Evangelical Vote

Franklin Graham posted on Facebook, “Did God show up? In watching the news after the election, the secular media keep asking “How did this happen?” “What went wrong?” “How did we miss this?” Some are in shock. Political pundits are stunned. Many thought the Trump/Pence ticket didn’t have a chance. None of them understand the God-factor.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying. This year they came out to every state capitol to pray for this election and for the future of America. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up…I pray that President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation.”

I want to respond as a Christian to this. My church was praying too but not for Trump to win. We were praying as Jesus taught us to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Many of us are grieving the result of the election because of what it says about incivility, intolerance, disrespect, anger, and hate within the American population. We still believe that God will have God’s way of love, mercy, compassion, and justice. I reject the idea that Trump represents that. However, the majority of Americans voted for a diverse, hospitable, and tolerant nation. If Donald Trump’s election is a catalyst for us to all work harder to become more united, casting out fear with hope, hate with love then thanks be to God. But Trump is not the representative of Jesus. He is not a savior. Christians who prayed for Trump to be elected are expressing anger not mercy, hate not love, division not reconciliation, fear not hope. Franklin – Your Evangelical Christianity fails on so many levels to represent the love of God for all people expressed in Jesus life, death and resurrection. I reject the idea that this religious movement is Christian and reclaim the love and justice of God expressed in Christ’s life. We will continue to pray for you and Evangelical Christians everywhere who have mistaken political power for the redeeming love of God. Like Jesus, we will continue stand with the oppressed (Hispanics, Women, Blacks, LGBTQ, Muslims and anyone else left out). God was incarnate in Jesus to the broken, alienated, and afflicted. O God, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

About Lorne Bostwick

I'm Senior Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church. I have a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and have completed the academic work for a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling at the Lloyd Center, San Francisco Theological Seminary. While labels can be confusing and definitions imprecise, I consider myself to be a theological progressive. I believe there is space in the room for all of us. The only exceptions are if you opt out because it is too hard for you to embrace the diversity in the room.

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