This past weekend was very perplexing and what many could call a water-shed moment for this election. The chaos of the 2020 election and this pandemic has infiltrated our homes, churches, and social groups with immense passion and partisanship. It has been unavoidable and exhausting.
R-Rated Religion makes no official endorsement of any presidential candidate but it is incumbent on us to call out all the religious hypocrisy in faith based communities. So here we go: If you claim to be a Christian (disciple of Jesus Christ set for in the biblical text) and you relished in the possibility of Donald Trump’s suffering, or potentially death, due to his contraction of the COVID-19 virus, you may be contributing to the evil in this world that many ascribe to the president.
This is not just an indictment on democrats or secularist (their hatred for Trump is void of light and filled with contempt); this question is specifically aimed at self-professing followers of Jesus Christ and His teachings of love and compassion. If you found yourself daydreaming of Trump’s demise or contributed to the rancor of others lamenting his potential death, you most likely are not a true Christian. That might seem harsh and judgmental but the truth often hurts. Do you realize how prevalent the evils of hatred are? Do you realize when you are contributing to that evil?
Remember what Christ requested of us: “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28 ESV). This was not a suggestion. Jesus was not speaking in hyperbole. If you cannot pray for your president (whether it be Obama, Clinton, or Trump) you are not the practicing Christian you profess to be. Wishing harm on others is not only sinful, but evil in the eyes of God. Not to mention, it is a repugnant way to view society and life, in general, that harm to those you oppose is a good thing.
All is not lost if you had. That is what repentance is for. And thank God for that,… no really… you should thank God for thank – figuratively and literally. Praise Christ, that the work He accomplished on the cross offers us redemption for our sins and the ability to seek restitution for our evil ways. It is never too late (that statement is not entirely true – subject of another post). Purge the hatred from your political sphere and pray for local leadership, congress, and your President (whomever he/she may be). Be grateful that you live at a time and in a place where such freedoms are afforded to you.
Here is a prayer to help you:
O Lord our Governor, whose glory fills all the world: We
commend this Nation to your merciful care, that we may be
guided by your providence, and dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to the President of this Nation, the Governor of this
State [or Commonwealth], and to all in authority, wisdom and
strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of
truth and righteousness, and make them continually mindful of
their calling to serve this people in reverent obedience to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
I challenge you all to take this message into your social sphere, Church, workplace, dinner table etc… Be the example of one who loves while all others hate!