A Letter to the Church: Election 2016

Dear Christians,

We’ve made it through another election cycle. It’s been a long past couple years as the campaigns have brainwashed us all into thinking that either candidate would be able to fill a role that only Jesus can. What do I mean by this? I mean that despite our best attempts to view politics as the answer to our morality problem, we can now regain our focus on the fact that nothing is going to fix this world except for Jesus.

The election really isn’t that big of a deal, but our reaction to it is.

You see, all of us for the past year at least have been wrapped up watching the news, listening to the radio, and following along with the candidates on social media. And here we are. It’s the day of the election and despite our choice for the next president, none of us are so certain that the change we desire will really come to fruition. In believing that Trump or Clinton could fix our problems we removed our focus (and trust) from the only true source of life; Jesus.

In 2008 when President Obama was elected many people thought that he would be the president to finally bring unity to our country. Eight years later, the country is more divided than ever and Obama really didn’t help with that at all. The problem was not Obama though, it was humankind. We (all of us) are continually and progressively moving further away from the Bible and the God who gave it to us, and this has dire consequences.

Trump and Clinton are incapable of fixing our country and they are also both powerless in comparison to Jesus.

So, here is my solution. Instead of our (the Church’s) expected outcry of comments about how the world is ending and how our new president is going to destroy the nation, let’s refocus and proclaim the Gospel. Maybe in doing that we will see hope, love, forgiveness, and unit return. Crazy idea, right?

Instead of arguing with those who disagree with us, let us begin to have genuine conversations that lead to us understanding where other people are coming from. We may never fully agree on all things but that is okay. We should be focused on people, not policies.

No change in power or policies will be able to fully silence the truth of the Gospel.

So, go and tell the world that hope is here and he isn’t a Republican or Democrat. He is the King of Kings and He loves all of us!

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