A United Church Is The Hope For A Divided Country

Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

With the election over, emotions are high. Some are elated with a Trump presidency, some are incredibly distraught. Many others knew they would be full of grief either way.

When looking at the landscape of the country you see a lot of hurt, anger, and despair. As soon as the election came to a close, sad stories of racism have come to light, protests are taking place, and social media has become disheartening. Family members are divided, friendships have been hurt, and most people are having trouble navigating these difficult waters. This is true not just in the country, but within the church.

The question becomes, “How can we (the church) remain united in the kingdom of God in order to be a light and voice of hope to the divided and broken kingdom of the USA? 

  1. Remember the gospel. This is what unites us above all things. It is the source of who we are: our hope, our joy, our purpose, and the determiner of our true family. Christians are not first republicans or democrats. Christians aren’t even Americans first, we are first adopted sons and daughters whose deepest allegiance is to Jesus and His mission. There is no difference so great between us that the gospel does not rectify.
  2. Remember our calling. We are to be light in this dark and broken world. This is the reason we exist. Because of that, a Christian’s social media posts should promote unity, love, grace, repentance, and accountability. This should be true to every political party and every person. Our calling is to advance the kingdom of God, this takes precedence over advancing the cause of a political party.
  3. Have compassion. For those who “lost,” they are feeling real despair and real anger. Remember that we are called to only boast in the cross. In all circumstances, Christians should be marked by compassion for those who grieve, even when we don’t understand their grief. We can do this by trying to see things from their perspective. You might not have the same experiences, backgrounds, or worldviews, but what would it be like to walk a day in their shoes? There is always more to a person’s story than what you see. Have compassion on them by choosing not to judge or jump to conclusions because what they are feeling seems out of touch with reality to you.
  4. Don’t assume. Every person who voted differently from you did not do so with wrong, harmful, or damaging motives. Being a part of a kingdom not of this world means there isn’t a kingdom (or political party) in this world that matches the principles and values in Jesus’ kingdom. This means people who love Jesus can vote differently from you trying to best live out their faith. Every culture has good and bad. When people who don’t know Jesus vote for someone there is probably something they value that we can affirm, encourage, and form unity around. Fill the gap with trust, assume the best about their motives, and show grace to one another.

We are from a Kingdom not of this world. We must be united by the gospel and allow grace and compassion to flow out of us and into the divided kingdom in which we live. It is the only hope to heal the divide.