas. Enough options that are being dressed up as the truth.
Aren’t you tired of it all?
We can twist and bend “God’s Voice” to accommodate what we already believe in, or we can let His word twist and bend us towards love.
So on this election cycle, I’m keeping my glorious opinions to myself (and my wife) (and a few of my closest friends) and I’m choosing for everyone else, the techniques of grace.
Here’s the plan: stick to the New Testament formula, “Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and one mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out.” (1 Tim.2)
We are the eventually. And the time to live beyond our inclinations and ethics and agendas has arrived. Because even when we have legitimate reasons to thrown them, we should drop the stones and condemn no more.
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There have been prophetic words about Donald being the Trumpet of the Lord. There have also been prophetic words about Obama being the antichrist. Some have called Trump a bully and a jerk. While others spoke of Obama as if he were the coming messiah.
They are neither, or.
These individuals, whether you agree with them or not, believe to be doing the best they can. You might consider them bad, corrupt or ___________, and there might be some truth to your perception.
However, the Father looks upon them all with kindness. He remembers the price that His Son paid for their lives and He is more interested in their hearts than their nominations.
Oh yes they sin. Oh yes they fail. Oh yes there are consequences.
They are imperfect people, living in an imperfect world, full of imperfect critics, like you and me.
But there is good news. News we could be spreading. And it’s always Jesus. Never The Donald, or Barack or Hillary or any Bush.
I don’t know which one of them you consider the enemy, but either way, right or left, the invitation from Jesus has not changed.
“Love your enemies.”
No questions asked.
The history of the church has been largely a history of “believers” refusing to believe in the way of the crucified Nazarene and instead giving in to the very temptations he resisted–power, relevancy, spectacle.
-Shane Claiborne in Jesus For President
The True King invested very little time talking, convincing, complaining or even supporting any facets of the political world around him. He did not come to substitute Cesar with a more “Christian” emperor. He did not intend to enforce a world system that was more “Biblical” than the other.
He came to establish a Kingdom where WE are one family; loved by God and dead to any other agenda but His own.
So be a good citizen. Enjoy your right to vote. And whether you choose conservatives or liberals or a combination of both, speak up for what you believe in.
Just don’t claim your choices as the only Christian choice.
They are your politics. Plain and simple. Full of holes and contradictions. (Just like mine and just like Trump’s).
Focus instead on the superior ways of Christ. The one who came to serve our broken world. To heal our wounds. To save the lost. To teach forgiveness. To show us the Father.
To unify with kindness.
We can re-present that to the world.
And instead of expecting politics to change things maybe we can change how we do our politics.
Donald is no trumpet. Obama is no messiah.
Jesus is both.
He’s the leader I’m listening to. And His strategy gets my vote. ✓
*Help me spread a different message. Share with others. Respond in love.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. Ephesians 4:15
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