What Americans should do now that Donald Trump is the President-elect
I was watching college football a few weeks back, as a part of my Saturday ritual. There’s a show called ESPN College GameDay that comes on before the games where the commentators give you previews of the games with one or two thousand college students and fans in the background of the live broadcast.
One of the hosts compared the atmosphere at GameDay to that of our nation following the recent presidential elections. They pointed out how sports can bring people together in spite of their differences, disagreements, and even rivalries—which was very insightful and true. But, as a pastor, I thought, “if there’s a place where people should come together in spite of their differences, that place should be the church.” And just as the church should be a unifying place, the people of faith who fill the church should be ambassadors of that unity wherever they go.
We are not a Hillary church or a Trump church. We are a Jesus Christ church.
Unfortunately, most churches in America are very segregated. Dr. Martin Luther King called eleven o’clock on Sundays one of the “most segregated hours in Christian America.” Though I’m proud to say that the demographics of the church I pastor match the demographics of San Diego County, that is the exception rather than the norm even though heaven will include all of the nations. Matt 25:31-32 says, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him.”
After the election, I addressed our congregation not just as the Rock Church family that they are, but also as the family of God that they are. I told them that I believe we are very uniquely blessed to experience so much diversity in such a safe place, and I reassured them that we’re going to do our best to keep it safe.
I have pastor friends who ask me how we make that work, why we have such a diverse membership. Well, it’s simple. Because we aren’t united by race, lifestyles, or politics. We are not a democrat church or a republican church. We are not a Hillary church or a Trump church. We are a Jesus Christ church. And because we are united by the only unchanging thing in the universe, we can experience in tough times the same unity that comes so easily in the good times.
That’s what America needs right now: unity!
When you walk through the fence of an American embassy abroad, you are on American soil. Similarly, when Christians are in God’s presence, they are in God’s kingdom. Because the Holy Spirit of God lives in people, Christians are in God’s presence all the time, everywhere they go. As such, we need to adhere to God’s law, which is a law of love. In Matthew 22:37-39 we are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves.
So what are Christians supposed to do in light of Trump’s recent victory? I have two suggestions. First, we must pray for all of our nation’s leadership. Ask God to give them the wisdom to bring us together.
Additionally, we must act as citizens of heaven, and uphold the law of love. There are people in our country who are hurting. We must comfort and encourage them—not criticize them. We must be characterized by love, compassion, and patience. That means that, if we harbor animosity toward any person or group, we must submit that to God and ask Him to take it away.
You know, the beautiful thing about acting like citizens of heaven is that, wherever you go on earth, you make that place feel like heaven. What America needs right now are citizens of heaven. Can your country count on you?
Watch Pastor Miles’ full Sunday message HERE.