Must Read Monday: President-elect Trump’s first movesNovember 14, 2016
After Trump, Should Evangelical Christians Part Ways?– Christianity Today
The election is behind us. And within the Church family, a divide emerged. Mark Galli, editor Christianity Today notes:
From hallway conversations to Facebook and Twitter exchanges, we look at one another and ask, “How could you, as an evangelical, possibly support your candidate?”
In times like these, we tend to imagine the worst in one another. The left imagines that Trump supporters, since they seemed to give a pass to his racist and misogynistic comments, must not care about Hispanics or women. The right assumes the left has simply gone soft on abortion and religious freedom, not to mention human sexuality. Each think the other is blind to how their candidate had little respect for the rule of law. (And of course, third-party advocates placed a pox on both houses!)
What happens now? Will the Church allow itself to be divided along political lines or rebuild a reaffirm a community where the Kingdom is first?
That question is not rhetorical as churches were targeted over the weekend. First Baptist Church in Dallas was targeted by anti-Trump protesters and a DC area church was vandalized with a pro-Trump racist message. How we respond as individual Christians, as local congregations in the communities where God has sent us to be His witnesses, and as the Body of Christ in the world that God so loves, will be the measure of this election for American Christians.
What do white evangelicals owe people of color in Trump’s America they helped create?– Ed Stetzer & Laurie Nichols
The authors write: “Our biblical mandate is to care for the marginalized, to walk alongside those who have been victims of prejudice and abuse, to embrace those who are different than us in background and belief.” Here are some intensely practical ways to do that, but it begins with a heart willing to stand with our brothers and sisters who feel betrayed by this election.
If you have not done so already, as a Christian you must renounce racism in all its forms. The Kingdom of God is populated by believers of every tribe and nation under heaven. It’s time for Christians to make manifest in the world the Gospel reality that Jesus Christ has eliminated the dividing walls of hostility between us.
During his 60 Minutes sit down interview in response to a question about same sex marriage, Donald Trump answered it no longer matters because it is settled law, and he is “fine with it.” From where I sit, Trump is a cosmopolitan pragmatist when it comes to issues of personal morality.
So, if you thought the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell had the potential of being overturned, you thought wrong. Same sex marriage is here to stay. The conversation we now need to have as a nation is how we will resolve the current impasse between sets of perceived rights: religious and sexual. The Obama administration’s U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has said that sexual rights trump religious freedom. What a Trump administration has to say about that is yet to be seen. Watch for Vice President Mike Pence to be at the center of this conversation going forward.
Abortion providers and pro-choice activists are reacting with dismay to the results of the election. It’s not just Trump that causes them concern but the Republican House, Senate and Administration. For the first time since Roe v. Wade pro-life advocates have not only the majority of American’s behind them but the necessary alignment in the Federal Government to make real change.
What does the 2016 election mean for the pro-life movement and other conservative causes? The mood is cautious optimism, fully understanding Trump made promises on key items such as banning late-term abortions and favorable Supreme Court appointments.
As many Americans are wondering what type of President Trump will be, his Administration is taking form. He has named his top staffers: one an RNC insider and the other a consummate outsider. So what does that mean? It is still very hard to say. President Trump is still very much an unknown. 60 Minutes did an lengthy interview with President-elect Trump and his family, but very little was clarified about his specific policy plans and positions. At the same time, that is an important reminder. Many people and organizations are claiming to know what type of President Trump will be, but the truth is, we do not know yet.
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