The Role of the Church in a Trump Administration

( Billy’s thoughts – The following is part of a blog post by Pastor Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, a pastor  at Moody Church. ) 

 After the inauguration America is going to need the church more than ever! The election is long past, but the divisions remain—and some of these divisions exist within our churches. Which leads us to a pressing question: How can we as evangelicals be unified and have a credible witness to the gospel before the watching world? I would like to share three key steps that I think will start us in the right direction.  
1. Listen Without Judging
“… be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…” – James 1:19
Have a conversation with someone who voted differently than you did. Don’t judge them, but hear their words and also their hearts. Ask them why they felt the way they did on election night. Perhaps they agonized about their choices in the election as much as you did; this was, after all, an election in which some people had to choose which candidate they wanted to vote against. Believe it or not, there are arguments on both sides.
Appreciate the reasoning of those who felt that they could not, in good conscience, vote for either candidate. Dialogue often resolves division, or at least sheds light on the differences and brings understanding.
Don’t tell people that they are upset about the wrong issues; after all, they may think the same about you. Let people own their disappointment and anger. Seek to understand them, not to correct them.  
2. Find Common Ground
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” – 1 Peter 3:8

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