A divisive spirit has wrenched the body of Christ in an armbar since presidential campaign coverage has begun months ago—and Satan must be delighted. The church has managed to savage itself in one election cycle, all because of the effect of what I call the “Gospel of Attachment to Trump.” It seems that a concerning number of Christians determine their brethren’s standing based on whether one does or does not vote for Trump.
And this is supposed to be the united Church, seasoned with grace and community, that we prattle on about? We talk about preserving our testimonies, then turn and scrub one another’s faces in the mud based on a question of political tactics and discernment. For those who demand character from the candidates, demand it from yourself as well.
I have my own position, which I defined clearly in my previous article, yet you will not read columns of mine that paint other Christians who disagree with me as heretics or sellouts—as many have done on both sides of the #NeverTrump and Pro-Trump divide.
All of us need to repent of this backbiting between evangelicals, myself included. Now. We’re permitting the autoimmune disease of self-righteousness and pride to mangle the body of Christ. How can the Bride be prepared for the Groom if she can’t even love herself?
No wonder the church gets mocked! We shake our fists that we can’t vote for candidate X or Y because it would sully our good Christian witness, then publicly bash a brother or sister for a differing stance. Real great job at preserving that testimony! Now, everyone’s precious feelings are hurt, because we’ve managed to act like the rest of the nation and lavish vitriol upon one another. Not only is there a divide amongst evangelicals, a lot of people like the divide, because they get to clamber for the moral high ground, whichever side they may stand with.
It’s cliche to write about the need for conservative Christians to unify after the election, but sometimes, the rah-rah speech after a big loss is necessary. We’re supposed to be better than this, supposed to be made of sterner stuff. What happened to the grace we prattle on about every Sunday? What happen to fellowship? Voting or not-voting does not make one a heretic or disqualify him from salvation.
The world is not as we desire it to be, and sometimes we must choose to carry out difficult decisions. Don’t eviscerate another brother for having the courage to weigh the scales and find a solution based on the choices before him. Frankly, I’m not going to loathe myself and beg the forgiveness of a brother or sister who disagrees with my choice to grit my teeth and pull the lever for Trump, but neither am I going to harass Christians who are #NeverTrump.
You see, the disagreement is about earthly political ramifications, which do have pertinent consequences, yet a disagreement over tactics doesn’t mean we’re severed from one another when it comes to the Gospel. Our forgiveness should focus on how we have spoken toward those who disagree as well as our heart attitudes.
We are accountable for our actions and votes before God. Post-election, whatever our grievances, we need to forgive and bury the hatchet into the abyss, because we must refocus ourselves on the issues and work together to preserve religious liberty and hold the line against big government encroachment. There are none too few battles awaiting us. Planned Parenthood has not been defunded. Lawlessness is increasing throughout the land. Religious liberty has been sandpapered. Marriage has been pilfered. Elements of the scientific community continue to call for the end of faith. Our brethren across the globe are facing increasingly gruesome methods of persecution. When will we grow up and put away these petty squabbles?
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