This Divisive Election Is An Opportunity to Share Jesus by Travis Weber

The morning after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump gave a gracious acceptance speech, and Hillary Clinton gave a gracious concession speech. The gravity of the moment and the weight of what is at stake for our country came across in both of their speeches, which served as fitting capstones to an election season tightly wound up with the deep hopes and dreams of the American people.

In the weeks leading up to this election, it had become apparent that many people were putting deep hope (for understandable reasons) in the outcome of the race. There were deep divisions between the candidates, and the core aspirations of many Americans were tied up in one or the other.

Some put their faith in Hillary Clinton. Others put theirs in Donald Trump. Some put their hope in Hillary Clinton because the alternative was Donald Trump. Others are looking to Donald Trump only because the other option was Hillary Clinton. Still others despaired of the presidential election entirely, and are already primed to hear a message of hope coming from somewhere besides the presidential election.

It was clear that there would be many who for different reasons would need to hear a message of spiritual hope regardless of who would win the race.

We now know who won, and many still need to hear that message of hope — on both sides of the race. Who is in a better place to deliver that message than the Christian who knows Jesus gives greater hope? As Christians, we should seek to remain attentive and be ready to share this message as opportunities to do so cross our paths in the coming weeks.

There are many who are despairing because Donald Trump has been elected president. Their deepest need, if they don’t know Christ, is to understand that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). Romans 13:13 also tells us that God is the one who establishes government authority. At the same time, Jesus came to meet our deepest need — a spiritual and not an earthly need. He came to earth to die for us — for you and for me. We can trust him to satisfy this deepest need. People who don’t know Christ need to understand this. And if a brother or sister in Christ is despairing over Trump’s win, this is an opportunity to draw them back to where true hope lies.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Travis Weber, Esq. is Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council.