Must Read Monday: Election Edition, the day before the dayNovember 7, 2016
We have all felt and seen the disgust over this election in our personal circles, but here it is laid out in black and white newsprint. The nation is weary, despairing, repulsed, disgusted. There is little trust that the country can unite after the election, and both candidates face challenging headwinds on day one. What an opportunity for the Church to shine with the hope and peace of Christ. Do you accept the mission?
Read More: Win or lose, Reclaiming the Christian witness after the election
Max Lucado reminds us we already know exactly what November 9 will bring: “Another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won’t on November 9, 2016. “The LORD can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NCV).”
On Sunday night, a Presbyterian minister, a Republican governor and a former Obama White House staffer walk onto a stage for a political debate moderated by a member of the media. Why? To demonstrate what civil partisan political discourse looks like when the goal is honoring Jesus and not elevating self or demonizing the other.
We are talking with the moderator of the event Samantha Fischer today on The Reconnect.
A black church burned in the name of Trump– The Atlantic
Here is something worthy of the word “deplorable.” A black church in Mississippi was burned and spray painted with the phrase “Vote for Trump.” Today and tomorrow, we may be most concerned with what does the outcome of the election mean for me, for my family, my community? What about those who are not like us? What does reconciliation look like and what does it require of us?
Church drops lawsuit on transgender bathroom issue– Des Moines Register
In the midst of the election news, we do not want to miss this important religious liberty story from Iowa. Two churches were seeking an injunction against the state related to an “anti-discrimination law that church officials believed could force them to follow laws addressing use of public bathrooms by transgender persons.” The Iowa Civil Rights Commission published an informational brochure on public accommodations for transgender persons, suggesting churches would be included. But in October, a federal judge held that churches are not public accommodations subject to government control.