A Concern About Christians Post-Election

My heart is heavy today but not for the same reasons others may be hurting. I can barely stand to look at social media because so much of what I see is division and hate even among “Christians.”

I see friends assuming the worst about other friends because of the way they voted and hiding behind their devices as they sling hurtful, pointed words across their social media pages. The name calling is appalling: racists, sexists, idiots, and so much worse.

Since when did our right to free speech and right to vote give us the right to be malicious and divisive?

Some voted Trump. Some voted Clinton. Some voted for third party candidates or even write-ins.

To insult a person because of who they voted for is far from being Christ-like, yet I see many “Christians” participating in the mudslinging and stirring up all sorts of strife.

Today, my duty as a Christian is to stand for what is right while simultaneously loving people the way Christ always did. Love does NOT mean conformity or lowering our standards, but it does mean we treat people with respect and see them as Christ does—His beautiful creation that He is wooing to Himself.

Before you type or speak those words hanging on the tip of your tongue, think about the potential repercussions and align your words with Christ Himself. After all, God’s Word does still say: Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34: 13-14

Whether you are thrilled about our new president or are feeling the pangs of a loss or are standing somewhere in the middle, do us all a favor…think before you speak/type!

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10

Your words will not change the truth. If you are an American, Donald Trump is your president-elect. He will be no more your president if you mock those who voted for someone else, and He will be no less your president if you degrade those who voted for Him.

Sure, he is nowhere near a perfect man. His flaws are many, but what man who God used mightily wasn’t the same? Paul (formerly Saul, the murderer of Christians), David (the adulterer/murderer), and Samson (the womanizer) were just a few of the cracked vessels God used to essentially change the world during their time. Proverbs 21:1 ensures us that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes.”

As you and I sit and reflect on the election results and what this means for the future of our country, we need to open our eyes to one crucial truth—bickering will not help…it will only destroy us from the inside-out.

Let’s cease the negativity.

Let’s fall on our faces and pray.

Pray for our President.

And pray for our nation!

Comments 12

  1. Beautifully written and well put. I couldn’t agree more… I am a woman of faith- and the way I see it, anyone who has faith in G/D should be uplifting, not shaming others or being negative. Honestly, we should never be tearing each other apart. Especially at the exact times we should be more united than ever.
    I hope and believe that as a woman raised of the Jewish Faith, it is still alright that I commend what you wrote, as a Christain and stand along side you in saying that ceasing negitivity, praying & being kind to one another is always the road that we should strive to take. In loving peace – Sara Smile

    1. Stephanie Gilbert Post
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      Thank you for sharing, Sara! I hope and pray we all stop the negativity, love our neighbors as ourselves, and pray, pray, pray!

  2. Sadly so many have made man bigger than God, seeming to forget who is and always will be in control!! There’s power in prayer and I hope our love for and in Christ is more visible than the division and hate. ❤️

    1. Stephanie Gilbert Post
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      Yes, Patty! God is not shocked at all by this outcome. He is in control, and He is Who we should look to as our ultimate hope and peace. We have to shine the love of Christ brightly!

    1. Stephanie Gilbert Post
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      Yes! We are human and will have emotions, but it’s time to stop bickering with each other because that won’t change anything.

    1. Stephanie Gilbert Post
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      Yes! It’s definitely ok to have an opinion but being crude to others is not right at all. I pray it all quiets down soon.

  3. Amen Stephanie beautiful said my friend. I stayed off social media the entire day after the election and I was so grateful I had bible study to go to.
    xo, Nicole

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  4. This is beautiful and I believe and support every single thing you said! It reminded me of a sermon we had the Sunday before the elections and it was one of the most powerful I’ve ever heard at our church. I thought you may enjoy watching the sermon so here’s the link: http://communitychurch.info/room/week-5/

    Don’t feel obligated to watch it, but like I said, it’s similar to many things you’re saying here (although kind of a change of perspective since this was pre-election). Also, I heard so many horrible things about social media. I didn’t consciously chose to stay off of it because I didn’t even think about the nasty, rude, etc comments I may see, but I just happened to be traveling. Glad I didn’t hear, see anything I didn’t want to!

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