One of the most frustrating things to see during this election year, specifically, is the "evangelical" population more concerned with preserving their said political party or their chosen candidate rather than to stand on the truths of the cross of Jesus Christ. It has happened on both sides of the scale.
After Trump's comments came out about sexually assaulting married women against their will while he himself was 60 years old and married, I wrote a little blurb on my Facebook. After some feedback, I decided to put it on my blog. I want you to know that I in no way support either candidate in this years election, and would like to remind you, reader, that as an American, no political party therefore owns my vote. As November approaches, I am more and more at a loss as to what to do. As a Christ-follower focused on preserving my witness and walking in a manner worthy of the life Christ has called me to, I personally can not back either presidential candidate.
I also know that not everyone will agree with me, believer and unbeliever alike. And that's okay. I'll answer to Christ one day, and I'm content giving account for these words.
Below is what was originally posted, verses with their reference now included.
"the greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." –brennan manning
Colossians 1:10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God
what an unbelieving world finds so hard to believe about people who profess to be christians during this election year is their willingness to wholeheartedly compromise the teachings of jesus who spoke truth in grace with the sole purpose of redeeming people. what the unbelieving world finds so hypocritical is saying one heinous act is worse than another, when grace abounds for the one who repents. why an unbelieving world wants absolutely nothing to do with people who profess to be christ-followers is because not even their moral compasses know how to point due north anymore. people have lost all respect for each other, even those in the church, and have clung to one or the other candidate so strongly they no longer can see without clouded judgement, moral sense, and even more important the lenses of christ. loyalty to a party or a person over the supreme authority of christ (as a christian) in itself is creating a god before the one true God. in other words-idolatry. if you try hard enough, you can justify any terrible thing either candidate has done or rather said to make it fit your own ideal political agenda, but why not call it what it is (sin). because that's what jesus did. he didn't justify sin, he didn't support sin. he called it out, gave us an opportunity to repent (which is different than saying a remorseful i'm sorry, afterall judas said he was sorry). we are all no better than hillary. we are no better than trump. we're horribly messed up people and have fallen short of a mighty, perfect, and holy God. praise God there IS a way to be reconciled back to him through christ. saying you believe something means nothing if you're unwilling to follow its act. if you say you have surrendered your life to christ as a christian, then walk in a manner worthy of your calling. after all, the unbelieving world is looking at christians more than ever to see if they truly live out what they say they believe.
Below are some tweets from some people I respect to the utmost degree in my Christian walk:
Haughtiness of man shall be humbled, & the lofty pride of men shall be brought low & the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.— Mark Young (@MPYoung17) October 4, 2016
Continued support for Trump is symptomatic of an ideology that is only anti-everything. They're so anti-HRC that they'll support even this.— Alex Hammond (@alexshammond) October 9, 2016
Breaking: The Wall Street Journal on evangelicals and Donald Trump. Includes my comments. https://t.co/UH3VF9C9r4 pic.twitter.com/hJuSXZNlAO— Albert Mohler (@albertmohler) October 9, 2016
You are required to believe, to preach, and to teach what the Bible says is true, not what you want the Bible to say is true.— Matt Smethurst (@MattSmethurst) October 9, 2016
The damage done to the gospel this year, by so-called evangelicals, will take longer to recover from than the '80s TV evangelist scandals.— Russell Moore (@drmoore) October 8, 2016
Dear Republicans and Democrats, moral categories matter. When you stopped caring about that, you both became irrelevant. Goodbye.— Ray Ortlund (@rayortlund) October 7, 2016
Only Jesus can fill a heart. Looking for fulfillment in anyone else or anything else always results in disappointment. In Him alone is life.— Gary Permenter (@GaryPermenter) October 6, 2016
One's character is one's character. It should not change in the locker room, on private emails,or on a bus. This is the challenge for us all— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 8, 2016