Donald Trump is President of the USA. Something I didn't believe I would have ever said in my life. The man from The Apprentice will soon run one of the most powerful countries in the world.
Now many articles have been written about the US presidential elections. While I have my own personal thoughts I will refrain from writing a treatise on the elections with the pros and the cons.
This article isn't for or against Trump or his supporters. This article is for my family in Christ who carry the responsibility to show Christ to the world.
The most confusing and disheartening part of the post-election period in America, is the rhetoric I see from Christians; the back and forth bashing both from those for and against Donald Trump.
How does our rhetoric sound any different from non-Christians? How do we show unbelievers who Christ is when we too shout: "Tell me who you are so I can unfriend you!" Or you holler: "You Christians, look what you have done!!"
What about when we Christians decry Trump as "despicable vermin", and a "bastard"? How are we any different from the world? How does that lead people to Christ?
I am aware that some persons are just venting, but Facebook, Instagram and Snap Chat are not your private living room. It's for the masses, and now we look as angry and hopeless as they are. How does that reflect an option for change?
I can certainly say that I would have been, and probably still am at a loss as to who I would have voted for had I been an American citizen. I wish I had prayed more earnestly for wisdom for my family in Christ as they decided how to vote, and I repent for that.
I understand the anger of some Christians but it doesn't justify our behavior.
Let's just stop for a minute and listen to how we sound to people. Let's be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to get angry, and careful of our words and actions (James chapter 1).
I encourage you to be mindful of your responses during this time. Let us remember that we are supposed to be the ones who are different, who have hope, who know the truth.
We are the sale reps so to speak of a heavenly homestay, let's make sure our actions lead persons to buy in, instead of opting out. Let's be different. Let's be Christians.
Stacy-Ann Smith -volunteers at YWAM and is a child therapist. She is involved with children's ministry and working girls has a heart to teach them the ways of the Lord.
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